This is a Tuturial on how to successfully and easily download streaming videos.
To use this Tutorial, you will need the two programs listed below, and access to the webpage the streaming video is displayed on or from.
1) NetTransport - a download program specifically designed for this purpose,
it allows fast and reliable downloading by making multiple connections to the
server hosting the stream, available at;
2) Mozilla Firefox - an excellent internet browser that you should be using anyway.
1. Open the page the video is displayed on
in the Firefox browser.
2. Rightclick on a blank space on that page near to the video display. Click on “View Page Info”. Then click on the “Media” tab.
Scroll down the Media tab untill you see a media objecy of the type “Embed”.
Select this object, and then copy the url of this object from the lower part of the window. The url will typically looking something like:
(where the stream is hosted by the website)
(where the stream is hosted by a third party server)
3. Open NetTransport, click on the “Job” tab, and then click on “New Download”.
4. In the “Add new download” window, paste the url you copied into the “url” box. Then, copy the url of the page the streaming video
was displayed on into the “Referrer” box (this is sent in the request to the server, making the server believe that the request
from the stream is in fact coming from the original web page, not your computer).
If the stream is hosted by the same website that allows
you to view the stream, (e.g in the Embedded url, the hostname is the name of the site, and not a third party server)
you may need to enter your username and password in the appropriate boxes in the “Add new download” window,
but I’ve seldom found this to be the case.
So, if the original webpage we had was:
and the embedded url we found was:
Now we’re ready, just hit the “OK” button.
5. You can tweak the number of bots to use by right clicking in the “Course/Log” window and selecting “Increase” or “Decrease”.
I find that about 5 gives me the best results, but find whatever works best for you. Be warned, some servers may have a maximum
number of connections per IP, so your connection might get cut off if you use lots of bots.
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