Software to capture on-screen video - which one?

Hello :slight_smile:

I hope my question will not be deemed “illegal” since it’s more or less a “hacker” question, so here goes:

I am looking for some software, freeware preferred, that can “capture” some video that’s playing on the screen. Specially something from a website, such as a “flash” video.

The situation: There’s a website which has video clips of concerts here in Thailand. I am already subscribed to watch those, which cost money that i’m willing to pay. HOWEVER i also want to KEEP those videos! Not just watch them once (or a half dozen times since i can actually watch them as often as i want - yet i have to use that horible Internet Explorer to watch them and have to be on MY computer with MY ADSL connection - narda at office or friend’s place because the website inclusive the content is from the same company that’s also my ISP).

Now i tried a dozen or so programs which claim to do just that - “record or captuer whatever moves on the screen”, some fullscreen-only, some adjustable to the small window that shows the actual video, but NONE of them actually does what it is supposed to - capture the friggin’ video!

They capture the mouse pointer and every shitty advertising animation AROUND the video, but the window with the video - stays black. Same goes for the sound - computer sounds (“bling”, “beep”) are recorded, but the music - narda.

Then i tried some IE plugin that is supposed to “save flash animations”, as i know that the vidoeos are indeed such flash animations - and that software is good, it can save everything from that site, BUT - guess - of course not the video!!

IS there any software that TRULY can do the task, or should i go out and buy a video camera to “film” it off the screen like people do bootlegs of new movies in theaters?

Please don’t misunderstand me for wanting something illegal, i am paying for these videos and all i want is to record them just like everyone and their kids is recording from cable TV with VHS machines.

I apreciate any advise, and if you could point me to some shareware that has a trial version which allows to actually test it, i’ll appreciate that even more (but please, no “jokeware” - “Super recorder trial version, you need full version to record” BS).

Best regards…

Thanh

Maybe this site would worth a try:

http://downthisvideo.com/

As far as I know it can download flash too /it downloads files from youtube, googlevideo and from vimeo, maybe from that site too where you are at/.

Also this site tell some ways it might work:

http://all-streaming-media.com/faq/recording-media-stream/faq-record-download-capture-save-flash-flv-video-http.htm

And I think Snagit can do it. You can try it out for 30 days for free /as far as I know it will record too atleast 2 years ago when I’ve used it the trial did everything for 30 days then stopped/.

I use [B]IVC[/B] (Internet Video Converter). It’s free and works with a lot of sites. Link

It really depends on how the web videos are set up. There’s a dozen different kinds of Flash vids, some can be downloaded and some cannot. With Firefox, the “Unplug” extension will grab almost any downloadable Flash. If the video has a unique URL. like UTube does, theres an online converter that does about the best job of converting to another format, http://vixy.net/ .

If the video cannot be downloaded or directly converted, The Snagit is pretty good, though you do have to play with different codecs and settings to get it right.

Err, FRAPS?

Hello :slight_smile:

Thank you so much guys… the “Unplug” thingy does it!!

I highly apreciate the help i got…

Best regards…

Thanh

Searched the forums and tried different programs (WM Recorder 11, Internet Video Converter 1.41), but I cannot save these streaming videos (Dutch tv shows on adoption, my sister wants to save it badly, she is in the process of adopting):

http://cgi.omroep.nl/cgi-bin/streams?/id/KRO/serie/KRO_1237033/KRO_1269716/bb.20071021.asf

I can open the links in WM Player, but not in Quicktime (hoped the pro version would let me save it). Any help would be greatly appreciated!

[update]
I have been able to save this one with WM Recorder 11 in Pro mode since ADA wouldn’t work (despite error that it cannot find recordings folder): http://cgi.omroep.nl/cgi-bin/streams?/tv/tros/2vandaag/sb.eindeadoptie.asf?start=0:0:0.0&end=0:10:0
But the others have not yet been succesful.

[QUOTE=Da_Taxman;1918513]Searched the forums and tried different programs (WM Recorder 11, Internet Video Converter 1.41), but I cannot save these streaming videos (Dutch tv shows on adoption, my sister wants to save it badly, she is in the process of adopting):

http://cgi.omroep.nl/cgi-bin/streams?/id/KRO/serie/KRO_1237033/KRO_1269716/bb.20071021.asf

I can open the links in WM Player, but not in Quicktime (hoped the pro version would let me save it). Any help would be greatly appreciated!

[update]
I have been able to save this one with WM Recorder 11 in Pro mode since ADA wouldn’t work (despite error that it cannot find recordings folder): http://cgi.omroep.nl/cgi-bin/streams?/tv/tros/2vandaag/sb.eindeadoptie.asf?start=0:0:0.0&end=0:10:0
But the others have not yet been succesful.[/QUOTE]

SnagIt will record anything. WMV streaming vids are hopelessly DRM crippled, so recording is prolly the only option. I can record them for you if you like, they’ll wind up in either DIVX or Quicktime, whatever you prefer. I don’t get anything from the 2nd link from the top.

Thanks for the help. I’ll have my sister give SnagIt a try…two out of three is nice too…