Aug 142008

clive is an open source command line tool to extract videos and to bypass the need to use Adobe Flash in order to view user-generated content available on video-sharing websites. Clive supports Youtube, GoogleVideo, Dailymotion, metacafe, Guba, Sevenload, Myvideo. Clive converts the downloaded Flash Video into a MP4 file avoiding the need of having a Flash Video Player.

Thanks to Pascal Bleser who suggested this tool!

Features include,

HTTP features (proxy, throtte)
UNIX pipes and stdin redirects
Subsequent re-encoding and playing
Clipboard integration
Accepts multiple URLs in batches (via pipes, clipboard)
Video extraction quality (high/low, varies per host)
URL caching and cache browser
Control over output file names
Continue partially downloaded videos
Parses RSS/Atom feeds
Scans for video links on pages

Install Clive

Packman hosts a YaST Meta Packager file for 1-click installation feature. This 1-click installation is supported in openSUSE 11.0, openSUSE 10.3, openSUSE 10.2, SuSE 10.1, SuSE 10.0.

NOTE: Click here to enable the 1-click feature in openSUSE 10.2

Click to download the Yast Metapackager file (.ymp) and automatically download and start YaST Package Manager and download required repositories, clive package and relevant dependencies. Click Next in the welcome page confirming the repositories and click Next in the summary page. Once installed, click Finish.

Clive install welcome Clive install summary

Clive install finish

This should install clive under /usr/bin/ directory

opensuse11:~ # which clive

Once installed, to download a video simple run clive as follows:

saibaba@opensuse11:~> clive
clive 1.0.0 20080809  [Linux]                          100%
WindowsVistavsOpenSUSE11.mp4                                              5.0MB
=> 1 (5.0MB), failed: 0, skipped: 0
WindowsVistavsOpenSUSE11.mp4                  100%    5.0MB  539.5KB/s 00:00:09

To make Clive scan for video links on sites

saibaba@opensuse11:~> clive –scan
clive 1.0.0 20080809  [Linux]
scanning… ….5….10…. done.                      100%    1/14
SaidtheRaindroptotheSeedtheYouMesongoriginal.mp4                         16.0MB                      100%    2/14

For a nice GUI for clive and addon utilities, click here

Another great tool and yet simple to use.To visit the authors website, click here