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Save Flash and Windows Media File to your Hard Disk

October 3rd, 2006

If you are an online music or video buff, I am sure you face the same frustration as I do – severe crunch in bandwidth availability. How to download these songs / videos to your local hard drive.

Say you are listening to Rang De Basanti on Music India Online. I am assuming you have chosen Windows Media Player to listen to the song.

How to save Windows Media(.WMA) file using Internet Explorer Browser?
Step-1. Click Tools – Select Internet Options.
Step-2. Look for the General Tab, click on the Settings button available in the Temporary Internet Files group.
Step-3. Click View Files to open your Temporary Internet Files folder. This folder might contain several thousand files.
Step-4. Click View Details. Now click View – Arrange Icons By – Type.
Step-5. You should be able to see “Windows Media Audio File”. I am seeing 02-Rang.wma
Step-6. Right click on this file and choose Copy. Then Paste the file in any other directory. Be sure to keep the page and IE window open while doing so or the temporary files may get deleted sometimes.

How to save flash files / presentation using Internet Explorer ?
To save a flash file or presentation, follow Steps-1 to Step-4 as detailed above.
Step-5.You should be able to see “Shock Wave File Object” with *.swf or *.flv extension. Make sure it’s the same object you want it by cross checking with the “Internet Address”
Step-6. Right click on this file and choose Copy. Then Paste the file in any other directory.

If this is too much, then just use “Flashget” and it will download the file for you.

How to save content from YouTube ?
Just cut and paste the link from your browser address bar into YouTubia.com
Save the file as *.FLV. You can play this in VLC Player.

Let me know your experience.

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