Freemake Video Downloader is an easy-to-use software tool created to allow you to download videos directly from YouTube and other popular sites, including - but not limited to - Daily Motion, Metacafe, Megavideo, MTV, Facebook, and Twitter. In addition, it also allows you to extract the audio of the downloaded videos and to convert them into other formats.
This program requires Microsoft .NET 4.0 Framework installed on your system in order to work properly. The program's installer automatically detects whether you have it or not, and in case you do not, it may download it and install it for you. Thus, it is advisable that you wait for this process to finish completely before you start using it.
Its main window is very simple, and it allows you to download your videos with just the controls you need to do so. It offers you a button to paste the video URLs - which you previously copied from YouTube or any other website - directly into the download window. As soon as you paste one of them, the program analyzes that URL and shows you key video information, like its duration, its title, and a thumbnail of it, so that you can be completely sure that the video you are going to download is the correct one. Besides that, it automatically opens a little window that lets you choose the download video quality, the action to perform afterwards, and the output location. For the video quality, you can choose among several options with different resolutions that will depend on the quality of the original video and its format (typically, MP4 and FLV). As for which action to perform next, you can just download it (in which case the video quality settings mentioned above are applicable), you can extract the original audio from the downloaded video file, or you may want to convert it into some of the most popular video formats, including AVI.
Free Video Downloader offers you a big panel suitable for batch conversion (where you can add as many videos as you wish), buttons to open the general options window, to pause the download of all videos on the list, and to resume them. But, of course, you can manually start and stop each individual downloading process. It also comes with a feature called the "one-click download mode", which you can turn on or off easily. It lets you predefine your preferred quality levels, and to tell the program to start downloading the video and/or launching its conversion process as soon as you paste its URL on the panel.
The program includes a toolbar for your browser to make the download task even easier, which you can optionally install or not. The download and conversion processes are very fast and produce very satisfactory results, without any noticeable quality loss.
- Easy to use.
- Simple interface.
- Allows you to batch download video files.
- Allows you to either just download videos, or also to convert them and extract their audio