Kara Swisher

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Orange Google Guy Street View Download

I am not sure what to think of this wacky video from Google that Tinu Abayomi-Paul wants to be able to download off the Web. It’s a video made by the search giant to show off the new Street View feature in its maps product, except using a guy in an orange suit who gears up into an even more bizarre costume and leaps about.

Hey, we live in “sunny” San Francisco, as Ryan (the name of Orange Google Guy) says in the video, so we don’t judge.

So, Abayomi-Paul can now immortalize Orange Google Guy using RealNetworks’s beta software of its RealPlayer 11, which allows users one-click downloading of non-DRM-protected video from the Web. It is being offered to selected AllThingsD.com visitors to try out before it is released later this month.

CEO Rob Glaser debuted the new version of RealNetworks’s flagship product at the D5 conference last month, which you can read about here and also see a video of the demo.

Along with downloading, you can also bookmark videos and organize them using the software. And once saved, you can then rip those videos onto any CD, DVD or, eventually, any other storage device like an iPod.

Abayomi-Paul is in the early stages of a Web video channel for small businesses and thinks the RealPlayer would give her something neat to demo.

“I want to make some Google how-to videos downloadable for my small-business audience at www.freetraffictip.com–with permission only!,” she wrote. “The collection would be free, but then lots of the time-crunched ones could watch offline.”

Adding that she is home sick in bed, she noted that, “the computer is my only love! I’m a geek, a currently bedridden geek. Please help me not to die of boredom!”

Glad to help.

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