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How To Remove Youtube Metadata from Downloaded FLVs - CaptainLeech - 11-21-2010

Youtube adds encrypted metadata to any FLVs and MP4s downloaded from youtube video pages. Most likely this data is the downloader's IP address and other personally identifying information, meaning any video you share can forever be traced back to you. Here is one way to overwrite it and remove the youtube stuff:

Tools needed
http://yamdi.sourceforge.net/
Yet Another MetaData Injector for FLV

Usage:
Code:
yamdi -i sample.flv -o sample_new.flv



Or create a shell script to process all files in your directoy: (first create a subdirectory called "new" where all changed files will be copied).
Code:
#!/bin/sh
x=1
ls -1 *.flv > tmp.tmp
while true
do
fname=`cat tmp.tmp |head -$x |tail -1`
"/root/path/yamdi" -i $fname -o new/$fname
x=`expr $x + 1`
done


edit: To see detailed FLV metadata use the tool "flvtool2."
http://rubyforge.org/projects/flvtool2/
Code:
flvtool2 -P filename.ext



RE: How To Remove Youtube Metadata from Downloaded FLVs - FastTadpole - 11-21-2010

That's useful. So that confirms it is metadata and not a customized stream. Well once I try out yamdi.

I usually re-encode to XViD making this moot for me but very useful tip if it works as advertised CaptainLeech.

.. oh and Welcome to the Forum!


RE: How To Remove Youtube Metadata from Downloaded FLVs - Dunamis - 11-21-2010

Yes, welcome to the forum, and thanks for the great info. Though I don't usually upload such formats, those that I repeatedly watch I just download (makes no sense to keep getting the same data) and some of those are passed on in person, so this is still very handy for me. Cheers!


RE: How To Remove Youtube Metadata from Downloaded FLVs - JFK - 11-21-2010

First off, thank you for the link and welcome to the forum.

(11-21-2010, 08:10 AM)CaptainLeech Wrote: Most likely this data is the downloader's IP address and other personally identifying information
I just took a peek at the metadata from a small file I downloaded last August. There is indeed encrypted metadata there, however I am more inclined to believe that it is the uploaders, and not the downloaders info.

(11-21-2010, 08:10 AM)CaptainLeech Wrote: meaning any video you share can forever be traced back to you.
If you share via youtube that will happen regardless, and your program can not help with that as the metadata ( which I see ) is created upon upload to youtube.




RE: How To Remove Youtube Metadata from Downloaded FLVs - CaptainLeech - 11-22-2010

(11-21-2010, 05:53 PM)JFK Wrote:
(11-21-2010, 08:10 AM)CaptainLeech Wrote: I just took a peek at the metadata from a small file I downloaded last August. There is indeed encrypted metadata there, however I am more inclined to believe that it is the uploaders, and not the downloaders info.
The data is dynamic which indicates to me it is written "on the fly" prior to the file being served. You can confirm this by downloading a video, deleting your youtube cookies, and then downloading that same video again. You will see the "sourcedata" aattribute has changed with a dfferent alphanumeric string. What this string actually contains is anyone's guess.

(11-21-2010, 05:53 PM)JFK Wrote:
(11-21-2010, 08:10 AM)CaptainLeech Wrote: meaning any video you share can forever be traced back to you.
If you share via youtube that will happen regardless, and your program can not help with that as the metadata ( which I see ) is created upon upload to youtube.
By share, I mean post-download sharing (via bittorrent or any p2p specifically after being downloaded from youtube by a viewer).

If you want to hide your private info from youtube you need to upload through a proxy with a fake e-mail account (which you should also create through a proxy).




RE: How To Remove Youtube Metadata from Downloaded FLVs - Dunamis - 11-28-2010

After looking into this, I got confused. I really don't know where to begin with Y.A.M.D.I


RE: How To Remove Youtube Metadata from Downloaded FLVs - capnchronic - 08-07-2011

Would the metadata be preserved when converting the videos to other formats?


RE: How To Remove Youtube Metadata from Downloaded FLVs - icosaface - 08-07-2011

No, all you convert is the video format.