Save Local Copies of Streamed Videos From Your Browser To Your HardDrive

By Kimberly Castleberry | Small Business

Got A Pesky Video That Plays But Needs To Be Saved?

Have you ever uploaded a video somewhere that you couldn’t seem to get a copy back from?

Or perhaps you’ve purchased a video set that is in a format you can’t play?

Introducing Video Cache View

“After watching a video in a Web site, you may want to save the video file into your local disk for playing it offline in the future. If the video file is stored in your browser’s cache, this utility can help you to extract the video file from the cache and save it for watching it in the future.

It automatically scans the entire cache of Internet Explorer, Mozilla-based Web browsers (Including Firefox), Opera, and Chrome, and then finds all video files that are currently stored in it. It allows you to easily copy the cached video files into another folder for playing/watching them in the future. If you have a movie player that is configured to play flv files, it also allows you to play the video directly from your browser’s cache.

With VideoCacheView, you can easily save the downloaded .flv files of many popular video sharing sites, like YouTube, Metacafe, Putfile, and

Recently, I needed to help a client recover some videos of hers that were “stuck” on an ancient video site that was closing… and had failed to give uploaders the ability to download their own media! Yikes!

Fortunately, as a techy wizard, I have many tricks up my sleeve and this one is a oldie but a goodie!

There’s a lot of power in this little tool and it’s up to you to decide whether you will use the Force for good or for mischief.

Save Local Copies of Streamed Videos From Your Browser To Your HardDrive image VideoCacheViewSave Local Copies of Streamed Videos From Your Browser To Your HardDrive

This free Windows-only tool shows you which media files are saved in your browsers cache and can be either played or copied to a preferred location.

The key is that you must stream (view completely) the media in your browser first so that the cache copy is complete.

Fast, simple, lightweight and effective.

It is a very old trick for downloading media that still works very well.

You can download it here. (Ran fine for me on Win 7 64-bit)

PS: No, it’s not actually possible to keep media out of the hands of someone determined to get a copy if they had access to the original at all. That’s just not how the web works. Focus your energies on being sure your media brands you and builds your business even if (when) it does leak. DLGuard and related scripts can help but even they are little match for a hacker that just browsers your Amazon S3 buckets remotely.

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