Did Apple quit posting the HD trailers for downloading?
Not sure in what sense of the term "for downloading" you are asking. As QT Kirk pointed out, Apple has been removing full 1080p HD trailer links/content for some time now—possibly in an effort to save server space and/or improve distribution efficiency. While the actual posting of 480p and 720p HD which can still be downloaded hasn't really chaned all that much, their viewing has been rechanneled from the user's player app to browser playback in a probable effort to get around some of the recent playback problems which some users seem to be experiencing and which seems to have prompted a closing of direct access to trailers.apple.com content. I guess what I am trying to say is that "Yes, Apple has made some changes as to the viewing of the trailers" but "No, the download ability is still there if users want to go through the trouble of downloading the content." My personal feeling is that it is a waste of time and space to clutter my drives with such content when it can accessed it directly from my computer, TV, or mobile devices any time I want.
Just an FYI... Was looking at some of "Summer" trailers on the trailers site and noticed that some of the files are still available in 1080p and still open on the viewer's system in the QT Player app. Had never seen the "R.I.P.D." and about split my sides when I did view it (in 1080p) for the first time today. In any case, thought people might be interested to know that Apple has yet to complete whatever changes they are making to the trailers web site.
Thanks QuickTimeKirk and Jon Walker for the replys. I was afraid of that. I have about 700GB worth of trailers I have been downloading since I started around 2000/2001, the majority in 1080p. I have them attached to various programs on my computer. I hope I will be able to find suitable HD content elsewhere that can be downloaded.
I have about 700GB worth of trailers I have been downloading since I started around 2000/2001, the majority in 1080p. I have them attached to various programs on my computer.
I am more interested in the movies than the trailers. My iTunes Library currently stands at 10 TBs of content—none of which has a resolution greater than 720p. For me to move up to 1080p content and simultaneously make my next incremental update to the RAID drives would probably require a total capacity of 24-30 TBs of storage space rather than 18 TBs I am currently planning for the end of this calendar year—i.e., an Xmas present for myself. Since my HDTVs are limited the 42" to 47" range, I don't really see a lot of difference between 720p and 1080p content in an average size room at a viewing distance of 5-8 feet and so there is really very little incentive for increased resolutions. If you can see a great difference on your equipment and an really makes a big differece to your viewing enjoyment, then by all means gather your 1080p trailers as you can. However...
I hope I will be able to find suitable HD content elsewhere that can be downloaded.
Just made a quick check of possible alternatives. Since I figured the best trailers would likely be provided by the studios themselves, I picked three "Summer" movies at random— R.I.P.D., World War Z, and Pacific Rim—and went to the official movie site for each. Of the three, two of the sites had 480p trailers hosted by YouTube. Only the Warner Brothers site for Pacific Rim hosted a 720p trailer via their own server or server service provider. If such results are typical, you may have quite a time locating a source better than Apple's. In addition, since two of the three randomly selected "official" movie sites did not even provide trailer resolutions greater than 480p, I am wondering if the disappearence of 1080p trailer content may be due to a possible discision by movie studios to not source higher resolution trailers for Apple to post to its site rather than a decision by Apple to no longer host 1080p files. In either case, the 720p trailers still hosted by the trailers.apple.com (a.k.a. "iTunes Movie Trailers") still seems to be the best/most consistent source of 720p (and occasional 1080p) trailers based on my somewhat abbreviated research today.