How to Download Apple's Steve Jobs Memorial Event (And Other Streams) for Offline Usage
Ever since Apple put up Steve’s memorial event I was wondering how I could save the video to my hard disk. Here’s how to do it, this works for other videos as well.
- Go the Apple Event page
- Open the source code of the page (⌘⌥U in Safari)
- Near the top it says something like
<script type…followed by a couple of
non-snowLeopardURLs to so called Quicktime Referenced Movies1. This means the whole video is referenced from other files. All we need to do is transcode the referenced movies to a (new self-contained) movie.
- Copy your preferred video quality URL to the clipboard (everything other than the snowLeopard URL should work). (I chose the non-snowLeopard one).
- Open a new tab/window in Safari, paste the URL and press ⌥↩. The file should start to download. If not you need to find another way to download the file.
- Open the downloaded file in VLC.
- You should see something like this:
If you double click on of the
rtsp:// entries the movie should start to play. Every
RTSP has a different quality.
I wanted to have the highest quality possible, which means I want/needed to transcode the last entry in the playlist. So in the next step:
- File → Streaming/Transcoding Wizard
- Select Transcode/Save to file, then Next
- Enable Existing playlist item and choose the stream you want to save. In my case the lowest one. Click next.
- In the Transcode section you can leave all checkmarks off. In case you want to transcode to a foreign media format select your desired options. I left everything unchecked. Next.
- Encapsulation format: I chose MOV, but MPEG 4 / MP4 is also sufficient. Next.
- Select the file to save to. Click Choose… and enter a name for the video. Click Next and then Finish.
The Transcoding Wizard will transcode the stream to a new MPEG 4 movie in real time. After about an hour, VLC will stop and you will have a new movie file containing the streamed media.
I know this is not 100% true, but this description is good enough for these instructions, I hope. ↩