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Video Download and Managing Tools In my last post I have mentioned that we have a bunch of really cool posts lined up, I really meant it. And below is the first of them, it lists a) different tools that let you download desired videos from popular video sharing websites(incl. youtube, googlevideo, metacafe, myspace, dailymotion…), b) flash media players to view and manage these files on your desktop and c) tools to convert these files from one format to another so that you can transfer them to your Ipod, PSP, Mobile phone and whatever portable device you want. Ooh, and most of these tools are free, all non-free ones are clearly specified.

WEBSITES that let you download content from popular video sharing sites: here you simply enter video URL, select source website and press search. Once file detected you’re given direct file download link. Websites listed in no particular order. ‘extra’ refers to additional features available on the website

BROWSER PLUGINS that let you download videos as you browse or streaming them, to my knowledge all below listed plugins work for googlevideo and youtube and most of them support other major video websites as well.

  • OrbThis – plugin for downloading videos to your mobile, works with Orb 2.0 freeware
  • Clipnabber – downloads video (firefox)
  • All In One Video Bookmarklet – downloads video (firefox, mozilla, opera browsers). Also lists a bunch of greasemonkey addons with similar features
  • Viloader.net – only video(IE, firefox and Opera)
  • Greasemonkey scripts – in case you have greasemonkey installed, check out these 2 addons (only for youtube and googlevideo)
  • LeechVideo – downloads video( firefox and IE), includes converter
  • PimpFish (Basic) – download and share (IE and firefox). Full version $29.95 (lots of features)

PROGRAMS that you can install and use to download desired videos from video websites.

  • Youtube-Download – downloader + .integrated .flv player (share videos option)
  • Tubesucker – same here, downloader + .flv media player, basic version is free however there is also non-free version with awesome features(ex; unlimited simultaneuos downloads)
  • YoutubeGrabber – simple downloader
  • YouRipper – downloader + integrated ShoutCast Radio Player(so you can actually use it to listen to radio) and MovieZone (lists movies available for download from youtube, googlevideo, dailymotion and other major sites)
  • Downtube – downloader + mpeg converter.(english, spanish and portuguesse)
  • DownUtube – downloader + basic file manage options + search feature
  • Media Suite – downloader + VLC media player
  • Online Video Downloader – downloader with an option to save files as .avi OR .flv
  • VideoDetect – only download
  • [NO LONGER WORKS] OrbitDownloader – downloader with integrated download accelerator
  • TubeSock – downloads youtube videos and store them on iPod, Mac, PSP(PlayStation Portable) and iTunes. (MAC only)
  • Itubes – downloader + mp4 converter (for Ipod and PSP) Non-Free ($15)
  • Nuclear Coffee – complete suite(downloadeer,player, converter and much more….) Non-Free ($12.99)
  • Quivic – downloader + converter (Ipod, iTunes, PC…) Non-Free ($9.99)
  • VidVac – downloader + flash media player. Free version doesn’t work for Youtube and full version costs approx. $10.00
  • Movies Extractor Scout – download + some more features. Non-Free ($14.95)
  • FLVDownload – download tool. Non-Free ($9.99)

Free FLASH MEDIA PLAYERS to play and manage downloaded videos from your desktop:

VIDEO CONVERTERS that you can use to convert(encode) video files from one format(ex; flash) to another (iPod, PSP, 3GP for mobile phone, etc)

  • AVS Video Converter – convert videos between all popular formats
  • Mediacoder – convert to and from any audio/video formats (avi, PSP, Ipod, mobile phone, PDA…etc)
  • [NO LONGER WORKS] Vixy – FLV converter – web based video converter from .flv to avi, mov(Mac), 3GP(mobile), MP4(ipod, PSP) and mp3 formats
  • Total Video Converter – convert video to popular formats(avi, mpg/mpeg,..) from allmost any other format, includes cool media player with lots of supported formats incl. flash
  • PSPVideo9 – convert regular PC videos to PSP video format
  • SUPER – very good converter + media player
  • LeechVideo – convert for Ipod, PSP and Cellphone
  • Podtube – encode videos for Ipod, includes ‘add to Itunes’option. (MAC only)
  • ffmpegX – integrates 20 powerful Unix open-source video and audio processing tools, including ffmpeg fast video and audio converter (MAC only)
  • Replay Converter – straightforward and user-firendly video converter. Non-Free ($29.95).
  • Augart Video Converter – convert video between all popular formats. Non-Free ($27.95)
  • Replay Converter– audio/video converter. Non-Free ($29.95)
  • Windows Media Recorder – record video as you stream. Non-Free ($29.95)
  • wmRecorder – same as above, incl. lots of advanced features. Non-Free ($49.95)

Updates:

YoutTubeCrazyVideos – Free windows application bundle to enhance Youtube experience. Browse, search and play Youtube videos directly from your desktop. Download and convert videos to any popular format. Extract background music. And more …

Enjoy!

  1. Shany
    January 29, 2010 at 6:27 am

    I prefer to use a software which can do all of those things: downloads youtube videos, downloads google videos, records any other flash videos, converts youtube videos to 3gp and avi or any other format, captures streaming movies from streaming online movies sites.
    Yes, there is a software like that, I'm using it and it's called Tunebite and it records youtube videos without any problem and with good quality, it even converts videos to mp3s, automatically while downloading flash videos.
    Tunebite youtube downloader can be also used as a flv converter because it converts flash videos automatically while downloading them.
    For recording youtube videos or any other flash video from streaming online video sites we can use Tunebite Freeware, this version saves videos to your machine and converts them to any desired format as it is an universal converter.
    I found also a nice tutorial about how to download YouTube flash videos and convert them to MP4 and WMV files and even to mp3. See it here:
    http://audials.com/en/how_to_record_stream_capture_music_videos_movies_from/youtube.html

  2. Friends
    October 8, 2009 at 8:42 am

    Vielen Dank für diesen Vorschlag. Ich schicke Dir einen Gruß aus Deutschland.

    Thanks for the suggestion. I send you regards from Germany.

  3. EricW
    September 11, 2009 at 4:48 am

    Actually, is hard to find a one tool that will find, download and convert video (or music) with equal quality, and satisfy all your needs. SoundTaxi presents some new tools that combine high quality and available price http://soundtaxi.org/

  4. brokenkahn
    July 20, 2009 at 3:41 am

    just want to ask what converter it is that if any video on the browser than is playing it will automatically download it into FLV file...i

  5. xiaopinggai
    July 17, 2009 at 2:13 am

    I'm using a cool video download program named YouTube Robot to everybody.Its function is as follows:
    With YouTube Robot you can forget about recharging your player with fresh movies and just take care of your business, while the software automatically checks your favorite video sites for new movies, downloads and transfers them to your player.
    When you first run the program and see its face,you’ll want to pick it up off the screen and push all the buttons on the deck — so natural it looks, just like if it was created for iPod fans (or was it?).In the Download Manager window that you see, you can explore your movie collection, preview and play movies, toss them between folders and convert them from and to different formats. It supports FLV, MP4, MP3, WMV, AVI, MP2, MPEG, WMA, AAC, SWF, 3GP and other formats.
    If you still get lost, you can take advantage of the built-in wizard will guide you step by step through the download setup process. But should you like doing everything by hand, you can just right-click on the movie Web page in your favorite browser and select the command on the menu to get the download going.
    Now you can just leave it alone and go in for something more interesting than watching progress bars. The program will fetch movie files and automatically place the new files to the selected USB storage. So when you get back, you’ll have the player packed with the latest collection of videos and ready for the new round of the never-ending show.
    It is a powerful tool that enables you to batch download, convert and transfer to mobile devices videos from YouTube and other similar websites.
    I wish it is usefull for you.Its information is as follows:
    =============================
    Product page: youtuberobot.com
    Direct download link: youtuberobot.com/download/utuberobot.exe
    Company web-site: youtuberobot.com
    E-mail: support@youtuberobot.com
    =============================

    • Jim117
      August 16, 2009 at 10:53 pm

      The Youtube Robot software is quiet easy to use, the styles are interesting!

  6. VideoAmateur
    June 21, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Hi guys.
    Check: http://www.vid2pc.com
    This site have a simply line script to embed "Video Downloader" on all sites and blogs..

  7. basal
    March 31, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    I've tried different methods to download video from youtube by software or web based downloader. I found keepv is the most practice one. You can download it here with no need to visit their site

    http://efiles.org/index.php/files/get/nASHvqWnUE/keepvflashconvertersetup.zip

  8. pamela
    December 8, 2008 at 7:50 am

    http://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...

  9. Furry
    June 12, 2008 at 8:08 am

    Using converter TuneCab you can easily download video from YouTube and convert to desired format
    YouTube Ripper is a plug-in for Internet Explorer.

    How to use YouTube Ripper:

    * Download and install TuneCab Ultra.
    * Open YouTube video in Internet Explorer -> Tools -> Rip YouTube file embedded in this page.
    * The video will be downloaded automatically and converted by TuneCab Ultra.
    http://www.tunecab.com

  10. cspy
    June 10, 2008 at 7:38 am

    Easiest way to download videos and music for free:
    http://netvideohunter.com

  11. cpsy
    June 10, 2008 at 7:32 am

    Try out the new NetVideoHunter add-on:
    http://netvideohunter.com

  12. daniel
    May 25, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    I recommed this ehow.com/video_2287260_handle-youtube-downloader.html youtube downloader. It could directly play youtube flv files after downloading them.

  13. Nathan Fluet
    April 4, 2008 at 6:44 am

    Another site that is good for this is the one I just made :P

    clipkeeper.co.cc it has support for about 30 different video sites.

    It also has video downloader search bars that integrate with both FireFox 2.x and Internet Explorer 7.x-11.x Search Bar feature.

    In addition it allows you to add Download links with videos you embed online with a single line of code and no javascript which allows use of the links on MySpace and other sites that do not allow javascript.

  14. steveking
    March 25, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    UP

  15. glox
    March 15, 2008 at 5:03 am

    PimpFish = bullsh|t

    they spam the interweb to provide nothing special for money!!

  16. steveking
    March 13, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    Take YouTube Videos with you

    YouTubeRobot.com today announces YouTube Robot 2.0, a tool that enables you to download video from YouTube.com onto your PC, convert it to various formats to watch it when you are on the road on mobile devices like mobile phone, iPod, iPhone, Pocket PC, PSP, or Zune.

    YouTube Robot allows you to search for videos using keywords or browse video by category, author, channel, language, tags, etc. When you find something noteworthy, you can preview the video right in YouTube Robot and then download it onto the hard disk drive. The speed, at which you will be downloading, is very high: up to 5 times faster than other software when you download a single file and up to 4 times faster when you download multiple files at a time.

    Manual download is not the only option with YouTube Robot. You may as well schedule the download and conversion tasks to be executed automatically, even when you are not around. Downloading is followed by conversion to the format of your choice and uploading videos to a mobile device (if needed). For example, you can plug in iPod, select the video, go to bed, and when you wake up next morning, your iPod will be ready to play new YouTube videos.

    Product page: youtuberobot.com

  17. Armin Freiberg
    December 9, 2007 at 4:32 am
  18. drbatter
    October 15, 2007 at 7:04 am

    http://www.drbatter.com/smoothtube - free YouTube downloader and post processor, able to smoothe out some of the compression artifacts from downloaded videos.

  19. Patrice
    September 27, 2007 at 10:22 am

    Here is a nice site where you can search, watch and download YouTube videos. You can also download from other sites such as dailymotion :

    http://www.ilikeyoutube.com/

    Enjoy.

  20. Daniel Oliveira
    September 24, 2007 at 9:44 am

    Pls add: http://www.baixayoutube.com to download youtube videos.

  21. Aibek
    July 29, 2007 at 11:57 am

    @Pedia
    Thanks

  22. Pedia
    July 29, 2007 at 7:10 am

    FLVDownload 1.0 from Zbusoft .
    t is very much useful to down load veideos

  23. av
    June 15, 2007 at 12:17 am

    Here is a youtube video downloader that is working for 2007:

    downloadyoutube.biz

  24. thomas55
    May 12, 2007 at 7:33 pm

    Me I use http://www.savetube.com, i love how simple it is.

  25. Cathy
    May 6, 2007 at 3:42 am

    Nice site!

  26. marc
    April 22, 2007 at 3:03 am

    KeepV Flash Converter is a free and powerful utility software that converts Flash/FLV files - http://www.keepv.com/

  27. james ortis
    April 13, 2007 at 7:38 pm

    KeepV Flash Converter is a free and powerful utility software that converts Flash/FLV files - http://www.keepv.com/keepvconverter.aspx

  28. praveen
    April 9, 2007 at 6:30 pm

    it is very much useful to down load veideos

  29. Chuck
    March 30, 2007 at 9:37 pm

    Great looking site so far!! I'm just starting to look around it but I love the title page! Please also visit my site:

  30. Jenna
    January 13, 2007 at 10:33 pm

    This is a fun way to browse youtube videos:

    coverpop.com/pop/youtube

    also check out this one:

    coverpop.com/pop/yt_hotties

  31. Accelerator
    January 7, 2007 at 6:40 pm

    Another *NEW* tool for this list would be VIDEO ACCELERATOR - This new tool accelerate the viewing&downloading of youtube movies. Its running all in the background and just improve the current browsing!!!!
    Its a MUST, for YouTube funs.
    check it out on videoaccelerator.com

  32. tom
    January 2, 2007 at 12:41 am

    I've been using clipnabber.com for a while and it works pretty well. Thanks for the great post!

  33. Bill Taylor
    January 1, 2007 at 10:44 am

    TUBESUCKER ROCKS.
    I LOVE IT
    IT IS ABSOLUTELY KILLER.
    I'VE TRIED THEM ALL AND IT IS THE BEST

  34. Alexanda
    December 28, 2006 at 9:50 pm

    Right nifty list o' goods you have there! -Awesome!

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