It seems that everyone these days like to download videos from the website for later watching, sharing or other purposes. Whatever the purpose, it is quite essential to know how to download, convert and play these videos.
Due to the old "Right click, Save as" strategy doesn't always work nowadays, this post collects 10 best ways for you to download any video off the internet. You can either download videos from a desktop application or via a web app. No matter you are Windows, Mac OS or even Linux users, you can find the tool you need here.
- Part 1: Free Web Services to Download Videos from Websites
- Part 2: Video Downloader for your Desktop
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KeepVid is a fabulous video downloading site but it is down and we find an excellent alternative to it - VidPaw. It works not only for YouTube but for a number of other sites, including Google video, Facebook video, DailyMotion and more. What made me impressive about this site is that it allows you to select the quality to download your video. Besides, it provides extension for Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, etc. By installing VidPaw extension in your browser, you will get the Download button under the videos you watch so that you can download videos quickly.
ClipConverter is a fast and easy-to-use Web app, which allows you to record, convert and download nearly any audio or video URL to common formats.
Currently supported services: YouTube (720p, 1080p, 4K), Vimeo and many more.
3. Video DownloadHelper (Firefox)
Though Video DownloadHelper is available only for Firefox, this simple and well-known add-on is still one of the best and easiest ways to download videos off the website, and not only from YouTube. In addition, you can easily control such things as file renaming, shortcut keys, social sharing, etc., through this tool's preferences.
4. Hey! Watch
This is an online video transcoding web service that converts video into portable media player formats. The graphical interface is very nice and there are lots of features and options, such as the ability to download videos from the web directly to an FTP server or to online storage.
Zamzar is a free online file conversion web application that can not only download videos off the Internet but convert it to AVI, MPEG, 3GP, MP4, MOV, etc. It is easy-to-use, but the interface is not so attractive.
6. FonePaw Screen Recorder (Recommended)
If you worry about the problem about copyright of YouTube videos, you can try to record the playing video and save it as a new one. You are able to lock the windows of the YouTube player and only capture the playing video. Then you can customize it as your own with annotation tool or set the output format as you like.
Orbit Downloader supports HTTP/FTP/HTTPS/RTSP/MMS/RTMP protocols and provides a total solution to download rich media. Due to its P2P download technology, you can enjoy very fast (up to 500% faster, they say) download speed. Better still, video from sites like YouTube, music from sites like Pandora, and files from sites like Rapidshare are embedded in it.
This application can catch YouTube, Google Video, and Grinvi video links from your clipboard. Start it up, copy the video URL and click download. It automatically converts the videos to MPEG or AVI formats.
9. Get Tube (For Mac OS X Users)
Get Tube is an OS X application for downloading video or audio from the YouTube site. It is compatible with Safari and Firefox. While you surf YouTube, you'll see a new button in the browser, click it and you'll be able to download the featured video in a matter of seconds. The obvious downside of this application is that it only supports two output formats: MP3 and MP4.
10. Youtube-dl (For Linux Users)
For Linux users, Youtube-dl could be a good choice to download website videos. It is a small command-line program to download videos from YouTube.com and a few more sites without platform limitation.
We tried to cover as many as platforms as possible so that you can easily find one tool that can help you download your favorite videos. I'm sure that the arsenal of video downloaders will grow, so this list will be updated from time to time.