Saturday, September 19, 2015

Download videos from Naver "V" app

--- UPDATE 3
Here are more sites/tools for downloading Naver V videos.

--- UPDATE 2
I wrote a post with instructions on how to download Naver V videos and subtitles manually, using only Chrome:
🔗 10원 Tips: Download subtitles from Naver V

--- UPDATE 1
On Android, you can use an app called "Stellar Browser." See my post about it:.
🔗 10원 Tips: Download videos from Naver "V" app on Android phones

Thanks to the many readers who contributed tips about these sites.

Original post begins below.

Naver V live TV, styled simply as V, is a popular new app among K-pop fans for watching live video-blogs from their favorite K-pop artists and idols. If you're ever used Twitter's live-vlog app Periscope, then the idea and the interface will already be familiar to you. They broadcast from backstage or dressing rooms or just having random fun, you get an alert on your phone, and you and the other fans open up, watch the video live, and can type public questions in addition to sending them "hearts". It does bring a degree of intimacy and the "live" nature of the broadcast is fun, but once the broadcast is done, it's saved and you can rewatch at any time.

Promo for V

Of course, one of the most popular questions to this blog lately has been "How can we download the videos from Naver V?" Well, don't worry K-pop fans. Reader Laila Nafisatun came through to help you out, by suggesting this online tool:

✌️ Naver Downloader ✌️


With this online tool, you can download any "V" video you want, simply by copy/pasting the link. In fact, they already have some of the most popular videos already listed, ready for simple download. Best of all, you can download the videos in a variety of sizes/resolutions, so you crazy fans who need every K-pop video in 1080p eye-bleeding clarity, your day is here!

In the example above, I just pasted the URL ( for a video of hot girl group 4minute on their way to a fan meeting. Just right-click and "Save as..." to download. If that doesn't work, just click them, and when the video loads in your browser, right-click the video and "Save as..." as I've shown below:

Ta da. Super simple.


Note that this site also checks the video for subtitles, and lets you download the subtitle file directly and in any languages that are available. That 4minute video from above, as you can see, did not include any subs, but here is one that does:

You may run into a problem with the subtitles. That's because Naver "V" videos use a special new HTML5 format for subs called WebVTT. So your subtitle file will be a .vtt file that, as far I can tell, is unsupported by most desktop video playing apps. To use the file, you will need to convert it to a more common format, such as .srt. You can do this manually with the find-replace function on any text editor, or try a subtitle converter application, such as this or this.

UPDATE : As you can see below, Soshistagram now includes an option to download subtitles in .SRT format. Seriously, show some love for Soshistagram.

Final thoughts

Overall, the Soshistagram tool works great. The V site prevents you from accessing the streams directly from desktop. I had tried a couple of user-agent-spoofing extensions with not much luck. This tool seems to get the links for the streams and provide them directly. That's good, because trying to right-click and "Save as..." from the links only downloads the .m3u8 playlist file, but you need the access code in the URL to get the stream working, so the playlist file is useless itself.

For more on Naver V, check it out on Android here or iTunes here.

Thanks to Soshistagram (SOSHI + Instagram ... SOSHI = So-Nyeo-Shi-Dae = 소녀시대 = "Girls Generation") for providing this highly-desired feature. And if you know of any other similar tools, let me know in the comments.

Happy downloading.

Read more ...

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Typing in Korean on Windows 10

Real simple here, I'm going to show you how to set your new Windows 10 upgraded computer to let you type in Korean. No games, no messing around. You speak English, you want to use Windows in English, but just sometimes you want to type in Korean. If that's you, then you're in the right place. 

There are a lot of guides out there to show you how to add language packs to Windows, but I've found it can be sometimes annoying to try to set the languages right. In my experience this is the easiest and most full-proof way to get it right. So here we go.

Go ahead and click these screenshot thumbnails for full-size views. 

Step 1

 Go to Windows 10's "Time and Language" settings.

If you haven't done so already, click that big "+" sign to Add a Language, and add Korean.
That's it, you don't need to mess with any of the settings in there. It will probably say it's contacting Windows Update to find the language pack. Cool. Give it a minute to do that.

Then click "Additional date, time, & regional settings,*" highlighted above.

Step 2

Click "Change input methods".
Yeah you could have gotten here several other ways, but this is the way I like to do it.

Step 3

Click "Advanced Settings" over on the left-hand pane.

Step 4

Here's where the magic happens. Set these two menus, the first to English, the second to Korean.

Step 5

Enjoy typing in Korean. 

I like this method because it forces Windows to override whatever wacky language settings you might have and forces it to use the Microsoft Korean IME for inputting Korean.

Don't worry, that doesn't mean you can only type in Korean. The Korean IME is the tool you need for easily using that 한/영 key on your keyboard, so it lets you flawlessly switch between the two. No more having to click to menu and change the input method with your mouse every time you start-up your computer. Seriously, I saw my friend do that. This little guide is dedicated to him. 

*Props to Microsoft for using the Oxford comma before an ampersand. Bold move. 

Read more ...

Saturday, September 5, 2015

The K-Minute on Kakao

For readers who are fans of K-pop, you might be interested in this. Daum Kakao (well, just Kakao now) have launched an English language K-pop/K-fashion/K-culture blog, that is delivered through your KakaoTalk messenger. It's called The K-Minute and you can add them to your Kakao by searching @thekminute in your"Plus Friend" section. You can even get some free emoticons when you subscribe. Here's how Daum-Kakao introduces it:

For those craving the best of what’s trending in Korean pop culture, The K-Minute offers a daily fix.
Add The K-Minute on Plus Friend to stay in touch with K-pop, K-fashion, K-beauty, food trends, humor and viral stories that are hot right now! The K-Minute offers interactive news and content that’s accessible straight from KakaoTalk, so there’s no need to search for news or scroll social media timelines to discover what’s trending.[Daum Kakao blog]

What's interesting to me is that you can get the feeds* for Plus Friends on the web. For example, The K-Minute "plus friend" is really just this site here:

Which really, is just a feed of their content from their mobile blog hosted here:

As with all new sources of media content, I'm disappointed that RSS syndication is not provided. Yet another walled garden we'd need to join to stay "with it".

Read more ...

Friday, September 4, 2015

Posts from Dokdo

A couple months ago I played around with an IFTTT recipe to push public Instagram photos and tweets to a Tumblr blog if they were geotagged at Dokdo. Hey we all have our own ideas about "fun" on a 불금. Anyway it worked. Behold.

Here's what I wrote over there after the ~100th post:

This blog has reached over 100 posts already. I only started this silly project a month or two ago. It turns out people visit Dokdo a lot more than I thought.
This blog is basically just an IFTTT recipe that looks for geo-tagged Twitter or Instagram posts coming from within a couple of miles of Dokdo, and feeds them back here. I was curious for a way to see more-or-less “real time” posts from people visiting Dokdo. One of the reasons for this curiosity was to see how Koreans or Japanese might differently tag or talk about the disputed islands. The recipe, after all, isn’t searching for “#Dokdo” or “#Takeshima”, but neutral geo-coordinates.
These people were very likely really there when making these posts. They are not posts about Dokdo. They are posts from Dokdo.
That leads to an apparent fact that we can gather from looking back at these 100 posts. Almost no foreigners are visiting Dokdo. Or if they are, they aren’t posting about it while there. Nearly every one of the last 100 posts has been from Koreans.
Visitors to Dokdo are also clearly not a tweeting bunch. Insta dominates the islets.
So subscribe, sit back, and enjoy all the lovely, beautiful photos, live from the lonely islands.
And don’t forget, don’t you ever forget: 독도는 우리땅
 #독도는우리땅 #독도 #dokdo

Boy, I need to get a life. Anyway if you're curious, like I was, about just who is actually visiting Dokdo and what they're up to there, click on over to "Posts from Dokdo" and imagine the sounds of the sea against the lonely rocks.
Read more ...

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Korea Times' "Darkroom"

The Korea Times has a section called "The Darkroom" where they feature some photojournalism essays in a sleek new black design. It actually looks pretty nice, especially beside the normal KT aesthetic. I don't actually know how long they've had this. I just happened to stumble across it, and figured readers of this blog might be interested in checking it out. Here's a screenshot of what's featured now:

Korea Times: Darkroom
There's a corresponding Facebook page if you want to follow it. And of course a reminder to check out Robert Koehler's travel photography blog if you haven't already. And check out this oddly beautiful minimalist, poetic KT "article" while you're at it.
Read more ...

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Google Now cards from G-Market

For a while now, Google Now has recognized when I receive an email from the Korean online shopping site G-Market. Even though the confirmation and shipping update emails are in Korean, Google Now still shows cards in English letting me know the package has shipped. I'm not sure if it works for other online shopping sites.

It doesn't offer a direct link for live package tracking as it does in the US. I don't think that would be hard to implement, as you can take the tracking number and manually put it into the CJ Delivery site for semi-live step-by-step delivery information. Your G-Market "recent orders" page also includes a such a link. 

Here are the cards as they appeared when I recently ordered a new phone case:

Read more ...