8 Replies Latest reply: Aug 3, 2012 3:01 AM by Diavonex
Unknownlight Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

So to give some background first:

 

I personally have a Nexus 7. Our family has a shared iPad. I downloaded a video on my N7, then decided I wanted to also download it on the iPad so I could watch it on the bigger screen.

 

It was a video that I downloaded from MediaFire. On my N7, all I did was click the download button, it downloaded, and then it showed up in the Movie Player app among my other videos and I watched it from there.

 

When I used the iPad, clicking on the download button instead started playing the video within the browser itself. I looked and clicked around this screen for an option to download, but I couldn't find it. So I went back to the MediaFire page and long-pressed on the download button, expecting a "Save File" option to appear. Instead, there was just "Open", "Open in New Tab", and "Copy Link URL".

 

Confused, I tried downloading another browser from the App Store (Chrome) and tried again, with the same results.

 

So now I'm clueless. There must be a way to download this video, it wouldn't make sense otherwise, but I can't seem to figure out how to do it. Am I missing something obvious here?


iPad, iOS 5.1.1
  • 1. Re: Downloading a video
    Demo Level 9 Level 9 (76,320 points)

    Unless there is an app available in the app store that works with content that you want to download, what you are experiencing is absolutely normal for the iPad. You cannot download videos from the Internet using Safari. All purchased content comes from the App Store, iTunes or the iBookstore on the iPad, unless there is an app in the app store that works with the content that you are trying to download from the internet.

     

    For instance NetFlix does not work through any browser on the iPad but there is an app in the app store that lets you stream NetFlix movies.

     

    EDIT - I had no idea what MediaFire was until I posted my answer.

  • 2. Re: Downloading a video
    Johnathan Burger Level 6 Level 6 (14,900 points)

    Take a look at goodreader, it supports WebDAV and FTP.

    Otherwise you will have to poke around the app store for something to get your pirated videos.

  • 3. Re: Downloading a video
    Demo Level 9 Level 9 (76,320 points)

    Johnathan Burger wrote:

     

    Otherwise you will have to poke around the app store for something to get your pirated videos.

    This was why I edited my post and included my own "disclaimer"

  • 4. Re: Downloading a video
    Johnathan Burger Level 6 Level 6 (14,900 points)

    Pirating content is between him and whatever higher power he believes in.

    I chose to believe he means home videos of kittens playing, puppies sleeping and idiots hurting themselves doing idiotic things.

  • 5. Re: Downloading a video
    Unknownlight Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    So downloading videos through Safari is impossible? That's too bad.

     

    Pirating? No, no, I'm a good little boy. The video I was trying to get at is of course far worse. http://www.mediafire.com/?jc6j2c3z2cakxca

     

    So what I linked to is the video, an MP4. Can anyone recommend an app that can be used to play stuff like this?

  • 6. Re: Downloading a video
    Menneisyys Level 4 Level 4 (1,300 points)

    Tested the video with GoodPlayer (a media player app with excellent connectivity & streaming features and support). Works just fine for downloading videos.

     

    This is what you need to do:

     

    - get GoodPlayer ( http://itunes.apple.com/app/goodplayer/id416756729?mt=8 )

     

    - tap the Arrow link at the bottom right corner and select Downloader & Browser

     

    - copy the full MF link to the browser

     

    - tap the download button (as usual) and, then, select "Download" from the displayed context menu.

     

    Then, downloading will start. You'll be able to watch the video any time - and also send it to other apps / access it via iTunes File Sharing.

  • 7. Re: Downloading a video
    Menneisyys Level 4 Level 4 (1,300 points)

    Johnathan Burger wrote:

     

    Pirating content is between him and whatever higher power he believes in.

    I chose to believe he means home videos of kittens playing, puppies sleeping and idiots hurting themselves doing idiotic things.

     

    Well, actually, MediaFire is a widely-used distribution portal for camera enthusiasts and digital video pros because it's free and is well-suited for distributing test videos (short videos that demonstrate a camera's quality without any transcoding done by YouTube).

     

    Of course, you're free to recommend a better way of distributing original video camera test videos... And that's only one popular and absolutely legal way of using the portal - of the possibly many.