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Digital Video Hacks by Joshua Paul

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Chapter 8. Random Fun

Hacks 90–100

Okay, so most of these chapters have been pretty serious and focused on creating, finishing, and distributing a video project. Although the hacks in this chapter can be used for real, functional, and even business purposes, they’re primarily here to provide a little fun and inspiration. (Though that’s not to say the other hacks in this book aren’t fun and inspirational.) Enjoy!

Record a Streaming Video

VCRs and PVRs have enabled us to record live video content. Using an application called VLC, you can do the same with streaming video.

You can’t always sit and watch a streaming video from beginning to end. When the stream is live, this becomes a problem, because you can’t pause the stream and have it start where you left off. Using VLC (http://www.videolan.org; free, open source) you can save the stream and watch it at your convenience.

Finding a Stream

Every streaming video has an Internet address associated with it. In order for VLC to locate the streaming video, you need the entire address. This address often begins with either rtp or rtsp and is formatted much like a web URL.

The complete address will most likely include the type of movie you are downloading as a file extension. For example, an address of rtsp://www.domain.com/some_movie.mp4 might be a complete address for a streaming video file named some_movie.mp4. Although not completely necessary, knowing the file extension will help you later in the process.

After you have the address for a streaming ...

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