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CGA
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 12:17 am  Reply with quoteBack to top

This is for anyone interested in getting them themselves this season and not overburdening NastiaFan or Adela or anybody else w/ requests. This is good to know, bc ESPN is horrible at archiving their vids - as in, they don't. After a week or a month or two, you start getting error messages. The vids are just not there. So if you see one you want...

Ok, so, this assumes some knowledge of stuff.

1. Download IDM and install it in Chrome or Firefox or whichever you use. IDM is a 30 day free trial. After that, there's registry stuff you can do to keep it indefinitely but that's a tutorial for another day.

2. Play your ESPN video. It'll show up in the pop up box and eventually start playing. Before it quite does, the IDM tag will show up - choose the highest quality IDM download option for the vid and download it - it'll be 720p. When the vid starts, pause it a few seconds in.

3. IDM will refuse to download the .TS file you chose, out of cowardice. They'll give you an error message explaining that the file is copy protected so they are morally prohibited from downloading it. This will be discouraging, but IDM still shows you the way to the file. Click on the chosen file/project in the list on IDM. You'll get a box for the download/file called 'File Properties'. In that, there's a section called "address" and you'll find - the URL of the video. Its real URL, complete with permissions. This is very tricky to find normally, but IDM just hands it to you.

4. Did I mention you have to have FFMPEG installed? Cause you do. Like I said, this isn't for people who don't normally do this stuff or try this stuff. This is for people who have FFMPEG installed and know what IDM is.

5. In the command prompt, go like so:

ffmpeg -i “entire long url from IDM, going well past the m3u8 and including all the permissions” -map 0:0 -map 0:1 -c copy -bsf:a aac_adtstoasc “FILENAMEofyourchoice.mp4”


Hope that helps somebody. Thanks to the guy on here last year who helped me figure ESPN out, that info still holds with a couple minor tweaks (switching the m3u8 from g to i now seems to screw everything up).


edited to add
Assuming that all works and you get that far, ignore any weird error messages involving DTS or timestamps during the download via ffmpeg. As long as it keeps moving forward, it'll eventually right itself and your video at the end will be fine. If you get an error message at the beginning and nothing moves forward and it's over and out, that's different and something went wrong.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 1:57 am Reply with quoteBack to top

The highest quality m3u8 stream on the ESPN site is "J" or "K".
Both seem to work with using livestreamer.

getting the "g" stream is a lower quality.
You can now get the 720p stream (or even 1080p, if they have it) from ESPN.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 11:05 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Actually i is the highest quality.  Will be 1152x648.  The first commercial will be lower quality.  VLC plays back the best.  Some players crash if you try to fast forward (MPC-HC).  MPC-BE also works great.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:27 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I downloaded videos last night using g and they were 720p. Which makes sense since the stream I tried to d/l with IDM was the 720 stream, meaning that's the address they'd give me.

No idea on the i, j, k stuff other than trying to use 'i' last night screwed up the download. But yea g was shooting out the 720 stream. So. Who knows.


edited to add
After checking, 2 of the vids are 610p, another is 720p. All were gotten using the g address. So the 720p is inexplicable, but it's there, I just checked. I'll retry the other two using the other letters, starting at k - is that 1080?


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:33 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

csportslive tutorial:

Try to download with IDM. This used to just work, but it no longer is for me. Now it throws up a failed message. Check the file info on IDM same as with the ESPN thing. They'll give you the m3u8 address. Change the "/z/" to "/i/", and delete the last bit past the final /, replacing it with "master.m3u8." Use this address in http://osmfhls.kutu.ru, and you can now download it from there in the highest available quality with IDM, albeit as a .TS file.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2017 11:39 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

My cable subscription log in gave me access to the Florida vs NC State meet, which is from the ACC Network. I downloaded it in 720p using the Firefox extension video downloadhelper (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/video-downloadhelper/) and it worked.

I can't get access to any of the SEC replays or streams though because it says it isn't included in my cable package. I don't know if the extension would work on those videos too.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 1:26 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Woah if there's a Firefox extension that can just take them down that's way easier. Thanks for the heads up. I didn't think the big browsers had extensions that could catch RTMP/HLS streams etc.

Your post brings up a point I forgot, which is you have to have a way in with your cable log in to begin with. The real mystery is how the hell NastiaFan got that ALA/OK meet, which as far as I can tell, is premium content on Oklahoma's site. My guess is he (she?) has one of those set-ups to stream TV thru the computer and just got a streaming TV broadcast. Clever if so.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 9:09 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I captured it in ~ 720p @ 60fps off my TV service.  NF already posted it so I didn't bother.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 6:22 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

JoeBob wrote:
I captured it in ~ 720p @ 60fps off my TV service.  NF already posted it so I didn't bother.


Is yours true HD? If so, please upload it. All of my OU vids are from the SD channel but cropped and upscaled.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 6:58 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

NastiaFan101 wrote:
JoeBob wrote:
I captured it in ~ 720p @ 60fps off my TV service.  NF already posted it so I didn't bother.


Is yours true HD? If so, please upload it. All of my OU vids are from the SD channel but cropped and upscaled.


I think it is but I'll let you make that decision.  Once it's uploaded I'll send a link but looks like it'll be tomorrow.

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