Saving flash movies
September 17, 2008 7:01 AM   Subscribe

I want to download flash movies from a particular website. Keepvid does not work since the custom flv player uses flashvars to identity the clip.

This is a sample of the video that I want to download. Thanks for any tips.
posted by lahersedor to Computers & Internet (3 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I was able to download it just fine with DownloadHelper 3.2.2 FF3 Extension.
Hope that helps!

- Bill
posted by willmize at 7:41 AM on September 17, 2008

I was able to download the file from just by starting the video, looking at the "Activity" window in Safari, and double-clicking the obviously large FLV file referenced.
posted by majick at 7:52 AM on September 17, 2008

Best answer: If you use Firefox, you can install the Firebug extension. Once installed, press F12 to activate the Firebug window, then go to the "Net" tab. That will show you the URL of everything on the page that loads, including javascript files, images, and in the case of a streaming video, the FLV file's URL. Then you can copy the URL, put it in your address bar, and download the FLV.

There may be a much easier way to do this - I know there are a few Firefox extensions that are made specifically for ripping streaming video (probably parses the webpage for links to FLV files), but since I use Firebug for a bunch of stuff I just stick with that.
posted by MarkLark at 8:04 AM on September 17, 2008

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