Please read the following before continuing with the instructions.

Issue Overview 

Customers have observed increased difficulties downloading video content that is hosted on third party web sites.
Background
Authentic8 provides access to the Video DownloadHelper browser extension within Silo Research Toolbox as a tool for analysts to download video content from the web for offline viewing/analysis.
Video DownloadHelper is the most widely-deployed extension for this purpose, and as implemented on our platform, supports downloading a range of common formats, including MP4, WEBM and AVI. Some websites separate the audio and video content into independent files, which must then be processed and reconstituted into a single video. Converting these separate streams to downloadable formats requires purpose-built, dedicated post-processing infrastructure, and we have not supported this reconstitution capability due to its negative impact on the user’s browsing experience.

Investigation into the sites that stopped working indicates that they have switched their streaming technologies and now separate out audio and video channels. The adverse performance effects of running such post-processing on our browser infrastructure imply the need for alternative video collection methods.
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Overview

The Video DownloadHelper Tool provides ToolBox users the functionality to take download videos from supported sites, based on user based options and settings.

The primary purpose of this page is to provide a basic introduction to the Video DownloadHelper Tool and to its use. This page does not even begin to touch on the feature's functionality and those looking to maximize its use are advised to visit the resource site linked below.


Video Download Helper Activation


The video downloading tool is activated by selecting the Video DownloadHelper icon on the far right side of the ToolBox navbar.


       

       


No Video Content


On pages where there is no available video content to download, the Video DownloadHelper icon is not highlighted or colorized and clicking it generates the following error message.




Video Content 


When you have a video that you want to download, click the Video DownloadHelper icon.




The icon begins the video downloading process and triggers a drop-down menu containing the variants of videos available for downloading.



Video Selection and Downloading


Click the Down Arrow under the Video title and the Storage Manager opens or click the Right Arrow button to open the following menu:


Downloading Menu


Here is the Downloading Menu, with the associated action accurately described in the image.



Storage Manager


When downloading a video, the Storage Manager opens to complete the save process. From the Storage Manager, there are multiple options for saving the video.



Video Converter Requirements


IMPORTANT: This functionality does not work. The download/conversion process hangs when saving to Storage Manager.



Note: Please see DownloadHelper Support for additional information.

The Options Menu







Here is the Options Menu along with a brief explanation of its features and functionality.


              

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 About - Generates a pop-up that gives feature information relating to functionality, support and troubleshooting. 

 2
 
 
 Supported Sites - Provides a list of sites that Video DownloadHelper supports.

 3
 
    Analyze page - Allows for page analysis to be more productive in downloading.


 4
 
 Convert local files - Allows for video file conversion processes.

Note: This feature is unsupported.
5
Start capturing the browsing session.

Note: Please see DownloadHelper Support for additional information.


Note: This feature is unsupported.
6
Clear hits
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Settings - Takes you to a customized settings page, which enables the user to get the most out of Video DownloadHelper.

Note: Please see DownloadHelper Support for additional information.


Resources

DownloadHelper Support


Additional Notes

Please contact Support if you have any additional questions or require any further information.