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    Default Quicktime video files won't play in firefox

    Hi all,

    I can download and play the underlying .mov files in mplayer but I can't stream and play them from within the Apple website in firefox.

    I have Edit>Preferences>Applications in firefox set to use the "QuickTime plug-in 7.4.5" for quicktime video.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks
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    Default Re: Quicktime video files won't play in firefox

    Try this post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marcoant View Post
    Try this post.
    Thanks, I tried the user agent switcher but I can't get it to work though.

    I also installed the gecko media player from this post Unable to play apple site trailers - Page 7 - openSUSE Forums and still no go.

    I may play around with this later, but I think I'll just avoid their site and also re-think the idea of buying a macbook for uni, which is why I was on their site in the first place.
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    Default Re: Quicktime video files won't play in firefox

    On Wed, 16 Sep 2009 14:56:03 GMT, david71
    <david71@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:

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    >marcoant;2040759 Wrote:
    >> Try this 'post' (http://tinyurl.com/lnns8w).

    >
    >Thanks, I tried the user agent switcher but I can't get it to work
    >though.
    >
    >I also installed the gecko media player from this post 'Unable to play
    >apple site trailers - Page 7 - openSUSE Forums'
    >(http://tinyurl.com/nloshu) and still no go.
    >
    >I may play around with this later, but I think I'll just avoid their
    >site and also re-think the idea of buying a macbook for uni, which is
    >why I was on their site in the first place.


    Be sure to email them about the loss of sales.

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    Default Re: Quicktime video files won't play in firefox

    Use the gecko-mediaplayer combined with gnome-mplayer - both from packman
    Or RedDwarf has a gecko-mediaplayer

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    Default Re: Quicktime video files won't play in firefox

    Hi Caf4926,

    I have them both installed and up to date from packman but video's still don't play directly on Apple's website.
    If I download the video's, I can play them.

    Anyhow, I'm not really bothered by it anymore as everything else seems to work.
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    Default Re: Quicktime video files won't play in firefox

    I have mplayerplug-in installed, but I thought the same was also true for gecko-mediaplayer, where one needs the firefox addon "user agent" installed in order to fool the quicktime site into streaming the video.

    User agent site here: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/59

    and my custom user agent settings for this are here:


    Then prior to visiting the specific trailer, select the user agent one has created (in my case I called the agent quicktime and I would select that, but I could have given it another name instead).

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    Hi oldcpu,

    I just tried the user agent switcher with your settings and it still doesn't work. Thanks anyway.

    I don't know if others can play the videos on apples site Apple (United Kingdom) - Find Out How - Mac Basics but nothing I've tried works.

    Ultimately it doesn't matter as I can easily download and play them if I really need to.
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    Default Re: Quicktime video files won't play in firefox

    Quote Originally Posted by david71 View Post
    Hi oldcpu,

    I just tried the user agent switcher with your settings and it still doesn't work. Thanks anyway.

    I don't know if others can play the videos on apples site Apple (United Kingdom) - Find Out How - Mac Basics but nothing I've tried works.

    Ultimately it doesn't matter as I can easily download and play them if I really need to.
    Yes, I just tested that URL, and it works with the settings I noted above in my post. That is using the mplayerplug-in and firefox (I'm using version 3.5.3 of firefox).

    BEFORE visiting the site, I select my "quicktime" user agent setting (which basically tells the Apple (UK) web site to stream video as if my PC is a WindowsNT-5.1 Service Pack 3 PC running netscape). Then I go to the site and it "just works".

    I also have libquicktime0-1.1.3-100.pm.102.23 installed from Packman, but I don't know if that is relevant. mplayerplug-in and mplayer (from Packman) likely do all the work together with firefox (and user agent to ensure the apple site streams the video).

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldcpu View Post
    I have mplayerplug-in installed, but I thought the same was also true for gecko-mediaplayer, where one needs the firefox addon "user agent" installed in order to fool the quicktime site into streaming the video.
    Since version 0.9.8 gecko-mediaplayer automatically changes the user-agent for the apple website.

    Quote Originally Posted by david71 View Post
    I don't know if others can play the videos on apples site Apple (United Kingdom) - Find Out How - Mac Basics
    Yes, it works with both Firefox 3.5.3 and Konqueror 4.3.2.

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