Capturing streaming Flash video on the internet?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Brian, Jun 6, 2006.

  1. Brian

    Brian Guest

    Is there any way or any program that will capture a streaming video on
    the internet that was created in Macromedia flash?

    Regards Brian
    Brian, Jun 6, 2006
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    Kill Bill Guest

    Do you mean an FLV file? FLV files are downloaded as they play, and not
    streaming. They reside on your hard drive after they've played.

    Kill Bill, Jun 6, 2006
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  3. Brian

    Brian Guest

    The video only plays with Macromedia Flash Player. If I right click on
    the video there is no option to save it.

    Regards Brian
    Brian, Jun 6, 2006
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    David McCall Guest

    Hmm, that must mean that whoever produced it didn't want you to have it.

    David McCall, Jun 6, 2006
  5. Brian

    Kill Bill Guest

    Do you know what FLV is? It's a video that only plays in flash player.

    What's the link?

    Kill Bill, Jun 6, 2006
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    Frank Guest

    To the original poster:

    Whether it's an .flv or a .swf file, chances are that after the file
    has fully played, there's a copy of it sitting in your browser's
    cache. Using Windows Explorer, you can browse to your browser's cache
    directory and copy the file to another location on your hard drive. Do
    this before you close/exit your browser.

    You've then got your own copy of the file and can, possible copyright
    restrictions aside, do whatever you wish with/to it.
    Frank, Jun 6, 2006
  7. Brian

    Brian Guest

    Thanks for your reply Frank.
    I have located the temporary file on the hard drive but I can't save
    the file as my computer tells me that the file is in use. If I exit
    the video then the file gets deleted.

    Regards Brian
    Brian, Jun 14, 2006
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    Brian Guest

    It's just a music video clip and the quality is not all that great so
    I don't know why there would be any restrictions.

    Regards Brian
    Brian, Jun 14, 2006
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    Frank Guest

    You're very welcome.
    I assume that you're using Internet Explorer as your browser? If so,
    locate the file in question in Windows Explorer within IE's cache
    subdirectory structure and hold down your right mouse button and drag
    the file to the directory of your choice. When you get there, release
    the right mouse button and a small context menu window will pop up
    with choices including "Copy Here". Click on the "Copy Here" option
    and Windows Explorer will copy the file to the location that you've
    chosen. You can then do as you wish with the file. Note that the
    original copy of the file in IE's cache subdirectory may have the
    character string "[1]" placed just to the left of the "." in the file
    name. Feel free to rename your saved version of the file to remove
    these three extra characters.

    You may be experiencing the problem that you've described because
    you're attempting to _move_ rather than _copy_ the file. This is
    expected behavior since Windows considers the files in the IE cache
    subdirectories to be in use by IE and thus not deleteable, movable, or
    renameable while IE and up and running, but you are still free to make
    a *copy* of any of these files.

    As to the specific location of IE's cache subdirectories, it will vary
    by system configuration but in general, if you were running Win2K or
    WinXP and logged on as Administrator, the place to navigate to within
    Windows Explorer would be as follows:

    C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Temporary
    Internet Files\Content.IE5

    If you were running Win98SE or WinMe, the location, which can itself
    be changed within IE's options, would usually be as follows:

    C:\WINDOWS\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5

    Within the Content.IE5 directory you'll find some number of
    subdirectories, usually four, eight, or even 12 or more of them. For
    security reasons, these subdirectories have strange system-generated
    eight-character names. To locate the file in question, you'll want to
    check the contents of each of these several subdirectories. It's from
    one of these subdirectories that you'll be dragging the file with the
    right mouse button held down to the other directory (in the left pane)
    into which you want to save a copy of the file.

    For all of the above to work easily and correctly, you'll want to run
    Windows Explorer (usually located at C:\WINNT\explorer.exe or
    C:\WINDOWS\explorer.exe) in a Maximized two-pane view so in Windows
    Explorer go to the Explorer Bar item on the View menu and select
    Folders. Also, on the View menu within Windows Explorer, make certain
    that the Details item is checked.

    Additionally, on the Tools menu select Folder Options... and go to the
    View tab and ensure that the following items are checked:

    Display the full path in the address bar

    Display the full path in title bar

    Show hidden files and folders

    Also, ensure that the following items are NOT checked:

    Hide file extensions for known file types

    Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)

    If you change any of the above options, which will vary by Windows
    version, by the way, and Windows issues a silly warning message, just
    ignore it and proceed so that the options are set as I've described
    above. Microsoft is simply trying to protect novice users from
    destroying their system, that's all.

    Sorry for the long winded response. This stuff is much easier to do
    than to describe in words, although a video tutorial might help. :)
    Good luck and do let me know how you make out with this, please.
    Frank, Jun 14, 2006
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    cbeck Guest

    cbeck, Jun 14, 2006
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    M.L., Jun 19, 2006
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