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PostPosted: 02-08-2013 17:28    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not very good with things like this, but does anybody know a way in which I could record the audio from these old interviews at the Imperial War Museum:

http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/80008532

I'm going on a long journey and wanted to put them on my mp3 player.
Obviously, I could play them and just record in real-time what's passing through my sound-card using a number of programs, but that defeats the point and would take forever.

Does anyone have a way of extracting the audio and saving it?
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PostPosted: 02-08-2013 18:19    Post subject: Reply with quote

The free VLC Media Player should do it! Smile
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PostPosted: 02-08-2013 18:34    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you, James.
I'm giving it a whirl as we 'speak'.
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PostPosted: 02-08-2013 18:54    Post subject: Reply with quote

No joy.
I can't actually aquire the file to play with an convert. The closest I can get is a series of links like this. I've tried playing with them, but nothing will open them except my browser.

http://www.iwm.org.uk/embed/?id=80008532&media_id=77643

Any other experts? How do I get from here to an audio file I can play with?

Edit: I've used Firefox to isolate the .swf file in that page, but it's tiny - possibly because it hasn't all been played. Is there a way to download it fully without playing through it first?
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PostPosted: 02-08-2013 20:17    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmmm.

I usually use Antbar to record video (in this case, it would seem that the "video" is non-existent, but still tied to the audio, so you'd probably have to extract it after the fact), but it doesn't seem to recognize that there's anything playing.

I've submitted a request form to Ant.com to see what's going on.

Basically, with Ant, you need to start something buffering, then you can pause it, click "Download" and walk away.

It sounds a little messy for what you want to do, but I'm not finding anything else, aside from some very tedious mucking about with extracting the SWF file, etc, which sounds like what you've already done. I've also had very limited success with that method, too.

I'll keep poking around. There must be a way, somehow, to accomplish this.
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PostPosted: 02-08-2013 20:44    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can use, Audacity, to rip and record the audio from your computer, provided, there's a wave or possibly a stereo mix channel available on the sound card as a source (check the sound card properties).

In order to convert the sound file into an MP3, you'll need to install the Lame encoder in the audacity folder, following the instructions.

If you haven't got a wave, or stereo mix channel, you might try linking the headphone, or line out channel to the line in channel and recording from there (you'll need a double ended 3.5mm jack cable for that).
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PostPosted: 02-08-2013 23:49    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know the method is slow, but with some of these streaming sites, it's about the only way to do it. You might find the actual .swf file in the browser cache, but I'm not sure how the Adobe Flash Player actually squirrels the files away.

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PostPosted: 03-08-2013 06:58    Post subject: Reply with quote

I cannot vouch for the following add-on, but it's 5-star and it's been featured....

If you use Firefox, try FlashGot: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/flashgot/
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PostPosted: 03-08-2013 07:07    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for all your help. I've recorded that first part, but I have to play the whole damned thing...

I will certainly take a look at that link.
Cool

Where there's a will...
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PostPosted: 03-08-2013 07:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pietro_Mercurios wrote:
I know the method is slow, but with some of these streaming sites, it's about the only way to do it. You might find the actual .swf file in the browser cache, but I'm not sure how the Adobe Flash Player actually squirrels the files away.

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Yes, I keep running into brick walls. Thank you for the ideas nonetheless.
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PostPosted: 07-02-2014 08:33    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've suddenly developed problems with Firefox on my PC - takes absolutely ages to load a page, and sometimes won't at all; currently IE looks positively nippy next to it - which is really saying something.

Started yesterday - haven't installed anything that might have piggybacked a problem. Checked my add-ons and updated where relevant.

Any clues?

Edit: Just tried doing the obvious again and disabled all my plug-ins - and it works fine; although I tried the same thing last night and things didn't improve - odd. Clearly the problem is in there somewhere - suppose it's a case of trial and error now.
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PostPosted: 07-02-2014 18:56    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've noticed with the latest update that FF gets kind of laggy and jerking, whether I'm opening a new tabs (or, let's be honest, tabs) or scrolling down a screen.

It's either the updates sucking, or the updates screwing with add-ons.

Also, I've checked recently and FF seems to be using a hell of a lot of memory. I think it's a leak.
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PostPosted: 07-02-2014 21:22    Post subject: Reply with quote

I seem to recall hearing that there is a problem with the Adobe Acrobat plugin for Firefox.
You may need to update both Firefox and Adobe Reader.

Edit: Oops, sorry - it's Flash that's the problem:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-26045740
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PostPosted: 08-02-2014 10:35    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yesterday's optimism was short lived - Firefox is still swimming through treacle backwards.

Mythopoeika wrote:
I seem to recall hearing that there is a problem with the Adobe Acrobat plugin for Firefox.
You may need to update both Firefox and Adobe Reader.

Edit: Oops, sorry - it's Flash that's the problem:..[/url]


Thanks. I'd looked at all that yesterday - although I didn't have a lot of time, so I'll look a bit harder this afternoon.

Still fine on the laptop, so I'm going to examine how each is running - see if there's a clue there.
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PostPosted: 08-02-2014 19:04    Post subject: Reply with quote

You may also want to follow some of the advice on this website:

http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startup_index.htm

I used to work with this guy.
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