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Author Topic: How to capture/download a televised US Senate hearing?  (Read 1159 times)

IainB

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How to capture/download a televised US Senate hearing?
« on: July 28, 2013, 10:43:51 AM »
I want to capture a televised US Senate hearing as I watch it - or alternatively download it - at the website http://www.tvw.org/index.php
These are like a webcast/podcast.
I know that I can download an .MP3 (audio) file of the hearing, but I want the video also as an experiment.

Does anyone know how I might be able to do this?

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Re: How to capture/download a televised US Senate hearing?
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2013, 11:35:47 AM »
Is it not recorded on C-Span?
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Re: How to capture/download a televised US Senate hearing?
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2013, 11:42:32 AM »
For a very hands-on approach: Wink

With that tool it is possible to capture anything happening on the screen. Mark a certain area of the screen, set it to capture 30 frames a second and watch the video. This will require a lot of storage space and the result is an swf file.

Download the MP3 and use ffmpeg (or similar software) to mix the swf file with the mp3 into a file-format of your choosing.

Granted, this method is complicated (and hardly worth the effort), but it is really WYSIYG... :)

Another method is to find out if the player that this website uses buffers on your PC and if so, copy the buffer to a different location with software such as Unlocker. Convert the video later to your discretion. The trick here is to find the buffered data on your system.


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Re: How to capture/download a televised US Senate hearing?
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2013, 01:06:38 PM »
Is it not recorded on C-Span?
I don't know. I don't think it is on C-SPAN (I couldn't find it there, anyway).
It is recorded - here.

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Re: How to capture/download a televised US Senate hearing?
« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2013, 01:07:29 PM »
Thanks for the suggestions @Shades.