5 Tools to Download/Record/Capture CNN & CNBC Videos

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CNN and CNBC Videos are streaming videos of FLV video format that not allow you to download the video for offline viewing. Actual URL’s are hidden behind the javascript or activex scripts. But do you know the video you want to download is already stored in your browser’s cache after playing. You just need to copy the video to desired location. Below are the tools that allows you to

Download, Record or Capture any CNN or CNBC Videos instantly.


Method#1 – URL Snooper

Video streaming from CNN hide the actual URL of video behind javascript or activex scripts. URL Snooper lets you to find the URLs for all streams by watching network traffic and identifying streaming media URLs.


  1. Download URL Snooper.
  2. Start URL Snooper and click the Sniff Network button.
  3. Play the CNN or CNBC video you wish to download locally. As soon as the video starts to play in your browser, the URL Snooper will show a URL.
  4. Right click to copy the FLV video URL to the clipboard and download it inside Flashget or internet download manager.


Method#2 – Free Video Zilla

Free Video Zilla is another CNN video downloader that lets you download CNN video in 3 simple steps.


  1. Download Free Video Zilla & Run Free Video Zilla first.
  2. Select and Play CNN video you want to download. When the video is played, Free Video Zilla will grabs the CNN video.
  3. Select the captured CNN video then click ‘Download’ button.


Method#3 – VideoCacheView

We have already discussed the free tool “VideoCacheView” that grabs flv videos and lets you copy it to a specific location. With VideoCacheView utility you can extract the video file from the cache and save it for watching it in the future, if the video file is stored in your browser’s cache.

The tool automatically scans the cache folder of popular web browsers like Internet Explorer and Firefox and finds all video files that are currently stored in it. Follow our complete guide to use VideoCacheView.


Method#4 – Video DownloadHelper (Firefox Addon)

DownloadHelper is a tool to extract the web content like video and image files from many sites like youtube, MySpace, Google videos, DailyMotion, Porkolt, iFilm, DreamHost et cetera. You can even convert the downloaded movies to your preferred video format. Follow our complete guide to use Video DownloadHelper.


Method#5 – Temporary Internet Files Folder

As discussed the video files are stored in browser’s cache after playing. But searching for file may be tedious if the folder has not been cleaned since long. Just follow the simple steps to get the CNN or any other flv video.

1)       Clean up the “Temporary Internet Files” folder from your computer.

2)       Open your browser and visit the page to view the video clip.

3)       Once the Video clip is finished playing, navigate to the “Temporary Internet Files” folder and copy the video to desired folder.

4)       Play the video anytime using the free FLV player.


You can now convert the videos into popular formats like- AVI/MOV/MP4/MP3/3GP. Online FLV Converter allows you to convert a Flash Video / FLV file (YouTube’s videos,etc) to MPEG4 (AVI/MOV/MP4/MP3/3GP) file online and download online videos direct to PC / iPod / PSP. Download FLV Converter for Windows and Mac

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