How-to Save a Flash Video

Linux Journal's Mitch Frazier demonstrates how to save a local copy of a flash video when you don't have a save option.


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What is he saying at :39? I

Anonymous's picture

What is he saying at :39? I cannot understand him.

yet another simple way

Anonymous's picture

I usually use download helper plugin for Firefox because I did not know how easy it was to do it in the manner described above.

Bash Script to save videos

Anonymous's picture

I wrote a script to do this for me and it also brings up a dialog box to have you name it.
Create a new file and name it whatever (mine is called “Flash”)
Put this in the file

name=$(zenity --entry --height=100 --width=300 --title=”Name your Video” --text=”Please change to desired name “)
cp /tmp/Fla* ~/Videos/”$name”

Now set the file permissions for it.

$ sudo chmod 755 filename

and store this file in ~/.gnome2/nautilus-scripts/

I then made a custom application launcher and added it to my top panel. All you have to do is direct it to the script in the COMMAND box (mine shows ~/.gnome2/nautilus-scripts/Flash\ and make it an Application (not application in Terminal)

Without Adobe flash...

Anonymous's picture

If you don't want to install the proprietary flash plugin, swfdec works very well as a free software Flash replacement (better than Gnash, in my experience) and gives you the option in its context menu to save the video in cases where Adobe's plugin wouldn't.

If you don't want to install any flash plugin at all, youtube-dl from the command line works too.

Another way to save without copying

Sree Pratheep's picture

I normally create a hard link for the Flashxxxx file in the same file system so that it doesn't occupy any extra space. I use the following command to create the hard link
ln Flashxxxx Song.flv
One can do that if they don't have extra free space in their system.