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PPC Media Center 7.x - YouTube Streamer, Downloader, & Convertor

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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
PPCMC-7.1.5.dmg (97.43 MB)
MD5: f8011ae70bb0ddf45cad0eadfe9a2e8b
For Mac OS X
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
ppcmc-7.1.5-src.tar_.gz (68.70 MB)
MD5: d2d949b223ac5ff802520396e7e7f922
For Mac OS X
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PPCMC is compiled for Mac OS X 10.3.9 and G3/G4/G5 processors. It is compatible with Mac OS X 10.3.9-10.6.8. For Intel Macs, Rosetta is required to run PPCMC.

--Integrates with Safari to obtain URL's automatically.
--Stream live streams in VLC media player.
--Stream YouTube videos in VLC or QuickTime.
--Download YouTube videos.
--Download and convert YouTube videos to various formats, including ones compatible with Mac OS 8.6 and QuickTime 6.
--Convert existing media files to Mac OS 8.6/QuickTime 6 compatible formats.
--Use a web interface over your local network that has 100% compatibility in Classilla, Netscape 4, Internet Explorer 5, and TenFourFox.
--Download URLs with TLS 1.3 support.
--Access the modern programs used by PPCMC in a window.

**More Info**
Originally created by 'Hugh Downs' with contributions from Dan at ppclundite, PowerPC Media Center was in development for 6 years until the last final update.

For Installation Instructions, read INSTALL.txt

For Usage, read FEATURES.txt

**LATEST NEWS 7.1.5 (5/11/2020)**
-Fixed 160p stream option

** 7.1.4 (5/10/2020)**
-Added live streaming support thanks to wicknix on the MacRumors Forums. His method allows streaming live streams with VLC 0.8.6i, the last VLC version released for Mac OS X 10.3.9 panther.
-Enabled Zlib in FFMPEG compile.
-More efficient functions in app.
-Added YouTube video streaming support for VLC.
For complete changelog since version 7.0, read NEWS.txt.

**Bundled Binaries**
PPCMC contains:

-OpenSSL 1.1.1g (latest).
-Curl 7.70.0 (latest).
-FFMPEG 4.2.2 (latest).
-Python 2.7.18 (latest Python 2 branch).
-LAME 3.99.5 (second to latest released).
-Zlib 1.2.11 (latest).
-Mozilla's Certificate Authority Certificates PEM extracted by the Curl project (latest).
-Bzip2 1.0.8 (latest).
-YouTube-dl version 2020.05.03 (latest).
-AtomicParsley 0.9.0(latest).

Latest refers to the current version of a program at the time of the last PPCMC release (5/11/2020)

PPCMC is released into the public domain. For more information, read LICENSE.txt.

Architecture: PPC

G3/G4/G5 w/ Mac OS X 10.3.9-10.5.8. G4 744MHZ+ recommended.


alexfree's picture
by alexfree - 2020, May 8 - 11:43am

Great idea, if download fails then revert. I’ll add it in the next version. I’ll see if TenFourFox supports AppleScript and add it in if it does. I have a similar setup with one of my PPC Macs hooked up to my TV as well.

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by debian_i386 - 2020, May 8 - 4:12am

Hi Alexfree,

I use PPC Media Center pretty much on a daily basis since my PowerBook G4 is connected to my analog TV set. At the moment, it is what I use for watching TV, and I enjoy using PPC Media Center for streaming YouTube on my PowerBook G4.

One suggestion I have is that when updating youtube-dl through the GUI, ppc media center should make a back up of the original youtube-dl script. I say this because earlier today, github was having S3 authentication issues and it resulted in the youtube-dl update script downloading the S3 error page and overwriting youtube-dl script.

"Integrates with Safari to obtain URL's automatically."

Are there any plans on integrating this with TenFourFox?

alexfree's picture
by alexfree - 2020, April 24 - 12:04am

Thank you! That means a lot.

OpenSourceMac's picture
by OpenSourceMac - 2020, April 18 - 11:38pm

This is actually doing better than Youtube-DLG for Linux/Windows. Have run into a few cases where the audio is not getting downloaded properly on that one, but on yours (at least at 1080p), it's grabbing just great.

alexfree's picture
by alexfree - 2020, April 4 - 8:25am

Glad you find it cool, still haven’t heard from Dan, hope he is doing okay.

OpenSourceMac's picture
by OpenSourceMac - 2020, April 3 - 4:10pm

Web Interface is Pretty BadAss! I find OS9 nearly unusable on the web, but for Panther - this is a GREAT option.

Europa's picture
by Europa - 2020, April 3 - 1:23pm

It's awesome! I like the progress on the download page Laughing out loud

alexfree's picture
by alexfree - 2020, April 3 - 2:32am

What do you think about the web interface?

OpenSourceMac's picture
by OpenSourceMac - 2020, March 24 - 3:39am

I think I'm too old to learn that! ;0p

alexfree's picture
by alexfree - 2020, March 23 - 3:31pm

I've learned a lot of applescript by just seeing how you accomplished things in 6.0 lite! Thanks, I'll run anything by you if I have questions.

Yea Dan's blog has the only torrent client I could find for Tiger that still works, I've read most of his blogs.

I'm sure you've already went through the build script+patches in the source, pretty neat huh? Didn't even use MacPorts, just plain old Xcode 2.5.

OpenSourceMac's picture
by OpenSourceMac - 2020, March 23 - 3:58am

Dan ROCKS! BTW, if you have any questions on Applescript - feel free to send them over. I'm not nearly as good as you at compiling, but with Applescript, have not really run into any problem not solvable.

alexfree's picture
by alexfree - 2020, March 23 - 3:01am

I really do appreciate your blessing on this, I’m glad you find it useful. I set out to make the best possible tool, I’m really happy with the QuickTime 6 settings. I’ve converted 87 music videos taking up about 9GBs that playback in Mac OS 9 so far.

You have given me an amazing software to work with, I actually didn’t know any AppleScript until I started working on this really.

I sent Dan an email, I’d love to explain the black magic behind this program!

OpenSourceMac's picture
by OpenSourceMac - 2020, March 21 - 4:08am

P.S. It is amazing how much you have done to spice this up. Very good work.

OpenSourceMac's picture
by OpenSourceMac - 2020, March 21 - 4:06am

His email can be found in the site:

alexfree's picture
by alexfree - 2020, March 20 - 4:28pm

Awesome! I just updated it to work as you suggested btw. How can I get in contact with Dan?

Bolkonskij's picture
by Bolkonskij - 2020, March 13 - 4:41pm

So just gave it a try. It works perfectly on my Power Mac G4 (Dual 1.67 Ghz) and OSX 10.4.11. No issues, everything clearly laid out. Thanks for picking up the project and continuing the good work - another step to keep our PowerPC Macs useful & online! Smile

OpenSourceMac's picture
by OpenSourceMac - 2020, March 13 - 2:36am

No worries - just curious!! Very gratified to see this get passed-on to a new set of hands. I just don't have the time to work on it anymore, but the need is there. BTW - Dan over at PPCLuddite would love to host this for you too and do an article on it. I told him about it, but I think he'd really enjoy corresponding with you!!

alexfree's picture
by alexfree - 2020, March 12 - 9:25pm

I’m pulling the best audio and video separately. Your right, I can just download the m4a and transcode to MP3 I’ll have it do that in 7.0.7.

OpenSourceMac's picture
by OpenSourceMac - 2020, March 12 - 4:38pm

The only thing I would inquire about is why you are making MP3s from 480p? You get MUCH better audio quality from 720P. OR are you pulling the audio and video streams separately? Because if so, you could dispense with the video portion all-together and save a lot of bandwidth (someone could simply download the video separately if they wish).

Oldyoungmac's picture
by Oldyoungmac - 2020, March 12 - 3:14pm

Very good tool. How can i change the download location ?