How to Download RTMP Videos

Image Courtesy of http://livedocs.adobe.com/

Image Courtesy of http://livedocs.adobe.com/

We all love videos streamed from the Internet. However, didn’t you want to download a video normally rendered un-downloadable? What I mean is that it’s a video where RealPlayer, Orbit, Free Studio Manager, et al cannot download as FLV/MP4 files. What can be done?

Answer: some videos are streamed from an RTMP (Real Time Messaging Protocol) server, a technology introduced by Macromedia/Adobe to stream flash videos “real-time.” Because it’s streaming it in segments and not as an actual file, there’s no real file to download! The answer therefore is to record and download a live stream. What programs can do this?

Note: The following is for informational purposes only.  I take no responsibility for what you do after reading this post. – Rafi

As far as I am aware, there are two:

1. Stream Transport – This is my personal favorite desktop program for the job.  You enter the URL into Stream Transport’s virtual browser, play the video from there, and any RTMP streams will appear. You can then select that stream and download away. As far as I know, however, it’s only available for Windows machines.

2. RTMPDump  – This free toolkit was created to download RTMP streams. The package includes three utilities, rtmpdump, rtmpsrv and rtmpsuck. While I personally find it to be buggy, the reality is that it can be used for Windows and Linux machines. RTMPDump can be downloaded here.

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