It used to be that there were only a few video file formats and they were easily download by right-clicking and saving them. Now there is the Flash Video format (FLV), Windows Media Video (WMV), MPEG-4, QuickTime and many more.
Let’s take a look at the tool I would recommend, personally.
This is the application I use. It plugs in to Firefox, so it’s always there in my toolbar, right when I need it. Any site I’ve been on, where there is video content, I’ve always been able to download it.
Download and Install DownloadHelper
Point your browser at the DownloadHelper site. Once you are there, look for the Add to Firefox button and click right there.
After clicking on the button, you’ll see the Software Installation screen. To continue, click on the Install Now button.
What happens next? Well, let me show you. Camera guy, are you getting this?
It downloads quickly. Then, it self-installs. All it wants you to do now is Restart Firefox. So let’s do that.
Once Firefox restarts, you’ll see the DownloadHelper button in your toolbar. Sure, it’s greyed out, but once we begin to use it, you’ll see how it works.
Let’s say, I go to DailyMotion and I want to download the Glutes are Made For Walking video – just to send it to my wife, because she doesn’t believe me that women do this sort of thing. Seriously though, check out the video. It’s funny, yet creepy – kind of like someone poking you in the belly button.
Once the video starts playing, you can see the DownloadHelper icon in colour, and spinning.
Now, if you just want the video so you can watch it later,