View Full Version : OT - sorta ... how do you download video files?

October 5, 2001, 05:46 PM
Not through some ghoulist nature - more so for prosperity - I'm trying to download pix & .mpegs of the WTC attack.

Anything I can, I'll "open in new window," which usually gives a larger pix (rather than thummbnail) & off we go.

However, many .mpegs/.rams, etc. just open up in a pop up box & I see no way to save these to my disk.

& while we're at it, I'm sick of the new version of Adobe that makes you mail the darned thing rather than just being able to save it. grrr

Any tips?

Caeca Invidia Es
October 5, 2001, 09:22 PM
If it is a direct link to the video you can right click the link and choose save target as. If it is playing it within a web page then I don't know how, or if you can do it.

October 5, 2001, 09:39 PM
They don't appear to be a direct link - I guess an embedded thingy ... right clicking doesn't do a thing, 'cept maybe bring up a "preference" drop down for the player.

October 5, 2001, 10:24 PM
labgrade, if the video is on RealPlayer the answer is -

You can't.

There may be a way to do it if you are a serious hacker, but for we mortals, sorry charlie. At least, I don't know of a way, and if I don't know of a way..... there are probably several. :D

If it is an MPEG, though, you're in luck.

Assuming you are using Windoze, do this:

Watch the movie online. Don't exit the window. Bring up the file finder, and search for:

*.mpg; *.mpeg

You'll find the buggers sitting in your cache file. They may have a weird name, but they will be there, and the file date will be just a minute ago. Copy them to the desired location, rename them, and there you go.

If you find this difficult with IE, got to www.opera.com and install their browser. It's slick, small, and won't bother IE. Use Opera to go to the same site, view the movie, and it will be nicely tucked away, with the correct name, in

C:\Program Files\Opera\Downloads

It's pretty simple in Netscape, too. Same as Opera, but the file name will be weird, and located in

C:\Program Files\Netscape\Users\<yourprofilename>\Cache

Happy whatevering!

Of course, you will be using this technique to capture MPEGs of guns, won't you? Of course. (Mandatory gun content!)

BTW, Opera will usually capture Adobe files in the same directory. Same procedure.