How To: Download Videos from YouTube using Freemake Video Downloader
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With literally thousands of video clips available for streaming via sharing sites such as YouTube, Google Video, Dailymotion and the likes, most users of these services will find some gems that they want to watch over and over again, repeatedly. Of course, there is no better way of doing this than having a local copy of your favourite video clips stored on the computer, as no internet access is required to watch them, and they can also be converted to MP4 or 3GP and viewed on a portable media device.
Tools that offer a downloading option for Flash videos streamed on these sharing sites are legion, but some work better than others. One of the fastest and most reliable is Freemake Video Downloader, from the makers of the excellent Freemake Video Converter. In addition to its speed and robustness, Freemake Video Downloader also offers a greater number of sites to download from and an audio capturing feature. It is capable of converting files directly to AVI, MKV, 3GP, MP3, iPod, PSP, and Android formats.
To get started with this excellent freeware application, check out our simple guide below.
Begin by clicking the Related Download link for this article and fetching the installer file for Freemake Video Downloader. Once the file FreemakeVideoDownloaderv184.108.40.206.exe has downloaded, locate it in your downloads folder and run the file to commence the installation process. Follow the on-screen prompts. If you wish to install either the Firefox or Chrome plug-in, which integrate the check the Freemake Video Downloader functionality into the browser, check the relevant boxes and click Next.
Check the Launch Freemake Video Downloader box and click OK to finalise the installation process. The application interface is displayed shortly afterward.
Access a video sharing site such as YouTube, Veoh, Metacafe, Stupidvideos, Vimeo, Megavideo, Dailymotion or MyVideo (click here for a list of supported video sharing sites) and locate a video to download using Freemake Video Downloader. Click the video so that it begins playing in your web-browser.
Whilst the video is playing in the web-browser, copy the URL to your clipboard. Do this by highlighting all of the text in the address bar (e.g. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nr9ylYtkdCs) and pressing CTRL and C, or right-clicking and choosing Copy.
Switch back to Freemake Video Downloader and click Paste URL. The application detects the address to the video clip in your clipboard and adds it to the download queue.
Select the output format using the green buttons along the bottom of the Freemake Video Downloader interface. Each category contains a number of related formats, one of which can be specified in the next screen. For example, choosing Apple allows you to then select a specific device from a dropdown list, including iPad, iPhone 3 or 4, and a range of different iPod models.
Once you have selected an output category and format, click Convert to start the download process. This stage may take several minutes, depending on the speed of your internet connection, the size of the video clip and the processing power of your computer. A progress bar keeps you informed of the download status.
When the progress bar fills up entirely, the video clip will be available in the user\videos folder within Windows.
Tips & Advice
- You can queue up multiple files for download using Freemake Video Downloader. Simply add as many different addresses as you require using the Paste URL option, and choose your output format. Freemake Video Downloader will work through the list and output the files to the user\videos folder in Windows, and can be left unattended as no user interaction is required.
- Ensure you do not use Freemake Video Downloader to download copyrighted or commercial content from the internet, as this is illegal in most countries.