Using Firefox 65, I'm trying to get back a basic functionality I've had for years (prior to Quantum).I have a link to an .m4v video file that I need to download (I don't ever want links directly to m4v, mp4, mov, etc playing in the browser, I need to download these files to my computer). Whenever I click the link, it automatically opens up a blank page and starts playing the video. Nothing I do will give me the 'Ask what to do' prompt. How can I fix this?Things I've tried:Changing the default action to 'Mpeg-4 movie' under Options/Applications to 'Always Ask'. Even if the link is an mp4, it still plays it in the browser.Manually added an entry for .m4v by editing handlers.json, and setting it to 'Always ask'. Still plays in the browser.Set both Mpeg-4 Movie and the manual m4v entry to 'Save File'. Still plays in the browser.Tried doing a 'Save As' while it was playing to just save my file, but Firefox then tries to save the file as 'FileName.m4v.mp4' instead of just 'FileName.m4v'. I'm not sure if it's actually re-wrapping the file into another container, or just arbitrarily adding an extra extension to the filename, but I need it to, by default, save as the file name that is used on the server... (If it's just renaming the file, I can live with this one bug if I can make the rest of the functionality work.)
Here's a test page: _for_everybody/test.htmlUnderneath the thumbnail image/embedded video there direct links to an mp4, ogg video and WebM video.The action I want, when I click on any one of those, is for Firefox to prompt me with a download location to save the file to (the usual 'Always Ask' dialog box). NOTHING should attempt to play in the web browser itself.I've been able to do this with every version of Firefox 'pre-Quantum', but I just can't make the latest version do it...
(Another work-around that may seem obvious is to right-click the file name and click 'Save Link As'. While this works on the sample page, it doesn't work on the pages I have to download these videos from... It's a scripted button that sends back the link to the file when clicked on.)
Yep, but that does not answer my question.I'm not trying to find alternative ways of saving a video, I'm trying to get Firefox to work like it's supposed to (and used to).The videos I need to download I can't right-click on, they are buttons I have to 'normal-click' on, then I get the download prompt, but the functionality is the same as if you clicked the 'MP4' link under the video in the sample link. Only now, since the 'Always Ask' functionality is broken, I never get the download prompt, it just starts playing.
If there's some way to make clicking on the MP4 link give me an 'Always Ask' style dialog so I can chose download instead of play, that will fix my problem. That's why I provided that link to test so others can see the problem I'm having.
Yes, those are exactly the links I referenced in my original post. I want to be able to click (normal click, not right-click) on any one of those links, and immediately have Firefox ask what to do with the file. That way I can chose 'save file' and just download it directly to my computer.
Browsers in general are producing a seamless experience by enabling video display direct in the View so that there is less downloading and swapping of technology to render the video. With so many video playing apps in the market, it just makes the experience more fluid and easier to manager by having the web browser handle it.
Well, I only use Firefox, so I'd be fine if it's specific to Firefox...I'm trying to download from someone else's server, so have no access to the settings on it. (In this case, I am the user... :) )And, in general, I'd want this functionality to work from any server with a direct link to a file... (And, in many cases, I can just do the right-click thing, but sometimes I forget, and on one server I don't have that option, so it's actually more 'seamless' for me to never have the browser try to play video from direct links.)
I understand the dumbing-down of browsers for the average masses, but then why have a setting that I can manually change, specifically for files with an .mp4 extension where I can state 'Always Ask what do with this' and then completely ignore that setting? (Keeping in mind, this setting worked PERFECTLY on all versions of Firefox prior to Quantum.)I'm not trying to PLAY the video file, I need to download it so I can put in Final Cut, burn to a disc, play on a hardware player, etc... That's the reason I have direct links to the files themselves, vs embedded player links or something.
So, where's a link to one of these sites you've noted? Also, it may that some of these sites may not want downloading available. They will make it difficult if not outright impossible to download a video. Some video/audio links don't end with 'MP4' or 'MP3'. I gotta dance through hoops to get some Twitter videos to download. I can't do a simple 'Right-Click' 'Save Video As'. You didn't find an Extension that provides 'downloading' of videos? A 'screen' recorder to capture videos?
The sites are password protected (studio content) so I wouldn't be able to share them if I wanted to. That's why I used the Bunny link, if it works there, it will work on the password protected sites. I'm not trying to download videos that people don't want downloaded (like YouTube, etc...), these are links directly to files for the purpose of downloading for local work. That's why I don't want them to ever play, but just download...I was just trying to get back the old functionality, which cor-el figured out for me.It was just a hard thing to search for because all the Google provided results were for people that were having problems getting the videos to play, where mine was the opposite... :)
Very probably, you've already got benefit from FFmpeg though you might not have heard about it before. This is because a lot of open sources and commercial programs including VLC media player, HandBrake, and FFworks are using FFmpeg behind the screen.
In my experience, VideoProc Converter is the best option in most cases because it's easy and fast to use, and can convert DRM-protected M4V to MP4 on Mac and Windows without ruining the picture quality. VLC media player is more recommended for people who used to utilize the program to watch media or made simple conversion jobs. FFmpeg is the friend of programmers and tech-savvy. If you are a beginner, you have a stable and fast internet connection, and you simply need to convert a small M4V file to MP4, then it's worthy to try out online M4V to MP4 converters.
If you want your video to be accessed far and wide, then it might be a good idea to make it available as an MP4 file. Others will be able to download, share, and even edit it easily. MP4 is a very popular file format, and it is unlikely to need any extra software to open.
You're supposed to know a thing or two about what is MP4 codec and why you need to download the codec pack. That being the case, there is no need to give you the lengthy explaination on its definition. Instead, what this post wanna share with you is how to make choice when you're faced with multiple options on MP4 decoding and encoding topics, along with a proper video player.? You might reach your conclusion after you patiently read this post.
The tutorial below will walk you through the whole MP4 conversion procedure. Prior to learning the detailed steps, the preparatory work you need to do is: Free download MP4 converter on macOS (or Windows version). Then fire it up.
Perian - the purpose of Perian is to simplify viewing content on macOS. After free downloading it on your macOS, you can use this free open source QT component to play several video formats that are not natively supported by QuickTime player. See, with Perian installed on Mac, the once unsupported MP4 video with H263, MPEG-4 ASP codecs can be played on macOS with QuickTime component Perian. Plus, you can even play MKV codec on MacBook or iMac.
K-Lite Codec Pack - when you plan to download K-Lite Codec Pack, you will find that there are up to 4 version: basic, standard, full and mega. Then which version you should download? In terms of MP4 codec, you're recommended to download basic version, which is powerful enough to satisfy what you need: a wide selection of codecs for you to play MP4 video in MPEG-4 Part 2, H264, H263, MPEG-4 ASP, MPEG-4 AVC and more. The most common codecs for Mp4 are covered.
Why you still want a Plan B? Main reason, based on the feedbacks from users on the forum, is that some codec pack software contain adware, spyware, ransomware or even trojan virus to put your computer and internal file data into the edge of risk if you download from some informal websites. So comparatively, most users prefer an even safer way to play MP4 on Mac or Windows without codec incompatibility problem. The safer way you might need is to download MP4 video player to play MP4 video on MacBook/iMac or Windows.
And here we mainly focus on top two video player for both Windows and macOS: VLC player and 5KPlayer. Both of them are downloaded thousands of times each month on softonic. They have something in common and meanwhile differ from each other. Read the below table to see which one you like better.
Built in 370+ audio/video codecs, it can convert any SD/HD/4KUHD videos in formats of MKV, MTS, AVCHD, MOD, FLV, etc to MP4, MOV, AVI, MP3, etc for playback on Mac and Windows and download videos to format playable on TVs, iPhone, iPad, Android, etc with high quality and fast speed.
There are many online apps can do the video conversion for you, such as zamzar, Acethinker Video Converter, mediaconverter, etc. They are totally free, and you don't have to download or install anything. Take Acethinker as sample, here are the steps.
Mac's Disk Utility can create an image file from our DVD, but it cannot output MP4 file. To convert DVD to MP4 on Mac, you'll have to download and install a third-party DVD ripper on your Mac. So here we'll introduce you 3 free programs to rip DVD to MP4 on Mac, namely WinX DVD Ripper Mac Free, HandBrake, and VLC. If your DVDs are copy-protected, WinX DVD Ripper Mac Free is the way to go. Now read the detailed tutorials below. 2b1af7f3a8