My 3 Favorite & Easiest Ways To Download Videos Off The Web

Craig Snyder 29-01-2012

download videosIt seems that every year a promising new video service emerges (most recently, perhaps Vevo) and another hits the dust (most recently, MegaUpload/MegaVideo). As the trend continues, we storage junkies must adapt. We’ve talked a lot on this subject in the past 16 Free Ways to Download Any Video Off the Internet Downloading videos off the internet is surprisingly easy. Here are free ways to download any video off the internet. Read More , but I’m confident that you’ll find my ways to be the easiest and most effective. Storing remote video content locally is a challenge no more, and I’ve got three tried and true methods to tip you on to.

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Saikat wrote an awesome article nearly three years ago that still works like a charm. This method is still my favorite as it can be performed in every browser available. Although the method still works like a charm, exactly as it’s described in Saikat’s article, let’s go back over the process for Firefox.

Start by going to a page with a Flash video on it. YouTube is a good example. You can tell if a website is using Flash to power their video front-end by right clicking on the video itself and looking at the context menu. If Flash is mentioned, there you go.

After you’ve found your video, right click on the page (not the video) and select “View Page Info“.

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Now, click the “Media” tab across the top. Scroll through the list until you find the content with the “Type” matching “Embed“. Click on it, and then “Save As…“. A download prompt will come up and you’ll be saving the SWF file right to your drive.

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Using Offliberty

Offliberty is my best-kept secret when it comes to pulling video content off of the web. I’m not sure if it can get any more easier than this solution.

There are a lot of ad-filled websites that extract videos from YouTube for you. There’s also a lot of sticky, bad adware that you can download to get it done. With Offliberty, you just paste the URL and then wait for it to crunch some numbers, then download.

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It’ll take a few seconds and then your results are in. You can actually rip the MP3 or the entire video from YouTube with this service, but for the sake of this article, let’s go with the video.

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Offliberty supports a lot of the most popular video and music websites. Just plug a URL in and give it a shot, pretty good chance that it’ll be able to instantly convert and spit out what you’re looking for.

Just a little warning: Offliberty uses a script to randomize their page background. I refreshed anywhere between 10 and 15 times and one of the backgrounds was set to a very faint image of a male and a female, the female being topless. It was nothing explicit or hardcore and I’d classify it as “artsy,” but don’t use this at work. You shouldn’t be, anyway!

NetVideoHunter for Firefox [No Longer Available]

NetVideoHunter Video Downloader is one of my favorite Firefox add-ons. This page [Broken Link Removed] explains the usage of the add-on better than any, but let me give you a quick rundown.

Download and install the plugin. Restart Firefox. Go to any website that streams video. Start the video. Look at your Add-ons Bar for the NVH icon and click on it.

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Here, you’ll see a list of every video that you’ve loaded this browser session. From this menu, you can watch the videos or download them. If using a site like YouTube where many formats are supported, every format should be available in the menu (as you can see it is in the screenshot). Can’t be much simpler than clicking “Download” and saving the video locally.

If these three are less than what you want, check out some of our other related posts:

What are your preferred ways of downloading videos off the web? Let us know in the comments below.

Related topics: Download Management, Online Video, Record Audio, YouTube.

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  1. Kimberly Mosley
    June 29, 2017 at 3:04 am

    Also, I like the related post on capture streaming video.

  2. Cindy C
    August 3, 2016 at 2:29 am

    Thanks so much for this awesome info. I downloaded the netvideohunter for firefox and love it!! I had no idea it was so easy!

  3. Me
    December 11, 2015 at 4:44 am

    The method described has stopped working, maybe a Win 10 thing?

  4. Shekar
    March 23, 2012 at 4:51 am

    Hey, I wanna ask your opinion about freecorder, what you think about that ?
    Replay soon cuz I'm waiting ....

    • ester
      April 23, 2015 at 1:46 pm

      I m lost I think ...I need a much trusted video downloader

  5. maryam
    January 31, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    I don't know how to thank you enough for this valuable information. I made use of it a lot. God bless you.

    • Craig Snyder
      February 1, 2012 at 7:47 pm

      You're welcome!

  6. Jeyar_25
    January 30, 2012 at 4:40 am

    I used Flash Video Downloader plugin for Chrome.

  7. Ohadts
    January 29, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    With Freemake i can batch download and convert to a lot of popular file-types.
    I can even create a playlist in youtube, and then paste only the playlist url to freemake, and all of the files will download !

  8. Victor Ong
    January 29, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    I use  It's really easy.  Just type "save" in the youtube url and download.  So instead of you would get  You can download in flv, mp4, and even WebM!

    I really like this one.  Please look at it if you have a chance!

  9. MisterD
    January 29, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    I've always used the free Mac app Evom and I've never found a solution that resulted in video that looked as good.

  10. Alexander Burke
    January 29, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    I use a mix of Jdownloader (for most video sites) and Firefox's DownloadHelper (for the ones that don't want to cooperate)

  11. Ed
    January 29, 2012 at 11:31 am

    +1 to Never fail me.

  12. Antonio
    January 29, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Real Player free version: download almost any streaming video just by clicking the link over the video frame! You can convert it in popular video formats or rip the mp3 audio. Fantastic... :)

  13. Marius
    January 29, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Firefox's DownloadHelper is probably the best/easiest/most popular

  14. Alan Trinder
    January 29, 2012 at 7:03 am

    DVD videosoft is the best I know