It seems everyone like watching, downloading, and sharing videos from video-sharing sites like YouTube, Google Video and a ton of other similar sites these days. Whether you desire to watch the video on your iPod while working out, insert it into a PowerPoint presentation to add some spice, or download a video before it’s removed simply, it’s quite essential to know how to download, convert, and play these videos.
There are basically two ways to download videos off the Internet and that’s how I’ll split up this post: either via an online app or via a desktop application. But actually the online applications better simply because you don’t have to clutter up and slow down your computer with different kinds of software.
Here we will recommend several free online video downloaders for downloading videos from video-sharing sites.
YoutubeX, as the name mentions, permits you to download videos from YouTube. Obviously, it only supports YouTube, but it has a number of other features, such as the ability to play your video on the website and find popular videos quickly.
ClipNabber allows you to download videos from YouTube, Metacafe, etc by simply copying and pasting the URL. It is quick and simple to use. You’ll then get a link whereby you can download the file to your computer, iPod, iPhone or any other media player. But you’ll need to have an FLV player for the YouTube videos.
VidDownloader supports about 10 websites including the major ones and can download the videos in DivX AVI format. It’s very easy to use and can also extract only the audio from a video by selecting “Just Audio” on the download page. You don’t have to worry about having an FLV player since it converts the files to Windows format.
VideoDownloader is a FireFox extension, but also permits you to paste in any URL from many sites like Blip. TV, iFilm and even social networking sites like MySpace. You can also download a free FLV player from their website to play the videos.