Archive for the ‘video’ Category

How to Download Encrypted FLVs

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010


Ok. First: Don’t to this. Theoretical exercise. Technical experience. DRM stuff. People getting mad, etc etc etc.

or really… how I did it because I’m sure there are a million easier ways. This method involves using terminal and looking at webpage source code, so if those things make you nervous… uuuhhh…. sorry.

  • 1. Lets say you’re watching the Colbert report and you want to download the video thats there. For later, like to watch on the train. Route around in the source and find the asset which makes the video play. Probably has *.swf in there somewhere (but probably not at the end of the string)*. Copy that to your clipboard and then paste it in your location bar. Hit enter.

  • *If it DOES have something like .flv or .mp4 or .mov RIGHT AT THE END of a string – no ? or & or = or fancy stuff – you’re probably in luck. If it doesn’t download (or appear to save) right away when you put it into your location bar, then try giving wget in terminal a try. Just simply

    wget http://thiswebsite/iwant/tostealavideofrom/thisvideo.mp4

  • 2. So now you have a screen which is one big flash player. Hit play if you want, but again: view the source. There’s another tag in there, probably an object tag, and it has an src attribute. Copy the contents of that SRC attribute to your clipboard.
  • 3. Google “url decoder” or use your favorite url decoder if you already have one. Paste that src tag into the decoder, decode it. Copy it, paste it into your location bar and hit enter. You get something that looks like an xml document
  • 4. Now, if it hasn’t already (which it probably has) this is where things will begin to vary differently depending upon which service is provided the encrypted stream. Basically, use your brains and eyes to locate the link in this weird xml document that looks like its either linking to an array of resources, or one specific video resource. For Colbert, it looks something like this:[REDACTED]?

  • 5. Copy this resource and put it into your location bar; hit enter. 1 of two things might happen: either 1.) you’ll be looking at a video for you to download or 2.) you’ll be looking at a string of resources. Those resources probably begin with the RTMPE or RTMP protocol. Copy the RTMPE protocol location of the video you want to view. Might look like:


  • 6. Download, install and use RTMPDUMP to copy this stream to a file:
  • 7. Beer o’clock

I wrote some music for Michael Mandiberg.

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Done entirely on my $30 Yamaha FB-01.

Sunken Sailors and Sketches

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Below you will find:

a.) 3 tracks used during the filming of a short film entitled Sunken Sailors.
b.) 1 track sketch something I made this evening to blow off some steam.

I think they share some nice things in common. I hope you enjoy!

<a href="">Surface by mikerugnetta</a>

<a href="">006_02 by mikerugnetta</a>

Guitar Shephard Tone

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

I’m doing the score and sound design for a film some friends are making. The film takes place on a submarine which is stuck underwater, fully submerged, with a small crew of men who are running out of air. We decided pretty quickly that creaking metal sounds and a slow-harmonic descent would be a little too literal, but I really needed to get it out of my system.

This is not technically a Shephard tone on several accounts, but it provides something close to the psychoacoustic phenomena of a constantly descending pitch / set of pitches. Whenever I listen to it I immediately have flashbacks of listening to The Sinking of the Titanic in college.

This was done on a ’94 Tele Plus and a ’68 Ampeg Gemini VI.

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Sunken Sailors Shephard Tone.

Monome Mach 01

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Edit: 4-16-09. Further Progress.