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Use VLC to watch movies before they're fully copied
Authored by: rjbailey on Jan 23, '09 08:36:09AM

I've used VLC to begin watching downloaded movie files before downloading is complete. A typical downloaded mp4 file is not viewable by double-clicking in the Finder until it's been fully downloaded. That's because the browser (Safari, at least) stores the actual "movie.mp4" file inside a "movie.mp4.download" package in the download directory; when downloading is done, the package is replaced with the mp4 file and you're good to go. But in the meantime, you can select the "*.download" icon in the download directory, right-click and select "Show Package Contents," and another window will pop up showing the actual (partial) mp4 file. Drag this to VLC and the movie will begin playing.



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