Get Hulu content on your iPhone / iPod Touch by using screen recording

Feb 26, 2010 - 3 Comments

hulu on iphone logo While everyone continues to wait for an official Hulu app for the iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad/whatever, you can beat them to the punch and get Hulu content on your iPhone now for free, using Snow Leopard!

This is a pretty crafty approach and it requires several things:
* Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard installed
* Latest version of QuickTime Player (with Screen Recording support)
* Hulu Desktop client for Mac (for easy full-screen mode)
* The audio recording utility called SoundFlower (so you can record system audio while a screencast is going on)

In case you hadn’t guessed it yet, after you’ve met the above installation requirements, you basically just set your audio output device to SoundFlower, launch the Hulu app and get your show queued up, then from within QuickTime Player you start a new screen recording and start playing the Hulu show… afterwards simply go through the saved screencast and trim out the desktop stuff you don’t want, and then save the file as iPhone format… crafty huh?

You can see the full walkthrough at SampleTheWeb: How to use Snow Leopard to Record Hulu Content on your iPhone [ screenshot borrowed from SampleTheWeb ]

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Posted by: Manish Patel in How to, iPad, iPhone, Snow Leopard

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  1. michelle says:

    Its a lot easier than you think to get hulu on an iphone.

    The apps not done yet but we hope to have it in the app store soon..

    How does it work, you can get hulu on an xbox or ps3 using a server like playon that already converts hulu content on the server side .

    The problem is the iphone can’t handle the mpeg2 format the server puts out for the ps3, xbox and tv’s.

    Not yet that is.

    http://web.me.com/cannonwc/Site/Photos_8.html

    Probably be wi-fi only , Apple won’t let many apps stream over 3g unless they use their http live streaming format, almost no one supports yet.

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  3. Fishcake21 says:

    Too bad quicktime’s own recording doesn’t even record content at a decent 30fps framerate, and to top it off, since flash is non supportive gpu wise on macs, it eats up alot of cpu power making it laggy

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