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Desktop Apps - Cross Platforms

To be reviewed:

  • ClipGrab, a free and multi-platform video downloader and converter for YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion and many other online video sites. Supported operating systems include Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.
  • TubeMaster++, is a powerful tool which can capture multimedia files you are watching or listening from your internet browser (FLV,MP3,MP4). Captured files can be saved directly on your computer or converted to other popular video or audio formats (AVI, MPEG, MP3, MP4, IPod, PSP ...).
  • Kastorsoft's All Video Downloader is a free tool with built-in accelerator to download your favorite videos from major streaming websites including Youtube, Dailymotion, Vimeo,PureVid, Metacafe, Google video, Yahoo video, Tubewatcher, Koreus, Myspace and more. You can extract audio from video or encode videos in format of your choice. Cross platforms including Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.
  • xVideoServiceThief is an open source program running on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux for downloading your favourite video clips from more than 90 over websites including YouTube. It also allows you to convert videos to other formats such as AVI, MPEG1, MPEG2, WMV, MP4, 3GP and MP3.
  • YouTube Downloader HD, a free tool for Windows and Mac to download videos from YouTube and save it to your local computer. The videos include High Quality, High Definition and Full HD wherever available and can be converted to avi or mp4 video format.

Desktop Apps - Windows Only

To be reviewed:

  • Freemake Video Downloader allows you to download any video from many websites including YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, Veoh, Dailymotion and thousands of other sites. You can also extract audio, MP3 from YouTube, convert any online video to AVI, MKV, MP3 or other formats for use in mobile devices such as Android, iPad and iPhone.
  • DVDVideoSoft's Free YouTube Download works in Windows for downloading YouTube videos, single videos as well as whole collections such as complete playlists and show lists, users' channels, all videos from personal playlists, artist's playlists, videos from Movies or Music Category and more.
  • Ashampoo ClipFinder HD allows you to search in up to fifteen video portals at once or in selected portals, view videos directly and convert and save them to your hard disk with a single click.
  • RealDownloader, a Windows app lets you download videos as mp4 or flv from YouTube, MetaCafe, Facebook and hundreds of other websites, and watch your saved videos when you’re offline. Some advance features are available in the paid-for Plus version.
  • ClipNabber, adds a powerful video downloader, audio recorder and video/MP3 file converter right inside your browser. ClipNabber downloads videos using smart caching technology.
  • iWisoft Free Video Downloader is a handy tool to download streaming Flash video from any web page. It can easily detect any live video and audio from internet, capture video, download video and save video to your hard disk for offline enjoyment.

Browser Addons or Extensions

To be reviewed:

Firefox 

  • DownloadHelper, helps you to easily save videos from most of the popular video sites. It is also possible to capture all the images from a gallery in a single operation.
  • Ant Video Downloader and Player uses a network-based technology that will work even with non-popular or unknown video sites. A Safe, open-source, flash video player and also a traffic rank indicator for websites is also integrated with your browser.

Chrome

  • Video Downloader Professional collects and add videos easily to your video list for downloading later and you can play them at any time, without having to return to the orignial web page.
  • FVD Video Downloader lets you to download videos from most websites. You can also download mp3 as well as flash games.

Web Apps

To be reviewed:

  • KeepVid.com, a free web service that is easSavevid.comy to use—copy the link of the video and paste it inside the box, click Download, then select the video file you want to download to your computer. This web service supports for various formats and video resolutions available from the source of the link.
  • Savevid.com, is a tool which gives you the ability to download videos from streaming video sites. You can download videos from Youtube, Google Videos, Metacafe and more in FLV, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV formats.
  • VideoGrabber.net, is designed for users who don't want to download any program or shareware to grab videos from their most loved video sharing sites. You just need to bring URL of the video address, it will automatically find the real video files for you, then you just click and save video file to your PC.

     

Supported Sites List: (More sites may be supported, only english sites listed here. Adult sites not listed.)

  KeepVid SaveVid VideoGrabber SaveVideo.Me
4shared Y      
5min Y Y   Y
AlterVideo.net Y      
Aniboom Y   Y  
Blip.tv Y Y Y Y
Break Y Y Y Y
CollegeHumor Y     Y
Cracked Y      
Current Y Y   Y
Dailymotion Y Y Y Y
DivxStage.eu Y      
eHow Y Y    
eBaumsWorld Y      
Facebook Y Y   Y
Flickr Y     Y
Fluckiest Y      
FunnyJunk Y      
FunnyorDie Y Y    
FunnyPlace.org Y      
GameTrailers   Y    
HowCast       Y
IGN     Y  
LiveVideo   Y    
Metacafe Y Y Y  
MySpace Y Y    
Ning Y      
Photobucket Y      
SoundCloud Y      
Spike     Y  
Stagevu Y      
TED Y      
truTV     Y  
TwitVid Y      
Ustream     Y  
Videobb Y      
Videoweed.es Y      
Veoh Y Y   Y
Vimeo Y Y Y Y
WeGame   Y    
Youtube Y Y Y Y
zShare.net Y      
 
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by DavidFB on 3. December 2014 - 2:34  (119942)

Just a note that ESET AV blocked the Kastorsoft site when I clicked that link. It indicates unwanted loads from the site. It's usually been accurate.

by MikeR on 9. July 2013 - 20:44  (109082)

VSO Downloader was the one I always recommended to friends but -- and it's suddenly a big 'but' --I'm wondering if in the urge to monetize this software, the developers are now being waaaay too deceitful?

VSO has worked fine for me until tonight, when it suddenly stopped all three YouTube downloads at the 50% mark. . . and reported that they would only be completed if I bought the 'Ultimate' version.

This makes a nonsense of the claim that VSO Downloader is freeware.

Either it is. Or it isn't. The developer is plainly trying to finesse that, because its website is nowadays noticeably coy about maximum file sizes downloaded in video streams, which was never the case before.

In a nutshell: there seems no justification for continuing to publicise VSO Downloader in any freeware list now that it has become -- and very explicitly, too -- trialware / crippleware. There's absolutely no point in downloading and using a 'free' product which downloads only half a file, and when you open its screen to see what's happening, it reports that you're using a TRIAL version and that if you want more than 50% of what you were expecting, then pay for it.

As noted: I have no objection to developers seeking to monetize their work. I do, however, have every objection to developers who try to pull this sort of stunt yet at the same time piously insist that oh my yes, their software is truly free and genuinely unrestricted, rather than being trialware or crippleware. (NB: VSO Downloader halted my downloads at 1 Mb, 1.2 Mb and 1.6Mb: it's not as if some ultimately huge download was in play here. . .)

by George.J on 10. July 2013 - 2:36  (109088)

Thanks for the info. I'll definitely check this out.

by sicknero on 22. January 2014 - 22:35  (113906)

A bit late but perhaps other people are reading this section too -

The free version of VSO is still freeware but only for certain types of streaming; RTMP streams require the licensed version so I'd guess that the inability to fully download some Youtube streams is due to some of the changes that Youtube has made over the last year or so.

I'd imagine that VSO will still work fully for some YT streams as the site seems to be a bit of a mixture.

In VSO's defence, this limitation of the free version is explained clearly on their website and it's not uncommon for vendors to include demos of licensed features in freeware versions.

by George.J on 1. March 2013 - 7:09  (105856)

I appreciate your concern and criticism Lektor, the fact is that am doing 3 things at once. I'm preparing for my PG Course, doing a Job, and volunteer at Gizmo's. I'm currently managing 5 categories: BF Web Browser, Media Player, PC Games, File Manager, Search Engine. Added to that I'm also managing Free Game of the Week series. I've stepped down from Firefox extension of the Week series, due to time limitations.

Currently am preparing a major update for BF PC Games section which should be ready by the middle of this month, which is why I didn't get enough time to edit this article. Whenever I do updates, I love to be as comprehensive as possible. Usually I do one major update in a year per article and few minor updates occasionally.

If you see here, there are plenty of categories here without editors, and most of the new editors that comes in, doesn't do anything significant [mind you, this doesn't apply to all, there are some new editors that have done impressive work here], so the team relies on the present editors to manage more categories. If there are more editors willing to come up and volunteer for significant changes or even just managing an article, the team would be more than glad, and I'd be happy to step down as the editor of this category.

Moreover, for every new category that an editor takes up, he needs some time to learn various things, and added to that especially with this one, being a new category an editor will have to start from scratch, rather than just making updates to an already reviewed category.

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