How to Download an MOV file from Firefox

Sometimes I get sent links to MOV files and someone wants me to grab the video and then post it somewhere else. This is how I pull the video off the web when the html address is an MOV file.

First off, and most important, you need Quicktime. I’m running Firefox 15.0.1 with Quicktime Player 10.0 on a Mac.

1. Enter the web address into Firefox and the video may or may not start playing. I find I can pull the video even if it never plays.
2. Under Tools, click Page Info
3. In this window click “media” at the top.
4. Then click “Save As” and the rest is simple.

That’s all there is to it.

YouTube upload troubleshooting

When I want to upload a video to youtube I simply click the “upload” button at the top of the page (after I’ve signed in of course) and then click “upload video”. Simple. So let’s go over the problems.

On certain browsers, if your upload failed, all the information you typed in as you waited for the video to be uplaoded will be lost. There’s no trying to re-upload into the same information you’ve just spent time typing up.

So now that you’re upload has failed ( I got “Failed (unable to convert video file)”, you might want to start with, “Well, maybe there was something wrong with my file? Perhaps it was the wrong format or something?” It’s not as easy as it should be to find the parameters for uploading into youtube acceptably.  I tried the obvious (to me) place which is the page where I initially uploaded the file. When I couldn’t find it there I got frustrated and went to Google. Here you go:

Supported YouTube file formats

File size and length

Now, my video fits into all these parameters. I just finished updating all my software that had updates, and the video still fails to upload. I turned on Private Browsing (youtube’s only other suggestion) and that failed too.

To get my video on youtube I re-exported as an mp4 using the h.264 YouTube setting on Premiere. The video finally uploaded correctly.  I’m not sure why my previous MOV 45MB 4min long video wouldn’t upload.

starting Preservation video

About to start work editing a video on the poster preservation project going on now btw our CHC department and the Preservation department.  The footage was shot a few weeks ago by myself and the other videographer here at the library.  Unfortunately, she hasn’t been able to edit the footage do to priority going to previous event videos.

I will form a rough cut in the time I have between getting feedback for the library tutorial videos. Then I will send her my rough cut to see if we can collaborate on this.

The files are MTS and I’m working with Premiere.  She prefers Final Cut, but for some reason (and after some online searching I see I’m not the only one affected) Final Cut doesn’t want to read the MTS files I imported from the camera.  This explains why the girl who works in media lab gave me a set of MOV files when she was clearing out the camera’s hard drive. Because she also works in Final Cut.  I didn’t keep the MOV files, I gave them to the videographer and kept the MTS files I downloaded. Therefor, I’m going to work in Premiere with the MTS files.

Sometimes it seems that not having everyone on the same software can be hindering. Other times it seems beneficial that if one program is having issues, there are people who know the alternate program that might not have those same issues.

.avi files on a Mac

I was asked for an AVI version of this video we have online. I said yes because apparently I don’t know any better.

On my Adobe Premeire CS5 that is running on my back-up Mac (mine’s in the shop) on Mac OS X 10.6.6 there is no option for AVI output in the export options.  I’ve been on forums all morning and yesterday afternoon and I can’t seem to find a solution to this problem. I found one forum that said that AVI is only available on Premiere for PCs. Great.

However, today I got my Mac returned to me. Unfortunately this didn’t do anything for me on the AVI file front.

Trial 1: export to MOV, import into iMovie and then export that to AVI. / Conclusion: An AVI file that has suffered sever degradation.

Trial 2: Re-install Final Cut Pro and try to get an AVI file that way.