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How to extract video from a website

Updated July 19, 2017

Users can easily extract video from a website by using a built-in feature of their Internet browser. When users preview the HTML coding for a page, they can analyse the page's formatting and isolate any linked media. This functionality makes it possible to download an embedded clip in just a few clicks.

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  1. Open an Internet browser and access the website with the video.

  2. Retrieve the HTML code for the website. Locate the direct URL to the video, the link will include a digital video file extension.

  3. Copy the video's direct URL and paste it in another Internet browser window. Press "Enter" to load the media.

  4. Go to the "File" tab and choose "Save As..." A save file dialogue box will deploy.

  5. Program a saving destination for the extracted video and assign it a file name. The media will be exported in its native format with its corresponding file extension. Click "Save" to download the clip.

  6. Tip

    To retrieve a page's HTML code in Internet Explorer, go to the "View" tab and select "Source." If using Firefox, go to the "Tools" tab and select "Page Source." If using Safari, go to the "View" tab and choose "View Source." As an alternative to extracting video through the HTML code, users can download and install free applications like RealPlayerSP or Orbit Downloader. Both tools can be integrated into an Internet browser and used to download any video embedded on a web page.

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About the Author

Theodora Pennypacker

Based in New York City, I am an online video producer who has more than five years of experience working in digital media. I specialize in video compression and distribution, video software, online video sharing and portable device use. I received my B.A. in Film Studies in 2005 from Vassar College.

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