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    Default Capture (download) streaming video

    I am watching streaming video via Firefox and Flash player. The data rates are too slow so I am getting choppy audio and video. How do I download the clip so I can play it back later. The video is coming from a tourism web site.
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    Camalen NNTP User

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    vchapman wrote:

    > I am watching streaming video via Firefox and Flash player. The data
    > rates are too slow so I am getting choppy audio and video. How do I
    > download the clip so I can play it back later. The video is coming from
    > a tourism web site.


    And URL is...? :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Camalen View Post
    vchapman wrote:

    > I am watching streaming video via Firefox and Flash player. The data
    > rates are too slow so I am getting choppy audio and video. How do I
    > download the clip so I can play it back later. The video is coming from
    > a tourism web site.


    And URL is...? :-)

    Greetings,

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    TI - Webisodes - Activity V
    Regards,
    Vic

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    Camalen NNTP User

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    vchapman wrote:

    > 'TI - Webisodes - Activity V'
    > (http://www.discoverireland.com/ca-en/webisode/jsp/)


    Thanks!

    Well, by reviewing the code of the page, I cannot "decode" where is the
    *.swf" object to get a direct download, maybe it is being called by an
    outside javascript routine.

    Anyway, a little tip: click on "play" button and then "pause" the video to
    start buffering the whole animation (buffering bar becomes gray colored).

    That way, when the content is fully buffered, you can click "play" to start
    the video and it will be rendered in a "smooth" way :-)

    Greetings,

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    Default Re: Capture (download) streaming video

    I use a Firefox addon call Download Helper which downloads and converts streams to AVI.
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    Default Re: Capture (download) streaming video

    Flash? Get a flash downloader plugin for firefox

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    Default Re: Capture (download) streaming video

    Quote Originally Posted by vchapman View Post
    I am watching streaming video via Firefox and Flash player. The data rates are too slow so I am getting choppy audio and video. How do I download the clip so I can play it back later. The video is coming from a tourism web site.
    I may have missed the recommendation above, but in case I did not miss it (and it is not there) be certain you have disabled ipv6. Also disable and remove the application(s) beagle.

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    Default Re: Capture (download) streaming video

    following vchapman's suggestion of giving your browser time to buffer the stream works, of course. if you want to save it for later without adding an extension to FF, you can copy the file from the FF cache after it finished downloading. normally the location is ~/.mozilla/firefox/<some random no.>.default/cache/

    just look for the largest or most recent file; while it's downloading, you'll see the constant increase in size.

    you can copy that file to another location and rename it ~.avi or whatever, so it'll open with a mediaplayer.

    (only rarely did i see sites that instruct the browser to delete the cache immediately; if that happens, this 'trick' won't work, of course.)

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    propman NNTP User

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    vchapman wrote:
    > Camalen;2044925 Wrote:
    >> vchapman wrote:
    >>
    >>> I am watching streaming video via Firefox and Flash player. The data
    >>> rates are too slow so I am getting choppy audio and video. How do I
    >>> download the clip so I can play it back later. The video is coming

    >> from
    >>> a tourism web site.

    >> And URL is...? :-)
    >>
    >> Greetings,
    >>
    >> --
    >> Camalen

    >
    > 'TI - Webisodes - Activity V'
    > (http://www.discoverireland.com/ca-en/webisode/jsp/)
    >
    >


    That site is a bit of a pig to access...no wonder your playback is
    stuttering. :-)

    The following Firefox plugin has worked really well for my flash
    downloading needs:

    Video DownloadHelper 4.6.2
    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3006




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    propman NNTP User

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    phanisvara wrote:
    > following vchapman's suggestion of giving your browser time to buffer
    > the stream works, of course. if you want to save it for later without
    > adding an extension to FF, you can copy the file from the FF cache after
    > it finished downloading. normally the location is
    > ~/.mozilla/firefox/<some random no.>.default/cache/
    >
    > just look for the largest or most recent file; while it's downloading,
    > you'll see the constant increase in size.
    >
    > you can copy that file to another location and rename it ~.avi or
    > whatever, so it'll open with a mediaplayer.


    FWIW, VLC will open the files without renaming.

    http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

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