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Linux Journal had a tech tip on how to save an online video to your hard drive: Tech Tip: Save an Online Video with your Browser (no extensions needed)

This totally works. However, I found a simpler solution than their method. So far, every Flash video I play ends up in /tmp as an extention-less file that begins with “Flash”. Try running

ls /tmp | grep Flash

If you get just one return, then you can run

find /tmp -name "Flash*" -exec cp '{}' flash.flv ';'

This will find anything in /tmp that starts with “Flash” and copy it to your home folder as “flash.flv”. Of course, you still have to wait until the video finishes buffering before running the find command.