Forum Question: Saving Apple Videos On Hard Drive

Gary do you have a way to Save /download the Videos available on the Apple.com Website ? Like Apple Video Tutorials or Keynote presentations, or even Ipad and Iphone Advertisement Videos and Facetime Videos ? They are extremely Clear (even better than 1080P HD
I have always tried to save them using the URL etc but somehow videos on the Apple Site don’t download.
Thanks !
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cyrus

Comments: 14 Responses to “Saving Apple Videos On Hard Drive”

    3/3/11 @ 7:51 am

    Apple doesn’t make it easy. They probably don’t want us to do it.
    But you can. Here’s one way.
    Turn on the “Develop” menu under Safari Preferences, Advanced.
    Go to a page with one of those videos.
    Control+Click the video while it is on the screen. Choose Inspect Element. The bottom developer tools appear and you can see the video tag that includes the video. Select it and copy it. Paste it into TextEdit or something where you can trim the text down to just the URL for the video. Be sure to include the part after the # for the video URL.
    Then open QuickTime X. Choose File, Open URL. Paste that into there.
    Let the entire video download. Then choose File, Save As….

    Cyrus Dubash
    3/3/11 @ 9:58 am

    Gary I did not understand this part…

    “The bottom developer tools appear and you can see the video tag that includes the video. Select it and copy it. Paste it into TextEdit or something where you can trim the text down to just the URL for the video. Be sure to include the part after the # for the video URL.”

    Where is the VIDEO TAG that includes the VIDEO ? where exactly is the URL ?

    there is a lot of Text. What do i copy paste ?

      3/3/11 @ 10:16 am

      If you control+click on the video itself and select Inspect Element then you should see the source code appear at the bottom of the Safari window. The video tag should start like this:
      <video id=”” class=” video” type=”video/mp4″ src=”http://movies.apple.com/media/us/findouthow/macosx/2009/apple-findouthow-macosx-anatomy_of_a_mac-us-20091002_r640-10cie.mov?width=640&height=400″ x-webkit-airplay=”allow”
      Select that whole part and Edit, Copy. Then Edit, Paste into TextEdit or something else. Then remove everything except the part from the src= section. Like this:
      http://movies.apple.com/media/us/findouthow/macosx/2009/apple-findouthow-macosx-anatomy_of_a_mac-us-20091002_r640-10cie.mov?width=640&height=400
      That’s what you would paste into QuickTime Pro’s Open URL dialog.

    Cyrus Dubash
    3/3/11 @ 10:28 am

    http://movies.apple.com/media/us/ipad/2011/tours/apple-ipad2-smartcover-us-20110302_r848-9cie.mov?width=848&height=480” x-webkit-airplay=”allow” width=”848″ height=”480

    This is what I got and pasted into QUICK TIME

    Says invalid URL !

    Cyrus Dubash
    3/3/11 @ 10:37 am

    Thanks :) done :) works now !

    Gary How do u know all this ? Like where would have something lke this soultion be mentioned ! google doesn’t show it…

    :)

      3/3/11 @ 10:39 am

      Google will soon show it. (A search for “Saving Apple Videos On Hard Drive” will come up with this post)

    Cyrus Dubash
    3/3/11 @ 10:43 am

    SUper thanks ! but where did you find this ?

      3/3/11 @ 10:58 am

      I didn’t. I just figured it out.

      Cyrus
      3/3/11 @ 11:30 am

      Genius !!!

    forkboy1965
    3/3/11 @ 10:54 pm

    Gary, are the videos on the Apple site rendered in Adobe Flash? (I know.. perish the thought).

    If so, couldn’t one use a Flash capturing plug-in like Download Helper?

      3/3/11 @ 11:45 pm

      No, they are not Flash. They are embedded QuickTime movies (mp4 h264, essentially).

    forkboy1965
    3/4/11 @ 9:24 am

    That would make a lot more sense considering Apple’s feelings about Flash.

    Thank you.

    forkboy1965
    3/4/11 @ 9:26 am

    That would make a lot more sense considering Apple’s feelings about Flash.

    And this is very good information. I think it’s nicer to be able to download and keep these sorts of videos for reference.

    Thank you.

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