Sometime there are streamed video that you may want to download locally because you want to see even when network connection is not available (or you have to pay for) or because you can see it free on Internet for a limited range of time. That is the case of the Verdi’s grandest opera AIDA available, free of charge, for 6 months from theoperaplatform.eu site that I suggest you to visit, especially if you are a Opera fan. I saw live in Turin the dress rehearsal of this wonderful event that also celebrate the reopening of the Turin Museo Egizio — the world’s biggest Egyptian Museum after Cairo.
Unfortunately the streaming of this event will be available in theoperaplatform.eu site only for few months, so why not to download it locally and try to do that with Edge, the new Windows 10 browser? 😉
It is very simple and it works as it is in Chrome browser: in the following the few steps to do this “work”!
- With Edge browser, go to the page where there is the stream of the video you want to download locally (e.g. theoperaplatform.eu site) and then press F12 (or select from the More… menu the Developer Tools voice).
- Go in the Network tab and, possibly after ordering the list by Content type (click on that column and search for video/mp4) or Received (the size of the mp4 will become the bigger content downloaded), select the line related to the mp4 http get: right clicking on that line select Copy URL to put in the clipboard the URL available in the first column Name/Path. If you do not find any mp4 files, see next step.
- If you cannot find a mp4 file directly in any http get, you can search the URL of the video file looking into the code of the page: select the Debugger tab (step 1) and search for “mp4” (step 2) in the text of that page code. Possibly you will find, among all the mp4 found, a reference to a mp4 file URL, as it happens in the page related to the opera Boheme (always performed in the Teatro Regio of Turin) available in the theoperaplatform.eu site. Select that URL and copy it (step 3) .
- Open, always in Edge, a new browser tab and go to the mp4 URL just copied in the previous step. Possibly close all the other browser tabs to avoid more simultaneous downloads.
- Right click on the streamed video and choose Save video as option, possibly select the proper name and folder for the saved file.
- If you like, you can click cntl + j (or select Hub -> Downloads) to see the progress of the download.
- When the download ends (it could take several minutes, depending on the mp4 file size), check if the whole file has been properly downloaded (move the play cursor of the video player you choose, till the video end) just to verify that no network problems stopped the download before it ended. If not the full video was downloaded, try again from step 4!