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It seems like everyone these days wants to download videos to watch and share from sites like YouTube, Google Video, MetaCafe, DailyMotion, Veoh, Break, and a ton of other similar sites. Whether you want to download video on your iPod while working out, insert it into a PowerPoint presentation to add some spice, or simply download a video before it’s removed, it’s quite essential to know how to download, convert, and play these videos.

There are basically two ways how to download videos off the Internet and that’s how I’ll split up this post: either via a web app or via a desktop application. Personally, I like the web applications better simply because you don’t have to clutter up and slow down your computer with all kinds of software!

Video downloaders for your desktop

If you prefer to have a desktop application that can download videos for you, check out the following list:

1. Freecorder – This is a handy browser extension that supports Google Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer on any PC with Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP. Once installed, Freecorder will provide several downloading options; including downloading videos from YouTube and other video-sharing sites, records songs and any audio from just about any site, and finally, downloads torrents as well.
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2. Orbit Downloader – It can download videos and music from MySpace, YouTube, Pandora, Rapidshare, and lots more. It’s good but it might try to install junkware during setup.

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3. VDownloader – A small little application that can download videos from many sites and converts them to AVI or MPG format.

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4. VideoDownloader – A useful FireFox add-on that supports more than 60 video sharing sites. It can also download other objects on a web page, such as movies, MP3s, flash files, and Quicktime movies directly.

5. Ares Tube – Another popular video download application that is very small and very easy to use. You can download videos in batches by entering URLs into a queue and Ares Tube can convert them into different formats such as iPod, MP4, MPG, etc.

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6. YouTubeGrabber – Not a very fancy program, it simply takes your URL and downloads the file. No conversion is done and you’ll need to install an FLV player to watch the videos.

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7. KeepV – Downloads videos from YouTube, MySpace, and Google and converts them to either MOV, 3GP, AVI, iPod, or PSP format.

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Free Web services to download videos from video-sharing sites

ClipNabber allows you to download videos from YouTube, Metacafe, etc by simply copying and pasting the URL. You’ll then get a link whereby you can download video files to your computer, iPod, iPhone, or any other media player. You’ll need to have an FLV player for the YouTube videos. Quick and very easy to use!

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Zamzar is a free online file conversion web application that can not only convert videos off the Internet to AVI, MPEG, 3GP, MP4, MOV, etc, but also converts between audio, image, and document formats. Paste the URL into Step 1 and then convert the file to your favorite format.

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Vixy.net is another site that not only downloads videos online, but will also convert them AVI, MOV, MP4, 3GP, or MP3 (if you want to extract the audio from the file). Using this site, you don’t have to worry about downloading a FLV player as you can convert it to Windows format. (Same as Zamzar)

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KeepVid also supports just about any video sharing site out there and the only difference about this site is that it also has a Top Videos section, so you can quickly download the most watched videos around the web.

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Media Converter is similar to ZamZar and vixy.net, but requires you to create an account and log in. Also, it seems like it only supports downloading and converting videos from YouTube. You can also download their video download program, but it only supports 5 sites.

Hey! Watch is an online video encoding web service that encodes video into different formats including HD very quickly. The graphical interface is very nice and there are lots of features and options, such as the ability to download videos from the web directly to an FTP server or to online storage.

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YoutubeX, as the name suggests, allows you to download videos from YouTube. Obviously, it only supports YouTube, but it has a couple of other features, such as the ability to play your video on the site and find popular videos quickly.

VideoRonk searches across multiple video-sharing sites such as Google Video, YouTube, MetaCafe and DailyMotion to find the most popular videos on each of them. You can either watch them on VideoRonk or download them to your computer in FLV format.

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VidDownloader supports about 10 sites including the major ones and can download videos in DivX AVI format. It’s very easy to use and can also extract only the audio from a video by choosing “Just Audio” on the download page. You don’t have to worry about having an FLV player since it converts the files to Windows format.

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Kcoolonline: According to their web site, they support more than 98 video sites including MySpace, CollegeHumor, iFilm, etc. You’ll have to rename the files you download from YouTube with the .FLV extension at the end.

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Uziek is a foreign site, but is easy to use and supports most of the major sites. You can also download a free FLV player off their site to play videos from YouTube.

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DownThisVideo has a nice tag cloud at the top that you can click on to find videos quickly. From what I could tell, this site is mostly used by Japanese because the popular videos are mostly Anime, etc. However, you can still use it to download any YouTube video.

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Hopefully, using one of the tools above, you can download videos you want! I’m sure the arsenal of web services and desktop apps will grow, so this list will be updated as needed.

  1. Mark
    November 22, 2015 at 12:32 am

    So, now it's October 2015 and I'm now seeing this article and glad of it. I've had to have Windows 7 reinstalled on my computer because Windows 10 Upgrade is full of problems-80% of upgraders crash and have to have this expensive redo. Anyway, I am looking for video download software and I'm grateful for this old article. Yes, many changes happened since 2007, but is that a surprise to anyone? There are good leads and I'm not willing to download freeware just because it's mentioned here, but at least I know what software to check out. THANKS, Asheem. -- MARK

  2. Nate
    December 30, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Did you bother to test any of these before you unleashed them on your readers who trust you? Freecorder was blocked by my security software ESET. I did it anyway because I trusted that Makeuseof wouldn't post malware. But alas, it's a scam. All it does it install pop ups into your browser and if you try to actually download a video, it tries to get you to download some other file to do it. Now I have to waste my day trying to figure out how to get rid of this thing.

  3. JK III
    February 4, 2010 at 3:16 am

    Wow, 3 years and this post is still getting comments!

    The following links no longer work:

    - videoronk
    - viddownloader
    - youtubeX
    - hey watch (the link is fine but it appears the website requires you to pay and sign up)
    - Video Downloader (firefox addon)

  4. Streaming Movies Free
    January 27, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Thanks, Very useful list

  5. Toms
    January 13, 2010 at 3:17 am

    Hello ... who knows how to download from porno tube site ???
    Please wrhite to my e-maile adress .... :)

    Thank's a lot

    • Lenard Hill
      July 16, 2015 at 12:22 pm

      Ever hear of kodi ? Go here http://kodi.tv/download/. You can watch just about any movie free. Can be added to pc tv box ]cell phone etc.

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  6. Jamie
    January 9, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    For those using Internet Explorer I recommend using the browser addon IE Downloadhelper

    http://ie-downloadhelper.com

  7. Mr. X
    January 1, 2010 at 11:55 am

    To whomever it may concern:My previous comment (as well as this one) was left by automated spamming software. I just took a look at some of the sites that it hit and I see that it seems to have left comments in inappropriate places that made the comments themselves seem pretty damn insensitive. I just wanted to clear up the fact that I never actually read any of the posts and I'm really not a horrible person - It was all done automatically by a robot that left a comment on a bunch of blog posts that contained the phrase "my life sucks". I sincerely apologize if I offended anyone - I'm just a spammer who was trying to get links to his site.If you haven't already, you should probably delete the original comment, along with this one.

  8. Trisha
    December 29, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    This is really helpful, thank you! Can you tell me which of these would convert to mp4 with the most clarity? I'm using zamzar right now, but the quality of the finished product is a little sub-par.

  9. pheonix2001
    December 16, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    Another cool service for downloding Youtube, Google, Metacafe and others videos is GetVideoOnline.com

  10. Nicole
    December 16, 2009 at 3:05 am

    Thanks! These really helped. I really liked the Zamzar thingy. Very useful. :-)

  11. Mark
    December 13, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Download helper is an awesome F.R.E.E. program for downloading videos from the net.
    I love it and highly recommend it.

  12. 5inister
    December 5, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    If you're a linux user try retrieving videos as sudo or su from '/tmp'. Video files will usually end in .flv

  13. Salvio
    November 29, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    A good way to convert videos in youtube to many formats is in this sites

    http://www.freefileconvert.com and
    http://www.convertvideotoaudio.com

    They are fast and easy to use.

  14. Guest
    November 29, 2009 at 9:24 am

    Save Video plugin for Internet Explorer can download it.
    http://www.savevideoplugin.com
    This plugin able to download from little know and new sites.

  15. Watching Movies Free
    November 22, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    Hello all:

    Nice list. These websites will allow you to view movies right from the website, and stream them to the computer. Another very effective way of downloading and viewing the best movies is using torrents and or newsgroups.

    Torrents come from sites like http://www.PirateBay.org as well as http://www.IsoHunt.com

    Both of these have excellent content. The downside is that you must be careful when you're looking through the content, and to only download content that's been shared, and has posts saying that it's ok to download.

    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/the-big-book-of-bittorrent-free-pdf/

    Check this out to learn more about it. Another "makeuseof" article! It attaches a great ebook about downloading content from torrents.

    The other method is newsgroups. I recommend newsgroups because they are the safest and fastest way to download content that I've found. I don't have a guide for this one, but someone may be able to find one. Only downside, is it costs money to purchase a "news reader". If someone would like me to elaborate more on this method, I can!

    Britt

  16. ric
    November 12, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    im trying to download videos off tv shack onto realplayer but it only downloads half of it and not all of it. any suggestions why its doing that ?

  17. Garrett Green
    October 20, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    how do you import videos you've downloaded via clip nabber to itunes on a mac?

  18. Danial
    October 8, 2009 at 9:26 am

    can you send a nice proxy forme ? tank you

  19. Danial
    October 8, 2009 at 8:27 am

    tank you
    for your information in your site
    i wish for you sucsesfuly in your life

  20. shane
    October 7, 2009 at 10:05 am

    @litlang:

    I tried the video with Realplayer SP which supports most formats and even that player isnt able to download the video. Some content owners protect their video with DRM (digital rights management) to prevent anybody from recording the content. So unfortunately it seems you wont be able to get a copy of that exercise video

    Shane

  21. ted
    October 3, 2009 at 7:15 am

    the best free way: vdownloader.es/

  22. Rob
    September 25, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Vdownloader's address is now Vdownloader.com. This should prolly b updated?

  23. LitLang
    September 19, 2009 at 9:39 am

    Hi! This is an awesome article, but I have a problem that remains unsolved. I have tried every method and every Site that I have come across to download this exercise video - but no luck to date. Can someone PLEASE help? The video is here: realage.com/videos/#v16661820001
    Thanks in advance - to anyone who can help!

  24. soumer
    September 13, 2009 at 11:46 am

    hello, can you tell me how can i download the YouTube FLV Converter for Mac???

  25. Samaran
    September 11, 2009 at 11:46 am

    I can't seem to find anything that will download the videos from

    http://www.frontlinefootball.com/Video-Stories/tor-euro-88-film/

    any ideas? Thanks in advance for the help!

  26. tubertu
    September 3, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    One more is missing. Its the best. Just add "download-" to the video you are watching and it will download it.

    download-youtube.com/: download youtube videos

  27. downloadyoutubevideos
    August 17, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    http://www.downloadyoutubevideos.tv/ is allowing to download all your favorite videos in different formats, you can download in hd,flash ,or even for ur psp,ipod,iphone etc

  28. vicky
    August 16, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    hi i want to frindship u

  29. krant
    August 2, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    dirpy.com supports the downloading of all the youtube quality formats like low, high, and HD. also lets you convert the videos to mp3's with a ton of options. definitely the best

  30. danutza
    July 23, 2009 at 4:42 am

    tubeminator.com is the fastest and easiest tubeminator.com youtube, vimeo, dailymotion, break etc video downloader and converter on the internet.

  31. Daniyal
    July 14, 2009 at 5:47 am

    Thank you so much

  32. kourtney
    July 8, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    thanks this helped
    i used ClipNabber and i love it

  33. dave
    July 5, 2009 at 7:19 am

    hi..

    try http://hold-tube.com.. it supports popular video site such as youtube, google, megavideo and many more... supports with many format (flv, mp4, mpeg, mov, HQ and HD)

  34. amethyst leigh
    June 29, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    you need to find a program so that u can download
    movies off of watch-movies-links.net

  35. licu
    June 21, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    thank you!

  36. clour
    June 15, 2009 at 8:36 am

    Very informative post really

  37. Dowvid - Download Video
    May 28, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    I like this simple web application for download videos from youtube, It only need a copy and paste of the videos urls :D
    Thanks for share this list.

  38. Marat
    May 27, 2009 at 4:30 am

    @LivMay

    Download it from here

    If it doesnt work, download DownloadHelper extension from firefox addons, it will help

  39. LivMay
    May 26, 2009 at 4:03 am

    I wanted to download this video
    vanityfair.com/online/culture/2008/11/10/behindthescenes-at-our-twilight-photo-shoot-extended-and-uncut.html
    but I dont know how can anyone please help me ?

  40. Josh
    May 23, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    i found an easier and faster way...

    This Zillatube downloads the video so easily and quickly.. and also plays them for you...

    found it at http://www.zillatube.com

  41. Amy
    May 18, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    can i use any of them on my iphone?? i never tried it but can you really download videos on iphone, or there is software i'v to install first

  42. jake
    May 17, 2009 at 2:13 am

    one that i use is 2convert.net. they have a shortcut that you click on when viewing a youtube video but it's not working at the moment. you can still use the site using copy and paste. very good

  43. Liza
    May 13, 2009 at 8:58 am

    Free IE add-on

    download.cnet.com/Free-YouTube-Video-Downloader/3000-12512_4-10904885.html?tag=mncol

  44. Chickenwuss
    May 4, 2009 at 11:40 am

    My question is will any of these also allow me to record videos from Nico Nico Douga?

  45. VirginTech
    May 4, 2009 at 3:07 am

    Very informative post really!

  46. Lynn LU
    May 3, 2009 at 2:41 am

    For mac users

    You doesn't need a software to download YouTube Videos from http://www.youtube.com, just Safari.

    How to download YouTube Videos by Safari on Mac for free.

  47. daisy
    May 1, 2009 at 3:55 am

    pls someone should help me in fastest way to download a 9hours video in some mins

  48. Hitler
    April 28, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    none of them free none of them work none of them good

  49. Nazo400
    April 25, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Can some1 tell me which 1 is the correct source url?
    I'm using Pandora.tv
    http://www.pandora.tv/my.undefined/31699339
    http://www.pandora.tv/2156775

    I don't know...

    Note: anyone having problems watching videos on Pandora?

  50. Nazo400
    April 25, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Does anyone know of a downloader for Pandora??? I really want 2 watch this: http://www.pandora.tv/my.undefined/31699339 but I can't seem 2 get it to download or be able to watch (I did get Gintama Op7 2 load) Please let me know!! I don't know if I have the url wrong....

  51. strawberry pie
    April 17, 2009 at 9:23 am

    I want to ask if all of these sites and the ones you guys came up with is illegal?

  52. Matt
    March 3, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    I have tried numerous ways to get this video off this website. I have tried using the Apple-Option-A, I have tried various website and nothing has worked. The apple shortcut came up saying forbidden on a few of the links which I assumed to be the videos. Is there anyway I can get a video off this website?

  53. Stephen
    March 3, 2009 at 12:33 am

    Does anyone know how to download the clip from this site:

    http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi4053861145/

    I just tried all the links and none of them work. I guess the URL doesn't show up as a video. Anyone know how to help?

  54. shone
    February 26, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    How do i download movies off Legalmovies.tv//wat type of URL should I use to download any movies from Legalmovies.tv

  55. Michael Rohrer
    February 9, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    this is life to download videos and lots of people like to so help out here.

    This comes with FREE FREE FREE videos to share on a web site but I can't tell you. I'll get sue.

  56. Movie Downloads
    February 8, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Great site and list of resources. The only problem with many of these sites is that the quality of video is not going to be the greatest. However, there are other sites out there that you can download videos that are DVD quality.

    • Tari Akpodiete
      February 8, 2009 at 11:59 pm

      i see that you link to just such a site. and there's lots of software to rip dvds too. however, the point of the article is to help people who see a specific video on a specific site and want to get it. so far, i haven't found a way to get anything that is BrightCove hosted. nothing suggested, either in the post or in the comments worked.

  57. Sean Vater
    January 27, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Is there anything out there that will download anything playing on JustinTV? Thats what I'm really looking for....

  58. Bob
    January 26, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Sofie

    download and run revo uninstaller to see if it can find the program. It may be that you have deleted the links but not the program. If revo can't find it then go to your main drive and find the programs file look in there for neodownloader this is where orbit is hidden!

    Good luck

  59. Sofie
    January 24, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Hey.
    okay, i while ago i downloaded something called orbit. i didnt seem to work, so i deleted it again. but neów when i use vixynet.com and sites there reminds of vixynet, orbit pops up on my computer. i dont know what to do, because ive deleted EVERYTHING called orbit on my computer, and i cant download videos or songs form any website because of orbit.
    PLEASE HELP!

    thanks.

  60. jessy
    January 16, 2009 at 3:33 am

    If you want to convert your video into flash files, there’re several websites you can download. But most need to pay for it.

    1. http://www.flash-on-tv.com/video-to-flash.html#135

    Video Flash to Encode: It is powerful utility to convert video to flash, create stunning flash video easily and keep all the originals of video. (Have free trial)

    2. http://www.geovid.com/Video_to_Flash_Converter/

    Video to Flash Convertor: It is an easy to use program for converting your AVI digital video to SWF Flash format.

    3. http://www.wildform.com/

    Flash Text Effects Animator: Choose from over 400 animated text effects for your Flash or video projects, it can output to MOV, AVI, DV, and MP4 and video formats.

    I download this software’s demo, but I can’t install it because I don’t have registered and pay for it.

    4. http://www.blue-pacific.com/products/turbinevideo/download/default.htm

    Turbine Video Encoder 2.0: More than converting video to the universal Flash format, TVE can bring magic into your video with beautiful and sophisticated Flash video players, stunning visual FX, useful captioning and audio mixing capabilities.

    This software has two layers to operate it; I don’t like it very much.

    Just it is not simply enough.

  61. steadyboy
    January 7, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    Nice info. Thanks a lot!

  62. Smily
    January 6, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    They seem to have missed filsh.com

    It downloads from almost any site, and immediately converts it into several forms of video and audio. An added bonus for the video downloads, is an option of the ratio you want the video in such as 4:3 and 16:9

    Also, if you want to convert anything, use winff which is a free download.

  63. Sarah
    January 6, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    how do i make videos from other sites like cbc, to play on my computer and burn a a cd?

  64. Ray Summers
    December 29, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    You all are trying to do this the hard way by downloading. Just get a TV card for your computer and record what you are watching right on to a dvd or tape. Done and Done.

    • Tari Akpodiete
      December 29, 2008 at 11:04 pm

      truly a stupid/unhelpful/useless 'suggestion'. forget about anything interesting that one might stumble across online. it assumes that one sits in front of a tv all day every day. watching every channel in the world every language all at the same time. and who uses tape on a regular basis any more? would that be VHS or Beta, Ray?

    • Ray Summers
      December 30, 2008 at 5:33 pm

      ever heard of a timed recording on a dvd recorder, Tari? Can do the same on a vcr if you like to be that old-time. Just start it and go about your business. Maybe a little too technical for ya ?

    • Tari Akpodiete
      December 30, 2008 at 7:07 pm

      Ray, your follow up comment continues to illustrate the fact that you did not grasp the meaning of the original post, and further illustrates that your first comment was off the mark. no one was talking about using their computers or vcrs or dvd recorders. the point of the post was explain how to download video off the internet, and the questions in the comments are about that too. however, you had to come along and opine to people that they are doing it all wrong and then tell them the right way to do it even according to you even though you didn't get it and still don't. way to help people there, Ray. are you always so helpful?

  65. Teddy
    December 28, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    Hey can somebody help me out? Im trying to find a free software that can convert my files. The problem is that my video camera records in MOV. files and I have windows. Now I have at least 200 MOV videos and I want a program that can convert them ALL at once without me having to standby for hours. thanks

    • Mark O'Neill
      December 28, 2008 at 5:19 pm

      convert them ALL at ONCE? Do you realise how much CPU power that is likely to take up on your computer? It's better to do a few at a time.

      When you say "mov", do you mean Apple Quicktime "mov"? If so, try cocoonsoftware.com Quick Media Converter. I have been using this software for a long time to convert my files from one format to another and it is fantastic. But I doubt it can handle 200 files at once. Try doing 10 at a time.

  66. Oliver
    December 27, 2008 at 8:33 am

    I always use video-download-capture.com to download online videos

  67. Michel Morrissette
    December 24, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    I would like to know how to download video stream from cbs survivor & the amazing race

    Thank you Kindly

  68. Unknown
    December 21, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    makeusof rules but i tried Orbit, it sucks. The others are all rite.

  69. Allen McDonald, El Galloviejo
    December 21, 2008 at 5:15 am

    TubeHunter Ultra is not free yet it is free to try and will download most ANY video including streaming long running movies .

    neoretix.com/

  70. xiaowanzi
    December 16, 2008 at 7:20 am

    I heard that Aimersoft Video converter could Convert MKV files , is that true? thanks

  71. Tari Akpodiete
    December 15, 2008 at 5:05 am

    video hosted on Bright Cove is often quite a challenge to get. most programs and sites fail to get anything hosted on those servers most of the time.

  72. ally
    December 14, 2008 at 9:40 pm
  73. ally
    December 14, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    good share!

  74. amit
    December 12, 2008 at 6:56 am

    One of the major differences between the two mobile surfing giants is that Opera Mini requires the use of JavaScript in order to start up - this can easily interfere with loading speeds.

    Joel, Opera Mini requires Java & not Javascript. There's a world of a difference between too! :)

  75. Richard Hartman
    December 12, 2008 at 12:18 am

    thanks for the leads,here's the link for your free movie fix
    nosubscriptionrequired.net/

  76. Kitty
    December 10, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    if you want play the downloaded video for free, i recommend this one
    applemacvideo.com/free-mac-software.html#130

  77. lazerer
    December 8, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    Can I put the downloaded video to my iPod ?

  78. lazerer
    December 8, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    Thanks bro, it helps.

  79. pamela
    December 8, 2008 at 8:26 am

    startube.mobi is the site where we can search and download YOUTUBE videos without softwares (NO SOFTWARE NEEDED) just a click you can download it to your MOBILE PHONE, iPHONE and PC in the formats u like...

  80. submyt.com
    December 7, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    there is nice tools/websites for download FLV movies.

    Suraish Patel

  81. NORMAN
    November 22, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    i use http://vidney.com for download video of youtube on mp4, 3gp...

  82. Mariappan
    November 18, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    You leftout one important tool --- the URL Snooper

    URL Snooper was written to help users locate the urls of audio and video files so that they can be recorded.

    The goal of URL Snooper is to provide a one-stop easy solution to finding the URLs for all streams. It does this by watching network traffic and identifying potential urls, especially streaming media urls.

    Many links to streaming audio and video that you come across on the web are hidden behind javascript or activex scripts. Because of this, it is sometimes very difficult to figure out the actual urls that correspond to the streams being played.

    http://www.donationcoder.com/Software/Mouser/urlsnooper/help/index.html

  83. Adam
    November 16, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    MetaTuber.com - a new way to watch, discover, download and save your favorite YouTube videos!

  84. Tweakwindows
    November 16, 2008 at 12:19 am

    Yeah. Awesome collection of tools to download.Thanks a lot

  85. kaustubh
    November 15, 2008 at 4:57 am

    try videodownload helper extension for firefox......
    works like a charm........

  86. Louisa
    October 29, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    is there anyway that i can download movies from TV shack? i cant find anything that will allow me to!

  87. margaret
    October 25, 2008 at 2:41 am

    Does anyone know how to download video clips off romanian websites, I have tried various video grabbers but all just throw up errors that they do not understand the URL

  88. Pawan Kumar
    October 9, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    Hi..

    I want a Tool through which I can Dwonload any kind of Video from any web site easily & faster.

    Plase suggest me Some Options

    Thanx & regards

    Pawan Kumar

  89. Umar
    September 10, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    just so you know some of the links arent working anymore but this is a great post

  90. Kaps
    August 28, 2008 at 5:38 am

    Hi

    I found a software called Arache on tomatoapps.com. It seems to be able to download most of the online videos. Give it a try if you feel like it.

  91. lostguru585
    August 25, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    There's another Firefox extension now called Video DownloadHelper.
    As long as the site you're on has some type of streaming content, you can download it.

    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3006

  92. ddkrust
    June 26, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    I used to use tubezoid.com

  93. Andrew
    June 25, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    How would you download those "difficult multimedia files" that open in another window without Safari?

  94. jerry
    May 24, 2008 at 8:07 am

    extractyoutube.com - my favorite!

  95. maximillian_willy
    May 8, 2008 at 4:16 am

    Hey, guys! Check this out! This aTube Catcher got a bunch of site to DL from, nice isn't it?

    softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Video/Other-VIDEO-Tools/YouTube-Catcher.shtml

  96. steveking
    March 11, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    NG

  97. dave
    March 5, 2008 at 12:35 am

    another new video site is http://www.gisbornetv.com

  98. jack a
    February 28, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    Is there a way to capture part of a video embedded in a website? Or, pull just the video from an embedded website and then I can edit it?

    Nice article and very useful site...

  99. John
    February 15, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    Orbit Downloader is very nice, but it usually would bring down my FireFox 2 when ever it started. his vas on my new Vista machine. Not sure that it would have any problems on XP.

  100. Danbar
    February 6, 2008 at 9:08 am

    Is there a way i can d/load a divx movie that is playing on the net.. plz help me .... Thanks

  101. tadass
    January 30, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    http://www.extractvideo.com - here you can search, view and download YouTube, MetaCafe and Break.com videos.

  102. YouTubeLoader
    January 29, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    There is also a nice plugin available on YouTubeLoader.com to integrate into firefox, it allows you to add a download link under your YouTube clips. There is also a good tutorial on how to install it here. You really should try it. It makes downloading from YouTube so easy

  103. SLee
    January 25, 2008 at 1:16 am

    I am trying to download some music video from the site 56.com. I try most of the free site that is listed above, but it doesn't work. Is there any other way? Any help would be grateful. Thanks.

    • Aibek
      January 25, 2008 at 11:08 am

      Check othe the link in the comment above. It lists one app, know as FreeMusicZilla, it should work.

  104. Mac
    January 12, 2008 at 12:50 am

    YOU DON'T REALLY NEED ANY OF THESE PROGRAMS AND USING THEM IS JUST A WASTE OF TIME & BANDWIDTH..

    Most of the time you decide whether you want to save a particular video or not is taken only after you have seen the video and liked it. So when you decide to save it using any of these tools, you would essentially be downloading the same video twice.

    A better alternate is to open the cache file of your browser and find the *.tmp file that corresponds to the size of the video.. (if you sort it by size, it would mostly show up at top)..copy this tmp file to the folder you want to save and rename the extention as *.flv.. The only thing you need to take care is not to close the tab/window of the web page before copying the tmp to a safe directory.

    • GreenEyes
      March 21, 2009 at 9:50 pm

      So true, Mac. Best advice ever where online videos are concerned.

  105. Corey
    December 6, 2007 at 5:01 pm

    How do you down load from foriegn sites? The ones I tried so far won't do it.

  106. Bryan
    November 14, 2007 at 1:53 am

    Here is a great gateway site to lots of places to download video from.

    http://go-alt.com

  107. bratthetthai
    November 8, 2007 at 10:12 am

    Another way to download videos is to go into your computer's cache where most videos are stored one they are viewed for the first time.
    Once you are finished watching a video it should usually be there.
    You may have to copy , paste it and then apply an extension like .mov or .flv to get it to work
    Try this site. It has examples of how businesses are using video on the internet
    http://www.tvwebpro.com
    They're on the 'sample" page.
    Play each one and see if you can find them on your cache

    • Aibek
      November 8, 2007 at 10:29 am

      Thanks for sharing. I knew about cached copies but had no clue where to find them.

  108. jasion23
    November 7, 2007 at 9:02 am

    yeah, good stuff guys so far the best site that i have seen to download youtube videos is http://www.vidmetro.com it not only allows you to Download youtube videos but also videos from other sites like metacafe, dailymotion and so on

  109. James
    November 5, 2007 at 9:46 am

    I got to use http://youconvertit.com

    they are amazing, they have got Document, Images, Audia and Video plus unit conversion.

    I foind out that they also provide sending large files up to 300MB of size but it does not easily show, you have to upload the file then select the first option which is "Just upload to send"

    Try it, it is lovely and can save lot of time

  110. Torley
    November 4, 2007 at 10:47 am

    Great compilation, thanks for providing this resource! I am looking for a way to download YouTube videos I've created so they can be streamed in Second Life with hopefully minimal loss of quality. I've tried Vixy, Zamzar, and some others before, but am wondering if there's something even better for my needs — I'll be trying more of these tools.

    Thanx again for posting this, Aseem! (How long did it take you? I reckon it's time well-spent!)

  111. Casper
    October 5, 2007 at 7:11 am

    I think VideoRonk doesn't work. Or is it just me?

    • Aibek
      October 25, 2007 at 6:04 am

      I think so too. Search function is fine but download option never works.

  112. Brainiac
    October 3, 2007 at 4:23 pm

    Thanks for the detailed list, I usually just watch stuff online and never really download anything, but in case I will ever want to I know where to go now.;-)

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