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Identifying video streaming

Last Updated: Nov 17, 2015 11:21PM PST
While some websites will use a common site extension such as .flv or .mov for video resources others may have their own unique site resource.

Some examples of these are:

Streamed video content from YouTube can be identified against the site resource by aliasing /get_video and /videoplayback

Google Video
Streamed video content from Google Video can be identified against the site resource by aliasing /videodownload

Streamed video content from Dailymotion can be identified against the site resource by aliasing /*.on2

How the above examples were identified using Vantage

  1. Open Vantage
  2. Go to Storages, create a new storage and Import your web proxy log file
  3. Go to Summaries and run an ad-hoc analysis on the storage
  4. Drilldown into Site Domain | <Website video was streamed from> | Site Resource
  5. Sort the Site Resource list by Size in desending order
  6. The largest item will most likely be the video. Identify the part of the resource that you can easily alias
To alias these items:
  1. Go to Aliases and double-click on the Files alias
  2. Click the Schema dropdown and select All Schemas
  3. Select Site Resource from the left list and move it to the right list, then click OK
  4. In Summaries right-click the Site Resource in question, eg /videoplayback and choose Add To Alias
  5. Select In Alias: Files, and choose Video & Multimedia from the As: dropdown, then click OK
To filter on these items in a report or analysis:
  1. On the Filters page of the wizard choose Add | Field Value Filter
  2. Select Summary: Site Resource; Alias: Files; choose Include; then check the Video & Multimedia checkbox and click OK
​Now only the aliased site resources will be included in the report.

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