Lil help from the tech guys?

Discussion in 'Digital Marketing' started by KrayzKajun, Jun 26, 2014.

  1. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    I know this isn't website related, but I figured somebody like Tonygreek could give me some insight.

    Local news did a story on my sandbag company. I'm trying to get the video that aired as a seperate file for me to put on disc etc for promotional stuff. Is there a way to just extract the video from the news link or do I have to get the news guy to try to send me the file seperate.

    Thanks in advance. Jacob

    Here is a link to the story:
    http://wgno.com/2014/06/20/enter-sandmaster-limitless-sandbags-fast/#axzz358gvz2hF
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  2. tonygreek

    tonygreek LawnSite Gold Member
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    Nice publicity you got there, Krayz. Congrats! Re: downloading the video, it's a Flash file. If you hit download.com, you will find a variety of downloaders. It's just a matter of finding one that will actually download it. This is often easier said than done, which is why I rarely bother. There are also a variety of browser plugins available, but they tend to have the same issues. They'll work or they won't. It's a matter of how much you want to try different methods. Fwiw, I tried 3 different that I have and none did. Maybe someone else on here has some success?

    Regardless of your potential success of downloading, I'd ask the station to send you a dvd or email you a digital copy. This will give you an infinitely better quality copy that you can then convert for your needs. I've never had a problem with similar requests, but I wouldn't underscore your want to use it for commercial purposes. You just want it for the family archives... ;)
     
  3. southerntide

    southerntide LawnSite Gold Member
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    Well seems this site has a block for most tools I use let me look around,
     
  4. greg8872

    greg8872 LawnSite Senior Member
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    For the purpose you want, I would contact the station directly, first to make sure you can have permission to use a copy for promotional (ie commercial) uses. Then they might be able to just give you a copy of it (or license it to you to use).

    Although you wanted to give it on disc or something to show, if you can get away with showing it on something with a connection, here is the direct link to the player:

    http://launch.newsinc.com/?type=VideoPlayer/Single&widgetId=1&trackingGroup=69016&siteSection=wgnostudio_hom_non_non&videoId=26288976
     
  5. southerntide

    southerntide LawnSite Gold Member
    Male, from Alabama
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  6. mhelpdesk

    mhelpdesk LawnSite Member
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    If that file doesn't work for you, call the person who interviewed you personally (tell the gatekeeper that he did a story on you and you want to say thank you), say thank you, and then ask them. Often producers are bound by policy not to give you a copy, but reporters are a lot looser with the files. I've had good luck with that. And be careful when you install video downloaders; some of them are just packed with crap that will hijack your browser search, install malware, or plaster ads all over your Firefox.
     

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