A year ago I mentioned a great free program for downloading content from Youtube. Since I wrote about it, there's been a handful of new versions and lots of additional features added, so I thought I'd mention it again.
The program in question is Freemake Video Downloader, which you can find at http://www.freemake.com/free_video_downloader/. The download, which runs on all recent versions of Windows, is less than 2 MB, though it'll download another 11 MB during setup.
Once you've installed the program, the easiest option is to click the button and turn on one-click downloading. Specify where you want the downloaded files to be stored, whether you want to optimize for speed or quality, and how you want the downloads to work. A full video download? Or just extract the audio to an MP3 file?
Once you're done, fire up Youtube in your browser, select a video, then flip to FVD and click the Paste URL button. That's all there is to it. In just a few seconds your video or audio file will be on your computer, ready to watch or listen to offline.
Freemake Video Downloader is free of viruses, according to VirusTotal. However, please be aware that the program uses the Open Candy advertising system, which is classed as malware by the NOD antivirus scanner. Open Candy is not malicious, but it does attempt to persuade you to install other programs and features (such as internet toolbars) that you may not want. Pay careful attention during the installation phase, and ensure that you untick any boxes which mention features that you don't want. You'll be perfectly safe, and have a great free program as well.
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