This is a question I get a lot, so instead of answering the same question over and over again on Twitter and through email, I decided to just write a post about it.
In this post we’ll go over everything you need to know about how to download all-22 film from NFL.com.
To begin, let’s go over what you’ll need.
In order to get access to the full library of coaches film, you’ll have to subscribe to NFL Game Pass.
Besides this season, you’ll also have the ability to watch and download all coaches film going back to and including 2011.
Start your free 7-day trial of NFL Game Pass by clicking here.
I cannot stress this enough, I absolutely LOVE this program.
It’s simple, it’s inexpensive, and it just works.
Some stream download programs suffer from a big problem, they force you to download in real time. This means in order to download an hour’s worth of film, you’ll need to wait an hour. Replay Media Catcher is different.
Replay Media Catcher is designed to grab a file and download it as quickly as possible.
If you’re worried about internet speed, let me be frank: My internet speed sucks. Still, I’ve never had an issue downloading a game in five minutes or less.
Another plus is that unlike Stream Transport, Replay Media Catcher does not open in its own browser. In other words, you’ll no longer have to work with an outdated version of Microsoft Internet Explorer that isn’t compatible with many newer websites.
Get this program before you do anything else, otherwise the rest of this post is useless.
How To Download All-22 Film from NFL Game Pass
Here are the specifics, step-by-step.
Step 1 – Open the Program
Once you find the icon for Replay Media Catcher wherever you’ve saved it, open up the program. You’ll see a menu pop up like the one below, with a red button in the middle of it.
(You can click on any of the pictures in this article to make them large size)
Make sure that the start/stop button is turned on, like in the picture below, by clicking on it. You’ll know the capture capability is turned on when the button turns green.
I would also recommend that you not have any other videos or music playing in the background while you have the button turned on, since it may pick up multiple streams online and slow down the process of downloading the files that you intend to save.
Step 2 – Open up the Game Rewind Package on NFL.com
Once you’ve got the program up and running, minimize it. You’ll then want to go to your browser, head to NFL.com and sign up for NFL Game Pass if you haven’t done so already. Look at the picture below for an idea of where to go.
Step 3 – Launch the Game Rewind Player
If you’re already signed in, then you should see a screen that looks like this. Click the blue button on the right that says ‘Launch.’
IMPORTANT: Make sure your pop-up blocker is deactivated. If you’re using most browsers, you can check to make sure that the Game Rewind Player isn’t being blocked by looking at the far right of your address bar at the top of your screen, which should tell you if a window is being blocked. If you don’t see a player pop up within a few seconds of clicking on the Launch button, that could be the problem.
Click on the notification and set your browser settings to allow pop ups from NFL.com (You may have to click on the launch button again once you’ve changed your settings).
Step 4 – Find the Games You’re looking For
Whenever you open up the Game Rewind Player, it will immediately begin playing the TV copy of the most recent game, which in this case is the Super Bowl.
IMPORTANT: If you’re looking to download television copies of games, this won’t work. The NFL protects its broadcast copies much more than the actual coaching film for some reason. I’ve never had any desire to download a TV copy of a game, but I thought I’d mention it just in case.
To find another game, click on the button up top labeled ‘Games.’
There should be a menu pop up from the right side of the screen with the list of games by week.
Once the menu appears, you’ll see you have the ability to search by week or by a specific team. You can also go back to previous seasons as well if you like. In this case, I want to look at all the games the Colts played in 2013.
Next, I’ll click on the Colts-49ers game, where I’ll end up seeing the TV opening for the game. Of course, we want the coaching film from the game, and it’s pretty easy to find.
Anytime you put your cursor over the video screen, you’ll see some video player controls pop up at the bottom, and a small menu pop up in the top right.
You have option to choose between one of three versions of the game. You can watch the TV copy, the ‘condensed’ version, which edits out all the commentary and gives you about a 30 minute version of the game, or the coaches film.
Click on the coaches film.
The picture below shows the opening kickoff of the Colts-49ers game. It’s a complete game copy, so once you download it, it won’t be divided up into offense, defense, and kicks. You’ll have to do that yourself.
If you want to just watch it online, you can get rid of that annoying side menu by clicking the X button.
Step 5 – Downloading the Video
At this point, there isn’t really a ‘step’ you have to take, because if you turned on the stream capture capability in step one, it should’ve started downloading the video as soon it detected the coaching video playing.
Depending on the speed of your internet connection, you should have the game downloaded to your computer or hard drive in about 20 minutes.
For some context, it took me about a week to download the entire 2012 season to an external drive.
Downloading Multiple Videos
If you want to download multiple videos at a time, it’s very simple. With the stream capture button turned on, just click repeat the process of clicking on games and you should be able to download about 6-8 at a time.
Converting Video Formats
The videos are saved as Flash Video files (or .flv extension) and these are usually incompatible with most football coaching video programs like HUDL and DVSport. In order to convert these videos into a file you can upload to your video systems, I recommend Freemake Video Converter.
As you can probably tell by the name, it’s free to use (though you need to be careful installing the program and make sure you avoid installing any of the spyware programs). It works great and I use it for various projects just about every day.