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Save a received Video Message?

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Casual Adventurer

Hello Community,

 

I would like to save a number of video messages I received recently. They appeared inside the conversation, I was not provided a web link of any sort - I am able to watch them inside the actual Skype conversation. I took a look in this directory:
C:\Users\[myusername]\AppData\Roaming\Skype\[myskypename]\voicemail

and I found a number of .dat files. I don't know if these are the videos or not, but I can't play them in VLC Media Player even when I rename them to different file types. If these ARE the videos, how can I convert them to a viewable format? If they are NOT the video messages, where can I find and download them to my computer for keeping?

 

Thanks very much for your help in advance.

EDIT: My Skype version is 6.5.59.158

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Accepted as a solution by Psymøn
‎28-08-2015 11:00

There are no links to Video messages on the latest Skype 6.5.0.158 version. The messages are displayed directly in Skype window. The links were only provided when Video messages were received on older Skype versions.

 

Actually, you don’t need to save these messages to your computer. You should be able to watch these Video messages in your Skype for the next 10 years. The only what you need to ensure is that the chat database file (main.db) is still intact and that you don’t delete any chat messages. You will find this file here:

 

C:\Users\your win user name\AppData\Roaming\Skype\your Skype name\main.db

 

This is a standard SQLite 3 database file and can be viewed with any SQLite browser. See e.g this:

 

http://community.skype.com/t5/The-Skype-Lounge/Mom-accidentally-deleted-all-my-contacts-HELP/m-p/615...

 

Links to Video messages are saved in the VideoMessages Table but they are not permanent. Each time you play the received message in your Skype, the links are changed.

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You can use FVD Video Downloader extension for Chrome.

 

 

Open the Video message in Chrome, enter the code and download it. You can play the downloaded file with VLC media player.

 

Regards,
Tamim
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Casual Adventurer
Tamim, I was not provided a web link of any kind. That means I don't know how to view my message in Chrome.

If you could tell me how to open my video message in Chrome, it would be really helpful.

Thanks for your response nevertheless!
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Accepted as a solution by Psymøn
‎28-08-2015 11:00

There are no links to Video messages on the latest Skype 6.5.0.158 version. The messages are displayed directly in Skype window. The links were only provided when Video messages were received on older Skype versions.

 

Actually, you don’t need to save these messages to your computer. You should be able to watch these Video messages in your Skype for the next 10 years. The only what you need to ensure is that the chat database file (main.db) is still intact and that you don’t delete any chat messages. You will find this file here:

 

C:\Users\your win user name\AppData\Roaming\Skype\your Skype name\main.db

 

This is a standard SQLite 3 database file and can be viewed with any SQLite browser. See e.g this:

 

http://community.skype.com/t5/The-Skype-Lounge/Mom-accidentally-deleted-all-my-contacts-HELP/m-p/615...

 

Links to Video messages are saved in the VideoMessages Table but they are not permanent. Each time you play the received message in your Skype, the links are changed.

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Psymøn,

 

You can uninstall current version of Skype from the control Panel and you can install beta version 6.5

http://www.filehippo.com/download_skype/14992/

and disable automatic updating of Skype.

In Skype, Tools >> Options >> Advanced >> Automatic updates >> Click on Turn off automatic updates >> Save Changes.

Regards,
Tamim
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Community Ambassador

Installing Skype 6.5 beta will change nothing. There are no web links to Video messages provided in this beta version. Also in this version, the videos are played in Skype window.

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Casual Adventurer

Your suggestion was great, ruwim. I did it! I was initially getting a 401 - Unauthorized error when copying the vod path into Chrome, but I needed to play the Video Message and then pause it in the middle, THEN open up the main.db in the SQLite Browser so I can grab the current vod path. I copied that into Chrome and then saved it from there. Thank you so much ruwim, you have done me a great favor! If there is anything more than Accepting your reply as solution and giving you as much Kudos as I can, please let me know Many thanks!!!


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Great y)::manvery-happy:

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Casual Tourist

This method works - SQLite browser to view main.db and look in "Browse Data" with the dropdown set to VideoMessages. Open link under vod path in an internet browser and save file. Excellent workaround!

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Hey I cant find Appdate in my Users. what should I do?
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