Stuck with downloading videos from a membership site

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Hey Warriors,
Wanted to get your opinion and see if you had any ideas.

I need to download videos that are embedded on a membership site, for obvious reasons the webmaster has not given the option to do so. Are there some work-arounds for this? I've tried the browser plugins like DownloadHelper but they seem to support only a variety of public video sites.

It appears that the videos are embedded using JW Media Player 3.12 which is a Flash based player.

I tried to do a Save-As in the Media Tab in the Page Info section in Firefox, but the only thing that shows aside from all the images is mediaplayer.swf, which is embedded and is 30kb so that's obviously not the video.

Thoughts? Thanks in advance.
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  • Profile picture of the author gyar29
    Originally Posted by okumraizer View Post

    Hey Warriors,
    Wanted to get your opinion and see if you had any ideas.

    I need to download videos that are embedded on a membership site, for obvious reasons the webmaster has not given the option to do so.

    Thoughts? Thanks in advance.
    I would be willing to bet that if this were not in the web design forum you would be able to benefit from a slew of thoughts.

    First, if the reasons that the website owner is choosing to not allow her members to download her videos is obvious, then why are you asking us to help you download them? This isn't the BlueFart forum. We aren't in the habit of telling people how to bypass the TOS of other people's sites.

    Second, just in case the obvious isn't really obvious to you, being a paid member of her site does not ipso facto give you ownership of her content. Therefore, I suggest you be a good member and utilize her content in the manner intended.

    Thirdly, one day you may own your own membership site and will appreciate the fact that your members are adhering to your TOS.

    In conclusion, while you may get the answer to your real question, "How do I circumvent a website owner's right to set the terms of use for their site?", I hope you don't get it from this forum.

    BTW, it doesn't really matter why you want to download the videos. Your intent, even if it is just because it would be more convenient for you, is irrelevant. We Internet Marketers should always strictly adhere to the TOS outlined on websites we don't own. Just as we hope others will adhere to ours.

    Take Care,
    Gene
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    • Profile picture of the author Ambius
      Originally Posted by gyar29 View Post

      I would be willing to bet that if this were not in the web design forum you would be able to benefit from a slew of thoughts.

      First, if the reasons that the website owner is choosing to not allow her members to download her videos is obvious, then why are you asking us to help you download them? This isn't the BlueFart forum. We aren't in the habit of telling people how to bypass the TOS of other people's sites.

      Second, just in case the obvious isn't really obvious to you, being a paid member of her site does not ipso facto give you ownership of her content. Therefore, I suggest you be a good member and utilize her content in the manner intended.

      Thirdly, one day you may own your own membership site and will appreciate the fact that your members are adhering to your TOS.

      In conclusion, while you may get the answer to your real question, "How do I circumvent a website owner's right to set the terms of use for their site?", I hope you don't get it from this forum.

      BTW, it doesn't really matter why you want to download the videos. Your intent, even if it is just because it would be more convenient for you, is irrelevant. We Internet Marketers should always strictly adhere to the TOS outlined on websites we don't own. Just as we hope others will adhere to ours.

      Take Care,
      Gene

      I could not have said it better myself!
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  • Profile picture of the author kkoechel
    Originally Posted by okumraizer View Post

    Hey Warriors,
    Wanted to get your opinion and see if you had any ideas.

    I need to download videos that are embedded on a membership site, for obvious reasons the webmaster has not given the option to do so. Are there some work-arounds for this? I've tried the browser plugins like DownloadHelper but they seem to support only a variety of public video sites.

    It appears that the videos are embedded using JW Media Player 3.12 which is a Flash based player.

    I tried to do a Save-As in the Media Tab in the Page Info section in Firefox, but the only thing that shows aside from all the images is mediaplayer.swf, which is embedded and is 30kb so that's obviously not the video.

    Thoughts? Thanks in advance.
    while watching the video in firefox, do a search of your temporary internet folders for new media files.

    The site has to download the video to your computer in a temp dir for you to watch it, it just gets deleted, but if you find it while watching it you can make a copy.
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  • Profile picture of the author okumraizer
    Relax Gene. I just need the videos for offline use. Most membership site owners only care about is making sure their content isn't distributed which is why they don't give the download option. I have no such plans so get off your high-horse.

    I figured it out for anyone that wants to know, I found the videos in the cache directory in Firefox and just pulled them into another directory and renamed them.
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