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.


Anonymous said...

I am running into an issue when i attempt to copy the file. It states that it cannot be moved copied or altered as it is being used by another program. The only way around this is to shut down the browser which of course erases the file in the temp folder. Not sure what to do about this.

Ed said...

What operating system are you running? Can you change the file permissions?