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Download Flash video file from any video site?

Livestream.com seems to be using flash player to show both live streams and archived/recorded streams (meaning previously shown streams). I want to download the archived streams. I am assuming that it should be much easier to download archived video from the website compared to the live stream.

Here is a sample video:


^^ I am not interested in this particular video, just an example.

Firefox plugins like DownloadHelper and all do not work. Any suggestions?

If I look at the browsing cache, no matter what the website plays, all files have the same size! If I open them, of course no video gets played. So something clever/funny is going on with the flash player on livestream.com (yes, even the archives videos), so it is definitely not the same as downloading videos from youtube. However, ads played on livestream.com videos are properly stored in browser cache.

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can you re-open this question? The thread you pointed me towards is 2 years old! None of the suggestions work for livestream.com except capturing the screen itself, which is not really a solution. –  TPR Jul 5 '11 at 18:54
cc @random (@progtick you need to @-mention people or flag your question for moderator attention) –  slhck Jul 5 '11 at 18:59
So the tips about checking the cache are a no go? –  random Jul 5 '11 at 19:02
@random I edited my question to include the situation about cache. –  TPR Jul 5 '11 at 19:05
Do these help at all? superuser.com/questions/115216/… –  random Jul 5 '11 at 19:39

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If you're using Firefox 4 or later, the newest Video Download Helper claims to capture any video stream using video capture. Not as slick as downloading but it would presumably work. (They're actually just calling an external vidcap program.)

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