SharePoint Conference 2009 Keynote

For those people unable to attend the SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas, the next best thing is to watch the KeyNote Address “On Demand”.

But – the trouble is often that you have to watch “online” – as mentioned by @Nilcraban (on Twitter).

NB. The video at the moment is just “available soon” – but you can try out the following technique in the meantime.

UPDATE : Keynote is available at Microsoft PressPass. And – here’s the WMV.

I’ve had some luck in the past with saving down the SharePoint “Sneak Peak” videos, so that I could watch while on the train – using my Toshiba GigaBeat (it’s a Zune, before Zune was around).

Here’s how to do it – using a few FREE and LEGAL tools :

(1) Check the page load using Fiddler2. This monitors your HTTP traffic – and basically anything/everything that gets into your browser will be logged.

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(2) Grab the URL of the file – just right-click, and select “Copy > Just Url”

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eg. http://msstudios.wmod.llnwd.net/a2294/o21/events/sharepoint/750_ms_sharepoint_postshow_091019.wmv

(3) Grab a streaming-saver tool to download it to a file. (do it over night perhaps)

I’ve used the Streaming Download Project (SDP) application before :

Think of it like a video recorder for “Windows streaming”, recording live shows, music concerts, radio shows, movies and free trailers for new release etc…

This is a free utility developed by some “MMS” developers – not the multi-media messaging stuff like SMS, but Microsoft Media Streaming technologies.

(4) Within SDP, click Open, and paste in the URL to the WMV file :

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(5) Click Go – and you’ll be prompted with a “Save As” dialog.

(6) Choose a file location, and click OK.

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(7) Then, just sit back and wait – go for lunch, coffee – or off to bed…

That’s all there is to it. Not exactly an elegant solution – and might take a few go’s. But, you should then be able to watch offline on your laptop, or Zune, etc.

🙂

*** The other cool feature with SDP is the ability to have a “Batch” download – just a text file with each WMV listed in a TXT file (I just used Notepad).

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