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Firefox extensions:


Download Embedded (only for embedded objects)

DownloadHelper (also for embedded objects)

Fast Video Download


Google Video Downloader

Ivy Video Converter Extension (also converter)

Media Pirate

Ook? Video Ook!

PBreak 2.6 dowint.NET

UnPlug (all media files)

Video Download


* MediaPlayerConnectivity (Allow you to launch embed video

of website in an external application with a simple click)


Ares Tube (browser)

BPS YouTube Google Video Grabber $20

ImTOO YouTube Video Converter $29


My Video Downloader $30

Orbit Downloader (also download manager)



VideoGet $20

Xilisoft YouTube Video Converter $35

ZillaTube $30





FLvix.com (also converter)

Hey! Watch (also converter)





MediaConverter (also converter)








Vixy (also converter)

YouTube Downloader



Zamzar (also converter)


All-In-One Video Bookmarklet

All-In-One Video Script

Online Converters:


Offline Converters:


VLC (also media player)

New Concept:


I'm still collecting... After that can I say what the best option is.

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It's all about Download, (Convert) and Watch.

Best Downloader:

Of the Firefox extensions is absolutely Unplug the best tool. Its supports all known media sites (what some of the other extensions also do), but Unplug scans the page and if it doesn't know there the data comes from it can guess. The guess function works most time like a charm. The extension can use extern websites like KeepVid and VideoDownloader to get better results. Also is there a FlashBlock workaround included and there is support for DownThemAll!. At last is there an option to play the media directly in your favorite media player of to stream (and save it) with VLC.

I'm sure no it's not needed to use an extern program, or pay for a program, but later I will check this options.

About all the sites, I would go for VideoDownloader.net (check the supporting list in this post). I'm haven't checked all the sites that VideoDownloader must support so discussion about this is possible.

If you're going for the easiest solution, go for the All-In-One Video Bookmarklet. Just add the bookmark to your favorites. If you want to download a video from a site click an you bookmark, and the All-In-One Video Bookmarklet will give you the download links. It's supporting most sites, but not so many as VideoDownloader. You must know that video download sites using scripts like this bookmarket. The only different thing is that sites involves third party interaction.

Best Converter:

There are download sites that can also convert, but it's not so good as the regular converting sites. Sure is that Media-Convert supports most inputs and outputs (check the supporting list in this post).

Also is it not needed to pay for a converter. Can anyone give a link to a better converter then SUPER (check the supporting list in this post)?

An other option is to watch the downloaded video's directly in you media player. You can use VLC Media Player (so you don't need codecs), or just use a codec pack like the Vista Codec Package. So you can watch all media files in your favorite media player.

Two-In-One Solution:

I know only one Firefox extension which can download and convert. It's working, so if you like Ivy Video Converter Extension, use it.

I've see really interesting extern programs, but I'm not sure of it's good enough to pay for, so I will later check this options.

The best site I come across is ZAMZAR. Files up to 100MB in size (check the supporting list in this post).

VideoDownloader.net supporting list: (still growing)


Youtube, Google Video, iFilm, Metacafe, Dailymotion, Myspace.


Angry Alien, AnimeEpisodes.Net, Badjojo, Blastro, Blennus, Blip.tv, Bofunk, Bolt, Break.com, Castpost, CollegeHumor, Current TV, Dachix, Danerd, DailySixer.com, DevilDucky, Double Agent, eVideoShare, EVTV1, FindVideos, Free Video Blog, Grinvi, Grouper, Hiphopdeal, Kontraband, Lulu TV, Midis.biz, Music.com, MusicVideoCodes.info, MySpace Video Code, Newgrounds, NothingToxic, PcPlanets, Pixparty, PlsThx, Putfile, Revver, Sharkle, SmitHappens, StreetFire, That Video Site, TotallyCrap, VideoCodes4U, VideoCodesWorld, VideoCodeZone, vidiLife, Vimeo, vSocial, Yikers, ZippyVideos.

Media-Convert supporting list: (still growing)

Media-Convert is 100% free. No software is needed, and you don't have to register. Convert audio files, video, presentation, document, spreadsheet, etc.

- Convert files up to 150 Mb.

- Split audio files: choose split points, listen immediately and retry until its ok.

- You do not have to install software on your computer, which can contain viruses, spy wares, etc.

- Use it from everywhere in the world through Internet. You can use Media

- Convert at the office, in a cybercafé, or with the PC of a friend, and then download the result quietly to your mp3 reader, cell phone or any other hardware.

- Learn Morse code with the text to Morse converter

Document & text Formats:

Raw text, html, xhtml, Microsoft Word, rtf, pdf, ps, Open Office, Star Writer, Pocket Word, Word Perfect, csv, dBase,

Microsoft Excel, Pocket Excel, Lotus 123, Quattro Pro, Star Calc, Open Office spreadsheet, MathML, Star Math,

Open Office math, Microsoft Powerpoint, Star Impress, Open Office presentation.

Archive Formats:

7z, bz2, bza, cab, gz, lha, lzh, rar, tar, tgz, yz1, zip.

Movie Formats:

3g2, 3gp, amv, asf, avi, dv, fli, flv, gvi, mkv, mov, mp4, mpg, ogm, rm, swf, vob, wmv.

Picture Formats:

Avs, bmp, cin, dcx, dib, dpx, fits, gif, ico, jfif, jpe, jpeg, jpg, miff, otb, p7, palm, pam, pbm, pcd, pcds, pcl, pcx, pgm, pict, png, pnm, ppm, psd, ras, sgi, sun, tga, tif, tiff, wmf, xbm, xpm, yuv, cgm, dxf, emf, eps, met, mvg, odg, otg, std, svg, sxd, wmf.

Sound Formats:

Wav, mp3, wma, ogg, acc, mp4, flac, vqf (Yamaha TwinVQ), mpc (Musepack), ra (Real Audio), amr, mmf, au, aiff, qcp, 3gp.

Also it converts Amiga files (8SVF, MAUD), Psion files (PRC, WVE), SNDT, SF, SoundBlaster VOC, AVR, TXW,

Soundtracker files (MOD, XM FastTracker, IT ImpulseTracker, S3M ScreamTracker), ...

SUPER supporting list: (still growing)

- Plays & converts very fast full length movies to any other format without any time or function limitation.

- Play and save Internet Media Streams with different protocols (mms:// rtsp:// http://)

- Does NOT require any additional external codec to be installed. Necessary codecs are built in!

- Compatible with most Windows platforms.

- Easy to use.


aac, ac3, amr_nb (for ring tones), amr_wb, mmf (for ring tones), mp2, mp3, mpc (MusePack), ogg, wav, wma, 3gp,

3g2, Pocket PC files, iPod, iPod 5.5G, ps3, psp, Zune, vcd, svcd, dvd, avi, mp4, mov, asf, flv, mpg, ogg, wmv, gif, avs,

dat, flv, mkv, qt, rm , ram, rmvb, ra, str, swf, ts, viv.

ZAMZAR supporting list: (still growing)

Zamzar supports conversion between a wide variety of different file formats, and support for new formats were added all the time.

Document formats:

cvs, doc, docx, html, odp, ods, odt, pcx, pdf, ppt, ps, rtf, txt, wpd, wps, xls, xml.

Image formats:

bmp, gif, jpg, pcx, png, tga, tiff, wbmp, wmf.

Music Formats:

aac, ac3, flac, m4a, mmf, mp3, ogg, ra, ram, wav, wma.

Video formats:

3gp, avi, flv, gvi, iphone, ipod, m4a, m4v, mov, mp4, mpg, ogg, rm, rmvb,vob, wmv.

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Thanks for the excellent posts, Inferi0r!

I still use Vixy.net for now but it is often overloaded. I'll be looking to try one of these other methods the next time I have trouble.

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Orbit downloader can download hundreds of video webiste, including youtube and google. And it's free. Why not use it?

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@Inferi0r: here are some updates:

The Orbit link in the first post isn't working...should be http://www.orbitdownloader.com/

HeyWatch! apparently costs money.

MediaConverter requires registration.

Zamzar has another URL for YouTube: http://zamzar.com/url/

Zamzar requires that you input your email address.

Vixy.net and FLvix.com both have issues...the sites are up, but they provide inconsistent service. (Connecting to the server...) FLvix.com appears to be doing better than vixy.net.

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  • 4 weeks later...

Many of these names are so similar that it is tough to tell them apart. I couldn't find this one in the current list:

Easy Video Downloader

With Easy Video Downloader you can easily download videos from YouTube, Google Video and save it as AVI (High Quality for PC) or MPEG4 (for iPod, PSP).

Easy Video Downloader is completely free software!

The user interface of Easy Video Downloader is very simple, so you don't need any technical knowledge to use it. No need to use scripts for web browsers. Just run Easy Video Downloader and start downloading!

All you need to do is to paste URL of movie and press Start button.

If you haven't flash player to play videos from YouTube just select "Save as AVI" and Easy Video Downloader automatically convert video to avi format.

Easy Video Downloader is a completly FREE Software. It contains absolutely NO ADWARE, NO SPYWARE, NO REGISTRATION, NO POPUPS, NO MALWARE or other unwanted software.

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yet another youtube downloader http://www.save2pc.com/full/. It has also free version http://www.save2pc.com/

1. Download videos from Youtube, Google Video, Myspace Video, Break.com, DailyMotion.com etc...

2. Automatic URL-parsing and multi-thread downloading. Download several files at the same time.

3. Save the downloaded video into various formats: AVI, MPEG, FLV or even WMV

4. Preview selected videos before downloading. Get the size, length, rating, views of a file before downloading it

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How to get the direct download link without using any website or windows application.

For the author's guide, Click Here

1. Go to the Youtube video that you want to download.

2. Right Click to any vacant space->View source

2. Find, Press CTRL+F and type "watch_fullscreen?"

3. Copy the next String starting FROM "Video_id=...." UP TO "title" only, no more "=" character at the end.

example: Video_id=Qybdjs.....title

direct download link is....

www.youtube.com/get_video? + COPIED string

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Or in the FireFox cache, assuming it is one of the last things you watched, look for a large file (all files in the cache are a series of 11 letters and numbers with no extension) that is near the last in time to be cached. Copy it, save it with the name you want and add .flv.


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I think, for my opinion...this is a Nice and unique hack...it is very difficult to find a people sharing like this...

The technology behind those websites...Windows Applications that downloads youtube videos is the SAME as this...

Only automatically parsing through HTML codes.

For me, View Source and finding is much Handy...

Anyway, thanks for the author


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GetTubeVideo is high performance online video download manager that lets you get most every video on the web. GetTubeVideo allows you to download videos directly to your computer from most online video sites and automatically convert it to variety of video formats.

GetTubeVideo features:

  • Download videos from YouTube and XTube kind sites
  • Extract audio from YouTube kind videos
  • Extract audio from any video file
  • Convert any video file between all popular video formats (3GP, ASF, AVI, FLV, MOV, MP4, MPEG, WMV)
  • Convert any audio file between all popular audio formats (MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA)
  • Ability to setup width/height of encoding video

List of the most popular supported sites:

  • youtube.com
  • video.yahoo.com
  • myspace.com
  • metacafe.com
  • dailymotion.com
  • video.google.com
  • hi5.com
  • archive.org
  • badjojo.com
  • bangbros.com
  • bebo.com
  • blip.tv
  • boysfood.com
  • break.com
  • broadcaster.com
  • buzznet.com
  • camelstyle.net
  • crunchyroll.com
  • dachix.com
  • gametrailers.com
  • gofish.com
  • heaven666.org
  • ifilm.com
  • imeem.com
  • kaktuz.com
  • lifeout.com
  • liveleak.com
  • livevideo.com
  • megarotic.com
  • megavideo.com
  • mtv.com
  • multiply.com
  • netlog.com
  • peekvid.com
  • perfspot.com
  • photobucket.com
  • pornotube.com
  • redtube.com
  • revver.com
  • ringo.com
  • rude.com
  • sexyandfunny.com
  • sexyclips.org
  • sidereel.com
  • smog.pl
  • sports.espn.go.com
  • tagged.com
  • uncutvideo.aol.com
  • xtube.com
  • youporn.com
  • yuvutu.com
  • zedge.net

More Information & Download

I've use the AIO Video Bookmarklet to download the Flash Video files (flv) directly and watch them in Media Player Classic (mplayerc.exe) directly (with FFDShow installed), no transcoding needed. :)

As for extracting the audio there FLV Extract.

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