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Problem Need help converting videos downloaded from Amazon Prime

Discussion in 'Convert video to another format' started by TipaCow, Mar 24, 2017.

  1. TipaCow

    TipaCow Member

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    I downloaded a TV show from Amazon Prime and it won't play on any of my media players and my video converters don't recognize the format. Media Player Classic gives me the following pop up message:

    The following pin failed to find a connectable filter:
    LAV Splitter Source [internal] - video
    media type 0 -
    ---------------------------------------
    video - ENCV 48x336 29.97fps 460kbps

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks
     
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  3. TipaCow

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    Thank you for the suggested solution, but it didn't work. I even downloaded iTunes, Tuneskit (as recommended the article you linked) and Aimersoft DRM Media Converter and nothing worked.

    Here's what's going on. When I went to Amazon Prime Videos to watch an old episode of Survivor, my IDM bar popped up to download the file, so I did. The file downloaded as an MP4 video btt will not play on any of my media players and it will not convert an any of my video converters, even Aimersoft DRM Converter doesn't recognize it.

    I would very much appreciate any new suggestions from anyone. Thank you.
     
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  4. scorpNZ

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    try youtube
     
  5. TipaCow

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    Been there, done that..
     
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    what happens when running the mp4 through the likes of dvdfab & convert it to another mp4 file,can it discard the drm
    or
    torrent it is then
     
  7. TipaCow

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    Upon your query, I downloaded and installed DVDfab. As with my other converters, when I try to add it to the program it fails to load.
     
  8. movielover

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    Well, I'm absolutely sure that the popular DVDFab, AnyDVD, MakeMKV, Handbrake, Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate, Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate, ByteCopy, FFmpeg, FreeMake video converter, AnyMP4 video converter WON'T convert Amazon Prime video. The video from Amazon and other video files from some torrent video sites such as YIFI have different copyright protection scheme and those video converters in the list can convert normal video files but they can't handle DRM protected Amazon Prime, iTunes video, BBC iPlayer, etc.

    DRM Removal Programs:
    • Aimersoft DRM Media Converter.
    • Ondesoft iTunes DRM Media Converter.
    • Pavtube Chewtune
    • Audials Tunebite 11.
    • AppleMacSoft DRM Converter
    https://www.lifewire.com/best-drm-removal-programs-2438495
    http://mac.allvideoconvert.com/best-5-drm-removal-software-review/

     
  9. TipaCow

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    I tried dl'ing, installing and conversion with 4 of the above listed programs. They all resulted in unidentified errors. I give up.

    I challenge any Windows user with Amazon Prime to download a video file and successfully convert it to a playable video file. It can't be done.
     
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    The encoding Amazon Prime goes through, and what you need to decode it, is not available in software, anywhere! There is a reason for that, it is illegal! & posting such activity online is not good for ones freedom! You know the Men in Black? but if you must, get You a Roku, with RCA jacks, and a DVD Recorder,& copy away! Because unless You find a hack somewhere, again Illegal, You are just going to bang Your head against the wall wondering till the end of time, how do I get this to work! LOL!
     
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  11. TipaCow

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    Answer me this, ronpar. Why is it illegal to download a movie from Amazon Prime or a torrent site, but it's not illegal to record the same movie on my DVD recorder when Showtime or HBO airs it?
     
  12. TubeBar2017

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    It's not illegal to download Amazon Videos, but it is a violation of the licensing agreement you signed with Amazon and the DMCA to remove the encryption. In reality Amazon could at worst terminate your account. If it was for personal use (no sharing online or piracy) the copyright owners would not be able to take any action.

    As for the encryption and downloading Amazon uses PlayReady DRM which at least on PCs is decrypted via the browsers. I think Chrome and Firefox use Widevine and IE I think uses Silverlight (they may have changed). iOs and Android use the Prime App via a locally stored encrypted "key" file.

    Any download plugin for Chrome or Firefox will grab the mp4 streams but as you can see they are not playable. They are encrypted and would require your personal "key" to decrypt it. If you had the key you could use MP4 Decrypt: https://www.bento4.com/downloads/

    By looking at a video in my Amazon Account, it streams "multiple" video sizes and one audio stream. The video and Audio files are actually 2 different ones put in an MP4 container. So you probably only have the video anyway.

    Notice MediaInfo (https://mediaarea.net/en/MediaInfo/Download) says the files are encrypted, hence they are pretty useless :(

    Video
    ID : 1
    Format : AVC
    Format/Info : Advanced Video Codec
    Format profile : Main@L3.0
    Format settings, CABAC : Yes
    Format settings, ReFrames : 5 frames
    Codec ID : encv / avc1
    Codec ID/Info : Advanced Video Coding
    Duration : 23mn 7s
    Bit rate mode : Variable
    Bit rate : 787 Kbps
    Maximum bit rate : 1 800 Kbps
    Width : 640 pixels
    Height : 480 pixels
    Display aspect ratio : 4:3
    Frame rate mode : Constant
    Frame rate : 23.976 fps
    Color space : YUV
    Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0
    Bit depth : 8 bits
    Scan type : Progressive
    Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.107
    Stream size : 130 MiB (99%)
    Encryption : Encrypted
    Color primaries : BT.709
    Transfer characteristics : BT.709
    Matrix coefficients : BT.709

    Audio
    ID : 1
    Format : AAC
    Format/Info : Advanced Audio Codec
    Format profile : LC
    Codec ID : 40
    Duration : 2mn 28s
    Bit rate mode : Variable
    Bit rate : 128 Kbps
    Maximum bit rate : 129 Kbps
    Channel(s) : 2 channels
    Channel positions : Front: L R
    Sampling rate : 48.0 KHz
    Compression mode : Lossy
    Stream size : 2.21 MiB (10%)
    Language : English
    Encryption : Encrypted
     
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    Tube, thanks for your detailed answer.. much appreciated.
     
  14. TubeBar2017

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    If you do find a way let me know as I'd like to "free" my Prime videos too. I have a lot I purchased that for whatever reason are rather obscure titles and not available anywhere else.

    So far the best I have found on this is it seems to be possible to circumvent PlayReady using a Widevine exploit but no one is telling how to do that (it's a big secret). The only ones able to do it are scene groups just google "AMZN.WEB-DL". That is an option to pirate the video you want backed up (as stupid as it sounds).

    The only workaround I can see is recording via Screen Capture and that obviously isn't an option when you have over 10000 hours of content. For me it would take years to play everything and record it.

    DRM sucks but we are stuck with it :(
     
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    I don't get why you can't just totally reencode the whole thing to say .x264..usng raw ffmpeg (and allegedly there is a way to add in the encryption key.. which I guess is hidden somewhere in the downloads or some kind of cookie somewhere hidden.. but my setup just ignores drm garbage.. I buy nothing.. ever..
     
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    That would work, how do you get the RAW files to re-encode? What's your setup? If you can't post publically please PM me.

    As for the :key" being hidden in some cookie, it's called "PlayReady" https://www.microsoft.com/PlayReady/ and uses WideVine or Silverlight to decrypt.

    The "key" is encrypted and never sent to the browser, it's only sent directly to Widevine/silverlight. There was an exploit https://www.androidheadlines.com/2016/06/chrome-widevine-exploit-makes-streaming-piracy-easy.html but got me how to use it?

    This is not simple DRM it's locked down MPAA crap :(
     
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  17. raunchynm

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    I use Replay Video Capture. It captures everything on the screen beautifully and the sound coming out of your soundcard. No need to do any converting as Replay does the converting from the mpg download to mp4 automatically after the capture ends.
     

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