Media downloader for Safari?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by C-lon, Jun 2, 2009.

  1. C-lon macrumors member

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    I was wondering if there was some type of plug-in or even an application that would recognize media files (pictures, videos, music, etc.) and download them. I don't really care about conversions, because I always have had trouble with those.

    *Basically, I'm looking for something a lot like DownloadHelper for Safari (DownloadHelper is an Add-on for Firefox that recognizes and downloads media while browsing).
     
  2. i.shaun macrumors 6502a

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    is this for downloading from youtube?

    I actually prefer Safari's way rather than firefox plugins. I actually switched from firefox to Safari and my only issue is the random crashes when a lot of flash content is on a site (ie videos and adds).


    Sometimes it crashes on a particular forum but not often.





    The Safari way is simple enough, open Activity Monitor (Command+Option+A). You will see a list of files and stuff loaded on the page, and on the right hand side a list of file sizes (mostly KB in size). Youtube videos will be the only file listed that is listed in MBs.


    You will get used to finding files, quickly in activity monitor. Just double click the line and it will begin downloading. Don't wait for it to load if it says something like "1.5 of 6MB" and counting, because when you double click it, you have to download from the start, regardless of how much is loaded on the page.


    This should also work for Mp3 files from certain sites but it does have limits. Some sites don't link videos directly on the page, and due to the way they have it setup, there doesn't seem to be a way to download the file. I've tried a few times on a google video for practice with no luck. Firefox plugins also fail on this.
     
  3. spinnerlys Guest

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    Neat trick, I had to do this for work and used Firefox.

    Now this is quite a good way to do it with Safari, but strangely the video, that gave me a problem (strange decoding artifacts and out of synch when downloaded), still is broken using that method.
    The only way to save that video was using Firefox under Windows, the artifacts vanished, just the out of synch problem stayed.

    Strange nonetheless.

    Also, why does Safari want me to use .dms as the file suffix?
    I can change it later in Finder, but why is it there in the first place?
     
  4. i.shaun macrumors 6502a

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    .dms? I've never seen that before.

    Anything I get from youtube ends up as file called "Video". I have to manually add the *.flv extension to it. Other sites may download the video, and keep the extension on it, but I never had a video file come with *.dms
     
  5. C-lon thread starter macrumors member

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    I prefer not to download videos from Youtube, but thanks for the keyboard shortcut. I was looking more for something that would download video files from any website.
     
  6. spinnerlys Guest

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    Have you tried it with the sites you want to download a video from?

    It worked for me with a site, that is completely flash.
     
  7. C-lon thread starter macrumors member

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    Alright, I'll try it. Thanks.
     
  8. musio macrumors 68020

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    i wish there was downloadhelper too as it has some cool features like rememberering what file type it downloaded previously and automatically selecting them for the next download when you visit a new page.

    I wish saft had something like this.
     

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