Record streaming Video software

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by River2Sea01, Dec 24, 2009.

  1. River2Sea01 macrumors newbie

    Dec 24, 2009
    Hello, anyone know how to record streaming video onto your desktop? Yes I know about saving the file by clicking on it in the activity window. However, Dailymotion seems to have figured this out and hides the url. When you click on it in the activity window, instead of saving the file to your desktop, you simply have a new window open with quicktime downloading the video again. Most of the files begin with the url, the only thing changing from video to video are the two digits following the proxy designation:,, etc.


    So can I save these videos by recording them? With what software?

  2. River2Sea01 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 24, 2009
  3. River2Sea01 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 24, 2009

    I tried a few screen capture software demos and they are absolutely horrific. I am trying to save certain animation films to my desktop and the captures do not correctly record the frames.

    Otherwise is there some type of software out there that will help one find the hidden url to save a video file?

    I am disappointed Dailymotion blocks users from saving its videos.
  4. MacTech68, Dec 24, 2009
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2011

    MacTech68 macrumors 68020


    Mar 16, 2008
    Australia, Perth
    Sites like YouTube and DailyMotion are relatively easy to get around using RealPlayer11 (as noted above) or other plugins and add-ons (or even a local proxy). These really aren't "streaming" video in the truest sense of the word, and are actual files that can be downloaded intact independent of your bandwidth.

    The biggest problem is that the files usually have some kind of epoch time in the URL so hitting the originating server won't serve the file again after some time has elapsed (IIRC YouTube uses a 6hr expiry on URLs).

    You can see the epoch time in the DailyMotion URLs as "auth=1261720032".

    The ones that are the hardest use Adobe's RTMP which are TRULY streaming video, where the URL is of the format:




    which send chunks of about 500bytes at a time. Most of the BBC News videos use this method. Presently, for the Mac, flvstreamer is possibly the only way to grab these but I've yet to build this and experiment with it.
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  5. Thezine macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2009

    You are completely right but I can t find the DMG of flvstreamer.

    Do you have any download link or any other solution to record RTMP streaming ?

    thank you

  6. xStep macrumors 68000

    Jan 28, 2003
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  7. MacTech68 macrumors 68020


    Mar 16, 2008
    Australia, Perth
    Not at this time. You'd need to build flvstreamer from source. I haven't attempted it. A friend had a stream downloader on Windows that used to be free but it no longer is. In time, somebody may build a binary for MacOS. :(

    The programs you link to are great if you have un-interrupted full quality stream to record but all these do is record what you see in your browser. Thezine (and myself) are interested in solutions that allow you to download ALL parts of the stream and piece them back together as a Flash Video file, thereby giving you the highest possible quality.
  8. Macmonter macrumors regular


    Aug 14, 2008
    Vermont, USA
    Firefox with Extension

    I use the Firefox browser with a video download extension. Also, a Quicktime plugin called Perian may be needed to enable Quicktime to play flv and mp4 video formats if the downloaded videos don't play. All 3 are free downloads from their respective web sites. Instructions on where and how to download is on the following web site:

    I've successfully downloaded Youtube, Flip and Vimeo videos, and I've imported the videos to iMovie for editing without a problem. Previously, I tried TubeTV for downloading streaming videos, but only got error messages.

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