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10.4: About the QuickTime Plugin and ifilm.com Web Browsers
Tiger only hintifilm.com is having a conflict with Safari and QuickTime 7. But their solution is worse than the problem -- do not follow their advice! Basically, here's the problem. There are now two QuickTime plugins in Quicktime 7 in Library -> Internet Plugins. One is called "QuickTime Plugin.plugin" (a standard plugin for all browsers) and the other is "Quicktime Plugin.webplugin" (a WebKit plug-in for Safari).

It appears that the WebKit plugin does not work with ifilm.com, and so they are recommending that you delete "Quicktime Plugin.webplugin" and fall back on the old standard plugin. This is a terrible suggestion. Do not do this. If you delete the WebKit plugin, you will have many problems (e.g., Dashboard widgets that rely on it, such as Rabbit Radio, will no longer work because they rely on the WebKit plugin).

To temporarily get ifilm.com to work, just move the WebKit plugin into another folder (such as "Internet Plugins (disabled)") and relaunch Safari. When you need the WebKit plugin, move it back.
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10.4: About the QuickTime Plugin and ifilm.com
Authored by: fitzage on Jul 08, '05 10:35:34AM

Or, perhaps easier than moving files around and relaunching programs, just use Camino.



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10.4: About the QuickTime Plugin and ifilm.com
Authored by: Tablespork on Jul 08, '05 11:38:56AM

Or, stop using ifilm until they get it fixed.



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10.4: About the QuickTime Plugin and ifilm.com
Authored by: lazyatom on Jul 10, '05 07:50:41AM

If this is the same issue that I'm thinking about, it's actually a problem with Quicktime 7, not iFilm (or any other website). Basically QT7 stopped using the browser to download the film content, and so no cookie information can be used to authenticate site users. This basically means that if a site requires you to have a certain cookie to view a film, then because the QT7 plugin won't pass that cookie information along (even if you HAVE the cookie in your brower), you can't watch the film.

Apparently Apple are aware of it, and so you can expect a proper fix soon. In the meantime, to use a version of the QT plugin that uses the browser to download the film content, and thus works with sites using cookie-based access to content, you need to fall back to an older version.

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-- james



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10.4: About the QuickTime Plugin and ifilm.com
Authored by: rpaul on Jul 08, '05 11:38:20AM

Or better yet, just ignore ifilm until they get their site together.

It still amazes me that a site for amateur producers of film/video content
can't support a platform (the Mac and QT).

Obviously the amateur productions are getting far less exposure to the
professional film community, who incidentally use Macs extensively.



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10.4: About the QuickTime Plugin and ifilm.com
Authored by: Syco on Jul 08, '05 12:02:38PM

So, uh, what do you do if :::cough::: you already deleted it?



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10.4: About the QuickTime Plugin and ifilm.com
Authored by: elmimmo on Jul 08, '05 01:51:24PM

Just look for it on the installation CDs. There are, hidden somewhere, all the installers .pkg files for the whole system. Once you locate them, guess what the master installer package is (I seem to recall that in Panther it was OSInstall.pkg, from which the rest of the installers where called, you can try Pacifist (look in versiontracker) to look inside the pkg, do a search, and install just the missing file.



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10.4: About the QuickTime Plugin and ifilm.com
Authored by: elmimmo on Jul 08, '05 01:54:10PM

BTW, if you updated QuickTime since you first installed Tiger, it might be wise, just after scavenging the deleted file from Tiger's installation CDs, to redownload all QuickTime updaters and reapply them.



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10.4: About the QuickTime Plugin and ifilm.com
Authored by: drd85 on Jul 10, '05 03:21:01AM

I deleted it as well. On a hunch I just download the latest QT 7.0.1 installer and re-installed it. The file was restored.



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Download iFilms
Authored by: hypert on Jul 08, '05 12:31:00PM
I've been a fan of iFilm for some time, and managed to "crack" all the redirection they use before displaying your actual iFilm. If you go to the multimedia page on my website, there's a form for entering an iFilm ID. Enter an ID in that field (like 2673907, for the Brothers Grimm trailer) and you'll see the movie and only that movie (no ads). You can then save it, too, if you want.

The iFilm ID is the 6-7 digit number displayed in most browser's status bar when you place your cursor over the link to play the movie at iFilm.com. It's part of a javascript link that looks like

javascript:launchPlayer('2673907', 'default','default','', 'product', 'null');
Note that this is NOT always the same ID in the URL for the page that contains the info about the iFilm (http://www.ifilm.com/ifilmdetail/2539385 for the Brothers Grimm).

If you've followed this hint or this forum thread, you can see I'm a big fan of downloading videos. :-)

I actually wrote a Perl script that run in Mac OS, Windows, and UNIX to batch download iFilms by ID. Someday I'll get around to posting it on my software page...

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10.4: About the QuickTime Plugin and ifilm.com
Authored by: doneitner on Jul 08, '05 09:35:29PM

To make it easy to move the file temporarily and then move it back, you could always make up a quick Automator workflow to do that for you. Sweet how different technologies can be made to support each other in unconventional ways.



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10.4: About the QuickTime Plugin and ifilm.com
Authored by: Kevlar42 on Jul 14, '05 12:52:02PM

They changed it to reflect a more sane solution. Check the website again.



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10.4: About the QuickTime Plugin and ifilm.com
Authored by: swbuehler on Jul 18, '05 02:17:01PM

A better alternative (to me) than moving the file out is to create an archive of the file in the same directory then delete the original .webplugin. When done, double-click the ZIP to put the .webplugin back.



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