How to save Media File(Copy)

How to save Streaming Media


– for FREE or for a small fee –
(some files are impossible to get without a streaming recorder utility)

*** also see

FLV Files (FLash Video)  –  FLV files are rather new but they have quickly become all the rage with these video clip sites where kids do dumb things so they can get hurt and show the world.  FLV’s were created for streaming – but they can be delivered in three different ways:

  1. Embedded in a SWF file using the Flash authoring tool (supported in Flash Player 6 and later)
  2. Streamed via RTMP to the Flash Player using the Flash Media Server (formerly called Flash Communication Server)
    This is the best option for allowing advanced seek capabilities and automatic bandwidth detection.
  3. Progressively downloaded via HTTP (supported in Flash Player 7 and later.)

Summary – How to grab the Various Types of streaming Video Files

*** FIRST *** always check to see if the site has provided a “Download” link, and if they have . . . right-click on the link and select “Save Target as . . .”

  • WMV Files – there is not other way . . . so just buy and use WMrecorder ($30)
  • Real Media – first try the manual method below – if that fails (and it usually does fail, especially these days, then use RMrecorder – however, RM Recorder cannot record Real™ streaming video and audio (RM, RA) streamed through the following protocols: HTTP RTSP  -***  instead of buying both WMrecorder and RMrecorder ($60 total) – you might as well buy the full version of WMrecorder for $50.  It records almost ALL Formats –  WMV, RM, Flash Video, Quicktime (MOV), Mpeg, MP3 and others. Also includes Scheduling option.
  • Quicktime (MOV) – use the “indirect” save trick (see below) – if that fails try MOV Recorder
  • Google Video (gvp files) – these are just tiny text files – free download is hard to explain but simple to do (see instructions below)
  • Flash Video Embedded – with an FLV (FLash Video) file embedded into the swf file – all you need is to download the swf file – no need to “capture the stream” – so just use Flash Extract Pilot (free but only available here)
  • Flash Video Streaming (the swf file links to an FLV file stored on a server) – these are the toughest types to get !!!  YouTube uses this type of video clips, as do a lot of other sites.  The flash file (swf file) is just a small file that presents a player window for the video – but the video is linked within the swf file and is stored on a server somewhere else.  Unfortunately the URL to that location is hidden and almost impossible to find on your own.  But “Replay A/V” will find the URL for you !!!ALL YOU NEED IS THE DEMO !!!  You can download the demo of Replay A/V, which comes with an FLV player.  Run it, and click “Stream Capture”, click “Clear List” if anything is there – and then go to the site with the video on it, and as soon as it starts playing click the Stop or Pause button (no need to play the video now), and you will see the URL’s listed in the window, as shown here:

    The Replay A/V demo limits you to 5 MB downloads.  However, it does list the URL of the FLV file for you !!!  So you really only need to use this utility as your “detective”.  In this first screen (above) the text cannot be selected and copied – so click once on the FLV entry to select it and then click “Add Selection as New Recording”.  The following window will pop up – you can then copy the URL and paste it into IE and then you can download it from there !!

    NOTE:  Replay A/v is actually a multi-stream recorder.  It can capture – Windows Media (HTTP, MMS, RTSP Real: HTTP, RTSP), QuickTime HTTP, Flash (SWF and Flash Video), FLV, AOL Video (NSV), Shoutcast/Live 365 (streaming MP3), and SlingBox™ streams.

    Converting FLV Files to MPG !!  I use “Total Video Converter” and convert them to MPEG-1 usually, since we are dealing with desktop videos (not high quality clips) – but there are several others that will work

    Converting other Video files to FLV (i.e. create FLV’s for your own website) – use Riva FLC Encoder

*** there is one utility called HiDownload that they claim can capture WMV, MOV, and RM files – however, no one I know has tried it !!!

Saving Streaming Media without any special Software

Every now and then you come to a page with a fantastic flash movie, or a Real Audio song that you love, or a Windows Media video clip that is exactly what you have been looking for.  No problem, you figure, “I’ll just right-click on it and save it like I do with images”.  Woops, doesn’t work with streaming clips !!

Fortunately, the majority of these clips, while they stream in . . . are being saved to a file on your hard drive.  This file is usually in the “Temporary Internet Files” folder. When the clip is finished loading, the file usually stays there until you move to another web page or close your browser.

       But I don’t see any video Files in my “Temporary Internet Files” Folder ??

In some cases the clip is either saved somewhere else (who knows where? – but check the “temp” folder) or is stored in memory (RAM), and therefore no file is created and you cannot save it !!   For example, clips use an integrated Internet Explorer Real Player, which plays clips in RAM only.  But most clips are stored as a file, since RAM is so precious..

If a clip is not stored as a file, and you absolutely need it – film it with a video camcorder and if you have a video capture card, import it as an avi file.  The quality will be terrible and you will get the refresh screen flickering – but you will be able to view it later.  This is not recommended !!

Where is the “Temporary Internet Files” Folder ??

  • Win98-ME  –  “c:\windows”
  • Win2000-XP  – “c:\documents and settings\user_name\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files”

IMPORTANT – with WinXP when you right-click on the “Temporary Internet Files” folder, there is no Search option in the popu menu.  So instead, right-click on the “Local Settings” folder, one level up, and there will be a Search option.  To search for all streaming and standard video files, in the “Find” field, enter:

How to Save the Various Types of Streaming Media

see also 

and for short (120 kB) ASF and RM sample clips – go to 

for Audio – simply Record it !!
If all else fails you can usually start up an audio recorder utility such as Cool Edit, and record while the streaming clip plays.  If you have a dialup connection and it stops to re-buffer, you can carefully edit out the silence in the clip.

The Linked Streaming Media Links “trick”

the “Create your own Web Page” Trick – for Quicktime (*.mov files) and Real “*.RAM files”

If a link on a web page references a streaming video file directly, you just right-click on the link and select “Save Target as . . .” and then save the file.  BUT quite often the link on the web page will play a video, but indirectly.  It may take you to a page with the video clip embedded (Quicktime), or it may have a pointer text file, such as Real Audio/Video RAM and SMI files.  Here is the trick:

  • right-click on the link and select “Save Target as . . .” and save the file.  Real files will be RAM, or SMI.  QuickTime files will usually be an HTML file.  If the original webpage has a direct link to the QuickTime file – no problem, just right-click that link and save it.
  • open the file in a text editor such as Notepad
  • find the URL location of the actual video clip – if it is a partial link (relative path) such as “video\” then you will have to try appending that to URL of the original site (if no worky, then try appending it to the root web URL, or one directory level up from the original site URL – finding a partial link is trial and error and is impossible many times).
  • now – at this point, even if you open your browser and enter the location – the clip plays but there is no way to save it – so instead create your own web page that you can save on your hard drive.  For example, you can create “Temp1,htm”, using a text editor (Notepad).  Your web page really only needs a single line in it – the link.  Save the file as “Temp1.htm” – replace the link below with your own.  I provide an actual working example that you can try, after this (see below) :<a href=;>Link</a>
  • open Temp1.htm in your browser, right-click on your link, and select “Save Target as . . .”
  • Done

An actual working sample of the “Create your own Web page” trick:

OK here is a link to an old, grainy video of my daughter:  My daughter  –  I used a “ram” file, which is nothing more than a text file with a link to the actual clip, which is an rm file.

Test the file first, and play it, as you would on any website.  Now suppose you want to save the actual clip, which is an rm file.  You don’t know where the file resides, since the link does not go directly to that file.  So do the following:

right-click on the link and select “Save Target as. . .” and then save the ram file

open the ram file (daughter.ram) in notepad – and you will see it has one line:

now, you can enter that line in your web browser’s address field and play the file – but you still cannot save it.  So instead, create a web page from notepad, and save it as “c:\temp1.htm“.  The web page will have the following text in it:

<a href=;>Link</a>

now just run the file, temp1.htm and it will open in your web browser and will have a single link in it to the rm file.  Roght-click and select “Save Target as” to get the rm file.  Give it any name you wish, such as “temp1.rm”.  Oddly, IE will still tell you it is downloading a “ram” file, but it will actually be downloading the rm.

Saving embedded video Flash (swf files)

Download the Free version of Flash Extract Pilot.

*** see to buy cool custom Flash 5.0 templates that you can customize (you get the source code – the *.fla file) – or have them make a special template for you !!  Of course, you need Flash MX to edit the fla file.

Easy to save – manually or using a flash capture utility.  These are movies by Macromedia software – used for web page intro’s normally.  The entire movie, which is an “swf” file, is saved before it begins playing.  Simply search the “Temporary Internet Files” folder for *.swf, and then copy the file somewhere.

NOTE: to se if your Flash and Shockwave players are up to date, go to the Macromedia Test Page.

Flash Capture, by Dreamingsoft

This is an excellent flash capture utility.  Once installed, for any flash movie that is playing, you just move your mouse over it and a tiny box pops up with an option to save the swf file wherever you choose !!  They have a free 14-day trial, but it does not say the trial is disabled after that time – seems to just give a nag screen. There are several other similar utilities and as mentioned – Flash Movie Extract Pilot is a freebie.

How to embed your saved SWF File Into a Web Page

Just follow this sample code, which works for the Flash Movie file, M03L03P002.swf  –  simply replace that file name with your own, and adjust the display size (width and height) parameters, which appear in two places:


Background and the Difference between Flash and Shockwave

*** see also Flash vs Shockwave 

Shockwave was created by Macromedia, to enable webbers to view Macromedia Director content directly in their browser. Macromedia also acquired and quickly updated and renamed the program to Flash 2, and the plug-in to Shockwave Flash Player. That, was when all the confusion began.  Basically there are two players:

  • Shockwave Director Player, plays Director files.
  • Shockwave Flash Player, plays Flash files.

Shockwave usually refers to content created in Director and is used for interactive web add-ins, especially games.  Flash refers to content created in Flash and is used mostly for movies, such as web page intros.

Saving streaming Flash Videos

FLV files can be delivered in three different ways:

  • Embedded in a SWF file using the Flash authoring tool (supported in Flash Player 6 and later)
  • Streamed via RTMP to the Flash Player using the Flash Media Server (formerly called Flash Communication Server)
    This is the best option for allowing advanced seek capabilities and automatic bandwidth detection.
  • Progressively downloaded via HTTP (supported in Flash Player 7 and later.)


Saving Microsoft’s WMA, WMV, ASX, ASF, etc

Easy to save manually.  These are Windows Media Audio, Windows Media Video, Active Stream redirector and Advanced Systems Format.  These are true streaming media files, in that they begin playing as soon as they have buffered (saved) enough data so that the clip can play without stopping in the middle.  Of course, the algorithm that calculates how much to buffer before playing – makes a guess, which is often wrong, and the clip may stop several times to re-buffer.  The point is, the file is not complete until you have played the entire clip!!!

The following method works for wmv, wma, asf, and asx files :

  1. from the website, start playing the stream – if it ask you if you want to play it in IE, say NO !!
  2. let the clip finish – DO NOT close WMplayer and DO NOT go to another web page
  3. open Explorer and go to the Temporary Internet Files folder
  4. now find the stored file . . . either :
    – search for files such as *.wmv, *.wma, etc
    – click on the “Date Modified” tab which will be to the right of the Search box headers (you may have to
    scroll to the right to see it). Then look for the most recent files.
  5. copy the file to another folder and rename it if necessary – DO NOT PLAY IT IN THE “Temporary Internet Files” folder
  6. DONE


ASF is a streaming video or audio file – similar to Real Media rm files.  It has extra capabilities such as slide shows and special controls.

ASX comes in 2 flavors.  It was designed to be a Windows Metafile Extension, which is a text file that makes a call to the ASF file, similar to Real Media ram files  –  but it can also be a self-contained video or audio file.   

  • ASX text file –  a Stream Redirector text file based on eXtensible Markup Language (XML), and contains the URL to a streaming media ASF file.  
  • ASX stand-alone file  –  contain the actual video or audio.


Saving RA, RM (Real Audio and Real Media  –  ra is audio and rm is video) 

Usually Impossible***  to save manually  –  requires a Real Media capture utility.  These are also true streaming media files – unfortunately, only the pointer file is downloaded to Temporary Internet Files, and the actual media file is either held in mempry or stored with another filename.

*** in some cases, the website author will link directly to the ra or rm file instead of using a ram pointer file.  In these cases you can use the same method as listed above for Microsoft streaming media files – they will be stored in the “Temporary Internet Files” folder.

RAM and SMI files – Real Media (*.rm and *.ra) files are not accessed directly by the link.  For example, to play mysong.ra, the web page must include a ram file – that is a text reference (pointer), for example, mysong.ram.  The ram file has one short line of text, with the URL of the Real Media clip.  The web page will have a link to the ram file only.

Realmedia has gotten smart lately, and created SMI files to replace the older, limited RAM files. The smi file is an in-between link which rerouts the link yet again (therefore utilities such as xfileget, streamdpwn and streambox vcr only downloads the .smi file and gets fooled into thinking that’s the whole thing).  “SMI” files are similar to RAM files, but they have a lot of additional features and parameters that can be added.  Again, the SMI files merely points to the Real Media files, so you cannot download it from the link.

The line of text in the ram file begins with the protocol used to initiate streaming and can be rtsp://, mms://, pnm://, or http://  -  however, http:// and pnm:// are the most common.  But Do not use pnm:// in the playback URL for a live or on-demand stream generated with Helix Producer 9. Files generated with Helix Producer 9 or later do not include the interleaved audio/video stream required by the PNM protocol.  

NOTE:  the pnm prefix  -  if the ram file text line begins with  "pnm://"  instead of "http://" then the file resides on a “Real Audio server”. 

see Intro to Streaming Media by Real Networks - a MUST READ !!!

and for tech info

StreamDown utility (saves those “hard to get” Real Media files)

You can either buy ($39) or download the 15-day Trial of “CoCSoft Stream Down“.  The trial is 15 days but see the modified date trick below.  Or if that does not work, re-download the trial.  It supports HTTP, FTP, RTSP, MMS, MMSU, and MMST.  Simply paste the URL, and it downloads the associated media file !!
Minor Bug – saved extension wrong:  as an example, if you paste the URL,  –  for some reason, StreamDown saves the ra file but it names it with a ram extension – so you need to rename it with an ra extension.
Modified Date trick – to change the modified date of a file, open it in any Hex editor such as XVI32, change one Hex value, save it, change it back, and save it again – viola – new modified date !!  This usually does not work with trials, however – they have protection built in to defeat that. But with StreamDown it gets confused and in one case, said the user had -8 days left, and kept working !!!

X-FileGet Utility

RAM only – DOES NOT WORK WITH SMI files !!!  Similar to StreamDown – I tested this app and it did not work !!

Why the Manual Method of saving Real Media Files does not Work

Web browsers will open a URL with a ram file at the end and play the ra file in the Real Player – but they will not open a “page” with an ra or rm extension !!!

Now, it seems that if we could see the contents of the ram file we would see the URL to the ra file – but how to download it ??  Some say you can go to your browser’s file associations and remove the ra association – then your browser does not know how to play the file, and will ask you if you want to save it – but no, the browser will simply refuse to open that “page”.  In addition, you typically cannot FTP files from a URL because the hosts do not permit FTP in general, except for specific special FTP locations.
Google Videos (gvp files)

The “gvp” file is NOT the video !!!  It is merely a text file with the URL to the video inside of it.  It also has other text to fool you – but here we show you what text to use for the URL.  SIMPLE !!!

NOTE: “” used to be popular for saving Google videos – but Google changed something and keepvids it no longers works reliably – if at all !!!

  1. associate “gvp” files with Notepad as follows:
  • in Notepad, make a dummy text file with any words in it
  • save the text file as “temp.gvp” and close Notepad
  • run the file temp.gvp – click “Select the program from a list”
  • select “Notepad” as the Program to open the file in and
  1. check the box “Always use the selected program to open this kind of file”
  2. open two instances of IE web browser
  3. goto Google Videos ( – or goto for the Top 100
  4. select a video and watch just enough of it to get it into your cache (until the grey bar goes all the way to the right)
  5. click the Stop button
  6. click “Download Video”
  7. click “Cancel” when it asks you to DL the Google Player (GooglePlayerSetup.exe)
  8. click “Manually download the video”
  9. click “Open” – this causes a small text file with the extension *.gvp” to open in Notepad
  10. drag mouse across the text that is between “url:” and “duration” (see example below)
  11. hit CTRL-C to copy the URL of the video clip and close Notepad
  12. goto your other Web Browser (not the one running Google Video)
  13. click once in the Address field to get the cursor there
  14. hit CTRL-V to paste the video URL, then <enter>
  15. a box pops up – click the “Save” button

DONE !!!  The process looks cumbersome, but once you do it a couple of times it takes all of 10 seconds !!

You can now go back to the other IE window that is running Google Videos, and click the “Back” button to view and save more videos

Example of a Google gvp file and the actual URL of the Video

The gvp file contains the following text:

# download the free Google Video Player from
title:Teen girls fight in school hallway. Stock Footage.
description:Medium shot of two teen girls standing and fighting in hallway at school. Thinkstock Footage is live on Creatas. To purchase this clip please click the link above.

Here I have inserted dashes and arrows to show you where the text that you want begins and ends:

# download the free Google Video Player from
title:Teen girls fight in school hallway. Stock Footage.
description:Medium shot of two teen girls standing and fighting in hallway at school. Thinkstock Footage is live on Creatas. To purchase this clip please click the link above.

So when you select that text, it will be the following string:


Setup Essbase Environment in Linux

Set the Linux environment for Hyperion


After you successful in stall the Essbase and it shared service, before you start use the command and other shell fucntion, you need to setup the Linux environment for Essbase,

1. For Linux, there is a file by default in the installation, check the file of $ARBORPATH/hyperionenv.doc, ($ARBORPATH is the folder you install your essbase server.). This file defines the most env variables, looks like:







#Use following if your deployment does not require CDF,CDM,Data mining,Single Sign-on or Triggers






2. If you want add these env to every user in the system, then add these lines into the /etc/profile file, and one more line to the end:




3. Then just relogin the user, env will be all set.



4. If you want just add env to a single user, not all, then edit the file of $HOME/.bash_profile, with same content.  You need to relogin too for this single user.


5. Note: HYPERION_HOME is auto set in the home/.hyperion.<hostname> file.




How to find schema password for AS

How to find out Schema Passwords in a 10gAS Application Server

Posted in: 10gAS

There are two basic methods to find out the schema passwords in a Oracle 10gAS Application Server:-

A) Steps (through the ODM tool):-

1)   Log onto the host that hosts the infrastructure tier (e.g. host is – ausable) using x-windows like Hummingbird.

2)    Log on as user “oracle” – the user that did the install.

3)   Source the infrastructure tier environment file (if you have one created that sets all the env. vars) as below:-

a.   $ cd bin – location of the environment file.

b.   $ . <as_infra> – environment file name.

4)   Open up oidadmin – Oracle Directory Manager tool as:-

a.   $ oidadmin

b.   Log in as orcladmin/<pwd> user.

5)   Follow the navigation path as below:-

Oracle Internet Directory Services -> -> Entry Management  -> Cn=OracleContext -> Cn=Products ->Cn=IAS -> Cn=IAS Infrastructure Databases -> OrclReferenceName=<>  -> OrclResourceName=<PORTAL> – The schema name you want the password for.

6)   On the right hand side window-pane, you should see a property called “orclpasswordattribute” on the “Properties” tab.

7)   The Properties Tab would contain the password for the schema as shown in Figure A below:-

Figure A

8)   When logging in through SQL*Plus, the password is case in-sensitive as usual.

B) Steps (through the command line):-

1)Log onto the host that hosts the infrastructure tier (ausable).

2)Log on as user “oracle” – the user that did the install.

3)  Source the infrastructure tier environment file as below:-

a.   $ cd bin – location of the environment file.

b.   $ . <as_infra> – environment file name.

4)  $ ldapsearch -D cn=orcladmin -w inadm02 -p 389 -h ausable -b “cn=IAS,cn=Products,cn=OracleContext”  -s sub -v OrclresourceName=<Schema Name>

5)  You should see the O/P like this below on the host:-

ldap_init( ausable, 389 )filter pattern: OrclresourceName=PORTAL

returning: ALL

filter is: (OrclresourceName=PORTAL)

OrclResourceName=PORTAL,,cn=IAS Infrastructure Databases,cn=IAS,cn=Products,cn=OracleContext



objectclass=top orclpasswordattribute=<Schema Password> 

OrclResourceName=PORTAL,,cn=IAS Infrastructure Databases,cn=IAS,cn=Products,cn=OracleContextorclpasswordattribute=<Schema Password>orclflexattribute1=trueorclresourcename=PORTALobjectclass=orclResourceDescriptorobjectclass=top

2 matches

6) From the above pick the password from the instance you are interested in finding out the password.

SOA Suite Basic

Oracle SOA Suite provides the following set of integrated capabilities:

■ Messaging

■ Service discovery

■ Orchestration

■ Web services management and security

■ Business rules

■ Events framework

■ Business activity monitoring

Service engines are containers that host the business logic or processing rules of these

service components. Service engines process the message information received from

the Service Infrastructure.

There is a corresponding service engine of the same name for each service component.

All service engines can interact in a single composite.

The SAR is a SOA archive deployment unit. A SAR file is a special JAR file that

requires a prefix of sca_. (for example, sca_OrderBookingComposite_

rev1.0.jar). The SAR file is deployed to the Service Infrastructure.

  • add service components that implement the business logic or processing rules of your application
  • You add a service binding component to act as the entry point to the SOA composite application from the outside world.
  • You add reference binding components that enable the SOA composite application to send messages to external services in the outside world.