Funnily enough, the company that does the video for SF is in San Francisco.
I can get the video to play in mplayer but seeking doesn't work...If it'll play in mplayer, there's a way to rip it I guess.
Well, it will display on a Mac... but you need Silverlight which is probably just as bad as needing Windows.
Sheer poetry: "One woman broke her window and the area of fruit."
So, I could only watch from 3:22 until about 4:12 into the video. At that point it all startefd blurring together.
What I'm hearing from the two sides is pretty much:
Neighbors: These club kids are noisy as hell, particularly at 2am when the bars close. Also, fights occasionally break out. Letting this go on until 6am is crazy.
Nightclubers: Whatever. Squash the clubs and you squash everything that makes SF great.
Venue Owners: Let's get this Entertainment Commission going.
While I find myself more on the side of the clubbers, I'm not unsympathetic to the arguments of the neighbors. I, too, would be raging if I was being kept up until 4am every Friday night by obnoxious kids yelling and fighting outside my window. Much as I hate to admit it, I fully empathize with their "get off my damn lawn!" attitude.
But the one thing that I'd have to ask these neighbors is: Don't you think that allowing clubs to stay open until 6 am, and thus allowing the clubbers to stay inside until 6am, might do something to lessen the problem? I mean, if the obnoxious kids are allowed to stay inside the (sound-proof walled) clubs until 6am, that means they won't be kicked out onto the street en masse at 2am. Right?
Maybe my thinking here is just too radical and too lateral. But I really think that, paradoxically, allowing the clubs to stay open later would probably decrease overall noise. It would prevent the sort of all-at-once, kick everyone out to the street, surge of people at 2am.
I should have kept watching. The guy with the funny hat says pretty much the same thing at 4:36.
I moved next to the airport, and all these airplanes are keeping me awake.
Eh, for some of these folks, I suspect the airport moved in next to them.
I moved next to the graveyard! I see dead people! PLZ STOP IT!
You may not consider this quite user-friendly enough to be a godo solution for playing this on non-Windows systems, but it was good enough for me. I dug into that page a little, and eventually came up with the following URL:
I was able to play this by running mplayer from the command line on my FreeBSD box at work, though I had to use some evil ssh tunneling to get through the company firewall. (Yes, they block port 1755 here.) vlc or some other media player will probably work too. I happen to be partial to mplayer.
If someone has the time/bandwidth/motivation/etc, they can also use mencoder to rip the video from the same URL into a file and transfer it somewhere else.
Pointless explanation of how I found this:
var MediaPlayer = new GranicusPlayer("MediaPlayerContainer", "granicus_classicDark","320","240",0,0,true, "http://sanfrancisco.granicus.com/ASX.php?view_id=8&clip_id=8785&r=687c27b8f9b230597fb8c9759bdd45a4&xp=n&intro=1&sn=sanfrancisco.granicus.com&SESS1=b0bb677cc741455f15b4dbe4cc842110", "http://sanfrancisco.granicus.com/JSON.php?view_id=8&clip_id=8785&intro=1&r=687c27b8f9b230597fb8c9759bdd45a4", false,"sanfrancisco.granicus.com","sanfrancisco.granicus.com");
The first URL yields an ASX file containing the Microsoft Media Streaming URL that I posted above. Luckily, mplayer/vlc/etc seem to know how to handle these. The second URL seems to yield a time-coded copy of the closed captioning for the video. I'm sure there's software that can combine the two together somehow.
If memory serves, ASX is an XML dialect, so you can also rip it open in your text editor of choice. (Yup, it does. And just look at all that delicious file extension and MIME type abuse hate! Mmm-mmm.)
After figuring out how to rip/save video through mplayer on Linux, I've ended up with a 750+ MB video of the hearing.
Youtube limits me to 2G files, but only 10 minutes of video. WTF?
How does one get 5+ hours of video to Youtube?
... or, maybe just one hour. I'm not sure how long the whole EB and public comments go. Maybe I'll have to chop it up or host it on my own site. Hmmm.
I think the part about EC is around 1:20 or 1:30 long, at the end.
Okay, so screw this. I don't know what format of video this is, perhaps some sort of Microsoft implementation of MPEG from 1992. I can't find any Linux codecs that can properly demux, much less chop up and edit, this video. I give up. I'm stumped (FYI, tried the two that usally work for me, AVIdemux and Cinelerra. Cinelerra comes close but I can't seem to sync up the audo with the video.)
If someone with Windows wants to take a crack at it, you can download the raw video (note, 750+ MB) from here. I'll host this until such time as someone figures this out and can properly chop this up into 10 minute YouTube-friendly segments.
The good stuff starts exactly 3:24:15 in and goes pretty much to the end (5:55:58)
Would it be within Archive.org's scope?