How to isolate video

I downloaded and saved an HTML document that has a video.  I would like
to use the video without the web page. Can I isolate the video from that file?
I am using a laptop with XP.
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James BunchSystems EngineerCommented:
About the only way i could think of is to search the HTML code to see where it references the video too. It will show some "SRC" code inside that will link you to the hosted location of that video. Depending on where it is at, you can use third party tools to download the file directly to your machine that will act like a movie or whatever you can watch locally.
Julian HansenCommented:
It is possible but it depends on how it was implemented. Many sites put protection on their media (like videos) and the URL's used are not direct access to the media. They use one time use URL's.

It also depends on the player used - if it is an HTML5 video element you can get the source links and try use those to download - other custom players (flash) can obfuscate the URL making it difficult to download.

Having said that - anything that is streamed to your browser can theoretically be captured. The question here is if you are trying to retrieve the video based on a saved HTML file - that is going to be variable depending on implementation.
GlenAJAuthor Commented:
I may be out of luck.  The video came from twitter. It may  have
been made by the sender, who has the original copy.
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James BunchSystems EngineerCommented:
Right but that had to originate somewhere. You may have to trace the code back to the original destination. If you cannot follow that patch from the HTML document you saved, you can try using an "Inspect Element" feature like from Google Chrome to follow a bread crumb trail of sources until you find the final one. Someone, somewhere has to have this file you need =)

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GlenAJAuthor Commented:
Thanks Vostik - I'm sure this was the best answer.  Unfortunately, the Twitter account
with the video was suspended and no longer available,
James BunchSystems EngineerCommented:
Oh no! There are some twitter references out there that can find deleted and archived accounts/posts. There are several out there and most of them require little input from you past the twitter account name. Try searching for some of those and see if you can locate the original and you may just get lucky!
GlenAJAuthor Commented:
Actually, I found the web site for the video, but there was no response when I tried to
open it.  I'm afraid this venture is over.  Thanks again.
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