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Ripping Video/Audio off websites

  • Jun. 27th, 2006 at 11:18 AM
Taking a cue from teemus (link) and garikapati(link)

Also ref: (youtuberip)

In most cases, the rigmarole behind denying downloadability of content makes no sense to me. As long as I don't re-distribute the content without permission, it's perfectly legal to download them for your own private purposes (Whatever they might be! lol!)

Here's how I've been snatching media off the internet, I find it's way more convenient compared to most other apps out there. (save teemus's cute little javascript that pretty much automates the same thing that I do, albeit, a teeny weenie bitty differently. :o))

teemus's bookmark script basically re-requests for the file and grabs it from the cache once the browser makes the connection and confirms that the file in question already exists in the cache. With a bit of editing, the javascript could be made to download flv's off different sites too. The basic concept remains the same though.

Using my method, you don't need to worry about different scripts for different websites, you don't have to worry about the 'type' of file you're archiving. It's all just copy-paste!

You can grab MP3 files, real media files, quicktime files, blah-blah, blah, etc.... You name it, if it shows on your screen without an automated reload(blank), your day is made. :)

Actually, it works for virtually every variety of streaming content. (we know they're really caching the files, it's not _true_ streaming {mind you, even true streamed content may be captured. You just have to do it differently} in most cases.)

Step 1:
         Empty your browser cache

Step 2:
         On Windows XP/2K/etc:
              Go to -->     [Drive]:\Documents and Settings\[user login name]\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\
(Drive = whatever drive your OS stores user data on, user login name = the folder is usually named after _your_ username [the one you use to log into XP])
         On Win98/ME/etc:
              Go to -->     [Drive]:\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\
(Drive = whatever drive your OS stores user data on.)

Step 3:
         Go into 'detailed' view and sort files according to file-size (Largest files at top).
Step 4:
         Select all files and delete them. (do not close the window!)

Step 5:
         Fire up Internet Explorer (any version) and go view the video on whichever site.

Step 6:
         Once the video has finished downloading (or playing just to be sure you have the entire file), shift back [Alt+Tab] to the Temporary directory and Refresh [(right-click > Refresh) or (just hit the F5 key)] the folder listing.

The file you're looking for is the largest file listed at the top of the list in the folder.

Step 7:
         Copy the file and paste it on the desktop. Rename to 'whatever.flv' or if you were listening to a streaming MP3 file, real media file, quicktime, blah, rename to the appropriate extention.

Having trouble with figuring out the file format? No problem. Use GSpot to figure it out for you

You're done. Just delete the file from your Temporary directory so you can check out the next vid or song. :o)

You can also view a bunch of vids or audio files in a single browsing session. Then copy them all in a single flash. It's easy and does'nt depend on the scripts that each site uses.

Note: No screening on this post!


(no subject) - brainz - Jun. 27th, 2006 10:09 am (UTC)
angiasaa wrote:
Jun. 28th, 2006 06:50 am (UTC)
Aah ha!! :o)

And I thought you'd given up on checking your friend list with all the work and business you're into.

I for one have not been following up on my e-mails and friend list ever since I started work. :( I need to find and tie down some quality time for myself now. :o(
alexli wrote:
Jun. 30th, 2006 08:31 pm (UTC)
angiasaa wrote:
Jul. 1st, 2006 09:04 am (UTC)
No problem. :o) Glad to find you like it.
alexli wrote:
Jul. 1st, 2006 12:40 pm (UTC)
yes it is especially usefull for the youtube site ;)
btw i am better and better

angiasaa wrote:
Jul. 2nd, 2006 07:40 pm (UTC)
That's awesome news!! :) Keep getting better, my dreams of happiness shall come true. ;o)

YouTube is an awesome place. But their attempts at protecting their content from copying does'nt make sense to me.

We're not steqaling, It's just like we're recording a TV show off the cable onto a Tape so we can watch it later. Perfectly legal.. :o)

I'm busy as crazy these days. Work's killing me. But I get along somehow. Hope to talk to you sometime. It's been ages since we spoke, and I'm starting to feel guilty.
subtle_blues wrote:
Jul. 23rd, 2006 03:50 pm (UTC)
Did you check the page that your guywise link opens? Did you intend for it open that random page? :-S
angiasaa wrote:
Jul. 30th, 2006 11:25 pm (UTC)
Nope, someone is squatting on guywise.org. :( He's refusing to release the domain name. Wants a 2 Grand in dollars before he'll release it. Dunno what I'm to do about it.

I just might get fed up and register another domain. a .com for all I know.... :(
subtle_blues wrote:
Aug. 7th, 2006 03:55 am (UTC)
Now, that's fucked up.
Update us when the changes are made.
angiasaa wrote:
Aug. 7th, 2006 07:24 pm (UTC)
Thing is I've got Guywise.org from 0 to 3 on the Google Page Rank.. All through hard work. And now, I've lost the bloody domain name itself. :((

(Anonymous) wrote:
Jun. 18th, 2007 08:12 pm (UTC)
having a lil issue
i came upon your page b/c i was trying to figure out how to ripe video/audio from websites. your directions were very straight forward and helpful, but i got lost at the last part where you identify the file format.

im technologically challenged, so the GSpot link you provided made about as much sense as baby talk.

im trying to ripe a youtube file. help por favor.

(Anonymous) wrote:
Dec. 7th, 2007 05:01 am (UTC)
not working
this doesnt work.. am i missing something. I get this file is already in use when trying to paste the file to the desktop.
When I close the window the cached tmp file disapears.
angiasaa wrote:
Dec. 14th, 2007 02:20 pm (UTC)
Re: not working
You have to do the Copy-Paste _after_ the file has completely downloaded. This is usually once the movie has ompletely played out.

If you try to copy-paste the file while it has not completely downloaded into your temporary folder, It will give you the error you faced. :)

Hope that was helpful.