After watching a video in a Web site, you may want to save the video file into your local disk for playing it offline in the future. If the video file is stored in your browser’s cache, this utility can help you to extract the video file from the cache and save it for watching it in the future.
It automatically scans the entire cache of Internet Explorer and Mozilla-based Web browsers (Including Firefox) and finds all video files that are currently stored in it. It allows you to easily copy the cached video files into another folder for playing/watching them in the future. If you have a movie player that is configured to play flv files, it also allows you to play the video directly from your browser’s cache.
After the video list is displayed, you can use one of the following options, assuming that the video files are stored in the cache (‘In Cache’ = Yes):
- Play Selected File: Allows you to play the video file directly from the cache, assuming that you have a video player that is configured to play .flv files.
- Copy Selected Files To: Allows to copy the video files from the cache into another folder, so you will be able to play them in the future.
If you have a video file that is not stored in the cache (‘In Cache’ = No), you can use the ‘Open Download URL In Browser’ option (F8) in order to download the video file. You can also use the ‘Copy Download URLs’ option (Ctrl+U) to copy the download URLs to the clipboard, and then use then in your browser or in other download software.
Be aware that some Web sites may not allow you to download a video file in this way.
Nowadays most webpages use Flash video files (with the .flv extension) for playing video materials inside the website. VideoCacheView doesn’t provide a build-in video player, but if you already have a video player that is configured to play .flv files, VideoCacheView will be able to use it for playing the video files directly from the Web browser’s cache.
Known Problems And Limitations
- In some Video Web sites, the video files are not always saved in the cached by the Web browser. When the video file is not saved in the cache, you won’t be able to watch it or to copy it to another folder.
- If you use a Web browser based on Mozilla (including Firefox), VideoCacheView will provide a link to download the video file, even if the file itself is not stored in the cache. Due to technical limitation, this feature is not available for Internet Explorer browser.
- For Mozilla-based Web browser (including Firefox), you should close the Web browser in order to view the latest video files that you watched.
- Added ‘Manually Merge Selected Files’ option (Ctrl+M). If you have split video files that VideoCacheView cannot detect and merge automatically, you can select all items, press Ctrl+M and then VideoCacheView will merge all selected items into one.
- After using the ‘Manually Merge Selected Files’ option, you can use the ‘Copy Selected Files To…’ option to generate the merged file. Be aware that the order of the merged files is determined according to the created time of every file.