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How to download/save a video clip?

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Our non-profit agency was interviewed on local TV. The TV station has
the clip on their web site. However, I'm concerned that it will soon
go away.

Is there any way for me to capture that video clip, so I can put it on
our web site (after getting permission, etc) ?

it's at:
http://media.vmsnews.com/MonitoringR...86/G001319960/

How would I download or capture a video clip?

Thank you,
Bill
Feb 13 '08 #1
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Bill scribed:
>Our non-profit agency was interviewed on local TV. The TV station has
the clip on their web site. However, I'm concerned that it will soon
go away.

Is there any way for me to capture that video clip, so I can put it on
our web site (after getting permission, etc) ?

it's at:
http://media.vmsnews.com/MonitoringR...86/G001319960/

How would I download or capture a video clip?
Empty your disk cache and then bring up the site and play the video. You'll
find the video in your cache.
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Ed Jay (remove 'M' to respond by email)
Feb 13 '08 #2

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Ed Jay wrote:
Bill scribed:
>Our non-profit agency was interviewed on local TV. The TV station has
the clip on their web site. However, I'm concerned that it will soon
go away.

Is there any way for me to capture that video clip, so I can put it on
our web site (after getting permission, etc) ?

it's at:
http://media.vmsnews.com/MonitoringR...86/G001319960/

How would I download or capture a video clip?
Empty your disk cache and then bring up the site and play the video. You'll
find the video in your cache.
You shouldn't have to empty the cache. Sort the cache directory by file
date and it'll be the BIG one at or near the bottom of the list.
Feb 13 '08 #3

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Harlan Messinger scribed:
>Ed Jay wrote:
>Bill scribed:
>>Our non-profit agency was interviewed on local TV. The TV station has
the clip on their web site. However, I'm concerned that it will soon
go away.

Is there any way for me to capture that video clip, so I can put it on
our web site (after getting permission, etc) ?

it's at:
http://media.vmsnews.com/MonitoringR...86/G001319960/

How would I download or capture a video clip?
Empty your disk cache and then bring up the site and play the video. You'll
find the video in your cache.

You shouldn't have to empty the cache. Sort the cache directory by file
date and it'll be the BIG one at or near the bottom of the list.
You're right...but it does make things easier to find.
--
Ed Jay (remove 'M' to respond by email)
Feb 13 '08 #4

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Ed Jay wrote:
Harlan Messinger scribed:
>Ed Jay wrote:
>>Bill scribed:

Our non-profit agency was interviewed on local TV. The TV station has
the clip on their web site. However, I'm concerned that it will soon
go away.

Is there any way for me to capture that video clip, so I can put it on
our web site (after getting permission, etc) ?

it's at:
http://media.vmsnews.com/MonitoringR...86/G001319960/

How would I download or capture a video clip?

Empty your disk cache and then bring up the site and play the video. You'll
find the video in your cache.
You shouldn't have to empty the cache. Sort the cache directory by file
date and it'll be the BIG one at or near the bottom of the list.

You're right...but it does make things easier to find.
Yeah but--it deletes your cache!
Feb 14 '08 #5

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re****@newsguy.com writes:
OK, so far so good. These files linger until the Cache hold setting
arrives I guess. So I thought it was a simple mechanism.

Video starts downloading, video starts playing, and completes
downloading.

But then I happened to accidentally delete the Cache while a video
was still playing... and guess what... it didn't effect its playing
at all.

The cache had zero files, yet the video continues playing...
Depending on the operating system, deleting the file may not
remove the data. In flavours of Unix (mac os, linux etc)
removing the file simply deletes it from the directory. If
there is some other pointer to the data, the file persists
until that pointer disappears. This is reasonable
behaviour, so I don't know whether Windowses do the same.
If the video is more than about 25mb, the instant the downloading
part ends the file disappears. I know the approximate size because
the web page gives that detail about the files.
What is the cache size limit of the browser? Does that give
a clue?

It's also not necessary to have the whole video in the file
for it to be worthwhile having a file (as an on disc buffer
to smoothe out dips in the data rate).

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Jón Fairbairn Jo***********@cl.cam.ac.uk

Feb 15 '08 #6

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Jon Fairbairn <jo***********@cl.cam.ac.ukwrites:
> If the video is more than about 25mb, the instant the downloading
part ends the file disappears. I know the approximate size because
the web page gives that detail about the files.

What is the cache size limit of the browser? Does that give
a clue?
Yikes, it was pretty dumb not to have checked that, but when I did
after your prompting I see it was set to 50mb. Which seems it should
have allowed more than 25 to be downloaded since that was the only
file in there.

However, apparently it doesn't really work like that since I upped
the ante to 60mb and now I've seen at least 28mb get downloaded at
once.

I suspect it may be that any one files is only allowed to use half the
limit, do you know off hand if in the case of FireFox, something close
to that is how it works?
Feb 16 '08 #7

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re****@newsguy.com writes:
Jon Fairbairn <jo***********@cl.cam.ac.ukwrites:
>> If the video is more than about 25mb, the instant the downloading
part ends the file disappears. I know the approximate size because
the web page gives that detail about the files.

What is the cache size limit of the browser? Does that give
a clue?
[...]
I suspect it may be that any one files is only allowed to use half the
limit, do you know off hand if in the case of FireFox,
I don't
something close to that is how it works?
Given that the point of the cache is to improve performance
and the browser doesn't know what you are going to do next,
and the common case would be of an html page with several
ancillary files, that seems like a reasonable heuristic.
This is getting too far off topic for this ng, though.
--
Jón Fairbairn Jo***********@cl.cam.ac.uk

Feb 16 '08 #8

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re****@newsguy.com writes:
Most authoring is devoted to making something happen in a specific way
at the consumer end so understanding what happens there is quite
central to authoring.
Maybe so, but precisely how to implement a browser cache is
not part of this. All a web author needs to know is that
there /may/ be a cache, it may or may not be big enough for
a whole video and that there is no way of telling any of
this because the user can have any one of a number of
different browsers, and each is implemented differently.

--
Jón Fairbairn Jo***********@cl.cam.ac.uk

Feb 19 '08 #9

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