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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 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.

by ghiathmatar on 13. December 2012 - 18:36  (103600)

Thanks again George.

I had a look at the suggested items and it looked like clipNabber (Freecorder 7 is what they call it on their site) was the one that had the features I wanted. Downloaded their installer and let that execute. A small window said something like "downloading or installing your software" (it flashed so quickly I barely had time to read what it said) then another window in black and grey with a circle icon flashed for a millisecond and disappeared). then...nothing.

This thing is supposed to sit in the browser (according to their promo video) but nothing has appeared in any of my browsers so far (I have Opera, Chrome and IE, though the last I hardly ever use except in cases of sites that aren't compatible with the first 2).

Anyway I am just wondering what I may have done wrong as I see no trace of this thing I just downloaded and installed, and I'm a bit concerned...

Thanks for your help.

by Anupam on 13. December 2012 - 20:00  (103606)

Sometimes sites can make downloading a video difficult, and so conventional download software, which require you to post a URL of the video page won't work. Sometime ago, I had faced such a request from my friend, and that time I had got the opportunity to test some software, and I was successful with a few products. You can try them and see if they work for you.

StreamTransport : http://www.streamtransport.com/

This has a quite unique way of downloading videos. It has an inbuilt browser, where you paste the URL, and then it starts detecting elements on the page. When it comes across the video element, it shows details about it in a window below the browsing box, and then the Download button can be pressed to download the video. Should work in most cases.

VSO Downloader : http://www.vso-software.fr/products/downloader/vso-downloader.php

This one is also unique in its working. When it runs, it just listens and waits to detect any video stream in any of the browsers. Once it detects the video stream, it starts downloading. The automatic downloading can be controlled via the settings.

Real Downloader : http://www.real.com/realdownloader

It first used to be integrated with the Real Player, but is now available as a separate download. It installs plugin into the browser. When a video is played, and you move the mouse over it, a Download button will be displayed clicking which the video will start downloading.

FlashGot : https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/flashgot/

Although it's main use is to integrate download managers with Firefox, but it can detect multimedia streams also, and displays a small flashing icon besides the address bar, pressing which the stream can be downloaded.

Hope this helps.

by ghiathmatar on 14. December 2012 - 2:16  (103614)

Thanks Anupam.

I will check out the above recommendations, but as soon as I have found out where the last program I (supposedly) downloaded and installed is on my computer (maybe I muddled up my question above, because ClipNapper(aka freecorder7) never got as far as appearing anywhere on my system for me to try to use it to download any videos.

When I open/run the installer (freecorder7-setup) a small window appears and it says "downloading installer" then when thats done another bigger window with graphics of the Freecorder asks me to accept terms and conditions, which when I do then a third widndow flashes for less than half a second saying "your software is downloading" with a progress bar but turns off and...thats it...nothing, no warning from my ms firewall or av (trendmicro virusbuster) about the download, nothing churning in the hd and no sign of the blasted thing anywhere either downloading or installing or anything. I checked both program files folders in C: and they contain nothing under the name Freecorder or clipnabber.

...and that was my previous question. Any tips how to trace this thing on my system would be appreciated. Cheers

by Anupam on 16. December 2012 - 17:10  (103654)

OK, I installed Freecorder on my PC. On the install window, it shows that it installs plugins for Firefox, and IE. I don't know if it installs for other browsers, because I don't have others. You will have to check in their extensions etc. Maybe only for Firefox and IE.

After it shows installing plugin messages, then it downloads Freecorder core, and then at the end of installation it showed two screens, one for installing iClaro, and another for some PC maintenance software, both of which I declined. After that, it opened its website page, where it was shown how to use it.

On Firefox, it installs both a plug-in, and an extension. The extension can be removed easily, but for plugin, you will have to search by the dll name, I think.

I too hardly use IE, and I have IE 6 on my system. When I opened it, Freecorder button was not there, but on checking the add-ons manager, it shows that Freecorder is indeed install in the form of a dll. So, in case you want to remove it, the dll file will have to be deleted. I think this can be done with the help of HiJackThis.

It does not install itself in Program Files, or elsewhere, so just the plugins, and dll files have to be deleted. Since you do not use Firefox, only the IE add-on has to be deleted, which is a dll file.

Personally, I didn't like the program, and won't use it, because it seems intrusive to me. There are better programs out there. I didn't test its downloading capabilities though, because I am not impressed with the software itself. Good luck removing it.

by ghiathmatar on 17. December 2012 - 2:06  (103659)

That was very kind of you Anupam. I will get stuck into removing whatever is left of this thing on my system soon. BTW, I wonder what name those dll files appear under. I had a look among the IE add-ons and there seems to be nothing under *Freecorder*.

I am just in the midst of switching over from TrendMicro Cloud (30 day trial to Avast free, so once I have made sure everything is OK I would like to get back to you to look for a decent, light and simple video downloader. I remember I had one called Orbit or something (downloader and converter) on my old acer laptop, which worked OK, but I wouldnt mind trying a better prog/app.

Thanks again
GM

by Anupam on 17. December 2012 - 9:29  (103662)

For IE, I think the dll was called shell.dll, or something like that, definitely had shell in it. What's your version of IE? There should be something if Freecorder was installed properly.

And I already gave a list of good video downloaders to you in an earlier post. Those are quite good, and I used them personally. For simple URL based downloads from YouTube, Vimeo and similar sites... Freemake Video Downloader worked best for me. xVideoServiceThief is also good, but it downloads as flv file... whereas Freemake downloads as mp4.

by Anupam on 14. December 2012 - 7:51  (103617)

I haven't used Clipnabber, but I will try to install on my system, and see how it goes. Will get back to you.

by ghiathmatar on 14. December 2012 - 10:41  (103619)

Good on you mate.

Done a bit of checking around and it seems this prog/app is known as vixy freecorder now (clipNabber.com was supposed to be an online vid.grab. site but no longer it seems) They have a youtube promo video where many people are saying they are having probs. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObyucebFizs
I did send an email to their support, thru their help page but no reply so far(Clipgrabber News page lists the last item -redesign- in Dec 2010!). This package (freecoder) promises so many good features it sounds too good to be true, and it is looking like an endless loop scam, but I may be wrong after all.

by Anupam on 14. December 2012 - 12:54  (103621)

Wouldn't be surprising if it is. The multimedia categories, specially the converters, downloaders etc, have most spam and scam, so have to be really careful using them. I havent used or heard ClipNabber before. And I also hate software which install online with their own setup starter, like this one. Well, I will install it in a virtual environment tomorrow maybe, to see what happens.

by ghiathmatar on 13. December 2012 - 9:50  (103567)

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.

I usually trust recommendations made here but I am very disappointed with the iwisoft downloader:

1-It does not detect anything in Chrome (for me the biggest minus)

2-The claim that it detects and is able to d/l ANY LIVE video (what does that mean anyway, live stream?) in any site is not true. It detected a news stations YouTube channel (aljazeera) but failed to connect or start any download. Ditto for BBC news broadcasts which are available on Livestation and on their own dedicated site.

I wish I could say I did not waste my time with this software, but it seems that I did.

by George.J on 13. December 2012 - 11:37  (103581)

The products have not yet been tested, and all are in the To-Be-Reviewed section. Try the initial products in the list.

by ghiathmatar on 13. December 2012 - 14:15  (103585)

Thanks for that, George.

But I am a bit confused...which "initial products in the list" are you referring to, since everything above is marked as "To Be Reviewed"?

Cheers,
GM

by George.J on 13. December 2012 - 17:21  (103593)

FreeMake, Ashampoo, ClipNabber

by Grace784 on 28. September 2012 - 8:12  (99894)

Thank you very much for sharing us with such a large source of free Video Downloader. I really like it. But for converting online videos, I personally find video ripper (videoripper.me) better. It is as easy-to-use as Keepvid, also free. The only thing I want to mention is that it allows us to convert videos to lots of formats.

by Jen_JM (not verified) on 27. September 2012 - 9:58  (99836)

I really like using torch (www.torchbrowser.com). It's great with videos from YouTube.

by Kjell Inge Sandvik (not verified) on 22. September 2012 - 9:14  (99591)

The best video downloader in my opinion is JDownloader (http://jdownloader.org/). Takes almost anything.

by George.J on 22. September 2012 - 15:17  (99600)

I'll take a look at it.

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