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Ripping Video/Audio off websites

  • Jun. 27th, 2006 at 11:18 AM
Muse....
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!

Comments

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.