How to download SOTM US 2013 videos?

Posted by xeen on 1 August 2013 in English (English)

So, I tried viewing some of the talks of SOTM US 2013 [1], but my experience has been miserable:

  • the videos are available in Flash only. While Vimeo also has an HTML5 player, my system (Linux/Firefox) doesn’t support H264 natively yet. In other words: I need to use Flash. On Linux. Which heats my CPU to 70°C to play a video whereas a local player would only heat it to about 50°.
  • the videos are set to private, so they can only be viewed via or that vimeopro URL.
  • There’s no download link. All regular tools (google “vimeo download”) and JDownloader fail to download this video.
  • There’s no obvious way to contact the site administrator. The only way seems to be Twitter… I don’t have it and I don’t want it. I could also write to the us-talk mailing list, but I’d like to reach the people in charge and us-talk seems to be too general for this. Then again, I have no idea if they read us-talk because there’s no information on who manages that site.

If you know where I can forward my request for a simple download link for these videos, please let me know. While I’d like to view the videos as well, I’m not particularly in the mood to fiddle with rtmpdump or Wireshark to figure out the URL.

If I’ve missed the download link and am making a clown out of myself, I would very much welcome a comment pointing me to it.

Best regards xeen


Comment from Vclaw on 1 August 2013 at 14:09

They are available to download on the Internet Archive.

Comment from xeen on 1 August 2013 at 14:11

Thank you! How did you find them, so I know the next time? Obviously, randomly searching would work…

Comment from RobJN on 4 August 2013 at 16:45

I should point out that these are SOTM US videos. The OpenStreetMap Foundation's annual global conference "SOTM 2013" has not yet happened! It's 6th-8th September 2013 in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

Oh and there will be videos available from SOTM 2013 during and after the conference.

Thanks, Rob

Comment from xeen on 4 August 2013 at 16:46

Thanks RobJN, I’ve updated my post accordingly. Hopefully the videos of SOTM 2013 (worldwide?) will be available more comfortable than the US ones.

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