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#1 2021-06-27 11:55:49

teaman
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[SOLVED] no_audio_in_downloads

Having an interest in video clips, often about studio pottery, sometimes discussions on current topics, I like to download such short videos so that I can watch them without being online and to make sure I have a copy just in case they disappear from their various websites. For the last couple of years, the downloads have been unsuccessful, whether from small websites or from YouTube, as the videos play fine in VLC or MPV player but the audio does not work.

Maybe there is some kind of web audio codec which does not work when not online - I watch and listen to a video clip in Firefox without any problems, download it and there is no audio with the download. Has anyone experienced and overcome this problem?

Last edited by teaman (2021-06-27 12:37:53)

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#2 2021-06-27 12:08:31

fsmithred
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Re: [SOLVED] no_audio_in_downloads

I've seen a few cases where Video DownloadHelper in firefox shows me the video file in several formats, but only one of the files will play both video and audio.

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#3 2021-06-27 12:36:56

teaman
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Re: [SOLVED] no_audio_in_downloads

reply to fsmithred
Yes, I use Video Downloadhelper but usually , with the video files I have wanted, there is no format choice, only a quality choice of big or small files. However, if I do see a download with format choices, I will try try each format to test it out.

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#4 2021-06-27 14:05:19

dice
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Re: [SOLVED] no_audio_in_downloads

what video formats are not working?

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#5 2021-06-28 10:12:30

Head_on_a_Stick
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Re: [SOLVED] no_audio_in_downloads

Use mediainfo to determine the audio content of the videos (if any).


antifa ftw!

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#6 2021-06-28 10:34:49

GlennW
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Registered: 2019-07-18
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Re: [SOLVED] no_audio_in_downloads

for such things I generally use youtube-dl. It works on most popular sites. It downloads the video and audio files then puts them together into one file.
I hope this helps.

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#7 2021-06-28 20:16:37

teaman
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Re: [SOLVED] no_audio_in_downloads

Thanks to those who replied. I usually tried downloading using Video Downloadhelper in mp4 format as that was the one usually on offer, though quite often the audio file wasn't downloaded with the video file. I have always liked Video Downloadhelper but over the last year or so it has been a bit hit and miss.

I took GlenW's suggestion this evening and have been playing around in the terminal with the command youtube-dl followed by the URL, successfully managing to download the videos that I wanted (they downloaded as mp4 or mkv files) except for one on the Vimeo site, which downloaded the audio but not the video. However, I found the same clip on youtube and used youtube-dl successfully.

So youtube-dl was the answer to my problem.
Thanks again for good advice.

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#8 2021-06-30 06:49:48

GlennW
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Re: [SOLVED] no_audio_in_downloads

Hi, I'm glad to be of any help.

Occasionally youtube-dl has an error and I've found that a comand-line update of the program updates the certificates and all works again.

cheers

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