Download Apple Events in 4K
Apple’s latest events have been streamed and uploaded to their website in full 4K! These are very simple to download, with just one command
Step 1: Check you have ffmpeg
You’ll need ffmpeg to download these events. To check if it’s installed on your system, just open a Terminal and type
ffmpeg. If you see
ffmpeg version x.x.x Copyright 2000-2021 the FFmpeg developers you’re good to go. Skip to step 2.
If that command produced an error, you don’t have
If you have Homebrew installed, just enter
brew install ffmpeg. If you don’t have Homebrew, you can follow this StackExchange answer to install it another way.
Update September 2021: I found that the latest version of ffmpeg would give an error when trying to download an event. This was on an M1 Mac, so may be related to that (although does not occur when running under Rosetta). You may need to uninstall ffmpeg, and install an older version. 2.8 worked for me —
brew install email@example.com.
Step 2: Find and download the event
Simply copy the command below for the event you want to download, and paste it into a Terminal:
“California Streaming” — September 2021
ffmpeg -i 'https://p-events-delivery.akamaized.net/1608dybnfpdpxtjascmtuvqexvyggavm/m3u8/vod_index-sMoFLPWqoKYiqpMDonkKjMGsbqGnKWso.m3u8' -c copy Sept2021.mp4
“Spring Loaded” — April 2021
ffmpeg -i ‘https://p-events-delivery.akamaized.net/2503gakrdvgbtjurznurjjqymkcddibq/m3u8/vod_index-K6CoBBbf8HHUAvAfk9LyGj2iaPiGyi9d.m3u8' -c copy Apr2021.mp4
Note: for this event, it took two attempts to get a full file to download. This seems to be an issue with the Apple stream file, however myself and multiple others have succeeded after trying again
“One More Thing” — November 2020
ffmpeg -i https://p-events-delivery.akamaized.net/2010ayctcrodak763xivpxn4htcuhco9/m3u8/vod_index-2MxnV7vcNFJoAHxqBcV9CU3w3JsXVVgh.m3u8 -c copy Nov2020.mp4
“Hi, Speed” — October 2020
ffmpeg -i https://p-events-delivery.akamaized.net/2109isftrwvmiekgrjkbbhxhfbkxjkoj/m3u8/vod_index.m3u8 -c copy Oct2020.mp4
“Time Flies” — September 2020
ffmpeg -i https://p-events-delivery.akamaized.net/1108byjxmnoakagswdphbwatymztxxew/m3u8/vod_index.m3u8 -c copy Sept2020.mp4
WWDC20 Keynote — June 2020
ffmpeg -i https://p-events-delivery.akamaized.net/2605bdtgclbnfypwzfkzdsupvcyzhhbx/m3u8/hls_vod_mvp.m3u8 -c copy WWDC20.mp4
I’ll keep this article updated as Apple host new events, and if the commands stop working. Let me know if you have any problems!