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Saturday, March 10, 2007

Saving an unsaveable file from a website!

This is a great tip submitted by Nick Brian: saving anything from any website! In Safari, in any website, you can click "Command-Option-A" (Command-Alt-A) to bring up a list of opened website with all the different files: pictures, video, audio, etc. One of the thing that this solves is on YouTube. YouTube doesn't let you download a video. With this, you simply have to use this keyboard shortcut, select the video file (I quickly spotted it as it was bigger than everything else (3 MB) and it was currently being downloaded) and double click to download it. The YouTube video file didn't play back in QuickTime but it worked just fine in VLC!

18 Comments:

Blogger adi_square said...

i got this tip according to YouTube and Safari that was mentioned from a friend, Aulia...

after the YouTube video file is downloaded, sometimes we need to add ".flv" after the name (if it doesn't come with the file type)...
and then to open it with Quicktime, you can simply install the Perian plug-in (that has been mentioned before in this new tip blog)...
perian.org

hope it helps... :)

March 9, 2007 at 10:55 PM  
Blogger Dylan said...

Also, to download from youtube, you can use sites such as vixy.net. Takes a while...but the downloaded file can be imported into itunes

March 9, 2007 at 10:55 PM  
Blogger confudius said...

anything like this for firefox???

March 9, 2007 at 10:57 PM  
Blogger Andrew said...

In firefox, you can go to the tools menu and click "Page Info". In the page info panel, go to the media tab and you can save any file on the page

March 10, 2007 at 12:52 AM  
Blogger Stefan said...

And if you want to convert the downloaded .flv-file to a quicktime/mpeg4-file, i suggest the free program iSquint

March 10, 2007 at 4:24 AM  
Blogger Jane said...

Thats a great tip! I like the way all the info for the pages is right there for Firefox.
Thank you,
Jane

March 10, 2007 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger BTNT said...

I tried to download a video from a website, it downloaded but wouldn't play in VLC, Quicktime, WMV, or Windows Media Player.

March 10, 2007 at 9:30 AM  
Blogger Daniel Ochman said...

Well what i have been doin and it has veen workin efficiently for me is this. 1st i go onto
http://www.downloadyoutubevideos.com then after i have clicked download this file it saves into my internet downloads folder. The i have a program called isquint that converts videos to i-pod format. so i drag the file over to isquint and convert it and it ends up as a MP4 file then it is ready to be played in quicktime, vlc, and tunes.

March 10, 2007 at 11:54 AM  
Blogger Daniel Ochman said...

Well what i have been doin and it has veen workin efficiently for me is this. 1st i go onto
http://www.downloadyoutubevideos.com then after i have clicked download this file it saves into my internet downloads folder. The i have a program called isquint that converts videos to i-pod format. so i drag the file over to isquint and convert it and it ends up as a MP4 file then it is ready to be played in quicktime, vlc, and tunes.

March 10, 2007 at 11:55 AM  
Blogger David Gmail said...

Am I missing something here?
When I control click on video links on a web page I can only download the 'linked file.' This is small file - about 10 Kbs. When I double click on this file, nothing much happens! I most certainly do not end up with the video on my computer.

Can the authhors of today's tip expand on the hows and wherefors?

David

March 10, 2007 at 1:10 PM  
Blogger MacGeek said...

It might not work with every site. I thought it was pretty cool because it definitely works with YouTube even though YouTube doesn't let people download the video easily. You really have to spot the biggest file in the lot.

MacGeek

March 10, 2007 at 9:11 PM  
Blogger Trung said...

hi all, command-tab-A may not work in Macbook right...

March 11, 2007 at 10:24 AM  
Blogger tabi said...

I bought an application called tubesock, works beautifully to get all those videos yOU really want from youtube...
Tabi

March 11, 2007 at 11:08 AM  
Blogger MacTipper said...

One problem with this though it that it doesn't work on streamed medai. :( However, google video, youtube, metacafe and multiple others don't use streamed media, so, most of the movies on the internet are available for download.

Also, you can go to keepvids.com and put in the link to and use the download link provided. Then use iSquint etc.

What I Said About How To DL movies from YouTube
MacTipper

March 11, 2007 at 3:13 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

this tip worked great for me in both safari and firefox.

don't forget that you can force an application to try and open a file by holding down command and option and dragging the file over the app in the doc.

seems to work with youtube videos and vlc.

March 12, 2007 at 4:34 PM  
Blogger nick said...

i downloaded some songs from pandora, and they'll only play using VLC (i have no idea what format they are). im trying to convert them to mp3 or something else that is playable on iTunes.

does anyone have any suggestions how i might go about doing this?

much thanks!

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November 12, 2010 at 9:50 PM  
Blogger Kenny Carter said...

Thanks for this tip! by the way, is it working when the website is made through cafe24? because I read some blogs about cafe24 that it doesn't work. :(

February 26, 2012 at 9:02 PM  

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