[FFmpeg-user] How can I extract m3u8 URL for use with ffmpeg on this site?

Robert Jeffares jeffares.robert at gmail.com
Mon Apr 11 23:32:12 EEST 2022

I am not at home and internet in this Pacific paradise is a bit thin.
Having looked at the link I can see a bit of drilling down to the base
platform is needed. I will have a look when I get home. I have several
instances of grabbing both live and Podcasted video. In all cases you need
to get past the hand offs and embedded players to the source.

On Tue, 12 Apr 2022, 08:21 Bo Berglund, <bo.berglund at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Tue, 12 Apr 2022 03:46:52 +1200, Robert Jeffares <
> jeffares.robert at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >A script using curl to download the site to a file then grep m3u8 will
> give
> >you a list which you can then sort to select the_one_you_want then ffmpeg
> >-I the_one_you_want etc
> Does not work...
> curl -o testfile http://www.freeintertv.com/view/id-2308
> grep m3u8 testfile
> ...blank output...
> It is more involved than this simple assumption.
> The m3u8 data appears when the player has started playing the video and
> then I
> can *manually* retrieve it using FireFox in F12 mode.
> But I need to automate this...
> >Bush shell script is able to manage simple cases sometimes you need more
> >grunt. Perl is a reliable option.
> I assume you mean bash as in the first line in such scripts:
> #!/bin/bash
> Bash works fine for what I do, but I need to find the right command to
> execute
> via bash.
> I already have curl code to retrieve the m3u8 data and then pass it to
> sed, but
> it won't work for this particular site.
> >I have a cron job which does this but use youtube-dl
> Youtube-dl has been abandoned for a long time now, replaced by yt-dlp.
> Youtube-dl could download live streams but only from Youtube and it could
> not be
> called with a specific timeout so when I used that a few years back I had
> to use
> the timeout function in order to make it stop at the wanted time:
> timeout --signal=2 67m <youtube-dl command>
> But that does not work with yt-dlp, which is not able to download live
> streams.
> >Hope this answers your question
> Unfortunately not.
> --
> Bo Berglund
> Developer in Sweden
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