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problem using safari to download videos from youtube/vimeo
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Mar 23, 2009, 05:42 AM
i've successfully used safari to download quite a few videos from youtube/vimeo following instructions i found via google. (watch video, window -> activity, scroll to video file, double click & download begins.)

however, i just tried downloading a video from vimeo using the same method that has worked flawlessly many times before and instead of starting a download for filename.flv it simply opened vimeo up in a new window and began playing the video.

i don't want to watch it again... i want to download it so i can edit it & upload it elsewhere.

anyone know what i may have done wrong? or what i should do to get it to work for me?
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Mar 23, 2009, 06:30 AM
did you hold the option ("alt") key when double-clicking? That forces a download.

Because you just mention double-clicking, which generally just opens the page element into a new browser window.
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Mar 23, 2009, 03:33 PM
The action depends on the file extension of what you double-click and thus Safari's decision to handle in-window or not. FLV for example tries to open in a new window but then gets kicked to download. OTOH .GIF will load. Analogika's tip about alt+double-click will solve the dilemma.
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