Downloading videos from YouTube, Vimeo, Vevo, or Dailymotion is not always a straightforward task, unless you count with the help of a tool like Freemake Video Downloader. This free utility just requires you to paste the URL that points at the desired video – the rest is watching the program to do all the hard work for you. It allows for batch download, so keep adding URLs to the program’s interface and let the program manage all your video downloads for you.
Having tried quite a few of these tools already, I have to say that, over the years, this is the only one I keep on my desktop. I keep using it again and again, and for various reasons. All it asks from you is to copy the corresponding URL and paste it into the program. You will then be shown a thumbnail of the video file and a list with all the possibilities that the video offers in terms of quality, codec, and size – pick the one that better fits your preferences and click “Download”. Alternatively, you can tell the program to convert the selected video into a different format (AVI, MKV, WMV, 3GP, etc.) or to extract its audio stream as an MP3 file as soon as the download has finished. You can repeat this operation as many times as you wish, and the application will manage your downloads in the most efficient way.
There are other reasons why I really enjoy using this tool – the “one-click download mode” and the speed selector, for instance. The former will allow you to set a profile with your download, conversion, audio extraction, and storage preferences, and tell the program to execute it as soon as a new URL is pasted into the corresponding box. The latter will let you limit your overall download speed, so that the program doesn't take up all your bandwidth.
The only feature I really miss in this program is a search engine that would allow me to look for videos in all the supported sites without opening my Web browser. That would really make this tool stand out from the most if not all of its competitors. Actually, it probably does already, at least when it comes to the ease of use, functionality, conversion capabilities, and flexibility. Being a free tool, no other competitor can beat Freemake Video Downloader in the pricing department either.
- Supports all the best known online video sites
- Converts your downloaded videos on the fly
- Allows you to choose the video quality
- Supports both standard and HD videos
- Extracts the audio stream and saves it as an MP3 file
- Does not offer search capabilities