FLV Spider
FLV Spider 3.1.34
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Capture and save online video.   Shareware ($29.95)
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FLV Spider is a simple utility that allows you to capture online videos. So, if you see a cool online video, and would like to save it to your Mac or to your iPod, nothing is easier!

Just launch FLV Spider before you start to surf the Web. FLV Spider will automatically capture all online videos opened in a Web browser. Embedded Lossless Movie Trimmer lets you easily cut-off a portion of captured video, and Lossless Movie Joiner lets you easily join captured video/audio files into one continuous movie. Please read the help manual to learn more about these advanced tools.
What's New
Version 3.1.34:
  • Capturing engine performance is upgraded significantly.
  • SmoothStreaming™ format capture is bugfixed.
  • "Save File As Is" function is added to save captured file in its native format.
  • Minor interface improvements.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, OS X 10.4 or later



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FLV Spider User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 3.x:
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Fariborz reviewed on 17 Oct 2013
I bought this application today. This is the ONLY program that captures video on ALL sites I've visited so far. I could even capture live streams of the Persian BBC which was not possible before. The DEMO version is very limited and doesn't show all its capabilities. Users who experience partial downloads should know that the demo version doesn't allow complete downloads. Despite a few tiny bugs I think it's the best video capturer I've ever bought. Fariborz AMIRSHAHI - Verona (Italy)
[Version 3.1.30]


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An.onymous reviewed on 27 Apr 2013
Rejoyce !
Finally, FLV spider can keep recording until the end of the movies (no more partially downloaded films).
It makes it, by far, the best app in its category.
I must admit that this LVSpider's developers have been working continuously to correct the many limits and drawbacks of FLV Spider. They have now achieved a truly efficient app.

Future improvements, won't be so dramatic but they may still be welcome, for instance :
- the capacity to start the copy from somewhere in the course of the movie (not necessarily at the beginning)
- the possibility to opt for a direct download from a window's link (when available), as with iTubeDownloader or MpegStreamclip
Congratulations for the good job. Please ensure that future updates do not ruin the present achievement (a possible issue because FLVSpider's updates automatically destroy the previously installed version).
[Version 3.1.20]

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An.onymous replied on 27 Apr 2013
Caution :
If you use the "save movie" option, the movie will be called "video 1.flv" and replace the previous saved with this same name => use "save movie as" and change the name each time.
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An.onymous reviewed on 16 Mar 2013
Still stopping after a few minutes with the same cryptic message "Partially downloaded". It happens even when the site's window where the movie is played stays on top.
Grrrrrrrr !
[Version 3.1.20]


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+5

Pnn314 reviewed on 13 Mar 2013
Hi everybody.
Good news from http://home.flvspider.com. The developer upgrades free of charge all promotion versions of FLV Spider (which did not have the update function)! After upgrading FLV Spider to v3.1.20 I found that the program has become more stable. Now it works fine. I think that in terms of ease of use and quality the new version of FLV Spider works better than a program like Wondershare AllMyTube for Mac. In any case, all the sites I tried, I was able to download the video, but the program Wondershare AllMyTube for Mac sometimes refused to download videos.
[Version 3.1.20]


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An.onymous reviewed on 23 Feb 2013
Works only for some short films and some sites. Stops prematurely when the copy takes more than 15 minutes.
It could be due to a failure in FLV's cache management, or FLV'sunability to update the connection when required by the site (including YouTube). Who knows? The error message(s) is totally worthless.
In addition, when it stops prematurely FLV Spider cannot restart from where it stopped and - often - cannot even restart from the beginning.
Lots of time lost without any hint to face the problem.
IShowU is much more reliable but it must remain on top of the screen when it is operated.
operating.
[Version 3.1.17]

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Dr. Mike replied on 13 Mar 2013
I can agree, the problem with long movies is real one. So, I've asked it in techsupport. They gave me a link to new beta and it works perfectly for me! And as far as I can see, they've released it now. So I'd recommend this update to everyone. Updates are free and it's really great!
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vdolmstead reviewed on 02 Feb 2013
I'm the techie in my firm where our Chief Investment Strategist frequently interviewed by CNBC. They button up their flash videos and my firm needs a copy of these appearances. FLV Spider is a godsend! Not only is the software functional, intuitive and reliable their tech support is responsive. I didn't read the directions. We used to call that "RTFM" when I was a beta tester. It's sometimes a recipe for frustration but the folk at FLV Spider overlooked it and helped me over my ignorance with patience and understanding. To top it all off, I see from other reviews the updates are free and relatively frequent. All in all, an excellent tool.
[Version 3.1.17]


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Hilbo60 reviewed on 22 Sep 2012
Works pretty darn well.

Just a hats off to the author, following a hard drive crash I needed to re-install, emailed the author and received a fairly prompt reply, sorting me out. Makes a nice change from dealing with some of the big boys, who you can wait sometimes days for an answer.

Top marks for customer care.
[Version 3.0.9]


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Rubaiyat reviewed on 30 Jun 2012
Not sure what utility this has.

You can capture FLV and a lot of other formats using the DownloadHelper plug-in in FireFox. You get a whole lot more flexibility in what you DL and how.

The ability to trim the video is available in the latest QT.
[Version 3.0.9]

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MP3FLV.COM (developer) replied on 16 Jul 2012
Just to repeat another user opinion (see below):
"This tool breaks its competitors, as it is universal flash video grabber. It works with any browser and any flash video web site."

It is not a trick to save _downloadable_ video. In fact you don't need any special tool for that. But as for _streaming_ video, the nearest competitor is twice more expensive!

BTW, QT can't cut/join video _lossless_.
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Dr. Mike reviewed on 22 Jun 2012
Version 3.0.8 works with youtube.com again! Previous version had some troubles with capture from youtube. So, update is really worth of doing. New version also supports HD videos at vimeo.com. HD videos are saved in MP4 which I can copy to my HD video player without any conversion. It's just what I need.
[Version 3.0.8]


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An.onymous reviewed on 13 Jun 2012
I have bought FLV Spider pro several years ago and I appreciate its free updates. Some interface improvements have been made, like showing an image of each file being downloaded. However, they have slowed the capture considerably, resulting in a lot of perplexity trying to guess whether the capture is working or not. Unfortunately, FLV's rate of capture failure is still high (about 1/3 in my case). So failures + delayed/incomplete information about the capture rapidly become a pain i.t.a.
But there is a domain where FLV is at the top of the "progress" : its anti-pirate procedures. A registred user cannot FLV Spider on two machines, without going through the whole licensing procedure (which includes emails more or less rapidly sent by FLV and more or less accessible by the registrated user). Indeed, FLV checks your machine number (hardware ID), thus making it extremely cumbersome that a same registred consumer changes the machine on which he wants to use his paid licence. So if you plan to use FLV on two different machines (eg a station and a laptop when you travel), be ready to repetitive and sometimes cumbersome registrations).
If I had understood that FLV is limited to one machine, instead of one user, I should not have bought it.
[Version 3.0.8]

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MP3FLV.COM (developer) replied on 22 Jun 2012
>> However, they have slowed the capture considerably

No. Preview can't slow capture even in theory. But you can close preview, if you wish to reduce CPU consumption by 3 to 5%. Capture is going with the maximal possible speed as the original video stream goes.

One important remark might be inserted though. At Youtube some delays in capture can be caused by the new video delivery technology, implemented by YoiuTube. FLV Spider works for it, but some delays in capture might occur sometimes.

>> If I had understood that FLV is limited to one machine...

It's 100% FALSE! From the EULA (which An.onymous obviously never read):

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3.3. One licensed copy of the FLV Spider Pro may either be used by a single person who uses the software personally on one or more computers, or installed on a single workstation used nonsimultaneously by multiple people, but not both.

3.4. You may access the licensed copy of the FLV Spider Pro through a network, provided that you have obtained individual licenses for the software covering all workstations that will access the software through the network. For instance, if 8 different workstations will access the FLV Spider Pro on the network, each workstation must have its own the FLV Spider Pro license, regardless of whether they use the FLV Spider Pro at different times or concurrently.
===

"...on one or more computers..." Any questions?
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Mauro1 had trouble on 16 Aug 2012
Instruction:

Please copy the code above (select all 24 symbols of the code by mouse and then press Cmd+C key combination) and paste it into "Activation Code" input box of the "Activate Now!" dialogue. Then click "Activate" button.

My question:

Where is the "Activate Now" dialogue?
[Version 3.0.9]


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Helmo Hass had trouble on 12 Feb 2010
well...
saving time isn't really my priority...
having a good work done IS...

anyway, this application will make you all save a lot of time.. in fact since it doesn't even open nor on ppc neither on intel.. just crashes on launch.. you can avoid to dowload it :D
[Version 1.2.0]

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Mike B (developer) replied on 15 Feb 2010
May I ask you to send a bug report instead of spending your time in negative reports writing here? Can you at least tell what is your OS version? This software was tested on several Intel-based Macs (ppc is really unsupported now), in all OS versions starting from 10.4. The only obvious failure reason is Flash plugin disabling. Really, this is not checked, as it is enabled by default. OK, we'll check it.

BTW, try 1.3.0 :-)

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Monkeyjunkey rated on 12 Mar 2013

[Version 3.1.20]



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Grr74 rated on 30 Jun 2012

[Version 3.0.9]



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Priosantos-Jan rated on 04 Apr 2012

[Version 3.0.7]



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Davidson69 rated on 18 Sep 2011

[Version 2.1.8]



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LizBo rated on 12 Sep 2011

[Version 2.1.8]



Parygot rated on 09 May 2011

[Version 2.1.7]



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Mike B rated on 24 Mar 2011

[Version 2.0.4]


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Type:Internet : Internet Utilities
License:Shareware
Date:01 Feb 2014
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
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FLV Spider is a simple utility that allows you to capture online videos. So, if you see a cool online video, and would like to save it to your Mac or to your iPod, nothing is easier!

Just launch FLV Spider before you start to surf the Web. FLV Spider will automatically capture all online videos opened in a Web browser. Embedded Lossless Movie Trimmer lets you easily cut-off a portion of captured video, and Lossless Movie Joiner lets you easily join captured video/audio files into one continuous movie. Please read the help manual to learn more about these advanced tools.

IMPORTANT: Only Flash videos are supported now. SilverLight videos will be supported soon.


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