How to download ustream video

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How to download ustream video
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Ustream is a video site that allows users to stream video. The site also stores and archives the video for later viewing. It is possible to download video from Ustream, but you will need to use a "URL snooping" program such as URL Snooper, Orbit Downloader, or NetXfer (see links in Resources) to find the right URL referencing the video, since it is often hidden behind JavaScript or other programming, according to All Streaming Media (see Reference 1).

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  • URL snooper

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  1. 1

    Direct the browser to Ustream page hosting the video that you want. Be sure that other pages are not open, or it may confuse or overwhelm the URL snooping program.

  2. 2

    Double-click the icon of the URL snooper you chose to download to open the program.

  3. 3

    Click "Play" on the video you want.

  4. 4

    Click the "Find URL" or other similar button to initiate the search for URLs on the network. On URL Snooper, for instance, this button says, "Sniff Network." The program will then begin searching for any URLs that the network is accessing at the time, which might make this difficult if there are multiple users on the network.

  5. 5

    Copy the URL of the video file, which will appear in the "Found URL" window. The way to tell which URL references the video is to look for a .flv file extension, which indicates Flash, the format that Ustream uses for archived video.

  6. 6

    Paste the copied URL into a new browser window. A prompt will appear asking if you want to download a file. Click "Yes," and the computer will begin downloading an .flv version of the Ustream video to the hard drive.

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