Wednesday, 1 June 2022

When streaming is a gush and dry

I don't know about you, but Covid-19 has really tested our communications at home. Not only have we found glitches at various times of the day - such as avoiding getting online between 4 and 6 due to school kids' load coming on the local net - but we have had to get really creative in order to view webinars.

In the end, due to drop outs, freezes, and stutters, I have watched what I could of live webinars, then relied on the video link coming to me afterward so I could watch, rewatch, and rewatch it until I got everything. Of course, most of it is still not that watchable streaming - it doesn't so much stream as 'gush and dry up' - but then I found a way to download webinar video so I could finally get the information I had signed up for.

(I keep thinking that it should not be this hard, but unfortunately New Zealand still only has 66% of the country covered with more than one bar for cellphone; New in New Zealand, 20 January 2019. Yes, I live way out in the country).

Anyway. What we need to do - thanks to Life Is Amazing (2020) - is the following:

  1. Go to the video link
  2. Start watching
  3. Right click on the video, and from the pop-up menu, select "View page source"
  4. This will open a new tab full of code. If watching vimeo video, search for 'vim', or 'player'
  5. We will find a link that looks something like this: "https://player.vimeo.com/video/535698770?autoplay=0"
  6. We copy the first part of that and paste it into the address bar: https://player.vimeo.com/video/535698770
  7. Now on that video, we again right click, and select "View source" from the pop-up menu. We will get what looks like a LONG line of code. Search (Ctrl & F) to find ".mp4"
  8. Copy the entire search string back from "mp4" all the way to the open quote and https, for example: https://vod-progressive.akamaized.net/exp=535698770~acl=%2Fvimeo-prod-skyfire-std-us%2F01%2F4239%2F20%2F521199351%2F535698770.mp4~hmac=26a44ef1cf10376d12c69b619ee2b53c47519e26af31b1b280ed78be84f40bcf/vimeo-prod-skyfire-std-us/01/4239/20/535698770/535698770.mp4
  9. Paste that into the address bar. Now you can right click on the video and download it.

I know: it is a lot of faffing about. But it does mean we can at last watch our webinar without 'gush and dry'.


Sam

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