February 18, 2007
steal a video
Ever wanted to
steal borrow a video from a webpage but didn’t know how? Here’s a little trick that will make your mother wear combat boots.
First find a page of a video you want. Then right click on the page select “view source” (you should always view the source of any page that your interested in; sometimes developers leave some good notes on what is being done in their script).
Once here, try and find the location of the video in the script; use control+F to bring up the “find” option. Search for common video extensions like “wmv”, “mov”, etcetera . Once you find your video’s location, copy the complete URL into notepad. Sometimes you’ll see that the location of the video starts with “../”. This just means go one level up in the directory structure (which could just be the domain name itself).
So, you have your complete location pasted in notepad and your ready to borrow. I hope by now most of you know a bit of HTML. Simply create a page with the basic HTML tags needed to create a page. Then make a link on the page using the destination you found as the href. View your page in your browser and right click on the link and select “save target as” and vuala.
Of course, if all else fails and you still want the video. Get firefox and download the following extension: https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/3590/. This will get what you want in seconds. As an alternative, check out, http://vixy.net/; just copy and paste a youtube address, and it’s your’s.
If all else fails, check out zamzar.com.