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    How to capture CNN.com videos?

    I have download helper in Firefox browser. It works fine for most things. When I go to CNN to watch their videos, it shows the download file .flv with the proper name of the video, but the file size is 2 GB! Obviously this is not correct for a short video.
    Is there anyone who has tried to capture a short video (any video) off CNN using Ubuntu and had success? I've read tutorials where lots of software are thrown up as suggestions including download helper, but it doesn't seem to work properly.
    Any positive personal experiences?
    Thanks

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    Re: How to capture CNN.com videos?

    18 hours --- nothing. Here's my crude approach -- undoubtedly posting it will induce 27 more expert replies.

    Find your browser cache directory. Typically they are in your home folder in a "hidden" directory, like ~/.mozilla/Cache or ~/.chromium/Cache. You will know it because it is full of files that look like "f_00000e", if you've been playing videos. At the directory prompt, and with nothing playing in your browser, issue "rm *" to delete everything in that folder.

    Now, with your terminal still open on the cache directory, start your CNN video in your browser. In the terminal, issue "ls -la" and note that there is a single file that looks like the ones you deleted. Note the size of it. Issue "ls -la" again, and again note the size of the file. Wait 15 seconds, and issue "ls -la" again, and again note the size of the file. Rinse and repeat. At some point after not very long, you will notice that the file is no longer changing its size. That's when you know the entire video has downloaded. Now, cd to your home folder, and "cp /home/marcus/.mozilla/Cache/f_* ." to copy the entire video to your home folder where you can work on it.

    If you haven't got it, install the libav-tools package.

    To determine the encoding used to make the video, issue this command, substituting your captured file for "name":

    Code:
    avconv -i name
    With that information, google will lead you to guidance on how to strip out the audio, if that's what you want, or how to convert it to .avi if you wish.
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    Re: How to capture CNN.com videos?

    Closed for Staff review.

    If this is in violation of EULAs, TOSs or copyright we do not support such discussions on the Forums.

    Reopened after review.
    Last edited by QIII; April 4th, 2013 at 01:17 AM.

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    Re: How to capture CNN.com videos?

    Quote Originally Posted by QIII View Post
    Reopened after review.
    So how does this thread (or CNN videos for that matter) any different from the YouTube policy? I mean even if they're different websites, the principle of prohibiting discussions on downloading copyrighted content is still the same, isn't it?

    Just asking.
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    Re: How to capture CNN.com videos?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pinoy Tux View Post
    So how does this thread (or CNN videos for that matter) any different from the YouTube policy? I mean even if they're different websites, the principle of prohibiting discussions on downloading copyrighted content is still the same, isn't it?

    Just asking.
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    Anymore discussion of this should take place elsewhere - not in this thread. Thanks.
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    Re: How to capture CNN.com videos?

    Quote Originally Posted by Elfy View Post
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    Thanks for the clarification. I was just surprised this one was re-opened when these kinds of threads are usually locked or removed.

    Moving forward.
    Last edited by Pinoy Tux; April 5th, 2013 at 10:12 AM.
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