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    Hi guys, I introduced myself last time as workting for a non-profit educational org (www.theicc.net / www.worde.org ) and some of you were kind enough to help me grab a file (you used rtm dump? something like that, i remember the name was awful !) - I could not find a version of the program that ran with my computer.

    In the meantime:

    C-Span sent my organization a copy of this presentation on DVD (my boss is the lady on the far right and colleages are in the middle!!!)- I have this DVD right here on my desk, alas, my 2009 iMac no longer accepts DVD's (it has been shaky ever since I got it and got progressively worse as the years went on) --- In short, I really need to find a way to grab this presentation:

    http://www.c-span.org/video/?317875-1/civil-society-afghanistan

    Can anyone help me or tell me a good way to grab it? I've tried MPEG Streamclip to no avail... Your help or advice would be most appreciated...

    Thanks a trillion dollars,
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    youtube-dl is an easy way to download c-span videos.

    Just type:

    youtube-dl "url to video"

    on the command line.
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    Thanks ponens, this seems like a revolutionary thing... I'm on the download page, what kind people.

    How do I download it for Mac osx? I note from their website that osx is supported, but on the download page ( http://rg3.github.io/youtube-dl/download.html ) I don't see which option i need? Do I get the windows version???

    Thanks so much, hope this works
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    And I have no idea what python interpreter is!?? The python page is a little scary to be honest... I mean as someone who's not very code proficient in any language aside from v basic html,, and has no idea what this all means
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    The windows version is just a single small standalone executable. You needn't concern yourself with anything about python, unless you are naturally curious.

    They list discreet instructions for OS X using sudo curl or sudo wget. If this is not something you feel you can do on OS X, just forget about youtube-dl.
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    thanks again ponens ... I believe I've encountered "sudo" before- this means that this youtube-dl thing is something that i use the mac terminal for, correct?

    And finally, just to be clear (sorry!) - I'm still confused about the download page, it has a download link for .exe (windows) and full source (is that the one i need?)
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    I mean it says, To install it right away for all UNIX users (Linux, OS X, etc.), type:
    sudo curl https://yt-dl.org/downloads/2014.06.02/youtube-dl -o /usr/local/bin/youtube-dl

    sudo chmod a+x /usr/local/bin/youtube-dl


    So i just type that into my Mac Terminal and it'll install, correct???
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    Ok, just forget about youtube-dl. Instead, find the very long, one-time-use url. It will look like this (note that the following one will have expired):
    Code:
    http://d19cp144waw2mw.cloudfront.net/trimmed/full/317/317875-1/317875-1-MP4-STD_01.mp4?Policy=eyJTdGF0ZW1lbnQiOlt7IlJlc291cmNlIjoiaHR0cDovL2QxOWNwMTQ0d2F3Mm13LmNsb3VkZnJvbnQubmV0L3RyaW1tZWQvZnVsbC8zMTcvMzE3ODc1LTEvMzE3ODc1LTEtTVA0LVNURF8wMS5tcDQiLCJDb25kaXRpb24iOnsiRGF0ZUxlc3NUaGFuIjp7IkFXUzpFcG9jaFRpbWUiOjE0MDE3NDc1NDR9LCJJcEFkZHJlc3MiOnsiQVdTOlNvdXJjZUlwIjoiOTcuMTE3LjE5My4xOSJ9fX1dfQ__&Key-Pair-Id=APKAIHKVWBEAXX562G7Q&Signature=YPXtBPvsG4OWybByHxlUExctPIjsE4GC0H5XSlmD6kjaEkniLEmkzuAMf~GTUrA7QT5MCJtVeaAx6wcKAKALlFcM8TIf6jfUR6eJcgt6YcazFSsm0Cl7SKvsaJ6qlMVdV7ygQ3Yjy5rg1gA-XWJxNDh96~JbLGqRZjT1W824Alw_
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    thanks so much ponens, you are a lifesaver... !
    it worked, 20% done grabbing
    Y.

    PS- Can I ask how you managed to get the first link??? This would help me so much going forward.... You could email the method if its easier (I'm at yoshi_114 [at] [hotmail.com]
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    I'm having the same trouble.

    Ponens, how do you find the one time use url?

    I'm trying to grab http://www.c-span.org/video/?325202-2/discussion-confederate-views-civil-war
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    Originally Posted by SamPower View Post
    I'm having the same trouble.

    Ponens, how do you find the one time use url?

    I'm trying to grab http://www.c-span.org/video/?325202-2/discussion-confederate-views-civil-war
    Load this page
    Code:
    http://www.c-span.org/assets/player/ajax-player.php?os=ios&html5=program&id=395935
    The highest quality is the MP4-M20 link.
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  14. Originally Posted by ponens View Post
    Originally Posted by SamPower View Post
    I'm having the same trouble.

    Ponens, how do you find the one time use url?

    I'm trying to grab http://www.c-span.org/video/?325202-2/discussion-confederate-views-civil-war
    Load this page
    Code:
    http://www.c-span.org/assets/player/ajax-player.php?os=ios&html5=program&id=395935

    The highest quality is the MP4-M20 link.
    Hello I just registered this account ask you this, is MP4-M20 highest quality video one can download from c-span or is it video related only?

    I'm trying to download this video: www.c-span.org/video/?325461-1
    Is mp4-m20 highest quality by using this link? http://www.c-span.org/assets/player/ajax-player.php?os=ios&html5=program&id=397348

    It's strange video screencap is 1920*1080 pixels. http://images.c-spanvideo.org/Files/7d9/20150417130843012_hd.jpg

    Help pls. Sorry for my English btw.
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  15. Originally Posted by 3dc7a38f View Post
    Originally Posted by ponens View Post
    Originally Posted by SamPower View Post
    I'm having the same trouble.

    Ponens, how do you find the one time use url?

    I'm trying to grab http://www.c-span.org/video/?325202-2/discussion-confederate-views-civil-war
    Load this page
    Code:
    http://www.c-span.org/assets/player/ajax-player.php?os=ios&html5=program&id=395935

    The highest quality is the MP4-M20 link.
    Hello I just registered this account ask you this, is MP4-M20 highest quality video one can download from c-span or is it video related only?

    I'm trying to download this video: www.c-span.org/video/?325461-1
    Is mp4-m20 highest quality by using this link? http://www.c-span.org/assets/player/ajax-player.php?os=ios&html5=program&id=397348

    It's strange video screencap is 1920*1080 pixels. http://images.c-spanvideo.org/Files/7d9/20150417130843012_hd.jpg

    Help pls. Sorry for my English btw.
    screencap >>> maybe resolution of your screen's computer ????
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    Originally Posted by 3dc7a38f View Post
    Hello I just registered this account ask you this, is MP4-M20 highest quality video one can download from c-span or is it video related only?

    I'm trying to download this video: www.c-span.org/video/?325461-1
    Is mp4-m20 highest quality by using this link? http://www.c-span.org/assets/player/ajax-player.php?os=ios&html5=program&id=397348

    It's strange video screencap is 1920*1080 pixels. http://images.c-spanvideo.org/Files/7d9/20150417130843012_hd.jpg

    Help pls. Sorry for my English btw.
    When c-span first re-designed their website about 10 months ago, they provided MP4-X20 (1920x1080) and MP4-X10 (1280x720) for all new videos. This lasted for only about a month - and ever since then, MP4-M20 is the highest quality. The X10/X20 files were really big, so that is probably why they stopped. Apparently they still generate still images in the higher resolutions, just not video - as far as I can tell.
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  17. Originally Posted by ponens View Post
    When c-span first re-designed their website about 10 months ago, they provided MP4-X20 (1920x1080) and MP4-X10 (1280x720) for all new videos. This lasted for only about a month - and ever since then, MP4-M20 is the highest quality. The X10/X20 files were really big, so that is probably why they stopped. Apparently they still generate still images in the higher resolutions, just not video - as far as I can tell.
    Now I see, thanks a lot.
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  18. Can someone point me in the right direction on how to grab the Subtitles (CC), in addition to the video.

    Many Thanks!
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    Originally Posted by ponens View Post
    Ok, just forget about youtube-dl. Instead, find the very long, one-time-use url. It will look like this (note that the following one will have expired):
    Code:
    http://d19cp144waw2mw.cloudfront.net/trimmed/full/317/317875-1/317875-1-MP4-STD_01.mp4?Policy=eyJTdGF0ZW1lbnQiOlt7IlJlc291cmNlIjoiaHR0cDovL2QxOWNwMTQ0d2F3Mm13LmNsb3VkZnJvbnQubmV0L3RyaW1tZWQvZnVsbC8zMTcvMzE3ODc1LTEvMzE3ODc1LTEtTVA0LVNURF8wMS5tcDQiLCJDb25kaXRpb24iOnsiRGF0ZUxlc3NUaGFuIjp7IkFXUzpFcG9jaFRpbWUiOjE0MDE3NDc1NDR9LCJJcEFkZHJlc3MiOnsiQVdTOlNvdXJjZUlwIjoiOTcuMTE3LjE5My4xOSJ9fX1dfQ__&Key-Pair-Id=APKAIHKVWBEAXX562G7Q&Signature=YPXtBPvsG4OWybByHxlUExctPIjsE4GC0H5XSlmD6kjaEkniLEmkzuAMf~GTUrA7QT5MCJtVeaAx6wcKAKALlFcM8TIf6jfUR6eJcgt6YcazFSsm0Cl7SKvsaJ6qlMVdV7ygQ3Yjy5rg1gA-XWJxNDh96~JbLGqRZjT1W824Alw_
    I am running into the same problem with C-SPAN videos. I realize this thread is over two years old, but I am hoping that someone will see this and help me. How do you obtain this one-time long URL?
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  20. You should give an example url of the video you are trying to download.
    I don't know of a very simple way to get the long url because it was not explained clearly, however the following method should work.
    Here is an example cspan video I chose:
    http://www.c-span.org/video/?325202-2/discussion-confederate-views-civil-war
    Use youtube-dl to get the long url.
    Use this template:
    youtube-dl -g url of cspan video
    so you have this to paste into the command line:
    Code:
    youtube-dl -g http://www.c-span.org/video/?325202-2/discussion-confederate-views-civil-war
    Two long urls are given.
    Putting those urls into Firefox I am downloading 2 files, 325mb and 288mb.
    The urls are only valid for a while. You can download the software I used (youtube-dl) here:
    http://files.videohelp.com/u/61125/youtube-dl.zip

    Code:
    https://media.c-spanvideo.org/dynamic/2015/04/18/20150418095928003_hd/2015041809
    5928003_hd.MP4-M20.mp4?Policy=eyJTdGF0ZW1lbnQiOlt7IlJlc291cmNlIjoiaHR0cHM6Ly9tZW
    RpYS5jLXNwYW52aWRlby5vcmcvZHluYW1pYy8yMDE1LzA0LzE4LzIwMTUwNDE4MDk1OTI4MDAzX2hkLz
    IwMTUwNDE4MDk1OTI4MDAzX2hkLk1QNC1NMjAubXA0IiwiQ29uZGl0aW9uIjp7IkRhdGVMZXNzVGhhbi
    I6eyJBV1M6RXBvY2hUaW1lIjoxNDgzNjQwNTU5fSwiSXBBZGRyZXNzIjp7IkFXUzpTb3VyY2VJcCI6Ij
    E3My4xMTMuMjIwLjQ2In19fV19&Key-Pair-Id=APKAIHKVWBEAXX562G7Q&Signature=Pglx2l6jtN
    o~IrV74p~lZWASROJJEGcZ2T5u~2klWhMcEtqsIA4nWOslNy4elDENj1-62WzwWqnYOMdRVs8fc~9B11
    vMKzhvitJNL1ENhzcTro3IWaMtcB-NYfKd7rmObcf5~vYY9NbaztsQ7rzAP4m1qrQ-oINgegcTJjyfxu
    I_
    Code:
    https://media.c-spanvideo.org/dynamic/2015/04/18/20150418105928003_hd/2015041810
    5928003_hd.MP4-M20.mp4?Policy=eyJTdGF0ZW1lbnQiOlt7IlJlc291cmNlIjoiaHR0cHM6Ly9tZW
    RpYS5jLXNwYW52aWRlby5vcmcvZHluYW1pYy8yMDE1LzA0LzE4LzIwMTUwNDE4MTA1OTI4MDAzX2hkLz
    IwMTUwNDE4MTA1OTI4MDAzX2hkLk1QNC1NMjAubXA0IiwiQ29uZGl0aW9uIjp7IkRhdGVMZXNzVGhhbi
    I6eyJBV1M6RXBvY2hUaW1lIjoxNDgzNjQwNTU5fSwiSXBBZGRyZXNzIjp7IkFXUzpTb3VyY2VJcCI6Ij
    E3My4xMTMuMjIwLjQ2In19fV19&Key-Pair-Id=APKAIHKVWBEAXX562G7Q&Signature=QILiLj6~SW
    j~Pp4j63rSTECju-vpHyWyJ1S9GkrGCPpzffqpVSfV5aShIMz6NmkstgX95WiHUmXhNtUocKaUvwYNf8
    6m469e9pcMapBTPVOWzfZWNUS~vUS~F5fWkQWv0et~fsxpcUpWpqIaanxd7v898B5DcDkjWtSGqsYIqw
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    A simple way (besides youtube-dl) to get the long url has been previously explained clearly, right here, but you have to be willing to search the forum.
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  22. OK, another way to get the long url (for downloading the video) was discussed here (this was over a year ago and I can't remember that I even made a comment in that thread):
    https://forum.videohelp.com/threads/365195-Another-C-Span-ripping-request?p=2327952&vie...=1#post2327952
    The method outlined there seems pretty easy to follow and no command line or additional software is needed. The method has an advantage (over the youtube-dl method) for people on public computers that can't get to the command line.
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