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


Guest
2 years 2 months ago

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 :-)

Guest
2 years 2 months ago

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 :)

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Evan
2 years 2 months ago

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!!!

Guest
2 years 2 months ago

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!

Guest
2 years 2 months ago

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

Dena Lynn