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How can I record Flash streaming video and save it to Desktop?

Asked by lilikoi (10102points) May 4th, 2010

This is NOT a YouTube video. It is hosted on

I cannot find the FLV link. I just want to download it because the streaming video does not allow you to fast-forward or rewind. I have VLC and it looks like it has a built in capture device but I’m not sure if it can do this or if it can, I’m not sure how it works.

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xxii's avatar

Where is this video being streamed?

lillycoyote's avatar

Do you have a mac or a pc?

lillycoyote's avatar

@xxii from First line of the question details. :)

lilikoi's avatar

I have a PC.

I have not figured out how to save the file from livestream.

I found another flash video on a news site and the Orbit Downloader program allowed me to save the FLV file for that one, but the program did not work w/ the livestream video. The one I did get, I don’t really need because it was just a 3 minute condensed news coverage clip. The one on livestream is a full-length video over 2 hours long, which is why I’d like to d/l it so I can fast-forward through the dull parts and rewind if I want to see something again. As it is, if you miss it, you have to wait the whole 2+ hours for the video to cycle.

I’d rather not post a direct link to the specific video because it is already lagging on the website when I try to stream it.

xxii's avatar

Sorry, I should have been more specific… I was asking for a specific link to the video so I could try to figure out how to rip the video.

This Firefox extension may be able to help you though I haven’t tried it myself. Otherwise, here are instructions from screencasting using VLC.

Edit: Just found this – How to capture free live streaming videos from – hope it works.

heydrew's avatar

try the video recording application from Applian.

xxii's avatar

I think the application mentioned by @heydrew is the same one used in my last link.

lilikoi's avatar

Thanks. That Applian thing was promising but it only grabbed the ad that ran before the actual video, and then seemed to just hang. I’ve given up for now, but I might try the FF extension later…

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LeotCol's avatar

Realplayer is a free download and lets you download videos you are streaming online. Might help you out.

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