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16 Free Ways to Download Any Video Off the Internet

Dan Price Updated 16-05-2019

Do you want to download video from the internet? If you see a video you like on Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, or any of the other leading video sites, you might want to create a copy so you can keep it forever.

Thankfully, downloading videos off the internet is surprisingly easy. And here are the free ways to download any video off the internet.

App-Specific Tools

Let’s begin with some service-specific web apps that specialize in a single website before moving onto generic video downloaders later in the article.

1. SaveFrom

savefrom home

SaveFrom is a YouTube downloader, but with a difference. If you are watching something online and you want to save it, just enter “ss” before “YouTube” in the URL. It’s a web trick to download video.

For example:

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aS01LwpC23g

Would become:

  • https://www.ssyoutube.com/watch?v=aS01LwpC23g

Having trouble with YouTube videos from outside your country? Check out how to bypass YouTube’s regional filter How to Easily Bypass YouTube's Regional Filter Want to get around YouTube region locks? Here are your options for unblocking YouTube videos unavailable in your region. Read More .

2. FastestTube [Broken URL Removed]

The other free YouTube downloader (and there are a number of free YouTube downloaders worth considering 5 Free YouTube Downloaders & Converters Compared: Which One Is Right For You? Two years ago, I told you about 5 easy ways to download and convert online videos. Recently, we also told you about ways to download YouTube videos to your Mac, and some ways you can... Read More ) on the list is arguably the simplest. FastestTube is a browser extension that add a physical download button to YouTube. You can find it in the bottom right-hand corner of a video.

It works on Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, and Internet Explorer.

3. DownloadTwitterVideo

download twitter video

Sticking with the premise of site-specific tools, DownloadTwitterVideo lets you pull any video off the world’s favorite transient social network.

Paste in the URL of the tweet which contains the video you want, then select whether you want to save it as an MP3, MP4, or MP4 HD.

4. Instagram Downloader

Instagram forged its reputation as a photo-sharing service, but with the introduction of Instagram Stories, it has positioned itself as a Vine replacement. Instagram Downloader lets you download Instagram videos.

5. FB Down

download facebook video

FB Down is a tool for downloading video off Facebook. It also comes with a Chrome extension, meaning you don’t need to leave the social network’s homepage if you find something you want to save.

6. FB Down Private

FB Down Private is a subsection of FB Down, but we feel it deserves its own mention. The app lets you grab videos from accounts that users have set to private, even if you can’t see the video on Facebook natively.

To download a private video, go to the video’s page on Facebook, press CTRL + U to view the source code, then paste the code into the downloader.

Download Internet Videos Using Web Apps

As you progress through this portion of the list, you’ll notice a commonly recurring theme: most of the video downloaders work with the same set of sites.

7. KeepVid

KeepVid supports 28 sites. It covers educational resources like Lynda, news outlets like ABC and NBC, and popular amusement sites such as Ebaumsworld and Break. Unfortunately, KeepVid no longer lets you download YouTube videos KeepVid No Longer Lets You Download YouTube Videos KeepVid, one of the most popular YouTube downloaders around, is no more. The site is still up, but it's now filled with information about copyright law and legal issues. Read More .

Once you’ve copied and pasted your link into the site, you can choose to save your downloaded file in more than 150 different formats.

8. VideoGrabby [No Longer Available]


VideoGrabby is a simple-to-use web app that lets you download videos from the internet. And it supports the majority of the most popular video sites. Simply type the link and hit Go.

9. YooDownload

YooDownload is another competitor to the likes of KeepVid and VideoGrabby. It works with YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vid.me, and SoundCloud.

10. ClipConverter


ClipConverter works with almost any website you can think of (subscription streaming services notably excluded). It can even grab videos off the world’s most thriving social network, MySpace!

The developers offer a browser add-on for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.

11. OnlineVideoConverter [no longer available]

online video convertor

Because many of these web apps are so similar, I’m only going to introduce you to one more.

OnlineVideoConverter works with YouTube, LiveLeak, TeacherTube, VK, College Humor, and more.

Download Internet Videos Using Desktop Apps

Sometimes it’s better to use a desktop app than a web app. They can offer features which web apps cannot replicate. And here are the best desktop apps to download videos off the internet.

12. VLC Media Player

Clearly, VLC does a lot more than merely downloading videos. The beauty of using VLC is it’s a program a lot of users will already have installed on their machines, and it negates the need for third-party apps.

A step-by-step guide is beyond the scope of this article, but you can find more information in our piece revealing the VLC features you might not know about 6 Awesome VLC Features You May Not Know About There's a reason VLC is called the Swiss Army Knife of media players. This article identifies six awesome VLC features and explains how to use them. Read More .

13. Video Grabber

Video Grabber has three key features; downloading video, converting video, and recording your screen. Even though it initially looks like a web app, it is actually a desktop program.

The screen recording feature can be really useful in certain situations. More on that shortly.



FLTVO has a web app and a desktop version. The desktop version lets you queue videos for download from multiple sources and automatically download new videos as they become available.

Screen Recorders

We’re closing out our list with a pair of screen recorders. These tools let you record whatever is playing on your computer, making them a good solution when you have exhausted all other possibilities.

15. Open Broadcaster Software

obs app

OBS studio is unquestionably the best free screen recorder app on the web. It’s available on Windows, Mac, and Linux, and includes a powerful editing tool.

16. CamStudio

CamStudio doesn’t look as slick as OBS and doesn’t boast as many features, but it’s simpler to use. Thus, it’s perfect for someone who just wants to click Record and forget about it.

We covered these two tools in much more detail when we discussed the best free screencasting tools for Windows Show, Don't Tell! 3 Best Free Screencasting Tools for Windows They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so a video must be priceless - and there are times when a video is more convenient and effective than simple words. A screencast, also known... Read More .

Downloading Internet Videos? A Word of Warning…

Please remember that all of the tools listed in this article are for creating recordings of free online videos for personal use. They should not be used to save and distribute copyrighted material; doing so could get you in serious trouble with the law. You have been warned!

If you would like to learn about more places to download video from the internet, check out our articles detailing how to download video off Instagram 7 Free Ways to Download or Save Instagram Videos Need to download or save Instagram videos? Here's how to save a video from Instagram with the best free Instagram video downloaders. Read More and how to download videos from DailyMotion How to Download Videos From DailyMotion Dailymotion is a good place to watch videos and original shows when you are bored of YouTube. These video downloaders can help you watch them offline. Read More .

Related topics: Download Management, Facebook, Instagram, Online Video, Screen Capture, Twitter, Vine, YouTube.

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  1. Peter Campbell
    July 14, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Savefacebookvideo.com will a wonderful addition to this list

  2. joe
    June 6, 2020 at 7:12 pm

    rather outdated your number one and it was the best is now off line.

  3. onlinemoviewatches
    February 22, 2020 at 8:24 am

    Your knowledge is very helpfull for me and other person so thanks . Your team is strong that as you like website .

  4. Peter Campbell
    January 21, 2020 at 5:47 am

    Mind vetting Savefacebookvideo.com and adding it to your site?
    It is one of the best Free Facebook downloaders available on the internet.

  5. Tammanna
    December 6, 2019 at 7:52 am

    You can also try "https://ytmp3conv.com". It is simple to use and It is a free tool.

  6. Anirban Trank
    November 28, 2019 at 6:30 am

    You can also use Ytbconverter. I have been using it for a while now. It's really easy to use. Here's the link https://www.ytbconverter.com/en/

  7. liguo.chan
    October 9, 2019 at 1:56 am

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  10. Kazmi
    February 4, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    SaveVid.org is the Fastest Online Video Downloader which allows you to Download nearly any Video or Audio URL in any Format...

  11. Devid
    December 6, 2018 at 11:09 am

    The best and easiest way to download a video from youtube2video.com. This website is quick, easy to use, and offers a wide range of options for downloading the video. Simply insert the URL of the YouTube video you want to download.

    Just follow the steps below:

    1. Copy and paste the video URL on the homepage of the youtube2video website.

    2. As the search results will appear, choose the one you would like to download or convert.

    3. Choose the option of Audio or Video depending on your choice.

    4. After you click on any of the options of Audio or Video, you need to select the desired format in
    which you wish to convert and save the media file on your device.

    5. Finally, click on the Download button.

  12. Billie Morgan
    December 3, 2018 at 7:51 am

    I'm using Youdownloader(https://youdownloader.net/).

  13. Annie
    November 13, 2018 at 9:50 am

    thanks for sharing so many useful tools for downloading videos. And I want to share a video downloader with you. It is HD Video Converter Factory. It is my favorite video downloader that can download videos from over 300 websites. Recommend it to you.

  14. Steven
    November 12, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    Great Software for Download any Video. But here i describe best Convert & Download Facebook YouTube videos to MP4, No need any software. Fbtube.biz is the best way to convert & download Facebook YouTube video to computer and Mobile to use some related programs. You can download Facebook YouTube videos including HD videos with MP4 format and online videos from other video-sharing websites like, YouTube, vimeo etc to your computer as well as other portable devices. It also enables you to convert AVI, WMV, FLV, MKV, MP4, ASF etc to video formats you need with fast speed and high quality.

  15. Omar
    October 24, 2018 at 4:27 am

    I've have been using this software which I stumbled upon called vidd.ly and I gotta say it does not disappoint. You're able to download videos and audio files from YT at lighting speed. Definitely recommend you check it out.

  16. Jackson
    September 21, 2018 at 3:17 am

    ClipConverter is my first choice. To be honest, we can also download videos from youtube, some third-party tools like wonderfox free hd is a good help.

  17. Storm
    May 4, 2018 at 4:06 am

    How do I download videos from an app called kingschat??
    It's web page doesn't show the videos the app shows so no room for downloading it.
    Kindly help.

  18. Alex Norton
    April 9, 2018 at 7:46 am

    Thanks, Dan, but I've got a better solution for all that issues in downloading videos off the internet. I love https://playtube.pk, it works fine and has all formats download option for all internet devices with just "one-click" download button. Try it!

    • Alfie Lancy
      May 18, 2018 at 1:20 pm

      Hey Alex,
      Do you know A new free video downloader which making buzz now? That is https://www.keepoffline.com/ Where you can download your free videos from Facebook, Vimeo or Dailymotion etc for free and in a single click.Just check it.I hope you would like it.

  19. Jam
    January 24, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    I use https://h2converter.com (convert youtube videos to mp3 & mp4)

  20. Jolnix
    December 9, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    You guys definitely have to try the easiest of them all to download from YouTube. Ummy Video Downloader let's you download videos in any resolution and it can also convert to MP3 if you eh want the audio. Another solution is the always trusty and really fast JDownloader. You're welcome.

  21. Calvin Hudson
    March 7, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Good to know these video download tools and thanks for the sharing. I'd also recommend Acethinker Video Downloader which I have used for many years. It is a free cloud based software to download videos without install any software in your device. works for youtube, vimeo, dailymotion and many more!

  22. Xybit
    March 4, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Best is Youtube-dl. Many configurations possible, also mass downloading. All other downloaders cannot do mass downloads.

  23. mburu
    February 27, 2017 at 7:20 am

    The best and most easy to use is videoder. You can download from facebook, youtube and other 8 major sites.

  24. 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

  25. Anonymous
    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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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)

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

    Thanks, Very useful list

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

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


  30. 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.

  31. 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.

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

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

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

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

  34. 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.

  35. 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

  36. 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

    They are fast and easy to use.

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

    Save Video plugin for Internet Explorer can download it.
    This plugin able to download from little know and new sites.

  38. 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 [Broken URL Removed] 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.

    [Broken Link Removed]
    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!


  39. 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 ?

  40. 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?

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

    can you send a nice proxy forme ? tank you

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

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

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


    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


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

    the best free way: vdownloader.es/

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

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

  46. 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!

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

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

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

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

    [Broken Link Removed]

    any ideas? Thanks in advance for the help!

  49. 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

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

    hi i want to frindship u

  51. 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

  52. 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.

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

    Thank you so much

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

    thanks this helped
    i used ClipNabber and i love it

  55. 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

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

    thank you!

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

    Very informative post really

  58. 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.

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


    Download it from here

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

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

    I wanted to download this video
    but I dont know how can anyone please help me ?

  61. 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

  62. 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

  63. 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

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

    Free IE add-on


  65. 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?

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

    Very informative post really!

  67. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

    Can some1 tell me which 1 is the correct source url?
    I'm using Pandora.tv

    I don't know...

    Note: anyone having problems watching videos on Pandora?

  71. 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....

  72. 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?

  73. 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?

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

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


    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?

  75. 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

  76. 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.

  77. 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.

  78. 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....

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


    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

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

    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.


  81. 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. [Broken Link Removed]

    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)

    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. [Broken Link Removed]

    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.

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

    Nice info. Thanks a lot!

  83. 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.

  84. 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?

  85. 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?

  86. 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.

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

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

  88. 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

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

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

  90. 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 .


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

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

  92. 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.

  93. ally
    December 14, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    good share!

  94. ally
    December 14, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    I use free [Broken Link Removed] free youtube downloader, it is a total free tool.

  95. 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! :)

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

    thanks for the leads,here's the link for your free movie fix

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

    if you want play the downloaded video for free, i recommend this one

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

    Can I put the downloaded video to my iPod ?

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

    Thanks bro, it helps.

  100. 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...

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

    there is nice tools/websites for download FLV movies.

    Suraish Patel

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

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

  103. 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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

  107. 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!

  108. 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

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


    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

  110. 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

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


    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.

  112. 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.


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

    I used to use tubezoid.com

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

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

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

    extractyoutube.com - my favorite!

  116. 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?


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


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

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

  119. 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...

  120. 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.

  121. 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

  122. 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.

  123. 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

  124. 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.

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


    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.

  126. 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.

  127. 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
    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.

  128. 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

  129. 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!)

  130. 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.

  131. 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.;-)