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Capture Streaming Video


glennwebster

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I have been reading about capturing streaming video from the Internet. I can find a fair amount of sofyware that supposedly does that. I am reluctant to load imy system with trial copies unless I'm pretty sure I want to keep it. Anyhoo, I have 2 questions.

Is there a recommendation as to a good program?

I have a dial up connection and have to wait until the video is all in before viewing. Can I then play it and capture it during replay?

glenn

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Depending on the stream, after you have downloaded the file, it may be in your temporary internet files, though not necessarily in the temporary internet files folder itself, but in a super hidden subfolder.

 

If you have Windows XP there is a trick to see those hidden folders: start the disk cleanup applet, highlight temporary internet files, click view files. That opens the hidden content.IE5 folder in Windows Exploer, within which there are (usually) 4 folders with alphanumeric names. Open those and see if the video file is there. If so you can copy it to where you want it. Usually video files are quite large, so click on size to sort by size, which will make finding the video file easier.

BTW, it is convenient, in Folder options, view tab to set show hidden files and folders, uncheck hide protected operating system files uncheck hide extensions for known file types.

If you want o do this often, it is also a good idea to make a shortcut to the content.ie5 folder on your desktop. When you've opened it in disk cleanup, go up one level (to temporary internet files), then right mouse drag Content.IE5 to the desktop, release mouse and click create shortcut here.

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Great suggestions J... You can find these same type folders in C:\System32\config\... also but the Clean up method is is a good way to open them. If you do a search for the "Content.ie5" folders on your computer you will come up with several places where these similar folders are located but you won't be able to work with them.

 

Frank...

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In \system32\config... the content.IE5 folder is not the one for my user account, but for the system profile, a different account that never (on this stand alone PC) surfs the internet and hence is always empty with a virgin index.dat file of 32KB. The subfolders are also always empty except for the desktop.ini files. These also have different names from the ones in my user account's content.ie5 folder.

 

Search finds all the content.ie5 folders except for the one for the logged in user account (which has admin rights) and as far as I know the logged in user can only see that through disk cleanup. (One could log in to another user account with admin rights, I suppose, but then the shortcut would appear on that user's desktop, not of the user who is doing the downloading

 

Edited to reflect Redwagon's edit of his post.

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You are correct Jean. My arrow points to the wrong folder. My bad. I had never gone to the disk cleanup method of seeing or removing the files from the internet, but it surew works to view the files. Lots of ways to skin a cat as they say.

 

Frank...

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Depending on the stream, after you have downloaded the file, it may be in your temporary internet files, though not necessarily in the temporary internet files folder itself, but in a super hidden subfolder.

 

If you have Windows XP there is a trick to see those hidden folders: start the disk cleanup applet, highlight temporary internet files, click view files. That opens the hidden content.IE5 folder in Windows Exploer, within which there are (usually) 4 folders with alphanumeric names. Open those and see if the video file is there. If so you can copy it to where you want it. Usually video files are quite large, so click on size to sort by size, which will make finding the video file easier.

BTW, it is convenient, in Folder options, view tab to set show hidden files and folders, uncheck hide protected operating system files uncheck hide extensions for known file types.

If you want o do this often, it is also a good idea to make a shortcut to the content.ie5 folder on your desktop. When you've opened it in disk cleanup, go up one level (to temporary internet files), then right mouse drag Content.IE5 to the desktop, release mouse and click create shortcut here.

 

Thanks to all that replied.

I thought I would be smart and did the disk cleanup first. I changed the folder setting as you suggested. Then downloaded a movie (4 min) and used View files on the Disk Cleanup app. Found the four folders just as you said but there were no video files in any. No large files of any kind. I will continue to experiment with downloading and checking.

I'm sorry for the delay in replying. I suddenly lost the ability to post or reply. No error messages just a blank message window. I've been trying to figure it out. I use Netscape as my browser and have for years but decided to try IE and you probably guesed that it worked.

I must have a problem with Netscape, but this forum is the only place it shows up and it just suddenly appeared.

:(

Glenn Webster

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Hi Lynn

I just checked the IE version # - it's 7.0.5730. Apparently it did download and install.

I have updates set to auto. Have I done a bad thing?

Any suggestions?

glenn webster

:o yikes

IE 7 has broken a LOT of things, not just Roxio's Versions 6, 7, 7.5, and 8. They alledgedly have a patch for 7.5, but it only allows part of it, according to someone's post.

 

Go up to Daithi's post, if you haven't already, and follow his instructions.

 

I always do my Microsoft downloads manually, choose custom (not express), and read the info on what the thing is all about. It is a matter of how far I trust them.

 

Lynn

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Thanks to all that replied.

I thought I would be smart and did the disk cleanup first. I changed the folder setting as you suggested. Then downloaded a movie (4 min) and used View files on the Disk Cleanup app. Found the four folders just as you said but there were no video files in any. No large files of any kind. I will continue to experiment with downloading and checking.

I'm sorry for the delay in replying. I suddenly lost the ability to post or reply. No error messages just a blank message window. I've been trying to figure it out. I use Netscape as my browser and have for years but decided to try IE and you probably guesed that it worked.

I must have a problem with Netscape, but this forum is the only place it shows up and it just suddenly appeared.

:(

Glenn Webster

 

As I said, it does not work for all streaming, some do not actually download a playable file.

 

In those cases, you are stuck with buying software. A (possibly) useful starting point for making a choice might be

http://all-streaming-media.com/record-video-stream/

 

Replay AV 8 seems to be popular, ($50, free trial) but I have no experience.

 

http://www.applian.com/replay-av/index.php

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