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Dammit, I love Pink Floyd. I was overjoyed to see that the official Floyd site posted the entire Final Cut short film (which is very rare) on their site. The only problem is, it is a Quicktime stream embedded in the HTML, and the previous VLC hint wasn't working to save it. Well, this hint is the modified version of the VLC method; the one that saved that sucker to my hard drive. Hopefully this will work for similar streams.
  1. In Safari, open the web page containing the embedded Quicktime movie you want to save.
  2. Right click on the web page and View Source.
  3. Search for the RTSP URL ending in ".mov".
  4. Copy and paste that address into Safari's Download window. You have now downloaded a 4KB QuickTime file that merely points to the stream. Your full movie isn't saved.
  5. Open that Quicktime file in BBEdit.
  6. You will see a line of garbled text, but within it is a new HTTP address. Copy everything between http and .mov.
  7. Paste that into Safari's Download window.
Voila!
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An alternative method of saving QuickTime streams
Authored by: bausch on Jul 20, '04 10:08:46AM

Perhaps it is just dumb luck, but I can save that QT stream from the Pink Floyd web page without doing anything special: after clicking on the FinalCut window, I have a pulldown option and was able to save the 80 MB file directly to my hard drive. I noticed, however, I was not able to do this with my PC. Perhaps this feature I have on my Mac is due to having QT Pro?



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An alternative method of saving QuickTime streams
Authored by: drauh on Jul 20, '04 12:42:37PM

Yes.



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An alternative method of saving QuickTime streams
Authored by: TvE on Jul 20, '04 12:49:58PM

One of the things you get from the QT Pro version is that the plug-in gives you a "Save movie to disk" feature - no magic there...



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An alternative method of saving QuickTime streams
Authored by: tsharvey17 on Jul 20, '04 10:09:06AM

I can't find an RTSP link. It seems the menus (and therefore the URLs) are an embedded Quicktime movie itself. Am I missing something?



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An alternative method of saving QuickTime streams
Authored by: tsharvey17 on Jul 20, '04 10:11:50AM

Sorry. I just saw bausch's response. That worked great. I think I'll use this for my pop music class this week.

Thanks.



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MakeRefMovieX
Authored by: j0nathan on Jul 20, '04 10:37:01AM
There's an Apple utility called MakeRefMovieX which allows you to open reference movies, and extract the streaming URLs - a bit more easier than trying to find them in BBEdit (NB the type/creator of the movie must be MooV/TVOD for it to be recognised)

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Some help needed
Authored by: dombi on Jul 20, '04 12:18:59PM

Alright, i gave this a try. I went to Apple's WWDC QT Streaming site:
http://www.apple.com/quicktime/qtv/wwdc04/

I looked at the source. I could not find an RTSP link there, but I found a http:// link with a .mov file in it. I downloaded that file.

Then I opened the downloaded file with BBEdit and found an RTFP link in there. I copied the link various ways, but Safari would not download it. It says that the type of a URL is not supported. Any ideas?



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An alternative method of saving QuickTime streams
Authored by: thoughton on Jul 20, '04 12:43:03PM

I couldn't get the posted hint to work (no RTSP URL that I could see, just media/poppy.mov), also right-clicking the movie showed both 'download' links to be greyed out.

However after starting the movie I opened Safari's Activity Window, where you can see the (extremely long) Akamai URL for the movie. Paste that into the Downloads window and voila!



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Talk about using a bazooka to hit a gnat...
Authored by: Anonymous on Jul 20, '04 01:52:36PM

wow, that was a cool hint, but mostly unncecissary. I got that pink floyd movie by these simple steps

1)start the movie from the pink floyd page in safari
2)click Window - Activity
3)scroll down to the downloading movie file - double-click it
4)when the movie finishes loading in the new screen that opens, click File - Save As - and save it to your hard drive
5)there is no step 5



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oops, even better
Authored by: Anonymous on Jul 20, '04 01:54:26PM

so someone has an even easier method...I didn't see the post above.



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Talk about using a bazooka to hit a gnat...
Authored by: mrturtle on Jul 20, '04 02:08:52PM
The beauty that is the activity window in Safari has been documented before on this site. It's a real time saver for almost any type of external file on a site.

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3 steps less...easiest way...
Authored by: jriskin on Jul 20, '04 02:45:22PM

Best way to save embedded files in safari. Works with flash, quicktime, etc...

1. Open page you want
2. Window->Activity
3. Option Click file you want to save

Option return saves files also in the title bar instead of loading pages.



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And yet another way...
Authored by: makaio on Jul 23, '04 11:55:18AM

As Safari caches a movie, it is actually just saving it to disk for faster playback. It saves these in the /tmp directory with a name like "WebKitPlugInStreamLSF324". So, in the case of this Pink Floyd movie, you can just wait until its finished caching and copy the 86 Megabyte file in /tmp to wherever you want.



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And yet another way...
Authored by: jgthomas on Mar 20, '06 06:40:01PM

OK, so what do you do when, after the following the directions in the last post (copying the file out of the /tmp directory, lets say to the desktop) and Quicktime will not open the file? I changed the filename and gave it the .mov on the end, but QT says the file is not a type that it recognizes?

Any ideas?



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