How to View OABS Media with Apple Macintosh Computers

Because of the number of Microsoft computers used by Internet users, and the cost of alternative methodologies, the media available at OABS is primarily designed to be viewed on Microsoft Windows computers. With a little effort most Macintosh users should be able to view media at OABS.

If you have an Apple Mac follow the steps below to view media from our pages. You should be able to view most new media at OABS, but media produced several years ago may not be viewable due to codec issues.

Steps to view OABS media with a Mac:

  1. If you are already able to view media at OABS, don't change the way you get our media. These instructions should be used only when you are having problems.
  2. You will need to download and install the Windows Media Player 9 for Mac OS X. (Flip4Mac is not able to play the audio that we use at OABS.)
  3. If you use the Safari browser, don't left click our media links. If you do, Safari will try to play the media within the browser using a QuickTime plug-in. Instead right click on the link, and select "Download linked file as" and download the linked file to a convenient place on your computer, such as the desktop. Safari by default will save the file to a file with a double extension of "asx.asf." This is a stub file used to point find the stream on our media server. You can practice this step with this link.
  4. Now right click on the stub file icon, and find the "Windows Media Player.app" item within the "Open with" menu. Windows Media Player will open and play the selected media. If you saved the link in step 3, use the stub file you saved to test this step.
  5. If you use a Firefox browser with OABS, playing our media will be a little easier. Simply click the link to the media you want to view. Windows Media Player will open and play the selected media. Click on this link if you are using Firefox to test.

For the advanced user:

If you are of the adventuresome sort, you can take one more step to configure the QuickTime Player plug-in so that Safari will automatically download our media stubs instead trying to play them when our media links are left clicked. The trick is to disable the media types that correspond to Windows Media types. Follow these steps, if you wish to do this:

  1. Find com.apple.quicktime.plugin.preferences.plist in the ~/Library/Preferences folder (where "~" represents your home folder.
  2. Make a copy of this file in case you make a mistake, and want to get back to the original settings.
  3. Open the original file in the Property List Editor. Double clicking on the filename should do this.
  4. Drill down into the WebPluginMIMETypes item.
  5. Now look for the "audio/" and "video/" MIME types that contain characters that indicate that they are Microsoft types. They will have the characters "x-ms-" immediately following the slash ("/") character.
  6. In each of these MIME types uncheck the check box labeled "WebPluginTypeEnabled."
  7. Save the file back with the same name into the ~/Library/Preferences folder.

Once this has been done you can click on our media links within Safari and instead of it trying to open those files within the browser using the QuickTime plug-in, it will download a file into your download folder. You can then right click on that file and select Windows Media Player in the "Open with" menu.

Conclusion:

It took us a while and a good bit of work to make our media available on Apple Macs, but we hope you will be able to view our media now. If you still have difficulty getting our media, let us know what you are trying to view or the page that is giving you a problem, and we will do what we can to help.