How to Download a Video Through Its Source Address?

By Erick Kristian

Downloading a video through its source is a way to download a video from a website if there is no download link available. Some websites only allow users to stream videos from their site and do not provide users with a download link. The website may be trying to encourage visitors to return to their website every time they wish to see the video and, as a result, do not want the video to be downloaded.

Step 1

Visit the video's website. Navigate to the page where the video is hosted. The video will likely be embedded into the webpage where it can then be streamed.

Step 2

View the page source code. All browsers have a feature for view the page source. On Google Chrome, right click anywhere on the webpage and click "View Page Source." On Internet Explorer, right click anywhere on the page and click "View Source." All browsers will bring up a "Source Code" window that shows all the code for the webpage. This is where the download code for the video will be found.

Step 3

Navigate through the source code and look for the link that contains the video file. This process can be made easier by click "CTRL" and "F" at the same time to bring up the "Find" search menu. Type in popular video file extensions to locate the source code of the video. Some video file extensions are: avi, mpeg, mpg, wmv, mov, flv and swf. The source code of the video should resemble something like: "http://www.sitename.com/media/video/stream/filename.flv." Copy this code by highlighting it with the mouse then right clicking it and clicking "Copy."

Step 4

Open Windows Media Player. Click "File" then "Open" and paste the video code into the "File Name" slot. Click "Open." The video from the Internet site will begin to stream. Wait for the video to load. Click "File" then "Save As." Type in a name for the video file in the "File Name" window. Navigate to the directory where the file should be saved and click "Save." Go to the directory where the file was saved and double click the file to play it.