Nowadays, watching videos has become a major part of our daily entertaining life. Sometimes watch for news, and sometimes for amusement. Then how to download those videos from websites, such as YouTube, Google Video or MySpace? There are solutions, without charge. I have collected some offering free web services for downloading videos from video-sharing sites, and want to share them with you here.
ClipNabber allows you to download videos from YouTube, Metacafe, etc. by simply copying and pasting the URL. You’ll then get a link whereby you can download the file to your computer, iPod, iPhone, or any other media player. You’ll need to have an FLV player for the YouTube videos. It works fast and is very easy to use.
DownThisVideo has a nice tag cloud at the top that you can click on to find videos quickly. It is mostly used by Japanese because the popular videos are mostly Anime. However, you can still use it to download any YouTube video.
3. Hey! Watch
Hey! Watch is an online video encoding web service that quickly encodes video into different formats including HD. The graphical interface is very nice and there are lots of features and options, such as the ability to transfer any video from the web directly to an FTP server or to online storage.
KeepVid also supports just what any other video sharing site does. The only difference about this site is that it also has a Top Videos section, so you can quickly download the most watched videos around the web.
KcoolOnline supports more than 98 video sites including MySpace, CollegeHumor, iFilm, etc. You’ll have to rename the files you download from YouTube with the FLV extension at the end.
6. Media Converter
Media Converter is similar to ZamZar and vixy.net, but requires you to create an account and log-in. Also, it seems to only support downloading and converting videos from YouTube. You can also download their video download program, but it only supports 5 sites.
On VideoRonk you can search across multiple video-sharing sites such as Google Video, YouTube, MetaCafe and DailyMotion, to find the most popular videos on each of them. You can either watch them on VideoRonk or download them to your computer in FLV format.
On Vixy.net you can not only download online videos, but also convert them to AVI, MOV, MP4, 3GP, or MP3 (if you want to extract the audio from the file). Using this site, you don’t have to worry about downloading a FLV player as you can convert it to Windows format (Same as Zamzar).
VidDownloader supports about 10 sites including the major ones and can download the videos in DivX AVI format. It’s very easy to use and can also extract the audio from a video by choosing “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.
Zamzar is a free online file conversion web application that can not only convert videos off the Internet to AVI, MPEG, 3GP, MP4, MOV, etc., but also convert between audio, image, and document formats. Paste the URL into Step 1, and then you can convert the file to your favorite format.