Nico Video ("Nico Nico Douga") is a flash-based video sharing web site not entirely unlike YouTube. It has a gimmick that allows users to post comments directly on top of the movies. I put this post together to help fighting game movie hounds use the site. There's some information at the bottom about ripping their .flv files, too.
The big peach "create new account" button is gone. Click the red link near the upper left to go to the registration screen.
For me the Firefox FLV download script described below still works. The key thing is to initiate the download (right click the orange FLV DL button then "save as...") right as the movie starts to load. Too early or too late and it won't work.
Added a link to the SF4 tag in the getting started section below.
Creating an Account
Unlike YouTube, Nico Video requires that people register before viewing videos. Click the peach-colored button at the front page to create an account.
Enter your info like so:
Here's a screen shot of a filled-in form.
At the next screen, type in the anti-spam code and click the bottom button. You should receive a confirmation e-mail. Click the link in that and you're set.
Browsing Fighting Game Vids
Some queries to get you started...
Street Fighter 2, Vampire Savior, Battle Fantasia, Sengoku Basara X, Street Fighter 4
Mikado, Tougeki, Vampire Hunter, Daigo
BTW, click the "コメント非表示" checkbox to disable on-screen comments.
Downloading from Nico Video w/ Firefox
This past summer they made it more difficult to download the movie files. The following method - using a Firefox script - is the only one left that works for me.
1) Install Greasemonkey.
Via this page. If that link doesn't work just google greasemonkey.
2) Download the nico ripping widget.
Click the 'nicovideo.user.js' link on this site.
3) Open a movie in nico video and click the FLV DL button at the top.
Keep your fingers crossed...
The greasemonkey widget doesn't seem to work any more. Here's another method to try:
Niconico Downloader BETA
1) Log-in to Nico Video in the upper frame if you aren't already.
2) Enter the url for the video you want to download in the first field and click OK.
3) Cut and paste the text sequence that appears in the lower frame into the second field and click OK.