Save Local Copies of Streamed Videos From Your Browser To Your HardDrive

February 25, 2013 · 21 comments

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Save Local Copies of Streamed Videos From Your Browser To Your HardDrive

filmGot A Pesky Video That Plays 
But Needs To Be Saved? 

Have you ever uploaded a video somewhere that you couldn’t seem to get a copy back from? 

Or perhaps you’ve purchased a video set that is in a format you can’t play? 

Introducing Video Cache View

“After watching a video in a Web site, you may want to save the video file into your local disk for playing it offline in the future. If the video file is stored in your browser’s cache, this utility can help you to extract the video file from the cache and save it for watching it in the future.

It automatically scans the entire cache of Internet Explorer, Mozilla-based Web browsers (Including Firefox), Opera, and Chrome, and then finds all video files that are currently stored in it. It allows you to easily copy the cached video files into another folder for playing/watching them in the future. If you have a movie player that is configured to play flv files, it also allows you to play the video directly from your browser’s cache.

With VideoCacheView, you can easily save the downloaded .flv files of many popular video sharing sites, like YouTube, Metacafe, Putfile, and
more…”

Recently, I needed to help a client recover some videos of hers that were “stuck” on an ancient video site that was closing… and had failed to give uploaders the ability to download their own media! Yikes!

Fortunately, as a techy wizard, I have many tricks up my sleeve and this one is a oldie but a goodie!

There’s a lot of power in this little tool and it’s up to you to decide whether you will use the Force for good or for mischief. 

VideoCacheView

This free Windows-only tool shows you which media files are saved in your browsers cache and can be either played or copied to a preferred location. 

The key is that you must stream (view completely) the media in your browser first so that the cache copy is complete. 

Fast, simple, lightweight and effective. 

It is a very old trick for downloading media that still works very well. 

You can download it here.  (Ran fine for me on Win 7 64-bit)

~ Kim ~
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PS:  No, it’s not actually possible to keep media out of the hands of someone determined to get a copy if they had access to the original at all. That’s just not how the web works. Focus your energies on being sure your media brands you and builds your business even if (when) it does leak. DLGuard and related scripts can help but even they are little match for a hacker that just browsers your Amazon S3 buckets remotely. 

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21 comments
Yorinda
Yorinda

Hi Kim,

this sounds like a handy tool, especially for situations which you described.

Does this tool still work when the cookies, temporary files and history has been cleared?

Where do we stand in regards to copyright when it comes to downloading videos that are not our own?

On a different subject I will look up 'pesky' in my German dictionary, lol!

Thank you so much for sharing your expertise!

Yorinda

Delton
Delton

Thanks Kim,

Great information you have here. Really appreciate your knowledge of all things tech.

Have bookmarked your site, will be checking back weekly. And will be subscribing as soon as I've setup another email acct.=next phase of my life.

Again, this is a major software tool, exactly what is needed at this time.

Hoping You All The Best, Great Ideas, And Lots of Happy Friends/Customers.

Jacqueline Waters
Jacqueline Waters

Hey Kim,

Unfortunately for me in this situation I use OSX not Windows. Fortunately for your readers that check the comments they will learn about a tool that works on the Mac and probably works on Windows too as long as you are using the Firefox browser (so it is much more limted than the Video Cache that you talk about in your post.

The little firefox plug in is called download helper, you can find it in the firefox add ons.

To use it you simply highlight the video title (on youtube for instance) and it will give you the option to download it in the original format, the .flv and also to download and convert it if you have a different format you prefer.

Just thought I would mention that. If I had Windows I would definitely give video-cache a shot because it is compatible with other browsers, I am not really a fan of firefox but a girl has to do what a girl has to do! :)

Hope you are well,

~Jacqueline

Cal
Cal

This is very helpful! I usually get to face this kind of trouble and I end up refreshing or starting over! I'm happy I came across this post! Thanks!

Shelley Alexander
Shelley Alexander

Kim, Once again you have given me another useful tool to help me with my business. I will bookmark this page and save for later use. Thanks!

Rick Lelchuk
Rick Lelchuk

Pretty slick little piece of software. There is always a way and starting with you sets one on the right path.

Thanks,

RICK

nick catricala
nick catricala

Kim,

this is a great information and "trick" as you put it... I am not into videos much, but for certain this info is very useful... I will share it with a friend who is into video a lot and for sure she can use it.,

Thanks for your clear and detailed instructions.

nickc

Leslie Denning
Leslie Denning

Oh Kim, Great One of All Things Techie - I bow at your feet. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I have been unable to watch those stupid Empower Network videos that I bought because they are incredibly long and I don't live in an area with the fastest internet broadband speed. They will run 5 seconds, and then here comes the little circle going 'round and 'round. After 30 minutes that bar shows 5 minutes, and I get frustrated and give up. I've tried several video downloaders, and sometimes they work and sometimes they don't. I just installed the software, and BAM! there was the video playing at normal speed. Thank you so much!! (Did I say that already?)

All the best,

Leslie

W Paul
W Paul

Thank you very mush for the app. Will definitely come in handy. Will of course use the force for good :-)

Michael Shook
Michael Shook

This is just the problem I have been having lately, needing to have a copy of a video, but unable to get it from the server. I had never heard of this tool, and it looks like I am in the perfect place at the perfect time. Thank you, Kim

Dena Lynn
Dena Lynn

Kim, you're awesome! You are, without question, the person to go to for tech challenges. Glad that we're connected!

Dena Lynn

Rachel Lavern
Rachel Lavern

Hmm...I am thinking of where would be a safe place to store this information Kim. "Safe" meaning I could easily find it amongst the mountain of information I already have. It is the type of solution I can see myself needing at some point in the future (the darnest things happen to me). Thanks for this info!

Evan
Evan

Oh, that is something i will keep in mind) From time to time every blogger face this kind of problem and every time I want to solve this issue with google I came across tons of useless info! thanks Kim, will bookmark this post!!!

Chery Schmidt
Chery Schmidt

Hi Kim! I am always learning something new or getting a new tool every time I stop by.. Like Leslie says above YOU Are A Genius! You sure do have t together girl.. Thanks for sharing Chery :)

Lesly Federici
Lesly Federici

Hey Kim...

Genius ... I heard or read somewhere the definition of a "genius".. is the ability to see the obvious.

That's you. Smart, techy, with the ability to make things simple. I enjoy reading your blog and glad to back :-)

Kim Castleberry
Kim Castleberry

Jacqueline, that's a great tip that works on Windows too. However, this tool will get videos that that can not grab. A recent use of this was to get amazon s3 hosted videos that were hard-coded into a Windows application (.exe file) downloaded. Browser tools couldn't access the darn things or I'd have gone that route!

Kim

Kim Castleberry
Kim Castleberry

Hey Shelley, you're welcome! This is one of those posts that you don't need it until you REALLY need it! I'll give you a tip... if you use Google and sign into google and allow it to give you personalized results... then simply +1 this post. Then, whenever you search Google for this topic, this post will surface easily for you. Useful for organizing things that you may not need any time soon :)

Kim

Kim Castleberry
Kim Castleberry

Did this work for you Michael? I used it to get a video out of a .exe app that had the video hosted on s3.

Kim

Kim Castleberry
Kim Castleberry

Rachel, for information that you don't need "anytime soon" the best is actually to manipulate google a bit! Make sure you are logged into Google and allowing Google to return personalized results. Then PLUS this post on the G+ button above. Then, the next time you search for anything related to this topic, this post will surface naturally using the personalized search feature. It's a really useful way to keep track of things that you want to find later "but only if you need them".

Kim

Kim Castleberry
Kim Castleberry

Thanks Evan... and indeed there are a lot of very muddy posts on the topic. Appreciate your kind words!

Kim

Rachel Lavern
Rachel Lavern

Thanks for this wonderful suggestion Kim...I will 'play' with it this evening. You may have just solved a multitude of problems for me.