Friday, August 10, 2007

Capturing Movies

Is there a way for me to capture or paste the CBS segment onto my harddrive? They want me to pay $95 for a DVD version, but I'm just wondering if there's any way to copy it directly off the website?

4 comments:

Adolph said...

Hey Amber, congrats on the coverage--that is really neat!

For 95 they are prolly giving you standard or original resolution content. The video file from the website is 320x240, or about half the resolution that you see on a regular television.

That said, you download the video file from the website any time you watch it, although Flash doesn't give you any meaningful way of saving it. I saved it and put it up for you to download. Unzip the file (should just double-click to do that). The flv file can be played back using the free Video LAN player.

Amber said...

Thanks, Adolph, this is very cool! My web designer couldn't figure out how to do this, so you rock!

Amber said...

Adolph, is there a way to save the file in a different format that can be burned on DVD and easily watched on a TV or a computer that doesn't have the Video LAN player?

Adolph said...

Hey Amber, yes, but there may be a simpler way. I think you could upload the flv to YouTube and share it that way. You can put flv into a different fomat using tools like FFmpeg to transcode it into something suitable for a DVD. However transcoding will reduce quality, which is already not high.

I think that there are probably some intellectual property issues with redistributing the content via YouTube, but IANAL. You may be able to mark it private so only your peeps can see it or maybe you don't care so much and then embed the YouTube in your website.