How to record video streaming07 Apr 2008 Matteo Mattei linux multimedia mplayer streaming
I often see beautiful streaming videos in a variety kind of formats and some people that are trying to grab those videos without any concrete result. I want to share with you how to capture those streams and convert them in a more usable AVI format.
Well… the only thing to do is open a shell on Linux and check if you have installed mplayer, then run this simple command
$ mplayer "mms://url" -dumpstream -dumpfile video_out.avi
- mms://url is the URL of the video stream.
- video_out.avi is the output of the recorded video.
This trick is only available for streams play-ables with mplayer. For sites like Youtube or similar that encode video in flash format, you can’t do it.
Disclaimer: Some sites licenses cannot allow to grab any video. So, please read carefully sites licenses before record any streams.