Are these errors expected/explainable?

Mar 20, 2009 at 6:48 AM
I recently started using 0.82 beta after seeing a fix for the specific error with "?' in title described in release notes.
In prior release it usually crashed a couple of times each run before I could get all 20 current trailers downloaded.
My usual workaround was just to restart and usually it would manage to grab the one that it had previously failed on.

For first few runs after getting 0.82 everything worked perfectly (I've been running it every three or four days)

Today for first time, out of 20 entries only 4 were successfully downloaded. The other 16 all fail with one of two errors. See first couple of sections of log captured from DOS window below.

I run this several times, once after a reboot with same errors (on WinXP). During these runs I had internet connectivity so assume the timeouts were not a result of a bad connection from my end.
D:\Program Files\Conceptworld\RecentX>"D:\Program Files\@NotInstalled\HD-Trailers.NET Downloader\HD-Trailers.Net Downloader.exe"
2009-03-20 01:24:10  - HD-Trailers.Net Downloader v.82 BETA
2009-03-20 01:24:10  - CodePlex:
2009-03-20 01:24:10  - By Brian Charbonneau - blog:
2009-03-20 01:24:10  - Please visit for archives

2009-03-20 01:24:10  - Config loaded
2009-03-20 01:24:10  - Quality Preference: 720p,480p
2009-03-20 01:24:10  - Using exclusions...
2009-03-20 01:24:10  - 4 exclusions loaded.

2009-03-20 01:24:12  - RSS feed items (20) grabbed successfully

2009-03-20 01:24:12  - Next trailer (1) is : Emilio (Trailer)
2009-03-20 01:24:13  - Extracted download url (720p) for Emilio (Trailer):
2009-03-20 01:24:13  -
2009-03-20 01:24:13  - DownloadPath = F:\P2P-Scrape\HD-Trailers.NET\@new\Emilio (Trailer)\
2009-03-20 01:24:13  - Grabbing trailer: Emilio (Trailer)
2009-03-20 01:24:39  - ERROR: An exception occurred during a WebClient request.

2009-03-20 01:24:39  - Next trailer (2) is : Fighting (Trailer 1)
2009-03-20 01:24:40  - Extracted download url (720p) for Fighting (Trailer 1):
2009-03-20 01:24:40  -
2009-03-20 01:24:40  - DownloadPath = F:\P2P-Scrape\HD-Trailers.NET\@new\Fighting (Trailer 1)\
2009-03-20 01:24:40  - Grabbing trailer: Fighting (Trailer 1)
2009-03-20 01:30:54  - ERROR: The operation has timed out.
Any idea what is going on - just problems with the trailers that happen to be available today or a generic problem with HD-Trailers.NET Downloader?

I haven't made any changes to HD-Trailers.Net Downloader.exe.config since previous successful runs.
Mar 21, 2009 at 4:40 PM
Based on the timeout error, I would guess there was some network interruption somewhere between you and apple/yahoo. Perhaps it was far enough upstream from you that you were able to browse other websites fine. I had a similar scenario happen a few weeks back. If it continues, you might try scheduling it to run a few times each day to ensure you get all the trailers without having to manually intervene. Let me know if this is a persistent problem.
Mar 24, 2009 at 6:39 AM
I wanted to wait a couple of days to get a better handle on what's working and what's failing ...
I had better results for a couple of days except for a couple of items that just would not download no matter how many times I tried.
I added some of these manually to the exclusions list - which at least meant that HD-Trailers.Net Downloader would not keep retrying them on every try.

Today there were 5 new "offerings", three from Apple and two from Yahoo. All failed with one of two messages:
ERROR: The operation has timed out. or ERROR: An exception occurred during a WebClient request.
Also but probably the way currently handled is just fine - one like this:
2009-03-23 23:10:55  - Next trailer (6) is : Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-03-22
2009-03-23 23:10:56  - ERROR: Something is weird with this one... check source
2009-03-23 23:10:56  - Preferred quality not available. Skipping...
In order to understand where the failure points are I copied the URLs from the log file, constructed a simple HTML page and then used Firefox add-on DownloadThemAll to attempt grabbing them. The three from Apple ... eventually ... downloaded OK. They seemed to time-out (speed went down to 0 bytes/second) but pausing then and then resuming a couple of times got all three OK.

The two from Yahoo appeared to start ok but (i.e. DownloadThemAll was reporting progress but then they too went to 0 bytes/second but upon pause-resume one displayed message (approx) "authorization error", the other "size mismatch".

Brian ... If I looking in the correct place, most of  the entries from the contain three kinds of links:
Download: 480p, 720p, 1080p
MP4 Encodes: 720p, 1080p
Youtube: 720p
though at least one I looked at (Observe and Report (First Date)) had only
Download: 720p
RapidShare Mirror: 720p
From experimentation it seems that the YouTube links are the most reliable - at least when I use Firefox add-on Video DownloadHelper (

Is there anyway that HD-Trailers.Net Downloader can be modified so that YouTube videos can be used as a download source, or failing that some method to have it just spit out a list of URLs (maybe in CSV format so that link type can be sorted with Excel or equivalent)?

Regards ... Alec
Mar 28, 2009 at 11:27 AM
Quick followup ... I think I was shooting myself in the foot.
I've been running uTorrent and even when not actually downloading have been leaving completed torrents in seeding mode. My total download was restrained to 50 KBS. Looks like that's way too high.
After stopping uTorrent I just completed a full download from HD-Trailer.NET with no errors. First time in weeks. I'd also noticed that every time I tried to watch a YouTube Video they would run fine for a minute or so and then "stall".

Hope you didn't waste any time trying to track down my PBCKs!
Mar 31, 2009 at 9:38 PM
Glad you got it worked out. I didn't spend much time as I suspected it was something between you and the trailer sites. My downloads have been running without a hiccup. Thx for using the app!