How To: Download Any Online Flash Video (FLV)

Download Any Online Flash Video (FLV)

Have you ever browsed the web, watched a video, then wanted to download it? Well, there's a fabulous program that does just that, simply and easily. It's called VideoCacheView by NirSoft. The program basically extracts the FLV video directly from your browser's temporary folders. It's very user-friendly, and great for downloading virtually any online video.

Step 1 Download VideoCacheView

Download and install the program (Windows only) using this link. It takes about thirty seconds to download, then start it up.

Once started, you should see something like this:

How to Download Any Online Flash Video (FLV)

Step 2 Find a Video

Allow the video you'd like to download to buffer fully, then look through the files presented in the VideoCacheView program for a file similar to this.

How to Download Any Online Flash Video (FLV)

Step 3 Double Check the File

Right click on the selected file and select "Play Selected File" (as seen below). This should bring up an FLV player that plays the video. If a window doesn't pop up, install an FLV player. 

How to Download Any Online Flash Video (FLV)

Step 4 Save the Video

After you've checked to make sure the video is indeed the one you want to download, right-click on it again and select "Copy Selected Files To...". This should bring up a window asking you to select a location to copy the files into. Chose your desired location, and click "Okay".

How to Download Any Online Flash Video (FLV)

Step 5 Play Your Video!

Using programs like VLC and KMPlayer, watch your downloaded FLV video.

Tips

  • Be sure the video is fully buffered before extracting it using VideoCacheView.
  • Don't close your browser or tab until VideoCacheView is finished extracting the video.
  • If your video doesn't show up on the list, try refreshing it (as seen below).

How to Download Any Online Flash Video (FLV)

Warnings

  • I am not promoting NirSoft in any way. There are probably other programs out there.
  • I am not responsible for any damage you cause your computer.
  • Don't close VideoCacheView until it is finished extracting your video.

3 Comments

This works for Flash games, too, right? Not just videos?

For flash videos, I just copy and paste using ubuntu 10.04LTS(Old Release). It's always in my Tmp folder. Still use firefox version 3.6XXX having adobe flash 10.1. Even my remastered copy does this.

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