For more up-to-date instructions, please visit HD-Trailers.net
For simplified instructions, see: Tutorial: Download from Apple
I’ve also added instructions to download HD trailers from Yahoo! Movies: Tutorial: Download from Yahoo!
Finally, I’ve made a simple and elegant page to make downloading HD trailers super easy:
So Quicktime sucks and is a horrible video player. That’s why there’s VLC and Media Player Classic with Quicktime Alternative. However, HD trailers on Apple.com forces you to use Quicktime to watch the HD versions. However, the decoding of the video is so poorly done, I can’t even watch 480p through Quicktime.
So a year back or so, I decided to figure out a way to download these High Definition trailers so I can watch them through VLC or MPC. I believe with VLC, you don’t need the QT alternative codec, but with MPC or WMP, you do. Anyway, if you go to an HD trailer page, e.g. Apple – Trailers – Breach- HD, you’ll usually see 3 buttons: 480p, 720p, and 1080p. My machine’s not fast enough to decode their 1080p, so I always opt for the 720p version. Trailers are usually a couple hundred megs, depending on how long it is. When I showed Derek this trick, he noticed that even though trailers said 1080p, they were hardly ever 1920×1080, usually something a bit smaller.
Anyway, once you’re on an HD trailer page:
- Go to view source (CTRL+U in Firefox)
- Search for 720p or 1080p (or 480p if you want) and it’s the 2nd hit you want.
- You’ll find something close to this:
QT_WriteOBJECT_XHTML(‘http://movies.apple.com/trailers/images/hd_btn2_720p.mov’, ’67’, ’24’, ”, ‘bgcolor’, ‘FFFFFF’, ‘controller’, ‘false’, ‘href’, ‘http://images.apple.com/movies/universal/breach/breach-tlr1_720p.mov‘, ‘target’, ‘QuickTimePlayer’);
- The 1st hit (i.e. hd_btn2_720p.mov) is just the image of the button. The 2nd hit (i.e. breach-tlr1_720p.mov) is actually a file that points to where the real trailer is ‘hidden’.
- Take the 2nd URL and add an h between the _ and the resolution:
For 1080p, it would be:
- Next you can enter that URL into your browser and save it when it finishes downloading or whatever. I usually just use wget which came with Cygwin
Before, I used to keep all the trailers on my HDD:
Directory of F:\Downloads\apple trailers
123 File(s) 11,848,500,131 bytes
2 Dir(s) 51,537,440,768 bytes free
But then I decided that it wasn’t really worth keeping all these trailers, since I hardly ever rewatch them, so they went bye bye one day.
I usually visit the Apple Trailers site once or twice a month and watch all the trailers. For the trailers that have HD, I just paste all the links into notepad and do a replace all like:
wget http://images.apple.com/movies/disney/bridge_to_terabithia/bridge_to_terabithia-tlr1_h720p.mov http://images.apple.com/movies/sony/offside/offside_h720p.mov http://images.apple.com/movies/universal/the_good_shepherd/the_good_shepherd-tlr2_h720p.mov http://images.apple.com/movies/wb/harry_potter-phoenix/harry_potter_phoenix-tlr1_h720p.mov http://images.apple.com/movies/lionsgate/happily_never_after/happily_never_after_h720p.mov http://images.apple.com/movies/wb/lettersfromiwojima/lettersfromiwojima_h720p.mov
: Apple made an adjustment to deal with the Avatar trailer traffic which only allows QuickTime to download trailers directly. Please refer to this blog post for more details and workarounds: Direct Download Links from Apple Are Not Working. Here’s to hoping it’s only temporary.
: Apple links work when you change the domain from
www.apple.com. For most up-to-date instructions, please visit HD-Trailers.net
166 Replies to “How to download HD Trailers from Apple.com”
Yep, as someone pointed above.. the Firefox extension add-on “Embedded Objects” is working well and good.. A menu appears at the bottom corner & all u have to do is click the download link of the hd trailers (which ever quality u select be it the 480p,720p or 1080p)……
Use “Quicktime/7.2.0″ as user-agent if you’re downloading with wget:
wget –header=”User-Agent: Quicktime/7.2.0” http://trailers.apple.com/movies/fox/avatar/avatar-fte1_h1080p.mov
I recommend Flashget 1.73 for my method
The current domain for Apple trailers is trailers.apple.com
Install Flashget 1.73 and in the Options page go to Protocol tab – HTTP – Send referrer – User agent as User define – QuickTime/7.6.2
Now visit http://trailers.apple.com
Example – Sanctum
Example – 480p
Click on watch on – download – right click on 480p and save/copy link
Now add a h after the underscore and before 480p so that it becomes
Now copy this link and press F4 in Flashget and add the link – VOILA!
at the user define are we supposed to type the version of our quicktime ??
It’s up to you if you want to type the version. It’s not needed.
Wonderfull,thank you very much.
Once again,thank Achilles.
No problemo dude 🙂
sharing my script to do that:
I use QuickTime Lite v4.1.0 and it downloads them as it comes with its own little downloader and also can play quicktime files thru browsers too. I’m using Google Chrome on Windows 7 64bit
Or u can download QuickTime and MOV Download Tool v.1.2.1 to download the trailers as well. The download link for MOV Download Tool is this: http://www.softpedia.com/get/Tweak/Browser-Tweak/MOV-Download-Tool.shtml
wget is the most lightweight option, and simply works.
1. Right click on Download link on apple.com/trailers, copy link address.
2. Open command window and run wget with QuickTime as the User Agent.
wget -U QuickTime http://trailers.apple.com/movies/paramount/thedictator/thedictator-tlr1_h1080p.mov
5. Watch trailer on HTPC with full surround sound.
Yep. I’ve also suggested using wget above. But not too many people are comfortable with using the command prompt and wget doesn’t come default on machines.
Use ATGet its more simpler, http://wiki.gotux.net/code/perl/atget
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