How to record/download/capture/save Adobe Flash .FLV video HTTP stream from embedded player


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Posted by youtube flv 178.120.16.33 October 09, 2010 at 09:42:13:

Getting/recording/capturing/saving HTTP video stream from Flash browser plugin to hard disk.

How to record Flash .FLV Video HTTP or RTMP stream with Replay Media Catcher (recommended method)

Replay Media Catcher http://www.applian.com/.. is a flash stream ripper. It can record .MP3 audio and Flash .FLV streaming video broadcasted through HTTP or RTMP protocol (such flash stream URLs start with http:// or rtmp://).

Here's how to record from Adobe Flash Player with Replay Media Catcher:

1. Download and install Replay Media Catcher http://www.applian.com/.. .
2. Open Replay Media Catcher and click "Start Recording".
3. Play your flash video or audio stream.
4. All .FLV flash video and .MP3 audio files streamed through the HTTP or RTMP protocol will be saved to hd automatically!


How to save HTTP and HTTPS streaming .FLV videos with freeware Ask & Record Toolbar (recommended method)

Ask & Record Toolbar http://www.applian.com/.. can save HTTP and HTTPS .FLV videos from Adobe Flash Player plug-in:

1. Install Ask & Record Toolbar http://www.applian.com/..
2. Start your Firefox or Internet Explorer browser.
3. Navigate to a web page with your video stream and play it in the embedded flash player.
4. Hit the "Save video" button. This will bring the "Ask & Record - Videos" window.
5. Make sure the video has played fully in your web-browser. Then highlight the video in the "Ask & Record - Videos" windows and click the "Save" button.

How to download streaming .FLV videos protocol with freeware WebVideoCap http://www.nirsoft.net/..

WebVideoCap can capture .FLV videos from Adobe Flash Player plug-in:

1. Run WebVideoCap
2. Select the folder that you want to save the captured video files.
3. If you have more than one network or dialup adapter, you should also select the right adapter.
4. Click the "Start Capture" button.
5. Navigate to a web page with your video stream and play it in the embedded flash player.
6. If everything goes right, you should see a new video file created and grown inside the folder that you have selected. You can continue watching more Web site videos while WebVideoCap capture the video files in the background.
7. After you finish, click the "Stop Capture" button.

How to record Flash .FLV Video HTTP stream with WM Recorder http://www.wmrecorder.com/

WM Recorder is a stream recorder that can record Flash .FLV streaming video broadcasted through HTTP protocol (as well as many other audio/video streams).
Here's how to record .FLV HTTP stream in real time with AUTO recording mode enabled (AUTO ON):

1. Download and install WM Recorder http://www.wmrecorder.com/.. .
2. Open WM Recorder.
3. Click the MODE button. The Recording Modes dialog appears.
4. Choose the ADA Mode. WM Recorder will automatically choose the best Adapter for you. It is always the default adapter that Windows uses.
5. Select Auto recording so that you no longer need to click the Record button to start a recording. Every supported audio or video stream you play is automatically recorded in this mode.
6. Using your browser or your media player, play the .FLV video you want to record.
7. Recording starts automatically. The RECORD button turns to STOP. Once the recording begins you can start playing and recording another video / audio clip. There is no need to wait until the play is finished.
8. To end one or more recordings click STOP and select the desired action from the pop-up menu.

Note that WM Recorder also supports other recording modes. The above mentioned method is the easiest one because it doesn't even require you to hit the RECORD button. Please refer to the user guide for more.


How to capture streamable .FLV video through the HTTP protocol with Orbit Downloader http://www.orbitdownloader.com/..

Orbit Downloader can download Flash .FLV Video from Adobe Flash browser plug-in. To download HTTP flash .FLV video with Orbit Downloader:

1. Run Orbit Downloader http://www.orbitdownloader.com/..
2. Check whether your browser is monitored at Preferences->Monitoring.
3. Open a flash .FLV video in your browser. You should see a small-gray Orbit Downloader icon on the top of the video (it looks like a down arrow). Click the icon. Grab++ will run.
4. Reload the page. It will fetch the video for you.
5. Check the video(s) in the list you wanna download and click the "Download..." button. The "Create New Download" dialog will pop up.
6. Click the OK button to download the .flv video.

How to download .FLV video stream with GetFLV http://www.getflv.net/

GetFLV (Windows) is a flash downloader. It support HTTP and RTMP protocols.

1. To download RTMP videos with GetFLV:
2. Launch "FLV Browser" and navigate to a web-site with flash video streams.
3. Play the video that you want to download.
4. GetFLV will capture the real URL of the selected video and show it in the URL list.
5. Select the special item if you want to download it. Click the "Download" button or select "Download" menuitem from the popup menu.
6. GetFLV will start downloading the selected item with the FLV Downloader.

How to download .FLV flash video HTTP stream with any download manager (recommended method)

Before downloading .FLV streaming video file with a download manager you need to find its URL. As in case of any other media stream, you may use URL finding software (URL Snooper or Packet Sniffer software) http://all-streaming-media.com/.. like free Project URL Snooper.

After getting the URL for your FLV file just use any download manager you like to download from the given URL. You may use Mass Downloader, HiDownload, Net Transport, FlashGet or any other download manager http://all-streaming-media.com/.. .


How to download .FLV flash files streamed through the HTTP protocol without downloading and installing any software

http://www.youtubecatcher.com/ , http://www.vixy.net/ , http://www.keepvid.com/ and other web-sites http://stream-recorder.com/forum/youtube-download-youtube-videos-without-downloading-and-t3294.html can be used to download Flash videos from many video sharing web-sites like YouTube, Metacafe, Dailymotion, Veoh,... (the list of supported web-sites is different and always limited).


How to save .FLV flash files from the cache folder of your web-browser

If you have already opened a web-page with flash video stream, you may grab the .FLV file from the Cache folder of your web-browser.

* In the Internet Explorer click [Tools] - [Internet Options...] - [Temporary Internet files] - [Settings...] - [View Files...].
* In the Firefox browser usually it is
C:\Documents and Settings\[your_username]\Local Settings\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\something.default\cache\
You can find it by typing "about:cache" (without quotes) in the URL address bar.
* In the Mozilla browser click [Edit] - [Preferences...] - [Advanced] - [Cache] and find your cache folder. Usually it is C:\DOCUMENTS AND SETTINGS\your_username\APPLICATION DATA\Mozilla\Profiles\default\something.slt\cache\
* In Opera browser open the following folder" c:\Program files\Opera\cache4\
where c:\Program files\Opera\ is the folder in which you installed Opera.

Alternatively Opera can store cache in the following folder:
C:\Documents and Settings\[your_username]\Application Data\Opera\Opera\profile\cache4\

After opening the cache folder you may copy .flv files to any folder using a regular copy-paste method. Note that the cache folder of Firefox contains files without extensions, so it is much easier to use the Internet Explorer instead. Also please note that some .FLV files are very large so it is much easier and faster to get them using the above mentioned methods.

How to download .FLV flash video HTTP stream with web-browser plug-ins
Web-browser video downloading plug-ins (extenstions) can be used to download vides from videos sharing web-sites like YouTube.

How to download HTTP flash videos with Firefox web-browser using DownloadHelper extension http://www.downloadhelper.net/ :

1. Run Firefox
2. Install DownloadHelper extension and restart Firefox.
3. Open "Customize Toolbar" dialog. Find the icon for DownloadHelper and drag it onto the toolbar at the top.
4. Navigate to a web-page with an embedded Flash player and play the stream.
5. You should see the icon of DownloadHelper on the toolbar being animated now.
6. Click on the down arrow on the icon (not on the icon itself).
7. Click on the flash video file and in the "Save file" dialog, name filename.flv.

The problem with this method is that the URL of a flash stream can have a filename with the extension different from .flv. So you need to know the extension being used for the stream and you need to add it to the supported extension in the "Preferences" window of DownloadHelper extension: "Right click on the icon of DownloadHelper" -> "Preferences" -> "MediaReq tab".

How to download .FLV flash video HTTP stream with Safari web-browser using its Activity Monitor

The Activity Monitor of the Safari web-browser allows to see the list of URLs that the Safari browser accesses. You can easily identify the streaming link in the Activity Monitor by the growing number showing the amount of traffic received. If you double click on such a link, you will be able to download it to your hard drive.


Capture Flash .FLV HTTP video stream with freeware PIAFCTM

PIAFCTM http://www.networkactiv.com/.. is a network data capturing utility that provides both packet capturing and HTTP (Web) based file capturing. This can allow you to capture streams coming to your PC through the HTTP protocol.

Here's how to capture .FLV HTTP stream with PIAFCTM:

1. Download and install PIAFCTM.
2. Launch PIAFCTM
3. Select "File mode"
4. Choose a folder to which captured files will be saved (in the "Directory and file settings" group)
5. Hit the "Start" button
6. Navigate to a web-page and start playing your flash video stream
7. When the flash video finishes playing, hit the Stop button.
8. Open the folder with recordings and find the FLV file.

How to capture flash .FLV HTTP video stream with freeware Unlocker

Unlocker http://ccollomb.free.fr/.. is a small freeware utility that allows you to copy and rename shared files (instead of getting one of the following error messages: "Cannot delete file: Access is denied", "There has been a sharing violation", "The source or destination file may be in use", "The file is in use by another program or user".

Here's how to capture .FLV HTTP stream with Unlocker:

1. Download and install Unlocker http://ccollomb.free.fr/.. .
2. Unlocker assistant will launch automatically.
3. Navigate to a web-page and start playing your flash video stream
4. When the flash video finishes playing, Go to temp folder by the following: Start -> Run, typing %temp%.
5. Find a file with the name flaXXX.tmp, this is your flash video. Left click on it and use the Unlocker.
6. Use the Copy Action and save the file with .flv extension.



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