How do I extact the audio from a video only available on a website?



At first I thought I could simply “save target as” to my hard drive then use an audio from video extraction program. However, the link to the video isn’t an acutal file, its a url. The link takes me to a flash based site where the video then plays. My question is how can I convert the audio that it plays into an mp3? Is there some kind of program out there that can record what’s being played by your sound card w/o having a microphone? Or maybe there might be some trick as to save the video onto my hard drive as an .avi or something so that I can use an audio extactor. Please help!


give link to file


I just noticed that I can’t even get a direct link to the flash site, you have to go to the above site first then click on a song.


Easy way just open audio in internet exoliorer (popup window) then click Ctrl+D to add current page to favorites, then close that page and go to favorites and click link you just added then go to View menu and click Source then press Ctrl+F and search for .asx then you’ll find string like this

var mediaUrl = "";

just copy url from quote and open with windows media player or download it with your favorite download manager, i have not tryed that yet, but should work fine.

If not then find me some better link because i cant hear this crappy song anymore. :Z


Once you have the link, you can download the file using “Net Transport”. Works for most streaming media.

BTW, does anybody know similar programs for storing streaming media content?

Extracting the audio track is done with a conversion program. Unfortunately, I’m currently not aware of a free one, but there are many shareware progs out there. Just give them a try.

Net Transport can be found here:


I opened the .asx link in windows media player, but still can’t “save target as.” I’ll try using Net Transporter tomorrow, I’m too dead tired to try it out right now (just got back from snowboarding).

Sorry it’s not your taste in music Z_unit, but any band from mtv live would have worked since they’re all in the same format :slight_smile:


Media player typically don’t allow you to save streaming media. You need more specialized progs for that. (Maybe WinAmp works, I read sth. like this somewhere. But thats not for video…).

Once I had a korean program that also saved these files (in english, of course). Don’t remember the name now :sad:


Net Transporter didn’t work in this case. The only thing it saves is the first tiny clip of the MTV logo dancing around while the actual video is still streaming.

Thanks for the help guys, but I just did a search and found a sound recorder to simply record it while it plays. I really hate doing it this way since I have to sit through each song as it plays, though.


You don’t need a 3rd-party program to capture audio, but you may need to sit through it while it records. This may help:

Downloading streaming media is surprisingly difficult; it’s intended to be that way. ASX’s are playlists which are small files which link to the actual file, but if you open them with a text editor, most will have a link which begins with rtsp:// instead of http, and only a media player program (like Gabest Media Player Classic) will be able to do anything with it, and usually you won’t be allowed to save a copy manually. With RealAudio/.ra files, I have sometimes found them in my Windows temporary files (forget exactly where). Windows Media seems to be the trickiest.

And forget capturing streaming video. I once just tried to capture screenshot from a movie trailer on QuickTime using the printscreen button etc. (you can also learn how here: , look for Screen Shot) and the actual movie still up as a black space, with the rest of the monitor showing up fine, even though I could see the still fine with my eyes. I’m sure there are pay 3rd-party programs which will let you ‘capture entire screen’ in a moving format.


I’m having the same problem as the person who started this thread. Ive read through the tips people have given, and have added the link to my favorites, clicked on ‘source’ however there is no asx file when I ctrl +f.

I’d really appreciate it if anyone has any idea how to help me out. And just in case one of you is kind enough to actually try and do it for me, the link is:

I’d really appreciate the help.

my e-mail addy is:


What guys you never heard of download managers? Just paste link to FlashGet and it will download full .WMV file for you. I guess DAP will work to and many other.

Btw varzideh you dont find wmv or wma because its not windows media its real player and i dont know how to do same with real player content i dont even use it because its just bunch of spyware…


I agree on the RealPlayer comment. I once did an informal poll with a group of computer enthusiasts: “What do you think is the most evil program that exists?” (Other thanviruses and that type of thing.) The consensus was not Windows, but RealPlayer. This flows into my comment about Media Player Classic by Gabest; it can play Real format files. If you don’t have RealPlayer installed and thus don’t have the decoder installed, a good soul wrote “RealPlayer Alternative” which provides the decoder. The download happens to come packaged with Gabest MPC.

MPC has a “dub” function where you type in a URL but I’ve never been able to figure out exactly what it does or if it is related to this topic. If anyone knows, post here and/or let me know.

It’s amazing that DVD copy protection was circumvented so quickly but capturing publicly-available streaming content is still so not understood. I’m gonna follow this thread; hopefully someone can provide an answer and/or a result to Z_Unit’s suggestion.


Ok after some research i can tell that .asf is a text file its like playlist for windows media player it contains url for different streams so you may want to open it in explorer and view source. Then it will show you location of WMV file which is played in internet explorer. Then you can download WMV file you want with download manager. Just remember to copy full url within “” with any text comming after .wmv because it wont work otherwise.


I would use WM Recorder, allways has worked well for me.

Ben :slight_smile:


Steaming video sites that I have run into, that I like usually play clips. I’ve found that with my browser, I can select…view source and with some scrolling, find the source code that calls to the source video. I Highlight…cut and paste…and direct d’load.

I’m not talking internet tv, just sites that post enclosed video.


That has worked on rare occasions for me, but usually not. What bugs me is the use of streaming protocols, like RTSP (real-time streaming protocol), and in my experience if you dump a streaming url in a browser, the server will reject the request, because the request was made via http, not rtsp. I’ve tried putting rtsp:// in front of the url in the browser and that doesn’t work either.

I have often manually downloaded the small RealMedia file (forget the filename exentions) for streaming media and opened it with a text editor… inside is a link to the source with RTSP:// in front of it. Even when putting these url’s directly in a network-capable media player like Media Player Classic using “Open…”, it won’t work for me (BTW in MPC what does “dub” mean underneath the “open” field–they both look the same, and “dub” is not in MPC’s literature?).

There was a clip on Coast To Coast AM where a person during WWII had recorded a radio broadcast in which both a slow-moving UFO sighting (and attempted attack of it by the military) as well as submarine-based bombing by the Japanese was experienced in one day on the Pacific coast.
There is almost no current memory or record of Japanese actually attacking our mainland (many educational TV shows claim that there was NO successful attack against our mainland), and of course a report of a UFO sighting in mainstream media (even for that day) is extremely rare, especially at that level of detail (of course, that one was pretty well documented; it was a big brouhaha because there were photos, lots of witnesses, the military couldn’t shoot it down). I want to save the clip but I can’t figure out how.

In short, I hate streaming. I think it actually wastes network bandwidth, because to listen to a file several times, you have to download it slowly each time. And you can’t [easily, anyway] save it (which is the idea). The worst part is that if you go back months or years later to listen to the thing again, it will almost surely be gone.


I use a little program called 3D MP3 Recorder from to capture streaming audio and save it as an mp3. It works great and is straightforward.


I use Total Recorder by High Criteria at

When installed, it pretends to be a sound card, and anything you normally can hear via a sound card gets directed to disk as well as to your real sound card.

Just set it up, play the audio or video+audio stream normally, and then save the result!