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If you are like me, there have been many times you've watched some video on a web page, only to find there are no provisions to save a copy to your hard drive.

This page lets you get past that limitation.  It requires a little work on your part and will not work in all circumstances.

Follow these steps:

  1. View the Source of the page that contains the video.  Be observant, sometimes the videos are within a Frame and you must view the source of the Frame with the reference to the video.
  2. Search the source code for WMV, MOV, or SWF.  These are the file types of the movie files and you should be able to recognize the type you need to search for by the appearance of the window the video was shown in.  You may have to search for more than one occurrence before you find the URL you want.
  3. If you are lucky, the entire file reference, including the "http://" is in a string in the source.  That is what you want to Copy (without the quotes) and Paste into the input box above.  If you are not lucky enough to get the entire file path, Copy and Paste what you have.  Then Copy the URL from the address line of the page you are looking at.  Paste it at the beginning of the input box and edit off the file name of the page you are viewing.  Don't forget to add the "/" between the URL and the filename (and no spaces please).  File references with "../.." in them are a little trickier, but not by much.  You have to remember that each ".." is a reference to the path above your current location.  So for each "..", remove a pathname from the end of the original URL (and don't forget to remove the ".." and "/" from the filename.  For example: Page URL = "http://www.rostenbach.com/test/test.htm"  Video URL = "../videos/video.mov" You should make it read, "http://www.rostenbach.com/videos/video.mov"  Note how you need to remove the reference to the page "test.htm" and then back up a subdirectory by removing the "test/", and then add the new path "videos/", followed by the filename "video.mov".  See how you remove the "../" at the beginning of the file reference?
  4. Click Next to go to a dynamically generated page that will contain the URL you've created as a hyperlink.
  5. You can now do a Right-Click and Save-As (or 'Save Link As', depending on the browser you are using) and then select the destination for your file.  If you don't get a File Dialog box, then you haven't gotten the URL correct yet.  Press Back and try editing the address again.

Hopefully these steps will help you save the files you want.  My attitude is; I downloaded it, I'm going to keep it.  Especially with the "here today, gone tomorrow" structure of the Internet.

... and the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your activity.

Good Luck, Mr Phelps