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  1. With Youtube there are many tools that will convert a video to MP4 or MP3. With other sites, it is much spottier. Tumblr for example is often a nightmare to capture a video as MP4. Is there a software tool that would help to capture underlying MP4 or MP3 content in a video on a web page, regardless of the web site it comes from?

    I was thinking one way to do this would be to create a proxy server that runs locally on a user's computer. Point the browser to the proxy server. Then the proxy would auto-detect MP4 and MP3 content on a web page and pop up messages to the user to capture those as files on the computer. The streams would still pass through to the web browser, but the proxy server could also at the same time capture the content as a local file.

    Something like this would be much easier to use than having to inspect elements on a page, deduce where the MP4 is located, then form a correct URL to capture it.
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  2. there is no one tool that does it all
    to get video content from a web page, regardless of the web site it comes from
    the best tool you need is your brain
    then decide what tool is needed
    to get it
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  3. Originally Posted by bobit View Post
    there is no one tool that does it all
    to get video content from a web page, regardless of the web site it comes from
    the best tool you need is your brain
    then decide what tool is needed
    to get it
    Understood, but it can be very tough to make it work.

    There is clearly a need for one or more tools that help to partly automate this.
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    Originally Posted by pone44 View Post
    ... There is clearly a need for one or more tools that help to partly automate this.
    And the hosts of those sites feel the need to try and stop people downloading streams. So they change protocols often. Any easy one click solution isn't going to last long even if you could get it to work in the first place. This isn't going to change anytime soon.
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  5. Originally Posted by Hoser Rob View Post
    Originally Posted by pone44 View Post
    ... There is clearly a need for one or more tools that help to partly automate this.
    And the hosts of those sites feel the need to try and stop people downloading streams. So they change protocols often. Any easy one click solution isn't going to last long even if you could get it to work in the first place. This isn't going to change anytime soon.
    That's why I proposed a solution based on a proxy server that runs on the user's computer. It's almost impossible to defeat such a tool because it can parse the stream and look for MP4 and MP3 tags and act on them when the stream transmits.
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