metaTED is a tool that makes it easy to download all of the `TED talks`_. It does so by creating over 8 `metalinks`_ of TED talks varying in both the quality levels and possible talk groupings by directory. Features include: * Creates talks with informative file names - i.e. ``Unconventional Explanations/Hans Rosling on HIV - New facts and stunning data visuals.mp4`` instead of original ``HansRosling_2009_480.mp4``. * Tries hard to get all of the talks, or at least most of them - with a good reason if some have failed. * More choice - creates one metalink per available quality level (currently low, standard and high). * More choice - creates one metalink per available talk grouping, with all talks belonging to the same group placed inside a common directory. The possible talk groupings are extracted from talks metadata (currently filming/publishing year, talk theme and author). * Aggressive caching throughout the project, to avoid expensive network/CPU operations as much as possible. Proper cache invalidation included. * High levels of fault tolerance. * Simple, yet powerful homegrown web crawler. * Flexible and extensible software design with changes in mind. * Provides both the console script and a public API. .. _metalinks: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metalink .. _TED talks: http://www.ted.com/ Downloading TED talks ===================== If you just want to `download TED talks`_, you don't need to install this package, or even Python. All you need to do is get a `download client that supports the Metalink standard`_ and choose one of the `daily updated metalinks`_. .. _download TED talks: http://metated.petarmaric.com/ .. _download client that supports the Metalink standard: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metalink#Client_programs .. _daily updated metalinks: http://metated.petarmaric.com/ Installing and running metaTED ============================== metaTED is available as an `easy-install`_-able package, you can install it with ``easy_install -U metaTED``, or ``pip install metaTED`` if you have `pip`_. You can run it with ``metaTED``, or ``metaTED -h`` to get help and the list of all available options. The project itself is `hosted on bitbucket`_, from where you can get the code and report bugs. .. _easy-install: http://peak.telecommunity.com/DevCenter/EasyInstall .. _pip: http://pip.openplans.org/ .. _hosted on bitbucket: http://bitbucket.org/petar/metated/ New in metaTED 1.0.8 ==================== * Updated video download markers as TED updated their HTML layout and introduced a new video quality level.