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Author Topic: Need some help to capture a streaming video please.  (Read 3510 times)

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Need some help to capture a streaming video please.
« on: April 02, 2009, 04:38:29 AM »
This is probably very easy for those who do it regularly, (or are addicted to online video  :P ), but I'm not one of those people.

I'd like to capture a video from the TVO website that is an interview with the Ice Pilot we had on our cruise but I'm not having any luck finding the URL to download or capturing the stream using various programs, (eg. Replay Media Catcher, BitRecorder, etc, etc).

The direct SWF URL is Ice Pilot interview which will cause Firefox to load it into the flash player and play it, trying to download just results in a 37kB file, (the actual file length is about 24MB according to BitRecorder which captured the data stream but couldn't save it as a meaningful FLV).

The full URL to the relevant page is interview.

So I'm hoping someone in DC land can give me some help with it please.

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Re: Need some help to capture a streaming video please.
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2009, 03:41:28 PM »
The Grab++ addon that comes with Orbit Downloader seems to be able to identify the source .flv

Currently downloading it at the moment but the site is abysmally slow; about dialup speed; got 9.71 Mb out of ?? so far so I'm not actually 100% sure it'll work but we'll see  :D

If it helps, the filename is TAWSP_Interview_112107.flv and the Referrer Domain, whatever that might be, is stream.tvo.org:1935 and the streaming media is rtmp whatever that is too.

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Re: Need some help to capture a streaming video please.
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2009, 03:58:22 PM »
It worked  :D

I can send on the .flv to you - suggestions?

I've created a torrent for it but not sure how to send you the torrent either as it's not one of the allowed filetypes  :-[
« Last Edit: April 02, 2009, 04:18:37 PM by katykaty »

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Re: Need some help to capture a streaming video please.
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2009, 07:10:44 PM »
It worked  :D

I can send on the .flv to you - suggestions?

I've created a torrent for it but not sure how to send you the torrent either as it's not one of the allowed filetypes  :-[

Thank you very much!!!

Not using Orbit I failed to notice the Grab++ thingy when I did try it  :-[

If you'd like to send me the torrent I think you can usually get away with renaming the extension from .torrent to .cab, at least it works for other files that fall afoul of email restrictions, (archives with executables, etc).

Otherwise, I'll delve more closely into Orbit and have a go myself.

Thank you once again!!
« Last Edit: August 27, 2013, 12:28:46 AM by 4wd »

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Re: Need some help to capture a streaming video please.
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2009, 07:26:49 PM »
Doesn't mouser's very own URL Snooper do this sort of thing?

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Re: Need some help to capture a streaming video please.
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2009, 07:34:08 PM »
Doesn't mouser's very own URL Snooper do this sort of thing?

I actually tried that and it did come up with URLs but not knowing exactly what I was looking for I failed miserably  :(

Blame to tool wielder not the tool.

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Re: Need some help to capture a streaming video please.
« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2009, 07:43:47 PM »
Just to clarify, url snooper only locates urls, not downloads.

It sounds like huge credit to Orbit downloader and Grab++ since i really had no idea how to grab flash video.  This is pretty big since people are always asking how to record swf flash videos and I always have to say I don't know.  Now it sounds like 4wd found a solution.

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Re: Need some help to capture a streaming video please.
« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2009, 09:16:52 PM »
Which FLV player did you use?

I used a piece of software from Nirsoft to get files from the cache. While that worked I got the files but were not able to do anything with most of them.
Until I used a specific FLV player which showed them without any hick-up.

Can't remember the name of the player, but if you want I can take a look....when I get home.

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Re: Need some help to capture a streaming video please.
« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2009, 10:02:56 PM »
Which FLV player did you use?

I used a piece of software from Nirsoft to get files from the cache. While that worked I got the files but were not able to do anything with most of them.
Until I used a specific FLV player which showed them without any hick-up.

Can't remember the name of the player, but if you want I can take a look....when I get home.

I was just using the Adobe Flash Player plugin for Firefox.

Trawling the cache was the first thing I tried but I couldn't find anything remotely near the size of the FLV, (~24MB), the biggest was only about 3MB, (I flushed the cache before trying it).

I even did a search of all my drives for files created within the last 30 minutes with no luck.

I then assumed that it was downloading straight to the player which was decoding in RAM on-the-fly which seemed to be born out by the fact that whenever I jumped to a different spot in it, (after I had run through it completely once), it would have to download that section again rather than just using the cached file.

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Re: Need some help to capture a streaming video please.
« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2009, 12:33:00 PM »
4WD, there's an email on the way to you. I'd edit your post to mangle your email address if I were you though in case a spambot picks it up

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Re: Need some help to capture a streaming video please.
« Reply #10 on: April 03, 2009, 06:43:03 PM »
4WD, there's an email on the way to you. I'd edit your post to mangle your email address if I were you though in case a spambot picks it up

Thanks.

It's OK, that's just one of at least 6 GMail addresses I use and it's only for appearing on forums or registering with websites.

I have it set to IMAP and just look at the headers in the Inbox with Thunderbird, no other folder gets looked at.  If I start getting too much traffic on it I'll just dump it and register a new one.  ;)

Addendum:  I've grabbed your torrent, thanks again Katy!
« Last Edit: April 03, 2009, 07:26:35 PM by 4wd »

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Re: Need some help to capture a streaming video please.
« Reply #11 on: April 05, 2009, 12:07:55 PM »
You're welcome 4wd  :D