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    How to download and save streaming videos




    TOP STORY

    How to download and save streaming videos


    By Woody Leonhard

    How many times have you wanted to download and store an online streaming video so you could play it back at a different time or on a different machine?

    While the basics of downloading YouTube and other videos have been around for a long time, there are tricks to getting the video you want into a format you can use.

    The full text of this column is posted at WindowsSecrets.com/top-story/how-to-download-and-save-streaming-videos/ (opens in a new window/tab).

    Columnists typically cannot reply to comments here, but do incorporate the best tips into future columns.
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    Another tip for downloading media files is to use URLsnooper2 to resolve the URL of any media files loaded from a website, which can then be copied to any download manager for downloading. Works for the majority of streaming media.

    http://www.donationcoder.com/Softwar...er/urlsnooper/

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    Freemake

    I found this freeware a nice one too:
    http://www.freemake.com/

    It is very simple and non-technical.

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    I use the Youtube downloader in Freestudio (dvdvideosoft.com) - also available as a standalone download.

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    Not mentioned in the article is the most obvious way of 'downloading' videos. You will find it in your browser cache! The file name in cache may not be obvious but you can usually quickly identify it and copy it elsewhere, changing its extension to .flv. No need for any fancy software to do a pretty trivial task.

    Irfanview will also play .flv files - needs the appropriate Irfanview plugin.

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    VLC Does More Than You May Think

    VLC Media Player has a vast array of capabilities that may be unknown to many. I use it routinely to capture streaming videos, to convert and/or save streams on-the-fly while listening/viewing, and to monitor network cameras. Practically everything mentioned in the column is possible with VLC alone. Its command-line driven options and capabilities are a powerful toolset. I have written various batch files that assist in the use of VLC, for instance to direct a stream's output to files with the current date/time in the filenames. If anyone is interested in seeing those batch scripts, I'm happy to send or post them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davews View Post
    Not mentioned in the article is the most obvious way of 'downloading' videos. You will find it in your browser cache! The file name in cache may not be obvious but you can usually quickly identify it and copy it elsewhere, changing its extension to .flv. No need for any fancy software to do a pretty trivial task.

    Irfanview will also play .flv files - needs the appropriate Irfanview plugin.

    Indeed! To view or buffer any video online it must actually download to your computer. Most of the time, this is to your browser cache (although some apps will download to their own special folder, such as the DivX Web Player for example). The downside, is that it means scrabbling through your browser cache to find it and the cache may be quite large if not emptied recently and the video may not have an easily recognisable name. The solution, is a nice free small portable app (so requires no installing) by Nirsoft called Video Cache View. It will examine your cache and list all videos present, allowing you to copy the one you want elsewhere to watch later or to play it straight from the cache. The other good thing is it works with any video (if it's in the cache), not only those from Youtube: http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/video_cache_view.html

    Enjoy!

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    Cautions For Younger Players (or parents of...)

    About Downloadhelper:
    it puts hundreds of porn sites in very easy reach of youngsters - hundreds. it has an option right in the main page to allow adult content, it is just a tick box. If you 'allow' it puts up all of the porn sites, with links, and then highlights them to bake them standout from normal sites like youtube - porn gets priority!

    Screen recording:
    I use Camstudio - it supports sound, you can add annotations, there are many options, you can record full screen, a fixed portion of a screen (like a web video) or 'follow the mouse' mode. No ads, Free to use! check it out: http://www.camstudio.org/
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    I purchased Applian Replay Capture Suite, and have been pretty happy with it. The only site I wanted that I haven't been able to pull video from is BBC. It'll also do basic video editing, and convert from almost any to almost any other format.

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    I am interested in VLC recording capability . Could you post or give a link to the material. Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by LukeSBE View Post
    I use the Youtube downloader in Freestudio (dvdvideosoft.com) - also available as a standalone download.

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    I too use Applian Replay Capture. It is excellent. Downloads fast and converts relatively fast to many formats.
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    Maxthon 3 is a great browser for saving streaming video as well. there is a little drop-down menu right in the address bar that shows you what all media is available on the page you are on for downloading. works as well with streaming and downloading mp3s.

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    Androids?

    Seems very useful and I was glad to hear that it was possible to do by iPad, but do any of these programs work for those of us with an Android tablet. I've read reviews of some plug-ins that supposedly work with Firefox, regardless of the platform, but they still won't install on the droid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat M View Post
    Seems very useful and I was glad to hear that it was possible to do by iPad, but do any of these programs work for those of us with an Android tablet. I've read reviews of some plug-ins that supposedly work with Firefox, regardless of the platform, but they still won't install on the droid.
    I've found it easier with iPhone, iPad and Android to download the video streams on a Windows PC, save them, then copy them over to the phone or pad. It's surprisingly easy once you have the file in MP4 format - the only downside is using iTunes (yech) to put the file on the pad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fulcanelli View Post
    Indeed! To view or buffer any video online it must actually download to your computer. Most of the time, this is to your browser cache (although some apps will download to their own special folder, such as the DivX Web Player for example). The downside, is that it means scrabbling through your browser cache to find it and the cache may be quite large if not emptied recently and the video may not have an easily recognisable name. The solution, is a nice free small portable app (so requires no installing) by Nirsoft called Video Cache View. It will examine your cache and list all videos present, allowing you to copy the one you want elsewhere to watch later or to play it straight from the cache. The other good thing is it works with any video (if it's in the cache), not only those from Youtube: http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/video_cache_view.html
    If you're going to link to NirSoft, the really invaluable tool is WebVideoCap it actually looks at the TCP/IP packets to reconstruct videos that can't even normally be salvaged from the browser cache. It makes the screen-recording method redundant!

    BB Flashback Express is my [FREE!] screen recorder of choice, btw.

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