Agreed, “I can’t watch my opera in HD” might seem a first world problem to some. It isn’t though! It’s important! Opera is …. Anyway: For the opera lovers, finding videos in decent quality is much like a treasure hunt. (I am not talking about things commercially available here. Do buy your stuff, support the artists!)
Especially one thing I found quite annoying connected to ARTE in particular: On ARTE’s streaming pages, mysteriously, the real HD resolution doesn’t even show up as an option – even though the file is on the server. Now that’s a bugger. A way around that I found in a great little program that is called captvty.
Important notice: Whether it is legal to actually use it, on which site, and everything else is not what I am discussing here; I am not a lawyer. I am writing this to show a method to add to your arsenal that might work so you know about it, just in case your life depends upon a specific recording. The program itself seems to be perfectly legal.
So here’s a brief walkthrough for …
Downloading videos with captvty
1. Go to http://captvty.fr/ and download the zip file there.
2. Install. (According to my Kaspersky antivirus, it should be okay.)
3. Click the top left symbol there once you open the program.
4. Paste the link to the page you want to inspect in there, and click “rechercher”
Your mask should now look something like this.
The files are nicely named, the last numbers tell you the resolution. The first one, with “1280×720” is the best resolution you got, so this is what you have to choose.
5. Click “télécharger” next to it.
6. Patience. (Download time is dependent on the host server and your download speed.)
7. Finally, take a moment to look at your Energy/System settings. (You’ll find them in your windows settings. Just type ‘setti …” into your windows search box after pressing the windows key, and you should get right to it.) Now you go to System -> Power & Sleep.”
8. Set at least “Sleep” to “Never.” You can switch it back as soon as you finished your download.