Maybe I should write my own video downloader...

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  1. javacoder187

    javacoder187 New Member

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    Hi, LPSGers, I'm considering writing a small program that will retrieve the videos (.flv's) from several popular porn sharing sites. I KNOW that there are other programs that already do this, but I believe this would be a great programming project for myself.

    Essentially, I'd also like to know the opinions of what you guy's would think this program would be worth should I decide to sell it over paypal..etc...(If I can get $6.00 a copy I'd be surprised...). If you have any ideas or feature requests, feel free to chime in!

    *** I'd also like to note that I want to add more features (sorting, indexing search capabilities, file hiding and encryption so you don't get caught...etc) that aren't in current video downloaders***

    But overall, this isn't a serious project or anything like that....it's primarily just for fun.
     
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    Psst... this is a large penis site. There are tons of source code forums on the net. I wonder why you'd post this here.

    At any rate, I assume you are talking about a desktop application that rips FLV's from web pages. Despite there being a Firefox plugin and IE7Pro which will do this quite easily, I suppose there could be a quicker and easier method with a stand-alone application.

    Firstly, I'm sure that you know that some video is truly streamed and never saved in non-volatile memory (your hard drive). Streaming servers (except for Red5) are very expensive, so most webmasters opt for the non-streaming method. Flash uses the Sorensen codec, which allows for the file to be rendered as it's received, in real time. This mimics streaming, and looks exactly the same on high speed service. The advantage here is that the file can be intercepted.

    Since most of the material that is uploaded to a website--including videos--usually becomes property of the website, you are going to be violating many copyrights if you sell these videos. Even saving them (for non-caching purposes) is a copyright violation.

    If I were you, I'd just find way to link to the files. Write a server script that spiders video sites, makes thumbnails of the videos it finds, and picks up titles and meta information from the HTML. That would also be totally legal.
     
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    If you're just after an academic exercise in programming, I'd say it's as good as any to cut your teeth on.

    If you're actually thinking about writing something marketable, look elsewhere. You don't even need a standalone program to do this...there are Firefox plug-ins (free, of course) that accomplish the task.
     
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    No, I already have a job this is strictly for my own enjoyment.
     
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