Capturing YouTube from Cache?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Littlebit, Aug 22, 2010.

  1. Littlebit macrumors member

    Jul 10, 2007
    Hello everyone, I'm hoping you can help me.

    I watched a YouTube video in Safari the other night and overnight the author deleted it from YouTube. It happened that I didn't close the window it was in though and it was fully loaded into my cache so at this time, until I change the page or close the window (neither of which I've done) I can still view the video.

    I'd like to capture it.

    I searched on the 'net and tried what I could find/understand, which was this:

    "Open the page with the movie and press Command-Option-A, which shows the Activity window. If you're also loading other sites, you'll see a list of them: scroll until you find the YouTube page and click on the arrow to show details about what is being loaded. You will certainly notice an element whose size is over 0.5MB (most of the time, over 5MB). Double-click on it (even if it is still loading), and Safari will download it. When the download is over, navigate to the file in the Finder (which will probably be called get_video) and add the extension .flv to its name. Now you can play it with VLC or with QuickTime."

    I got as far as double-clicking on the 32MB element. Safari tries to download it but after a moment my download box says, "You do not have permission to access the request."

    I posted this same question on another board and someone suggested I follow the Leopard-specific directions here: but going to /private/var/folders/ (I have Snow Leopard, not Leopard but it was the best we could do). When I tried to go into the TMP folder (TemporaryItems, actually) to look for "FlashTmp1", "FlashTmp2", etc. as he suggested, there weren't any - the TemporaryItems folder was just empty.

    The person on the other board where I asked didn't seem to have any other ideas so I figured I'd ask here. Any other suggestions of how I can try to save the video from my Safari cache?


    Macbook Pro, OS X 10.6.4, Snow Leopard
  2. jdesign macrumors member

    Sep 24, 2008
    The method you are using is not downloading it from your safari cache, but it's looking at what files, scripts, javascript, AND VIDEO loaded to that particular website/page and showing you the URL of those files from the SERVER.

    So in this case it's showing you the actual URL of m4v or flv or whatever, and upon alt clicking or double clicking it allows you to download that particular file to your computer from the server.

    if the file is deleted from the server, you won't be able to download them.
    Or if they restrict by putting scripts you won't be able to download them.
    I think that's the case here (i'm speculating regarding the permission thing)
  3. Littlebit thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 10, 2007
    Thank you for the input but it's something of a moot point anyway - I wound up shutting the page eventually (my original message was about a month ago, LOL). Thanks anyway.
  4. sammich macrumors 601


    Sep 26, 2006
    You could've used one of the screen recording tools, Snapz Pro X, the built in Quicktime X one (only 15fps) or some others you can find via google.

Share This Page