Difficulty saving a video

Sam Kuper sam.kuper at uclmail.net
Sun Jul 17 16:57:11 EDT 2011

Dear all,

I'm new to get_iplayer and some of its dependencies, so please forgive
me if I'm missing something basic.

On OS X 10.6.8, after installing ffmpeg, RTMPDump and get_iplayer, I
entered the following in the Terminal application, in the get_iplayer

./get_iplayer "tv:http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/thermal-imagery-in-the-desert/3204.html"

The result (I've censored the username) was:

get_iplayer v2.79, Copyright (C) 2008-2010 Phil Lewis
  This program comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY; for details use --warranty.
  This is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it under certain
  conditions; use --conditions for details.

INFO: Trying pid:
using type: tv
INFO Trying to stream pid using type tv
INFO: pid not found in tv cache
INFO: Checking existence of default version
INFO: flashnormal1 modes will be tried for version default
INFO: Trying flashnormal1 mode to record tv:  -
INFO: File name prefix = bbc_clip
RTMPDump v2.3
(c) 2010 Andrej Stepanchuk, Howard Chu, The Flvstreamer Team; license: GPL
Connecting ...
INFO: Connected...
ERROR: rtmp server sent error
ERROR: rtmp server requested close
INFO: Command exit code 1 (raw code = 256)
WARNING: Failed to stream file
via RTMP
INFO: skipping flashnormal1 mode
ERROR: Failed to record 'Thermal imagery in the desert - -

Clearly this didn't work, despite my having provided a long set of
fallback modes. I'm unsure how to proceed, and would welcome
constructive suggestions!

Many thanks in advance,


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