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download ted talksIf you spend any time scouring the Internet for videos of any kind, you’ll find that there are loads of different video sites that serve a number of different purposes: YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, etc. Sometimes you’ll come across a particular video that you want to save for later. For the popular sites, e.g. YouTube, there are many downloader tools available.

And then you have sites, like TED, that use their own web video formats. Finding an effective video downloader for TED that helps you build and maintain an offline library of educational talks can be difficult. There are few tools available, and those that are available tend to be lacking in some way.

Not sure what TED is? It’s an online resource for watching experts speak about fascinating topics. For example, some will present on human behavior and the brain 6 Mind-Blowing TED Talks About Psychology & Human Behavior 6 Mind-Blowing TED Talks About Psychology & Human Behavior The human brain is complex and confusing, which explains why human behavior is so complex and confusing. People have a tendency to act one way when they feel something completely different. Here are a few... Read More while others will talk about creativity and inspiration 4 Must-See TED Talks On Creativity, Inspiration & Passion 4 Must-See TED Talks On Creativity, Inspiration & Passion Creativity. Inspiration. Passion. These are all concepts of which we are very much aware, but not many of us can precisely pinpoint their source. Where does creativity come from? What is it that causes a... Read More . TED is an excellent source of videos that are both educational and entertaining – something that you can’t really guarantee with other video sites.

And if you want to download TED videos for offline use, you’re in luck. Obin from Scenario Solution has released TED Downloader v3.0. We’ve covered v2.0 in the past 2 Ways To Easily Download TED Videos To Your Desktop 2 Ways To Easily Download TED Videos To Your Desktop If any video site that gets talked about most after YouTube, its TED – at least amongst us who seek knowledge for the sake of it. Now, who wouldn’t want to preserve these idea capsules... Read More , but v3.0 presents a number of new features that make the program worthy of another try.

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Here is the main interface for TED Downloader. You’ll notice that the interface is simple and clean. Seeing how the program isn’t even 1 MB in size, it looks nice for what it is. TED Downloader intends to be an easy way to download and manage TED videos and the interface doesn’t hinder that.

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When you start up the program, TED Downloader will scan the TED network for any new videos that have appeared since your last time using the program. You can then sort the available videos by their title, the event that they come from, the date they were published, or the duration of the talk.

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One of the new features in v3.0 is the search bar. This is a fantastic addition, mostly because it allows you to shave off a lot of time if you’re trying to find one particular video. It also helps when you want to download a lot of TED videos on a certain topic. The best part? The search results update in real time. Quick, easy, and painless.

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The other major feature addition in v3.0 is the ability to download subtitles. Personally, I find it difficult to watch speakers without subtitles because sometimes the audio equipment is subpar. Subtitles help me to stay focused on the message without drifting off into confusion. But if you don’t speak English, subtitles will help you to enjoy the videos in your native language. This is a very awesome feature, indeed.

According to the creator, TED Downloader’s subtitles module is verified to work with English and a few other languages. If you notice problems with missing or out-of-sync subtitles, you can let him know here.

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As the name might imply, TED Downloader makes the actual act of downloading a breeze. Simply mark a bunch of checkboxes next to the videos you want to download, then click “Start Download.” They will begin to download one by one. That’s it! If you want subtitles, you’ll need to enable the “Download Subtitles” checkbox and it will happen automatically.

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Because TED Downloader is such a small and compact program, there aren’t very many options that you can tinker with. Besides changing the quality of the videos, the location for download, and the language for subtitles, there isn’t much else to do.

Unfortunately, there are a few missing features that would really boost TED Downloader to “must have” levels. The good thing is that we can expect these features in the next version:

  • The ability to pause and resume downloads.
  • Search videos by TED’s own category and theme labels.
  • Automatically download new videos.
  • Schedule certain videos to be downloaded at specific times.

But all in all, TED Downloader v3.0 is a massive improvement over v2.0 in terms of functionality and speed. If you gave TED Downloader a shot before and didn’t like it, I recommend trying it again. There’s no installation and the program is less than 700 KB, so there’s nothing to lose on your part.

  1. Ben Mordecai
    August 25, 2012 at 3:41 am

    Why not just subscribe to the podcast?

  2. uday
    August 15, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    I tried to run Ted Downloader V 3.0 - TEDinator.exe file but getting a message " unable to find a version of runtime to run this application"

    Pls advise.

  3. LeviTashun
    August 3, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    I simply LOVE TED. Thanks!

  4. Rigoberto Garcia
    August 3, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Excellent article Joel, with a precise description of the functionality of the application. While reading the article I downloaded and installed the application and I'll be using it to check if it meets my requirements. Thank you very much for your contribution.

    • Joel Lee
      August 4, 2012 at 8:25 pm

      You're welcome! I'm happy to hear that you gave it a shot. Please let us know if it met your expectations. :)

  5. garoo
    August 3, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    I received this warning from Avira Antivir:

    Warning

    In order not to compromise your security, this page will not be accessed
    A virus or unwanted program was found in the HTTP data of the requested page.

    Requested URL: http://cdn.bitbucket.org/obinshah/ted-talks-downloader/downloads/TED%20Downloader%20V3.0%20-%20TEDinator.exe

    Information: Is the TR/Dropper.MSIL.Gen2 Trojan

    :(

    • Joel Lee
      August 8, 2012 at 3:46 pm

      The creator of TED Downloader is aware of the issue. Here's what he said regarding it:

      "i just verified it on virustotal, apparently only avira antivir is the only one which catches my tool….or more specifically the tool’s packer (the software i use to minimise the size of the app) but rest assured the tool is designed to spread knowledge not virus. Its a false positive and i will write a letter to them regarding it."

      So basically, Avira Antivir claims that the file is a virus because Obin used a program to minimize its file size, which probably caused a few quirks in the .exe file. None of my antivirus scanners triggered a warning and I've been using TED Downloader without any virus problems so I believe him when he says it's a false positive.

      Thanks for letting me know!

  6. garoo
    August 3, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Avira Antivir gives me this when I try to download it (I've already alerted the author):

    Warning

    In order not to compromise your security, this page will not be accessed
    A virus or unwanted program was found in the HTTP data of the requested page.

    Requested URL: http://cdn.bitbucket.org/obinshah/ted-talks-downloader/downloads/TED%20Downloader%20V3.0%20-%20TEDinator.exe

    Information: Is the TR/Dropper.MSIL.Gen2 Trojan

  7. Paul-G
    August 3, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Why do they block TED videos in the first place. They are so obviously TED that nobody could re-brand them. Also, with today's tech aware population the should know that downloading/capture will happen regardless. Pointless annoyance.

    • Joel Lee
      August 4, 2012 at 8:25 pm

      I agree that TED videos are so obviously TED that it would be near impossible to re-brand them. I guess they have their own reasons for doing it that way, though. :(

  8. Justin Fortin
    August 3, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    You can natively download TED talks through the Android app

    • Joel Lee
      August 3, 2012 at 1:22 pm

      That's pretty cool! Is there something similar for Windows? If not, I'll just have to use both (TED Downloader for Windows, TED app for Android). Thanks.

  9. Âdil Farôôq
    August 3, 2012 at 10:12 am

    not yet tried but after reading this let me check it :)

  10. Igor Rizvi?
    August 3, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Gonna try it out,thanks

  11. danielooi
    August 3, 2012 at 4:23 am

    great tool to download TED videos!

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