25 Free Ways To Download Video from Internet

By Partho, Gaea News Network
Saturday, January 17, 2009

Downloading and sharing videos from the internet is no more a leisure time entertainment. Its an obsession that has innumerable use cases these days.  Things have rolled on with an array of sites YouTube, Google Video, MetaCafe, DailyMotion, Veoh, Break and loads of others ready to share videos. Well, for me, videos were not merely something that enhanced my PowerPoint presentations. It was the whim that led me to download the official sequel to Evolution of Dance as well as engineering tutorials from YouTube, to watch it on my Epoq MP4 Watch. So today I intend to share it all with you. The software, the direct web sources and many more such places to help you download your chosen video.

There are tons of free web services that allow you to download videos from the video-sharing site. For me the freely available web applications were the best. No clutters or slow down with these software. Alternately, you can also download videos via desktop applications.

Given the downloads, you can make things more exciting with a list of all the best video sharing websites for watching movies,documentaries, standups and TV shows.

I’ll bring you 25 of these free video downloaders that carry a decent rapo.

1. Download Videos

It a easy-to-use suite that supports downloads from major sites including YouTube and MySpace. Their site also offers you free download of FLV player, great to play the  YouTube videos.


2. VideoDownloader 2.0

Essentially a Firefox extension, you can paste URL from many sites such as Blip.TV, iFilm, and even social networking sites such as MySpace. Also download a free FLV player from their site to play videos.


3. Vixy.net

This is a great stuff that not only downloads online videos, but also converts them to AVI, MOV, MP4, 3GP, or MP3 in case you need to extract the audio from the file. No need to download a FLV player when you can convert the it to a Windows Video format.


4. KeepVid

With it you can download videos from almost any video sharing website. To make things easier for you with a Top Videos section that allows you to download most watched videos faster.


5. KcoolOnline

The web site claims to support more than 98 video sites the list including MySpace, iFilm, CollegeHumor etc. After download, rename the files with .FLV extension and enjoy the video.


6. ClipNabber

It’s offers the quickest way to download videos from YouTube, Metacafe, etc. Just copy the URL and past it in ClipNabber, you’ll get a link using which you can download the video to your iPhone, iPod or computer. To play the YouTube video use a FLV player.


7. Zamzar

It is a free conversion web application that allows you to convert the videos from Internet to AVI, MPEG, 3GP, MP4, MOV, etc. More so you can also use application to convert between audio, image, and document formats.


8.Media converter

To access this application you are required to create an account and  log in. It’s mostly used to download videos from YouTube. You can also download video from other sites using their video download program, but just 5 sites.


9. VidDownloader

It supports around 10 sites that includes all the major ones. You can download them in DivX AVI format. To extract the audio from video, it’s quite simple,  select the “Just Audio” button on the download page and you are done. Further, it allows you to convert the files into Windows format. No FLV player needed.


10. HeyWatch

This allows online video encoding that encodes video into different formats including HD in a jiffy. The graphical interface is quite impressive and includes some commendable features like transferring a video from the web directly to an FTP server or to online storage.


11. VideoRonk

It’s a versatile application that lets you searches for the most popular videos across multiple video-sharing websites such as YouTube, MetaCafe, Google Video and DailyMotion. Watch them on VideoRonk, else download them on your computer. You’ll need a FLV player to watch them.


12. YoutubeX

It’s exclusively designed for the Youtube lovers. YoutubeX offers some other features like finding popular sites easily.


13. DownThisVideo

With a user friendly interface and handy tag clouds at top you can click on it to find videos quickly. Popular videos of the site include Anime, etc.Favorite with Japanese.


14. VideoDL

This application supports download from three sites YouTube, Google Video, and Break.  Just copy the URL of the video and and paste it onto the text box.



Download videos from YouTube, MySpace, Metcafe, Lulu. It allows you to convert the videos for your cell phone, iPhone, iPod, PC

16. FlashLynx

It’s an easy to use online video downloader program. You can download video files from several online video libraries including YouTube and Myspace.


17. Video CodeZone

Without installing any software or scripts to your PC, it allows you to download and convert videos from popular websites.


18. KeepV

This is your application to download YouTube, MySpace and Google. It offers you to convert either MOV, 3GP, AVI, iPod or PSP format.


For Mac users

19. iSkysoft

If you are a Mac user and want download video from video sharing sites, this is for you. It allows you to download FLV videos from YouTube, Google, Break, Metacafe, MySpace, Gofish and other video sharing sites.


20. AIIMyTube

This is another impressive online video downloader for Mac OS. AIIMyTube supports download from popular sites like YouTube, Yahoo, Google Video, Break, Metacafe, MySpace, Gofish. Youku, 56, Tudou, etc. It also enables conversions, so you can play the videos on you iPod, PSP, PS3, Apple TV creative Zen.


21. Sothink

This web video downloader for Firefox is a simple tool download videos from YouTube, Google, MSN and almost all popular video sites.You can use for Windows, Linux and Mac OS. This video download tool helps to download embedded Flash videos and direct Flash video content in different formats including flv, swf, wmv, asf, avi, mov, rm and rmvb. It also offers you a free FLV Player download to play the videos.


Desktop applications

In case you are looking for desktop applications here’s your list.

22. Orbit Downloader

Obviously one of my prime choices when it comes to desktop application. Its possible to download any type of social media off the Internet. With it you can download videos from MySpace, YouTube, Rapidshare, Pandora, and several other sites. What adds flavor is the cool interface and small footprint.


23. Ares Tube

It small-sized, easy- to- use application. You need to enter the URLs into a queue and the videos will be downloaded in batches. Ares Tube allows you to convert the format so that you can use it on your Pod, MP4, MPG, etc.


24. VDownloader

It’s a small application that can download videos from many sites and converts them to AVI or MPG format.


25. YouTubeGrabber

Not a fancy program. It requires you to take URL and download files. You are allowed no conversions and so install an FLV player to watch the videos.


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[Source: makeuseof.com]


Purnendu Dash
April 1, 2010: 8:01 am

A great article

March 31, 2010: 6:51 pm

I use the “Save video plugin for Internet Explorer” to download videos from the internet. It even works with the new sites, shows the properties of video before downloading (duration, size, etc.). It has a in-built FLV player with playlist support, video rotation and many other useful features…

February 10, 2010: 10:54 am

hai,please suggest me how to download vedios from internet…which software is best….

December 10, 2009: 1:16 am

what a good downloader

August 25, 2009: 12:35 pm

i want to 25 free ways to download video

June 2, 2009: 2:57 pm

Great post! Thanks a lot for given this…

Kelly J.
May 28, 2009: 9:26 pm

I use Bytescout Movies Extractor tool to save YouTube videos. Although it’s not free but it’s worth every penny I paid for it - it has much more options than any free downloader. Nevertheless, your selection is great and can be of use for many people.

May 27, 2009: 11:45 am

Thank you for given this great article!!!

February 24, 2009: 11:48 pm

downloading videos is rather hard

Jeff Paul Scam
February 17, 2009: 8:12 am

Great article. I guess the only difference between a traditional marketer and an internet marketer is that traditional marketer talk and internet marketers listen.

Jim Ellison
February 12, 2009: 5:41 pm

At 70 and a sailor, hence the email id, I like to download simple one-song music videos to play while on the lake where there is no cable (thank God). I have a DVD recorder and can separate individual videos from GAC-TV, Vh1, etc. and reorganize them onto a DVD and play at will. BUT how do I copy the music videos from internet sites that won’t let me copy (GAC, RollngStone, etc)? I would be happy if they would sell the music vids as they do mp3’s which I also buy.
So any help would be appreciated.
Thank you.

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