Can’t get enough of those high resolution movie trailers on Apple.com or Yahoo? If you’re running Media Browser there may be a cure. A simple program called HD Movie Trailer Downloader will give you a complete list of movie trailers available and give you the option to download them in any number of resolutions. The app is fairly handy for anyone looking to download recent movie trailers in HD to their box without sifting through the Apple or Yahoo websites.
To get started download the program from the HD Movie Trailer Downloader site and extract the files into a new folder on your hard drive. After that just run the GUI.exe file to launch the download utility. On the first run you’ll be presented with some options to fill in including the default folder in which to place downloaded trailers.
You’ll also notice an option for creating a MyMovies.xml file containing synopsis information, however, this option didn’t work properly with Media Browser beta 11 and should probably just be turned off.
After setting up the initial options select “Web” from the menu then the service you’d prefer and finally the quality of videos to pull information for. If you’d only like to see trailers available in HD, select “Read HD Current List” to pull only the current HD trailers. Later you’ll have the option of downloading trailers in different formats, this is just for retrieving information from the website.
From here, browse through the available movies and double-click a movie’s poster to bring up more detailed information. A dialog containing the movie’s title, synopsis information, cast, genre and more. Near the bottom of this window is where you’ll find the button to begin downloading the trailer.
Once you’ve chosen the trailer to begin downloading you’ll have the option of selecting the source and resolution you’d like to download. You will also notice several options in the download window that seem to be currently unused including Download Type and the option to “Immediately download the Trailer”. Neither of these seems to effect the downloading process and all files are downloaded immediately.
To view currently downloading files select “Web > Downloads” from the menu at the top.
Once your trailers have finished downloading be sure that Media Browser is set to access the new trailers folder using the Media Browser configuration utility. After that reopen Media Browser to browse through your new collection of High Definition movie trailers.
Unfortunately, although the ability to display movie trailers inside the information window of Media Browser was introduced recently HD Movie Trailer Downloader doesn’t currently have built-in support to add the proper information to the XML. Also, the seemingly lacking ability to retrieve older titles makes this somewhat irrelevant. HD Movie Trailer Downloader seems to only be able to retrieve movie trailers that have recently been released.
In the end, HD Movie Trailer Downloader is a nice little program for those who love to browse through the latest high definition movie trailers on Apple or Yahoo’s website but the lack of support from inside Media Center and no selection of older movies makes it somewhat of a pain at this point. In the future however, the author intends to add support for automatically downloading new trailers as well as a few other features that will certainly add quite a bit of value to this little tool.
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