[MPlayer-users] Deconstructing how a .swf file gets a video

Rolf Ernst rolf.ernst at silverlightning.org
Fri May 14 18:24:13 CEST 2010

SWF Decompiler?

On 5/14/2010 11:22 AM, Nathan Thern wrote:
> All-
> I've been trying to grab several videos off the PBS web pages so I can
> convert them to mpeg and watch them on my PDA while I'm commuting.
> After lots of deconstructing, I have determined that all of the pages
> load the same SWF file and pass it a link. The link refers to an html
> page, and somehow the SWF file figures out the streaming address of
> the video from that page.
> For instance, the Sphinx video page
> (http://video.pbs.org/video/1390312942/) embeds
> http://www-tc.pbs.org/video/media/swf/PBSPlayer.swf
> and passes it "http://video.pbs.org/videoPlayerInfo/1390312942" as an argument.
> PBSPlayer.swf (which is only 480k) does a quick re-direct to stream in
> the right video. I have not been able to figure out the address of the
> video from looking at the source of
> http://video.pbs.org/videoPlayerInfo/1390312942
> Is there some way to determine what PBSPlayer.swf is doing (e.g. what
> streaming address it is accessing so I can dumpstream it with
> mplayer)?
> regards,
> NT
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