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10.4: Yet another Safari/QuickTime save movie tip Web Browsers
Tiger only hintSince upgrading to Tiger, I've been unable to save QuickTime movies from Safari after watching them -- they appear as a 4KB movie file in the Finder, regardless of the movie's actual size. Saving the same movie from Safari in Panther (10.3.9) works correctly. However, I don't really want to use Panther every time I want to download a QuickTime movie, and I don't want to launch another browser.

One solution is to paste the movie URL into a Terminal window, preceded by curl, and followed by > filename. This will transfer the data at the URL (i.e. the movie) to the file filename. This is still a little cumbersome, so I wrote an AppleScript called CurlSafari to do it for me.

CurlSafari gets the URL of the frontmost Safari window, asks you for a filename, and then opens a Terminal window and transfers the data at that URL to ~/filename using the curl command. Putting a full path in as the filename does not create a file at that path, but instead creates a file in your home directory with the full path as the filename. If someone knows how to invoke a traditional 'Save' dialog in AppleScript, feel free to modify the script (and let me know how you did it!).

[robg adds: I haven't tested this one...]
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10.4: Yet another Safari/QuickTime save movie tip
Authored by: daver969 on Jun 02, '05 11:27:57AM

or, you could do
curl -O http://your.url.here/file.mov
and it will save it with the original name (that's a capital oh after the dash)

I find that often the complete url doesn't exist anywhere in the html so I have to piece it together. The code may only have a relative address: "/the/movies/folder/here/movie.mov" and you have to figure out how to tack it on to the url. (not necessarily trivial since the relative address might refer to some subfolder of the url: http://the.url.com/subfolder, for example)



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10.4: Yet another Safari/QuickTime save movie tip
Authored by: romzburg on Jun 02, '05 11:38:01AM

Here's a clunky non-terminal way to get at those non-savable movie files too:

Do a "view source" and find the movie (avi, wmv, mov, whatever) file that is being streamed and copy it's full URL.

Make yourself an html document that has that URL as a hyperlink.

Launch that html document and CTRL-click, or right-click your hyperlink and save the file. It will now save since your html document is not restricting the movie to just stream.

I have a "download.html" document on my desktop for just such emergencies, and have used it for all kinds of streamed content.

(I used to use iGetMovies.app but that no longer works with 10.4.)

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10.4: Yet another Safari/QuickTime save movie tip
Authored by: morespace54 on Jun 02, '05 11:49:34AM

I don't know about Tiger but I know that in Panther with QT6, you could simply "download" the 4KB version. Now, without closing the page or window that contain the original movie, open that 4KB version with QT and "save as" a complete QuickTime Movie, with all the data.



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10.4: Yet another Safari/QuickTime save movie tip
Authored by: club60.org on Jun 02, '05 12:10:25PM

You can put the movie URL in Safari address bar and press Option-Enter to make this movie downloaded to your Desktop. Or am I missing something?



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AppleScript to pick a filename
Authored by: hypert on Jun 02, '05 12:47:39PM
I used this in my comment on the save iTMS videos hint:

set newFile to quoted form of POSIX path of (choose file name with prompt "Save movie as:")


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AppleScript to pick a filename
Authored by: cabbagewater on Jun 03, '05 04:44:46PM

Thanks for the tip, hypert. I've posted the updated script here.



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10.4: Yet another Safari/QuickTime save movie tip
Authored by: TypeMRT on Jun 02, '05 03:13:08PM

Try getting it to work with Apple's web-based seminars, like this one: http://seminars.apple.com/seminarsonline/presenting/us-media/PresentationSkills_sref_300.mov



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10.4: Yet another Safari/QuickTime save movie tip
Authored by: fracai on Jun 03, '05 10:44:13AM

streaming is harder because you'll never have a physical copy on your computer. what will work is using mplayer to dump the movie stream. mplayer, I believe, is available through fink. mplayer --dumpstream or something will get you started. read the man page for more info

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10.4: Yet another Safari/QuickTime save movie tip
Authored by: bgagnon on Jun 02, '05 04:18:24PM

Even better, once you have the right link (ending in .mov), copy it in the clipboard. Open the Safari Downloads window and just paste (there is no text field but paste it anyway). The download starts and gets the file in the correct location. Also useful on the web when the MIME types are wrong on the server and you get garbage in the Safari window instead of a clean download. Works with any URL.



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10.4: Yet another Safari/QuickTime save movie tip
Authored by: Twist on Jun 02, '05 06:10:58PM
Here is a handy Konfabulator Widget that you might want to give a try.

A friend and I made it. Basically what it does is collect information that is stored on the clipboard (like URL's) and then it generates a text file containing all the stored information. This text file can then be fed to wget or a wget GUI application like Deep Vacuum and it will download all the files that the URL's point to. I think curl also supports batch downloading from a text file but I am not 100% sure.

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10.4: Yet another Safari/QuickTime save movie tip
Authored by: dudemac on Jun 02, '05 09:46:01PM

If you open the activity window, you will be able to see the movie link correctly and should be able to Option click and it will start to download.



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10.4: Yet another Safari/QuickTime save movie tip
Authored by: aranor on Jun 04, '05 11:12:51AM

The 4kb file you're getting is a movie file that simply references the external movie. I don't understand why you're getting this, though - can't you just select Save As Source to get the whole movie?



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