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Downloading Videos from VHA

Downloading video from the VHA system is as easy as copying files, you just need to know where to find them.

Here's the procedure:

  • First login to the system just as your normally would.
  • Find the video that you'd like to download and start it playing. Make sure to take note the number of video segments (see arrow).
  • Right Click with your mouse anywhere on the playing video and choose Properties.
  • You should see a window like the one to the right . You're interested in the file location and number (see arrow).
  • There are two parts to this path, the directory path and the filename.
  • The directory path is the first part or in this example \\\cache\vhms\000\0000\0000\0011
  • The filename is the last part or in this example 4364.mpg
  • You want to copy the first part and make a note of the second part
  • Once Windows Explorer is open, paste or type the first part of the path and hit ENTER or click on the Green arrow to the right.
  • After a few seconds, your computer will attach to the archive and it will look something like the screen to the right.

  • You can now find the file number that you made a note of before (see second arrow)
  • This is the file that you were watching. You can simply copy it to your local system by either dragging it there or by right-clicking on the file and choosing Copy and then going to the location you want to copy the file to, right clicking and choosing Paste
  • Remember at the beginning you made note of the number of video segments. In this case there were five.
  • This means that if you want to download the entire testimony, you'll need to copy the four files that follow the one you've already copied. In this case that would be 4635.mpg, 4636.mpg, 4637.mpg and 4638.mpg
That's it. You're all done.

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