"CBlair1986" <CBlair1986 / gmail.com> writes:

> I'm writing a little script to help automate downloading videos off of
> YouTube, and I would like to know how to figure out the size of the
> video files I will be downloading. I've experimented briefly with
> Net::HTTP, but it's a little beyond me, as I haven't been able to
> figure it out.

Well, this depends on what you want to do - do you want to ask for the
size of each file separately, or is it acceptable if you ask to get
the download, and can get information about the size of the file the
instant that the download starts?

In the first case, it depends on what information youtube is willing
to give out in response to a HEAD request - not every webserver will
give you a content-length header in HEAD, or even necessarily allow
HEAD requests.

To test the first case, try this in irb:
require 'net/http'
myvidlen = Net::HTTP.start('www.youtube.com', 80) {|http|
  http.head('/get_video?video_id=real_video_id').content_length
}

For the second case, you're going to need to do something like this:
require 'net/http'
Net::HTTP.start('www.youtube.com', 80) {|http|
  http.request_get('/get_video?video_id=real_video_id') {|resp|
    myvidlen = resp.content_length
    puts "Video real_video_id has length #{myvidlen}"
    # use the length to do something, like choose a directory
    File.open('whereISaveMyVideo.whatever', 'wb') {|f|
      response.read_body { |data|
        f.print(data)
      }
    }
  }
}