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There are a lot of tools to download videos from Youtube, Dailymotion, Vimeo, etc. but I'd be interested in a more generic way to download flash videos, for example the ones here: http://www.canalplus.fr/index.php?pid=3351

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Using Firefox with the FlashGot!  Firefox add-on has worked well for me. Wikipedia's  FlashGot article also lists some alternatives.

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What is the formatting code for that Firefox add-on link? –  lovinglinux Dec 3 '10 at 9:37
@lovinglinux -- View the page source, and you'll see it. I'd post it, but I think it's too much format foo for a comment. It's Ctrl-U in firefox to display the page source. –  belacq Feb 2 '11 at 4:49
it would not work on the canalplus video posted –  cipricus Aug 7 '12 at 15:15

Video Download Helper is the best extension for downloading videos from streaming sites. However some sites have protection and won't allow you to download.

For generic method, grab the videos from the /tmp folder or the browser cache folder. The location depends on the video player being used by the web site.

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again, it would not work on the canalplus video posted –  cipricus Aug 7 '12 at 15:15

On Linux you have two additional possibilities. For Flash files transmitted using http - that includes the likes of youtube, dailymotion - the downloaded videos are stored as /tmp/Flash* while they're being played back. If the files are transferred using rtmp, a proprietary protocol, you can try to find the relevant URLs and download using rtmpdump. This can sometimes be as simple as looking at the .html file, but it can also involve packet capturing to find the relevant parameters to supply to rtmpdump.

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In recent versions of flash, the video is saved in your browswer cache. The easiest way to ignore that fact and download the video, is to use flashgot. You can download videos from almost any site with it. It uses a detection method that can capture most videos on almost any site.

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There're different types of tools which you can utilize to download videos from web, I just pickup an outstanding one for each type.

Any Video Downloader (Software) - this piece of freeware is one of the best downloader tools that I have ever used. It has successfully integrated video downloader, converter and manager, letting you grab tons of video clips from web for free. Just search the name in Google and you will find it.

Zamzar.com (Online App) - this free app is quite simple - just input the URL of a web video, choose output format, hit "Download" and that's it. You could use it to capture a video quickly without installing anything. However, it has a limit on file size which should be less than 50 MB. Free alternatives to Zamzar can be found at here.

FLV Chrome Downloader (Browser add-on) - if you want to immediately download a video when streaming it on browser, then this free extension is advised. It works as attaching a small download icon to a side of the address bar and letting you click to grab the video being played. You can search for this extension in Chrome Store.

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In Chrome :

  1. Open up developer tools (Ctrl+Shift+I).

  2. Load the page which contains video.

  3. Click on Network Tab (in developer tools) and click on Type Column and locate the flash or video type ..

  4. Next after locating the type click on corresponding row and locate the file. It's something like videoplayback.

  5. Right click and copy the link address and choose open in new tab

Video starts downloading ...

You can do this to download youtube/facebook or any other community video.

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  • youtube-dl: You can download most of the youtube videos and other flash videos with this from terminal. To install it right away for all UNIX users (Linux, OS X, etc.), type:

sudo curl https://yt-dl.org/downloads/2014.08.10/youtube-dl -o /usr/local/bin/youtube-dl sudo chmod a+x /usr/local/bin/youtube-dl

  • Flash Video Downloader Plugin : Flash video downloader plugin for Mozilla.https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/flash-video-downloader/?src=search
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