Hi! This is my first post here. I'd like to share two very simple scripts I have created to watch videos on an external player. Now, I'm a complete noob with Applescript, so I hope you can help me improve/expand them. Also, I'd like to know how these work in Tiger with older versions of VLC. I like to listen to music from youtube while surfing the web. FlashVideoReplacer on Tenfourfox is good for that, but Quicktime, while being a lot better than Flash, still is a bit of a resource hog when compared to VLC. I don't even want to compare it to CorePlayer. So I tried to automate the copy and paste process of the video URL from browser to external player. Copy and paste in Script Editor. For VLC: set myurl to the clipboard as text tell application "VLC" activate GetURL myurl end tell For CorePlayer: tell application "CorePlayer" to activate tell application "System Events" keystroke "u" using command down keystroke "v" using command down keystroke return end tell Choose a location on your hard drive and save. Now we will create shortcuts for these scripts. Download a cool little app called Spark from here: http://www.shadowlab.org/Software/spark.php Install and launch Spark. Select file > New Hotkey > Applescript. Click on file and select the script you have just created. Assign a name and a keystroke combo, then click on create. For example I've assigned "alt -" to VLC and "command alt -" to Coreplayer. For the scripts to work you have to copy the video url in the clipboard. Be careful! On youtube (and only on youtube) VLC will accept the link to the video webpage. Elsewhere you will need the link to the actual video file. Coreplayer accepts only links to video files and will freeze otherwise (not a big deal, just force quit). FlashVideoReplacer and DownloadHelper really come in handy here, especially when dealing with embedded videos. So on youtube (and for VLC) it comes to a simple sequence of "command l" "command c" "alt -" "command p". Do it again with other videos and you'll see how easy it is to create a playlist (so you can keep track of what you have watched/listened to). On other sites and with Coreplayer it's not so fast, but still very simple (with CorePlayer you also don't get playlists, but it still is the best if you want to watch HD clips). The cool thing is that in both players, if you only want to listen to music, you can go to the preferences and disable the video output. This saves a lot of strain on the CPU. In VLC click on "enable video" in the video pane. In Coreplayer select "disable" for the video output. While playing this clip (on my 1.25 GHz 1GB ram eMac) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfmrHTdXgK4 I get the following (on average) results from MenuMeters: FlashVideoReplacer (quicktime): ~ 85% CPU usage VLC (video enabled): ~ 50% CPU usage CorePlayer (video enabled): ~ 35% CPU usage VLC (video disabled): ~ 18% CPU usage CorePlayer (video disabled): ~ 14% CPU usage Flash (aah aah, king of the impossible!): ~ 95% CPU usage (I was actually expecting more, this must be Tenfourfox doing its magic). I hope you'll find this useful.