This is an epic fail on Apple's part. This is a ridiculous pain in the a. I've read the 9 pages of work arounds and they are incredibly extensive and troublesome. I'm seeing 10 step "solutions" to accomplish something which was previously simply "option+click."
Apple needs to bring back the dang Activity Window and be done with it.
While I too, agree the Activity Window needs to come back, I've found an alternative version to accomplish the goal.
After enabling the 'Develop' menu item under >preferences>advanced, when on on a page with the source media, select, Develop>Show Page Resources> but rather than try to find the link in the sidebar, select the 'small hand' from the sub menu bar that pops up. It should provide the meta data pop up "select an element in the page to inspect it'. Then just click on the youtube video or whatever else and it will highlight the source code in the main window. Double Click then right click and select 'download sorce file'.
In a way, it is easier then trying to find the active media than from the old activity window because you can be taken right to the active source you chose.
I read through the thread and got frustrated trying to get to the "other" folder before it disappeared and found the same solution you came across. I would add to your advice that people should make sure they right click the youtube video and select the POP OUT option from the menu. Inspecting the page elements of a standard youtube page will only show you the EMBED MOVIE PLAYER info not the video source.
If people follow your advice then they shouldn't have any problems
I'm trying to follow this thread. I've been trying some of these methods, but Quicktime keeps telling me it can't handle the files, or gives the message "the operation could not be completed". Do I need Quicktime Pro? Are there Codecs I need to download?
I also tried this method:
"After enabling the 'Develop' menu item under >preferences>advanced, when on on a page with the source media, select, Develop>Show Page Resources> but rather than try to find the link in the sidebar, select the 'small hand' from the sub menu bar that pops up. It should provide the meta data pop up "select an element in the page to inspect it'. Then just click on the youtube video or whatever else and it will highlight the source code in the main window. Double Click then right click and select 'download sorce file'."
I use the Pop out option and get a window that looks like the screen shot (thank!). However, when I double click on the source (highlighted in blue) this selects the text string. When I right click I do not see "download source file" (I assume you meant to type 'source', but I don't see anything similar so it doesn't really matter).
Any suggestions or idea what I am doing wrong?
If users just want to be able to download videos from YouTube, etc., I just tried a free Wondershare YouTube downloader http://www.wondershare.com/guide/mac-free-youtube-downloader.html. They also have a paid version which they say can download pretty much any embedded online videos.
As a developer, I do like this new page resource window (and the other great tools in the develop menu)....VERY useful for troubleshooting things (akin to http_fox for Mozilla). However, it has added about eight more clicks to the process of saving off a streaming flash (or other) movie. Not cool. Can't we have our cake and eat it too, Apple?
I started downloading videos in *.FLV format then using VLC to convert this file to *.m4v. I need videos from online sites for educational purposes.
Just yesterday, I downloaded a video and converted the file. So far do good. The video kept its high definition and playback via QuickTime was flawless. I'm running a 1st Gen Unibody 2.53 Duo Core MBP and it did take me a bit but she managed to convert this file.
Hey Bill B.3 Your way is the best so far. it's a little tricky to pick up, but the easest. I double clicked on the link that gets highlight, then you can right click and there is the "download source file" that you said would be there. It work great. I tested three times on three videos, works great and it easest by far. Thanks
In Safari 6.
1. Click Preferences
2. Click Advanced Tab
3. Check the 'Show Develop menu in menu Tab' button located @ the bottom of the menu.
->You should now have a Develop menu button in the top menu between Bookmarks and Window
4. Click Develop menu button.
5. Click Show Page Resources
-> This will open a window pane along the bottom of the browser should look something like this:
6. You want to make sure that you have the the file icon selected top left hand corner of the grey bar
7. Any downloadable FLV will appear the folder called 'Other'
8. just click on the FLV file or any other file you want do download and it will downloand to your download directory.
-> if the flv doesn't load the first time, keep the developer window pane open and just reload the window, as the page loads all the resources will load one at a time into the developer window as a long list, once all the resources are loaded safari will then organise them into folders, most video content will be in the folder labeled 'Other', just double click what ever you want. For some video's this doesn't work because they have restrictions.
Also the Develop menu also allows you to turn on WebGL.
I hope this helps.