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  1. A couple years ago I asked for help grabbing episodes of America's Test Kitchen from their site. The ones available to everyone, of course. Everyone came through and was super helpful, so I am hoping they can do it again.

    This time it's This Old House. I love that show and especially Ask This Old House. I have poked around the source code for https://www.thisoldhouse.com/watch/detroit-rebirth-detroit (which is the season that just ended and is available to everyone), and determined that the ID for the video is zE3idP3V. However, going back into the ATK thread and trying the Ad Block and Firefox method, I was unable to find the URL for the video.

    So I ask for your help once again. How can I get the highest quality episodes to watch locally? The method for ATK was great, as it was basically a template and a couple of steps. Hopefully someone knows how to do it on this site as well. I would be eternally grateful.
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    I tried downloading one episode (the finale) with YouTube-DLG, which worked perfectly. The default setting produced an mp4 containing 1080p30 AVC video.
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  3. That's good news, I'll give that a try. I've never used YouTube-DLG. For YouTube I use Free YouTube Downloader. I wonder if it will work for everything.
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  4. Using the command line youtube-dl:

    Code:
    youtube-dl "https://www.thisoldhouse.com/watch/detroit-rebirth-detroit"
    That gets you the "best" version. If you want a list of available versions:

    Code:
    youtube-dl -F "https://www.thisoldhouse.com/watch/detroit-rebirth-detroit"
    Code:
    [ThisOldHouse] detroit-rebirth-detroit: Downloading webpage
    [JWPlatform] zE3idP3V: Downloading JSON metadata
    [JWPlatform] zE3idP3V: Downloading m3u8 information
    [info] Available formats for zE3idP3V:
    format code  extension  resolution note
    0            m4a        audio only
    120          mp4        audio only  120k , mp4a.40.2
    2            mp4        320x180
    3            mp4        480x270
    4            mp4        720x406
    5            mp4        1280x720
    6            mp4        1920x1080
    360          mp4        320x180     360k , avc1.77.30, mp4a.40.2
    520          mp4        480x270     520k , avc1.77.30, mp4a.40.2
    640          mp4        720x406     640k , avc1.77.30, mp4a.40.2
    1440         mp4        1280x720   1440k , avc1.77.30, mp4a.40.2
    3270         mp4        1920x1080  3270k , avc1.77.30, mp4a.40.2 (best)
    To get the 720x406 version:

    Code:
    youtube-dl -f 640 "https://www.thisoldhouse.com/watch/detroit-rebirth-detroit"
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  5. I have stuff in the command line, but how do I get it to run?
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    @eday_2010 Did you have no luck with YouTube-DLG? YouTube-DLG is a GUI for youtube-dl.
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  7. Originally Posted by eday_2010 View Post
    I have stuff in the command line
    What does that mean?

    Originally Posted by eday_2010 View Post
    but how do I get it to run?
    Start a Command Prompt. Navigate to the youtube-dl folder. Type in the commands.
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  8. Originally Posted by eday_2010 View Post
    ... determined that the ID for the video is zE3idP3V
    Of course, youtube-dl is the easiest way once you know how to use it.

    Alternatively, if you obtain the JWPlatform id and you'd rather just use the "everyday common horse sense" method, then add the id to the feed json url;
    Code:
    https://content.jwplatform.com/feeds/zE3idP3V.json
    Insider videos may be a different story.
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  9. Originally Posted by ponens View Post
    Originally Posted by eday_2010 View Post
    ... determined that the ID for the video is zE3idP3V
    Of course, youtube-dl is the easiest way once you know how to use it.

    Alternatively, if you obtain the JWPlatform id and you'd rather just use the "everyday common horse sense" method, then add the id to the feed json url;
    Code:
    https://content.jwplatform.com/feeds/zE3idP3V.json
    Insider videos may be a different story.
    This works beautifully, thanks!

    If only there were a way to automate finding the video IDs
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    Has anyone had any luck with TOH Insider videos? I'd like to be able to watch them on my TV using my Roku, casting is a pain.
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  11. Originally Posted by pjt View Post
    Has anyone had any luck with TOH Insider videos? I'd like to be able to watch them on my TV using my Roku, casting is a pain.
    I have. I've downloaded just about every video they have posted.

    Using your favourite browser, go to the video page and start the video. Right click on the page and select Inspect Element/Inspect. From there go to the Network tab and select XHR. You'll see a slew of alphanumeric.json items in the left column OR alphanumeric code before a dash followed by numbers.mp4.m3u8 (or both). Click on one of the items in the left column, which will change the window on the right. Grab that alphanumeric number. For example, on https://www.thisoldhouse.com/watch/modern-barn-raising-jamestown-net-zero-house, the alphanumeric value you want is gU9USn5D. Take it and paste it in this URL, replacing the ########: https://content.jwplatform.com/videos/########-ZyKG9PMM.mp4.

    Take https://content.jwplatform.com/videos/gU9USn5D-ZyKG9PMM.mp4 and either paste it in a browser window and right click to save as when it starts playing, or using Internet Download Manager to download it. This is the method I take because I will get a pile of URLs ready and then have IDMan download all of them.


    This method will work with This Old House, Ask This Old House, and New Yankee Workshop.


    You can download my Excel file (https://mega.nz/#!CsllGIia!AMDM9WMC6_JHbk3Cf1wNjBQjn5yHQ79epynQQ1bK-Ck), which already has links for almost every episode available. It's set up so that when you paste the alphanumeric value in Column E, it creates the correct link for you in Column D. You can just copy all the links from Column D for the three shows and paste them in Internet Download Manager and have it do the heavy lifting for you.
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    Wow, thanks for such a helpful response! (I'm a long-time Linux user, so I tried 'wget' in place of IDM - worked perfectly.)

    Problem thoroughly solved!
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  13. No problem. Someone helped me figure this out, so I am happy to help someone else figure it out as well. It's nice to be able to offer help instead of always asking for it
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  14. wow, thanks for the great work! I tried they all worked from season 37. Somehow all seasons before 37 don't work. Do you know what's happening? That's the Insider access from This old House. I tried to use an online video downloader, which works for all season except ones for Insider access. I see a similar pattern with your link. Am curious why?



    Originally Posted by eday_2010 View Post
    Originally Posted by pjt View Post
    Has anyone had any luck with TOH Insider videos? I'd like to be able to watch them on my TV using my Roku, casting is a pain.
    I have. I've downloaded just about every video they have posted.

    Using your favourite browser, go to the video page and start the video. Right click on the page and select Inspect Element/Inspect. From there go to the Network tab and select XHR. You'll see a slew of alphanumeric.json items in the left column OR alphanumeric code before a dash followed by numbers.mp4.m3u8 (or both). Click on one of the items in the left column, which will change the window on the right. Grab that alphanumeric number. For example, on https://www.thisoldhouse.com/watch/modern-barn-raising-jamestown-net-zero-house, the alphanumeric value you want is gU9USn5D. Take it and paste it in this URL, replacing the ########: https://content.jwplatform.com/videos/########-ZyKG9PMM.mp4.

    Take https://content.jwplatform.com/videos/gU9USn5D-ZyKG9PMM.mp4 and either paste it in a browser window and right click to save as when it starts playing, or using Internet Download Manager to download it. This is the method I take because I will get a pile of URLs ready and then have IDMan download all of them.


    This method will work with This Old House, Ask This Old House, and New Yankee Workshop.


    You can download my Excel file (https://mega.nz/#!CsllGIia!AMDM9WMC6_JHbk3Cf1wNjBQjn5yHQ79epynQQ1bK-Ck), which already has links for almost every episode available. It's set up so that when you paste the alphanumeric value in Column E, it creates the correct link for you in Column D. You can just copy all the links from Column D for the three shows and paste them in Internet Download Manager and have it do the heavy lifting for you.
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    Thanks for your great work on this spreadsheet eday_2010. I have updated it with the latest episodes and filled in a bunch of missing ones for all three shows. Also, using the links in the spreadsheet and Youtube-DLG gui you don't have to have an Insider account to download them.
    Can be downloaded here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/102texMt2kbp7cayMN60TrsSOhtJAGrg3/view?usp=sharing

    Originally Posted by eday_2010 View Post
    Originally Posted by pjt View Post
    Has anyone had any luck with TOH Insider videos? I'd like to be able to watch them on my TV using my Roku, casting is a pain.
    I have. I've downloaded just about every video they have posted.

    Using your favourite browser, go to the video page and start the video. Right click on the page and select Inspect Element/Inspect. From there go to the Network tab and select XHR. You'll see a slew of alphanumeric.json items in the left column OR alphanumeric code before a dash followed by numbers.mp4.m3u8 (or both). Click on one of the items in the left column, which will change the window on the right. Grab that alphanumeric number. For example, on https://www.thisoldhouse.com/watch/modern-barn-raising-jamestown-net-zero-house, the alphanumeric value you want is gU9USn5D. Take it and paste it in this URL, replacing the ########: https://content.jwplatform.com/videos/########-ZyKG9PMM.mp4.

    Take https://content.jwplatform.com/videos/gU9USn5D-ZyKG9PMM.mp4 and either paste it in a browser window and right click to save as when it starts playing, or using Internet Download Manager to download it. This is the method I take because I will get a pile of URLs ready and then have IDMan download all of them.


    This method will work with This Old House, Ask This Old House, and New Yankee Workshop.


    You can download my Excel file (https://mega.nz/#!CsllGIia!AMDM9WMC6_JHbk3Cf1wNjBQjn5yHQ79epynQQ1bK-Ck), which already has links for almost every episode available. It's set up so that when you paste the alphanumeric value in Column E, it creates the correct link for you in Column D. You can just copy all the links from Column D for the three shows and paste them in Internet Download Manager and have it do the heavy lifting for you.
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  16. Originally Posted by tohfan View Post
    Thanks for your great work on this spreadsheet eday_2010. I have updated it with the latest episodes and filled in a bunch of missing ones for all three shows. Also, using the links in the spreadsheet and Youtube-DLG gui you don't have to have an Insider account to download them.
    Can be downloaded here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/102texMt2kbp7cayMN60TrsSOhtJAGrg3/view?usp=sharing
    Are the filled in ones highlighted in Yellow? I saw some for the NEW Yankee Workshop.
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    Sorry, I forgot to clear the colors, they no longer mean anything. Every episode that has a value in column E (on all 3 tabs) the link will work. If column E is empty then the episode wasn't on their website to get the code.


    Originally Posted by eday_2010 View Post
    Originally Posted by tohfan View Post
    Thanks for your great work on this spreadsheet eday_2010. I have updated it with the latest episodes and filled in a bunch of missing ones for all three shows. Also, using the links in the spreadsheet and Youtube-DLG gui you don't have to have an Insider account to download them.
    Can be downloaded here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/102texMt2kbp7cayMN60TrsSOhtJAGrg3/view?usp=sharing
    Are the filled in ones highlighted in Yellow? I saw some for the NEW Yankee Workshop.
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  18. Originally Posted by tohfan View Post
    Sorry, I forgot to clear the colors, they no longer mean anything. Every episode that has a value in column E (on all 3 tabs) the link will work. If column E is empty then the episode wasn't on their website to get the code.
    I'm just trying to figure out which ones are new at a glance instead of having to compare them to what I already have.
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    Hey tohfan & eday_2010, great work on the spreadsheets, they have been a saviour considering insider isn't even available in Europe. Nearly all the download links work bar a couple. The links from the start of season 25 (Concord Barn) going as far as the end of season 28 (East Boston) are not working for download. Upon entering the video url in chrome it returns a file not found message, from comparing the 2 spreadsheets I noticed the url's for these series remain unchanged from the first spreadsheet. Would you guys know if there is an updated link for these series? Any help is much appreciated. Also on a quick note, would there be a link for the 40th anniversary special episode they aired this summer as it too is insider only. Thanks so much
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