Ripping PBS videos

So you've tried streamtransport, rtmpsuck, rtmpdump and various searches on the web but everything came up short or sucked badly. This was what happened to me before I figured out you only need two very simple tools; one to figure out what the video stream URL is the other to grab it.

Examine URL snooper for the .m3u8 stream.

Split for readability. This should be all on one line.

ffmpeg -i "
 -vcodec copy -acodec copy -bsf:a aac_adtstoasc output.mp4

If you inside Australia you'll have an issue accessing the PBS video in the first place due to right restrictions. You can workaround by using host outside of the country.

ffmpeg -i "
 -vcodec copy -acodec copy -bsf:a aac_adtstoasc output.mp4
ffmpeg version N-60456-g4040b56 Copyright (c) 2000-2014 the FFmpeg developers
  built on Feb  8 2014 22:06:34 with gcc 4.8.2 (GCC)
  configuration: --enable-gpl --enable-version3 --disable-w32threads --enable-av
isynth --enable-bzlib --enable-fontconfig --enable-frei0r --enable-gnutls --enab
le-iconv --enable-libass --enable-libbluray --enable-libcaca --enable-libfreetyp
e --enable-libgsm --enable-libilbc --enable-libmodplug --enable-libmp3lame --ena
ble-libopencore-amrnb --enable-libopencore-amrwb --enable-libopenjpeg --enable-l
ibopus --enable-librtmp --enable-libschroedinger --enable-libsoxr --enable-libsp
eex --enable-libtheora --enable-libtwolame --enable-libvidstab --enable-libvo-aa
cenc --enable-libvo-amrwbenc --enable-libvorbis --enable-libvpx --enable-libwavp
ack --enable-libx264 --enable-libxavs --enable-libxvid --enable-zlib
  libavutil      52. 63.101 / 52. 63.101
  libavcodec     55. 50.100 / 55. 50.100
  libavformat    55. 30.100 / 55. 30.100
  libavdevice    55.  7.100 / 55.  7.100
  libavfilter     4.  1.102 /  4.  1.102
  libswscale      2.  5.101 /  2.  5.101
  libswresample   0. 17.104 /  0. 17.104
  libpostproc    52.  3.100 / 52.  3.100
Input #0, hls,applehttp, from '
  Duration: 00:54:30.29, start: 10.000000, bitrate: 0 kb/s
  Program 0
      variant_bitrate : 0
    Stream #0:0: Video: h264 (Main) ([27][0][0][0] / 0x001B), yuv420p, 640x360 
    [SAR 1:1 DAR 16:9], 29.97 fps, 29.97 tbr, 90k tbn, 59.94 tbc
    Stream #0:1: Audio: aac ([15][0][0][0] / 0x000F), 44100 Hz, stereo, fltp, 174 kb/s
File 'output.mp4' already exists. Overwrite ? [y/N] y
Output #0, mp4, to 'output.mp4':
    encoder         : Lavf55.30.100
    Stream #0:0: Video: h264 ([33][0][0][0] / 0x0021), yuv420p, 640x360 
    [SAR 1:1 DAR 16:9], q=2-31, 29.97 fps, 90k tbn, 90k tbc
    Stream #0:1: Audio: aac ([64][0][0][0] / 0x0040), 44100 Hz, stereo, 174 kb/s

Stream mapping:
  Stream #0:0 -> #0:0 (copy)
  Stream #0:1 -> #0:1 (copy)
Press [q] to stop, [?] for help
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video:318073kB audio:64851kB subtitle:0 data:0 global headers:0kB muxing overhead 0.491705%