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Old Nov 6th, 2006, 03:54 AM   #1
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How can I download a flash Videoclip with Firefox?

I know how to do this in Safari using Window>activity, but is there a similar method I can use with firefox?
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Old Nov 6th, 2006, 02:05 PM   #2
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Have you tried: https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/2390/

It will download files from a couple sites but isn't as flexible. That said Firefox doesn't have an equivalent of the Activity Viewer in Safari.
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Old Nov 6th, 2006, 08:12 PM   #3
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Depending on where you want to download from this might help:

http://javimoya.com/blog/youtube_en.php
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Look as if I need to try downloading using Safari.

I specifically wanted to download the previous episode of Desperate Housewives from the abc site because I missed that episode, but I was looking for a general way to download flash videos using firefox.
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Old Nov 7th, 2006, 10:22 AM   #5
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What do you use to view Flash Video downloads? SWF Movie Player, or something else?
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Old Nov 7th, 2006, 02:29 PM   #6
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What do you use to view Flash Video downloads? SWF Movie Player, or something else?
I just downloaded the SWF movie player. Pretty useless if you ask me. First of all the playback is choppy (probably my slow Mac - I need to find the time to install the 1.2 GHz upgrade that is gathering dust) and secondly it's only free for 15 seconds. That really turned me off.
I rather have shareware or something like that for a few days to try it out properly and then decided on the purchase rather than a 15 second time limit on a clip.
How do you delete this software from the Mac? Just trash the application or are there other bits and pieces installed in other areas on my Mac.

The application I have used before is iSwiff. It seems to work better for these files.

But my problem is downloading the file in Firefox, not playing it once it's on my Mac.
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Old Nov 9th, 2006, 12:42 AM   #7
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Delete the application itself.
It also parks a package receipt at the default location: /Library/Reciepts/swf_movie_player.pkg
... which you can trash.
And finally a preference file at ~/LIbrary/Preferences: named:
com.eltima.SWFMoviePlayer.plist
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KRS, on a side note...

How are you getting the ABC streams? Have they oppened access to Canadians or are you using a proxy server? If you are on a proxy, which one? I tried using proxies a while back but found them so slow in routing that the streams would not run properly.

Thanks and sorry for the hijack.
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Old Nov 9th, 2006, 11:54 AM   #9
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Yeah - I was really annoyed when I saw that - US only.
I can watch the program, even on a Canadian channel, and then they block me from watching an earlier version which I had missed.
Wonder what the logic for that was.

I did use a proxy server with firefox but then couldn't figure out how to download the episode I wanted to watch. I found that even with direct access, video streams run much smoother when I download them and then play them. Depends what it is - on a short clip I don't bother, but on a longer episode like a one-hour show this works better for me.
No clue which proxy I used - I just pick one and try it. If it doesn't work, I go to the next one. And after I'm done I go back to a direct connection.
Lately, none of the US proxy servers would let me access the ABC streams. I just let it go, it's not that important for me to spend more time on that.
Reading up a bit on the net, even with proxies, there are ways the website can determine your IP address and thus your country location. And of course there are ways to prevent that - but for me it gets too complex - not worth the effort to just watch an older episode.
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