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Quicktime 7 doesn't allow saving streaming movies to the hard drive without a Pro key. Which sucks. Also the previous /private/tmp/ folder trick doesn't work any more. However, by complete accident, I stumbled on a new way to save movies to the hard drive. I'm using Tiger, but I assume this works in 10.3 as well...

First, make sure you have QuickTime set so movies are saved to disk cache with enough space -- look at QuickTime's System Preferences panel.

Wait until the entire file is downloaded. Then control-click on the file and hit Cut from the pop-up menu. Do this to a frame you don't mind losing; the first or the last, presumably. Close the movie's window or choose File: Quit. QuickTime will pop up a box asking if you want to save the changes you made. Naturally hit Yes. It will say then say it can't determine the location of the document, so hit Save As. Choose somewhere to save it, and save it as a self-contained movie. It will take a minute to "flatten" the movie and then ... you're done.

I tried this with the 720p streaming HD/H.264 trailers for "Serenity" and "Batman Begins," both available on Apple's HD Gallery page.

[robg adds: It's a shame the cache-save feature has been disabled. To use this hint, you'll need to get the movie open directly in QuickTime Player, not in your browser. Using your browser's View Source command, and/or its Activity window, find the URL for the actual movie. The URL will probably end in .mov, so try searching on that first. Copy this URL and then use File: Open URL in QuickTime Player and paste the URL. After the movie downloads, you can then use the cut/save trick ... and it worked fine for me in testing.]
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Save QuickTime 7 movies to disk
Authored by: JimMueller on May 05, '05 03:15:31PM

Ah! They have changed the way the Serenity trailer is played. Last time I tried, it opened in iTunes and the .qtch cache file that was saved was unplayable in any application (at my skill level.)



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Save QuickTime 7 movies to disk
Authored by: Durandal on May 05, '05 03:40:30PM
Here's an easier way.
  1. Obtain the direct link to the movie. (i.e. http://www.somesite.com/some_movie.mov)
  2. Open your favorite text editor and create a new .html file with the following contents:
    <a href="http://www.somesite.com/some_movie.mov">download</a>
  3. Open the .html file in Safari.
  4. Right-click on the link and choose "Download Linked File"
And you're done. You can also just get the link to the movie and run the following from the command line:
curl -o some_movie.mov http://www.somesite.com/some_movie.mov
This will save the movie to your Home directory, or whatever directory the shell is currently in.

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Damien Sorresso

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Not so fast...
Authored by: lullabud on May 05, '05 03:49:33PM

Downloading the URL http://images.apple.com/movies/lionsgate/high_tension/high_tension-tlr_480.mov gives me a file that's a whopping 264 bytes. This points to the streamed content, so downlading it doesn't make the content available for offline play. Using the original hint downloads the stream and does make it available for offline viewing.



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Not so fast...
Authored by: Whosawhatsis on May 05, '05 06:00:17PM

Last time I tried this, I was able to open the ref movie file in a hex editor and copy the url from the ascii display.

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I was offered a penny for my thoughts, so I gave my two cents... I got ripped off.



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Not so fast...
Authored by: rmiller021 on May 24, '05 10:55:21PM
Here is some rough code to extract the url and download the real movie from the 264 byte file. It is rough, very little error checking and it could have problems i have not thought of. but it does work for the link in the parrent.
Just copy the url to the clip board and run this applescript, it should take care of the rest.

try
	tell application "Finder"
		try
			set MovieURL to the clipboard as text
		on error
			display dialog "Cannot get url from clipboard" buttons {"Cancel"}
		end try
	end tell
	
	
	try
		set AppleScript's text item delimiters to {"/"}
		set temp to ""
		
		--Get base url
		set x to ((count (every text item of MovieURL)) - 1)
		repeat until x = 1
			set temps_temp to item x of (every text item of MovieURL)
			set temp to temps_temp & "/" & temp
			set x to (x - 1)
		end repeat
		set baseurl to "http:/" & temp
		
		--//download and grep movie binary then extract the url for the actuall movie
		set downloaded_fake_url to (do shell script "curl -s " & MovieURL & " | grep -a url")
		set AppleScript's text item delimiters to {"*"}
		set movie_real_url to item 2 of (every text item of downloaded_fake_url)
		set AppleScript's text item delimiters to {".mov"}
		set movie_real_url to item 1 of (every text item of movie_real_url) & ".mov"
		
		--prompt user  
		set newFile to quoted form of POSIX path of (choose file name with prompt "Save movie as:" default name movie_real_url)
		--set up system call
		set theCommand to "curl -o " & newFile & " '" & baseurl & movie_real_url & "'"
		
		--execute in terminal
		tell application "Terminal"
			activate
			do script theCommand
		end tell
	on error
		display dialog "There seems to be a problem" buttons {"OK"}
	end try
end try

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I have no clue what i am doing

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Save QuickTime 7 movies to disk
Authored by: Cantus on May 05, '05 05:03:57PM

Prior to Tiger, the only effective way I'd found to figure out the exact link to the full movie was by using a packet sniffer like 'tcpflow' (not included) and running it while you load the movie.

Now with QT 7 on Tiger, you don't need to use a packet sniffer, as the Info panel tells you the source URL.



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Save QuickTime 7 movies to disk
Authored by: turnerm5 on May 05, '05 05:00:10PM

I got around this. Let me have a minute to post instructions. While I am, get tcpflow from here: http://www.entropy.ch/software/macosx/#tcpflow You will need it.



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Save QuickTime 7 movies to disk
Authored by: turnerm5 on May 05, '05 05:10:38PM
Alright... I use this for getting music videos off iTunes now that all the files end up as .qtch files. Anyway... Install tcpflow, there is a Mac OS X binary, so it is no hassle. Get iTunes ready to play the video (at the page where it says Small or Large). Run the following code and then immediately start downloading the movie. Then stop the movie by hitting the back button in iTunes. I am using an Airport, so you may have to change the en1 to an en0 if you are directly connected.
sudo /usr/local/bin/tcpflow -i en1 port 80
A few files will have been created in your working directory, now we have to go find the good bits. The file names are based on the originating and destination IP addresses, so find the one going from your computer to Apple's servers. There may be a few files. Open them in TextEdit and find the one that says something like
GET /Features/y2005/m04/d28/xxx/dj.tpgttjgz.mov 
The host is also stated lower in the file. In this case it was
 a928.phobos.apple.com 
So, to get this music video, just go to
http://a928.phobos.apple.com/Features/y2005/m04/d28/xxx/dj.tpgttjgz.mov 
(I blacked out some of the numbers, so it can't be directly linked. Do it yourself) Ask any questions if you have them.

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Save QuickTime 7 movies to disk
Authored by: victory on May 05, '05 10:08:43PM

turnerm5, that's a really useful hint. After playing with the method you described, I realized that there's a way to get the domain name and URL path without having tcpflow create a bunch of output files to rummage through.

sudo tcpflow -c -i en0 port 80 | grep -oE '\<GET *.*\.mov.*HTTP/1.1 *\>|Host: *.*'

Which will give the following style of ouput:

tcpflow[4139]: listening on en0
Host: ax.moon.xzxzxz.com.xzxzxz.net
Host: metrics.xzxzxz.com
GET /Features/xzxz/xzxz/xzxz/xzxz/dj.xzxzxz.mov HTTP/1.1
Host: xzxz.xzxz.apple.com

Granted, there's still some ambiguity as to which host name to choose, and one still has to reconstruct the final download URL by C&P-ing, but at least it puts everything in one place.

(Of course, the next logical step would be for someone to wrap all this together with a bit of logic in an Applescript or Perl-LWP app or something...)



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Save QuickTime 7 movies to disk
Authored by: turnerm5 on May 06, '05 12:58:19PM

Hey thanks, I was planning to do it all in one line, just never got around to it. Saved me the time!



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Save QuickTime 7 movies to disk
Authored by: skippingrock on May 10, '05 02:57:33PM

maybe it is better if it is kept difficult... that way this way won't be plugged in the next version of iTunes....



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Right click?
Authored by: ssevenup on May 05, '05 04:07:49PM

Has anyone else noticed that the right mouse button (if you have a one) does not work in QT7 movie windows? Control click shows the contextual menu, but the right mouse button is dead. Also, Contol click gives several menu options that are shown unavailable (Pro required) in the top menu, including Cut. It appears to me that Apple will "fix" this in pretty short order so enjoy it while it lasts.

---
Mark Moorcroft
ELORET Corp. - NASA/Ames RC
Sys. Admin.



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Save QuickTime 7 movies to disk
Authored by: regulus on May 05, '05 04:48:42PM

It isn't working for the Tiger on-line seminar movie... that's the movie apple emailed us the free link to after purchasing Tiger.

I cut the frame as suggested and when I close the movie it just closes... no dialog box comes up. I tried selecting the whole movie and pasting it into a new movie window, but that doesn't work either.

Note that I did get the tip to work on movies from the quicktime website, but this streamed movie doesn't work with this tip. Any ideas how to save this movie?



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Easier way.
Authored by: Cantus on May 05, '05 04:58:48PM

If the movie loads in the QuickTime application, do Command-I in QuickTime. An info panel shows up. Copy the URL that appears next to "Source." Open Safari's "Downloads" window and paste the URL you just copied from QuickTime and your movie will begin downloading.

I don't know if QuickTime Pro is required for this. I have it and it worked.

Cheers.



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BTW this was using QT 7 on Tiger.
Authored by: Cantus on May 05, '05 05:00:00PM

N/A



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Use an uncrippled browser.
Authored by: captainhaddock on May 05, '05 06:26:18PM

You can also use a browser like Omniweb, which lets you save any of the media files embedded in the page.



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Use an uncrippled browser.
Authored by: LC on May 05, '05 11:19:01PM

And, both Mozilla and Firefox have the "Page Info" dialog which allows you to see the Media objects ... there's a "Save" button there too; I usually try to get the URL and "curl -O" it, if possible.

After downloading some metafiles, there's an "rtsp://" or some such URL, for which you can try using "-dumpfile" of mplayer, to save the file (it usually works). I think I've also captured Windows Media streaming ("mms://") content that same way (-dumpstream ... -dumpfile) Larry.



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Save QuickTime 7 movies to disk
Authored by: loehman on May 05, '05 09:41:23PM

In Safari, can't you just open the activity window, locate the .mov file and option+click on the file to download it? That has worked on embedded flash files and quicktime movies in the past.



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Not in Safari 2.0
Authored by: AdrianB on May 06, '05 01:22:32PM

In Safari 2.0 Apple no longer displays the embeded object in the Activity windows.



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Save QuickTime 7 movies to disk
Authored by: sjmills on May 05, '05 11:50:44PM

I take it from the way it's not accepted when I type it in that QT Pro 6 serial numbers don't work with QT Pro 7, right? I need to buy it again?



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Save QuickTime 7 movies to disk
Authored by: qwerty denzel on May 06, '05 02:21:42AM

Unfortunately, yes. I really hope Apple bundle the full version of QuickTime with 10.5, and only make it priced for anyone with an earlier version of OS X, and Windows.



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Not in Safari 2.0
Authored by: AdrianB on May 06, '05 01:20:55PM

In Safari 2.0 Apple no longer displays the embeded object in the Activity windows.



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Sorry, replied to wrong post
Authored by: AdrianB on May 06, '05 01:24:42PM

my first post and I replied to the wrong post... bummer.



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Not in Safari 2.0
Authored by: skippingrock on May 10, '05 02:59:52PM

What??? So I cannot use this wonderful tool now to see if some of my embedded images, scripts, etc., are not loading properly in my pages??

Man, the more I hear the less impressed I am getting about Tiger.



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Save QuickTime 7 movies to disk
Authored by: thoughton on May 06, '05 08:31:53AM

This hint, as written, will only work if you have a Pro key. The cut option has never been available for non-pro QuickTime Player.



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Save QuickTime 7 movies to disk
Authored by: robg on May 06, '05 01:23:13PM

Check the earlier comment: it's a bug, and it will probably be fixed. But it does work now. The Cut command is grayed out in the main menu, but not in the contextual menu.

-rob.



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Save QuickTime 7 movies to disk
Authored by: michaely on May 06, '05 09:08:31AM

Once you have the URL from Movie Info, just use curl to pull the movie file. e.g.

[code]curl http://images.apple.com/movies/us/hd_gallery/gl1800/kingdom_of_heaven_m720p.mov -o kingdom_of_heaven_m720p.mov[/code]



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Save QuickTime 7 movies to disk
Authored by: eo on May 06, '05 11:17:03AM

Instead of curl, you can always paste the URL directly into Safari's download window, which will cause Safari to download the file.



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A handy curl shortcut
Authored by: Peter Kappesser on May 06, '05 10:42:24PM
A handy shortcut with curl is to use the -O (letter O) option to save using the file name extracted from the URL. Thus:
curl -O http://images.apple.com/movies/us/hd_gallery/gl1800/kingdom_of_heaven_m720p.mov

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Save QuickTime 7 movies to disk
Authored by: bjoehy on May 08, '05 08:40:47AM

This hint unfortunately doesn't work generally. For example try it with this particular movie, describing new features of Tiger (that I'd love to download for my friends, new in the Mac community):

rtsp://neotest.qtv.apple.com/secure/apr/tiger/tiger_600.mov

I've got QT7 Pro and the hint above applied turns into no go. :-(



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Save QuickTime 7 movies to disk
Authored by: simonvx on May 16, '05 02:06:12PM
Hum... rtsp://neotest.qtv.apple.com/secure/apr/tiger/tiger_600.mov

Doesn't work for me either. No trick works. Cannot play the Seminar "inside" Safari, nor Firefox, nor OmiWeb etc. It keeps opening a separate QuickTime Player. Arg!

Most hints in this thread seem to work only with streaming videos whose URL begin with http, not with rtsp. Must be some brand new trick from Apple to prevent us from saving the Seminar, which is something you get access to by PURCHASING Tiger... it was never meant to be free and "saveable" anyway, i guess.

But I can't understand why they would prevent non-purchasers (like my PeeCee "friends" :-) to watch this really convincing sales pitch!

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Mr Vx

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Save QuickTime 7 movies to disk
Authored by: taaminator on May 08, '05 04:47:50PM

Ditto! The cache is gone! (It seems!)

I have QT7P and I am trying to save "La Tortura" to disk.

http://www.shakira.com/video/Shakira_LaTorturaVidFull.mov

QT7P Save, Save As, Export, Copy, Cut, and Trim do not seem to work. Curl and tcpflow don't seem to work. I still get 4k movies. ffmpeg and SnapZ Pro don't work.

If anyone knows how to save streamed movies, please let me know.

(It would seem like tee would work!)



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Save QuickTime 7 movies to disk
Authored by: c.i.t on May 09, '05 11:49:59PM

I too was having this problem, but I found the trick. Basically, the 4k .mov file you are saving is merely a playlist of sorts (just like a .rm file). So though this is a bit tricky, open up the 4k .mov file in TextEdit. It will be full of random characters and such, but, look for a url.

In this case, there were two URLs in the playlist, I recommend simply doing a search for "http" or ".mov". The first URL was the movie I wanted, http://download.ifilm.com/qt/portal/2666580_300.mov (just a warning..it might be named something totally different in the playlist), so I merely wget'd it and now its nice and sound on my hard drive :-)

Hope this helps!!!



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Save QuickTime 7 movies to disk
Authored by: joe40 on May 10, '05 12:33:18AM

Having big trouble trying these tips and tricks on this one:

http://stream.qtv.apple.com/qtv/petergabriel/http/gupontour/guot_large_ref.mov
Peter Gabriel Growing Up On Tour
from the Peter Gabriel Website www.petergabriel.com
when you click on the 29.mb "Quicktime Movie" you get a very small file annadoc_large.qtl which if dbl-clicked opens quicktime. Even though I have QT 7 Pro, most control-click options are greyed out and the right mouse does not work.



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Save QuickTime 7 movies to disk
Authored by: Karel_G on May 10, '05 03:08:49PM

For me the easiest way to save the stram is as follows (no QTPro required!)
Open the stram in QT player
Get the URL (Get info in the player and copy the URL)
Paste the URL into a new safari window. (You can close QT player by now)
the movie starts to play in the safari window and not in QT player and that is what you want, for now you can:
- open the Activity window
-find the url there
hold the option key and double click the url.
Now the movie starts downloading (you can close the safari window to save bandwith)

Works like a charm.
(you can download lots of stuff by option-double click in the activity wiindow)



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Save QuickTime 7 movies to disk
Authored by: genericuser on Jun 10, '05 01:48:52AM

For what it's worth, I've looked at the Shakira .mov parent posted an URL to.
Essentially it's a container that has embedded references to the actual stream, and to shakira's web site.

wget http://www.shakira.com/video/Shakira_LaTorturaVidFull.mov (or curl -o, curl is installed by default, wget I had to compile from source) to your hard drive from the command prompt as usual, and then run 'strings' on it.

Here is what I end up with:
stany@gilva:~/tmp[01:47 AM]$ strings Shakira_LaTorturaVidFull.mov | egrep -i 'http|url|www'
,href<http://www.shakira.com/> T<_blank>
url rtsp://qt.sony-global.speedera.net/qt.sony-global/Epic/Shakira/Shakira_LaTorturaVidFull_300.mov
url http://www.sonymusic.com/clips/selection/video_banner/Epic_Shakira.gif
stany@gilva:~/tmp[01:47 AM]$

Second URL is of course rtsp path to the actual stream.

Hope this helps.



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Save QuickTime 7 movies to disk
Authored by: euskir on May 24, '05 03:27:58PM

Great tip! Thanks...
(Using 10.3.9 and Quicktime 7).



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Save QuickTime 7 movies to disk
Authored by: paperwings on Jun 02, '05 12:18:07PM

Someone mentioned using curl on the url, and then opening that false .mov file with a hex editor and looking for the real URL. Well, you don't even need that. The unix commands "cat" and "more" will do just fine.



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Save QuickTime 7 movies to disk
Authored by: scotty321 on Aug 27, '05 11:53:57PM

Folks, you guys are making this more difficult than it needs to be. It's actually much easier in QuickTime 7 to save streaming videos.

Simply pull down from Safari's "Window" menu to "Activity" to see the name of the streaming movie that's streaming within Safari. Then, you can either double-click on the name of the movie to open it in a new Safari window, ready for you to save (if you have QuickTime Pro installed)... or even better, you can OPTION-DOUBLE-CLICK on the movie to have it immediately download to your hard drive.

If the movie is streaming within QuickTime Player, do a "Show Movie Info" within QuickTime Player to find its URL, paste the URL into Safari, and then follow the steps above.



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Save QuickTime 7 movies to disk
Authored by: jdmuys on Sep 02, '05 07:23:31AM

Your hint doesn't seem to work with (for example) the following movies from http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/elegant/program.html (select any quicktime version).

I actually managed to download those movies using curl through a series of four or five movie indirections (reference movies). The actual movie never appeared in Safari activity window.

Can you make it simpler than what I had to do?



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Save QuickTime 7 movies to disk
Authored by: jceaser on Jan 05, '06 05:34:03AM

This tip does not work with rtsp:// under Mac OS X 10.4.3 GT 7.0.3. Streaming movies must be handled different.



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Save QuickTime 7 movies to disk
Authored by: Beaubeau on Aug 29, '06 12:11:22PM
This story is one year old but to li'l meeeee it seems still quite fresh and unresolved - until maybe today...

Here's what I came up with... Get this: I do not own a license for QuickTime PRO and I could save movies to my hard disk anyway... How did I rip that one off?! Lemme tell ya: (I read a lot about this problem on the web first and then threw all findings together. No big deal actually. Just mucho stamina...)

1) You write an AppleScript first. It will turn on the QuickTime PRO function "Export" in your eeny-weeny little QuickTime Player. For that you have to open the AppleScript-folder in your programs-folder.

Then you type the following line:

tell application "QuickTime Player" to export movie 1 as QuickTime movie to "[what you want it called]"

(Instead of "QuickTime movie", you can also put AIFF or AVI or many other formats. That you can find under ->window/library or simply by pressing shift+L and then look under "QuickTime Player" and the command "export".

Then you save the script.

2) After that you open the page with the embedded movie. My example is what they call "teaser" for the third "Spiderman". (Fay, ain't they?!) You better google it as I think there is a different URL for each new user.

3) Now, you need to get the URL of the movie which is quite a nut to crack, as we Germans say, these encrypted days.

No, it's not the activities window that Safari provides. My previous nut crackers have not taken into account that those cunning web wizards will not reveal the site of the .MOV file there nowadays. By pressing control+option+u you get to the source code of the page. Then you press control+f and enter ".MOV" to FIND the URL of the actual movie.

Afterwards you roll back your chair, go to the fridge and get yourself a cold beer, well, for example.

4) Then you finally get to your eeny-weeny flimsy little QuickTime Player to OPEN the URL of the actual movie. Please try

http://www.s1.hashmirror.com/ftp/pub/movies/puppet3.mov.

This movie is a trip!!! The actual URL for "Spiderman 3", by the way, is

http://movies.apple.com/movies/sony_pictures/spider-man_3/spider-man_3-tsr_h.640.mov.

Now comes the magic.

5) AFTER the movie has fully loaded, you unleash the above mentioned AppleScript (by running it...) and voilĂ : after about a thousand years (at least on my old fashioned 2003 Powerbook G4...) your movie has been saved not on your desktop, no that would be too obvious, but in the folder of your harddisk.

THAT'S ALL FOLKS!

(Cheeeech! What an ordeal!)

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Save QuickTime 7 movies to disk
Authored by: geepad on Apr 23, '07 01:21:45PM

One way to save Quicktime stream is:

Let the movie fully download. Drag the movie to your desktop. This is only a link to the file at this stage. Double click on your new desktop link and let the movie open in the proper Quicktime Program rather than within Safari.

Now go to Export in Quicktime and save the movie to whatever format you like.

This method worked for me with no problems. I do have Quicktime Pro which may make a difference. I'm no expert on this stuff but this approach works for me.



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Save QuickTime 7 movies to disk
Authored by: jubalkessler on Aug 08, '09 07:54:02PM

Does this allow exporting without transcoding (re-encoding the video stream and causing lower quality than the source) ?



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Updated solution
Authored by: sr105 on Aug 21, '09 07:28:27AM
Using tips found above, I found this workflow. I will post a complete solution here that works (today).

Open the page with the link that opens the trailer in Quicktime:
http://www.apple.com/trailers/fox/avatar/hd/

Open a terminal window and run the following command. Do not do any other web browsing or you'll have a hard time parsing the output. This next line is all on one line. You may have to change the "en0" to "en1" if you're wireless.

sudo tcpdump -s 0 -A -i en0 port 80 | egrep '^(.*GET.*HTTP|Host:|Cookie:|User-Agent:)'

Now, go click on the video link. In my example, it's the 720p button. You should see something like this. Note: I've trimmed the cookie line.

.T.GET /movies/fox/avatar/avatar2009aug0820a-tsr_720p.mov HTTP/1.1
Host: movies.apple.com
Cookie: ac_survey=1; dssid2=b79000f5-aa77......%3B;
User-Agent: QuickTime/7.6.2 (qtver=7.6.2;cpu=IA32;os=Mac 10.5.7)
....80...P..t.. ..P.......GET /movies/fox/avatar/avatar2009aug0820a-tsr_h720p.mov HTTP/1.1
Host: movies.apple.com
Cookie: ac_survey=1; dssid2=b79000f5-aa77......%3B;
User-Agent: QuickTime/7.6.2 (qtver=7.6.2;cpu=IA32;os=Mac 10.5.7)
.b/GET /movies/fox/avatar/avatar2009aug0820a-tsr_h720p.mov HTTP/1.1
Host: movies.apple.com
Cookie: ac_survey=1; dssid2=b79000f5-aa77......%3B;
User-Agent: QuickTime/7.6.2 (qtver=7.6.2;cpu=IA32;os=Mac 10.5.7)

Now, use wget to download the movie. From a terminal window, we'll use it like this.

wget -b 'cookie string' -A 'agent string' URL

To build the URL use the hostname from the "Host:" line and the path from the "GET" line.

In our example, the URL is:

wget -b 'ac_survey=1; dssid2=b79000f5-aa77......%3B;' -A "QuickTime/7.6.2 (qtver=7.6.2;cpu=IA32;os=Mac 10.5.7)" http://movies.apple.com/movies/fox/avatar/avatar2009aug0820a-tsr_h1080p.mov

You may not need the user agent string, but the cookie string was necessary.

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