Wednesday, July 06, 2005
Many of the songs from this week’s Live 8 concerts are available as Quicktime videos from AOL.
I was checking them out but I don’t like to wait forever for a video to download only to have it go away when I close my browser. So, I figured out how to download the videos with the Automator application from Mac OS X Tiger. I thought I would pass this along as a tip and as an example of the cool things you can do with Automator.
Here’s the steps to take (if you are on Mac OS X 10.4)
Navigate your web browser to the AOL Live 8 video web site
Click the play button next to the song you would like.
A new window will open for the video.
When the video window has loaded all the text (you don’t have to wait for the video to load), view the source code for the web site. In Safari, you do this by selecting “View Source” in the “View” menu.
Find the URL to the Quicktime movie file. This file will end with “.mov” so you can search for “.mov” in order to find it. Click the screenshot for a bigger view and you will see what this looks like.
Paste the URL in a text editor to save it for the next step. Go ahead and grab some other movie URLs if you want more songs.
Launch the Automator application. Click the Safari Library in the left column. Find the “Get Specified URLs” and “Download URLs” actions and drag them to your workflow in that order.
Create a URL in the “Get Specified URLs” action for each one of the movie URLs that you copied from the AOL source.
Select a download location in the “Download URLs” action and click the Run button.
That’s it! Go have lunch or read a book while the movies download. After they are finished downloading, you can watch them at your leisure with the Quicktime player or iTunes and you can save them wherever you want on your hard drive.