Sunday, 1 March 2009
Saving Streaming Video
For sites such as YouTube and Facebook that stream video it's possible to save a copy of the streamed video. The general technique is to clear your temporary directory, load the video in your web browser and let it play to the end. Without closing the browser copy the cached file from the temp directory to somewhere else on your file system. You may need to give the cached file a .flv extension and download the codecs required to play Flash video if you have not done so already.
I work on projects related to technology and taxonomy at the Natural History Museum, and as an advisor for the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature. My interests are in entomology (stick insects, cockroaches and insect acoustics) and how technology can change the way research is done in biology and museums. Big fan of open access, open data and open hardware.
Copyright Ed Baker