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Is there a download protection for MMS videostreams?

Discussion in 'Video - Software discussion' started by freak0815, Aug 31, 2002.

  1. freak0815

    freak0815 Member

    Aug 23, 2002
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    Hi all,

    I'd like to capture streams from german television ZDF. Streambox VCR works, but I only get sound, no picture.

    Here's a link of an example lauch window for a stream: http://www.zdf.de/ZDFde/mediathek/1,1903,VI-2006518,00.html

    I extracted the link with an network analyzer and captured the stream with Streambox VCR. First, I recognized that the expected clip size was more than the download size and when playing the clip there was no picture.

    Is there a way to get this stream captured anyway?

    Greetings from Germany,
  2. byrd5424

    byrd5424 Guest

    Try this and see if it helps you . I found this particular workaround on slashdot

    1) get the url to the file.
    go to the site, start viewing the movie. now you should be able to find the link in your temp internet files.
    .... or, just use URLsnooper [geocities.com].

    2) Get streambox
    Now you should have the link to the .rm file, you need to save the file. For this I used StreamBox VCR [geocities.com]. Get the latest beta and patch and crack as instructed. Test the program on some file. If you have problems, there is a manual here [tiscali.nl]

    3) patch streambox
    you can try on the .rm file, but you will get a http error before it manages to save the file. The problem is the user agent, as targo explained. Streambox sends a mozilla header, not a realmedia header, so you will have to hex edit streambox. So get a hex editor (eg ultraedit [ultraedit.com]), open the vcr.exe file and ctrl-f to find (ascii) the string "mozilla". When found, CAREFULLY replace

    "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.0; Windows NT; CNETHomeBuild051099; DigExt)" with
    "RMA/1.0 (compatible; RealMedia)" - followed by 44 white spaces, so you dont change the size of the file!

    4) get the file
    now save and run vcr.exe file, get the file. streambox should now send the proper header, and you should be getting the file.
    I had to change "amount of attempts" to unlimited, and I lost the connection once... but it worked.

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