How to watch Facebook videos

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Raymond Martin

17 Jun, 2013 02:49 PM

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Hi Cameron
Thanks for the new trouble ticket. I am a facebook user and would
like to view my and other videos. Only in the last month have I got
a lame
message on firefox telling me to update flash player. The update
does not work on the old power PC mini mac, only intel
architecture. I was hoping 10 four would allow
me to play the data behind the php code and as you say not all
Facebook is supported. It seems more and more applications are
dependent on intel architecture.
Like the Australia Tax Office tax return program. I have Dell 8400
beside my desk that would install a new linux. Would firefox or
10_04 play facebook videos on that.
It already has windows XP and a corrupted SUSE 10.2. I really do
not want to be force to buy a new minimac yet.

Raymond Martin
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  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Chris (chtrusch... on 17 Jun, 2013 03:00 PM

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    [original message]

    Hi Cameron
    Thanks for the new trouble ticket. I am a facebook user and would
    like to view my and other videos. Only in the last month have I got
    a lame
    message on firefox telling me to update flash player. The update
    does not work on the old power PC mini mac, only intel
    architecture. I was hoping 10 four would allow
    me to play the data behind the php code and as you say not all
    Facebook is supported. It seems more and more applications are
    dependent on intel architecture.
    Like the Australia Tax Office tax return program. I have Dell 8400
    beside my desk that would install a new linux. Would firefox or
    10_04 play facebook videos on that.
    It already has windows XP and a corrupted SUSE 10.2. I really do not want to be force to buy a new minimac yet.


    Raymond, all Facebook videos as far as I know require the Flash plugin (embedded YouTube videos can be watched on YouTube with HTML5, though). Even if plugins were supported in TenFourFox, FB videos still wouldn't work because they require Flash 10.2 or later (maybe even 11.0 by now). The final Flash version for PPC Macs is 10.1.
    Now what can you do?

    • download the video using this website: http://www.downvids.net and watch it offline. It can download the HD version also, and it can even download private videos without breaching anyone's password safety.

    • watch the video in Safari or another browser using a PPC Flash version that was hacked to present itself as Flash 11 or newer. Remember, this is still Flash 10.1 in reality, and none of its security holes are fixed. See http://lowendmac.com/2013/flash-11-hack-for-powerpc-updated-to-11-7

    Regarding the QuickTime Enabler: If you try the QuickTime Enabler to "Open Link in QuickTime" directly in your newsfeed, it will try to load the .php website (e.g. https://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10151706694026241) that has the video embedded. There seems to be a Flash container and a plain .mp4 video inside the Flash container. The URL for the .mp4 is given in the source, but scrambled in a way QuickTime doesn't understand, e.g. https%3A%5C%2F%5C%2Ffbcdn-video-a.akamaihd.net%5C%2Fhvideo-ak-ash4%5C%2Fv%5C%2F753426_10151706699351241_348795220_n.mp4
    This is something a human or a machine can reconstruct into a real URL (https://fbcdn-video-a.akamaihd.net/hvideo-ak-ash4/v/753426_10151706...) which could be fed into QuickTime if Facebook didn't add some authorization (?) stuff after the .mp4 bit. I think Facebook video support (in the way YouTube is supported) will be very hard or impossible to implement in the QuickTime Enabler.

    And yes, Firefox on x86 Linux will play Facebook videos because Adobe supports Flash for this platform. The latest version is 11.2.

  2. 2 Posted by loanemu on 29 May, 2015 11:43 PM

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