Freemake Video Downloader is an excellent freeware tool to download videos from YouTube, Google Video and other sites in different formats including HD, MP4, FLV and 3GP. It also has a built-in conversion utility that converts videos to MP4 or WMV or to only extract the audio in MP3. Freemake Video Downloader has support for thousands of sites, including Vimeo, Dailymotion, Veoh, LiveLeak, Facebook, Metacafe and Photobucket, as well, of course, YouTube and Google Videos. According to developers, the latest update of Freemake Video Downloader supports more than 10,000 sites. Freemake Video Downloader is simple and easy to use tool with multiple options to download and conversion. And also it has a distinctive designed UI, which is attractive and clean. During our test, this tool proven to be pretty effective as we tried it in 5 different famous video sharing platform plus Facebook. Although it lets you download a video in various format rather then converting it on your own machine, but to use so, the site from where you are going to download video has to offer multiple format/resolution. Otherwise, this won’t work. For instance, if you are going to download a video from YouTube, you can get it as FLV, MP4, WebM etc but from Vimeo – we got only FLV. More to read.
To use Freemake Video Downloader, download and install it first. During installation, select Custom Installation if you don’t want to install an additional toolbar on your browser and change default search engine. Also, once the installation finishes, it will ask you to additionally download and install Nitro PDF Reader. Since it’s not required to use Freemake Video Downloader, you can skip it too.
The interface of Freemake Video Downloader is pretty clean and easy to understand. Just browse and locate the video page from your browser and copy that URL to your clipboard. Then click on Paste URL to add that video on download queue.
Then you must choose the format (Quality) of that video. The software lists all the formats available for download and conversion. It shows really useful details like screen size, format and file size as well so you can choose perfect one for your need. Then you can queue what Freemake Video Downloader will do once the video been downloaded successfully: you can leave it just like it was downloaded or make Freemake Video Downloader to extract the audio only and save as a separate file or you can even automatically convert it to AVI, MKV, MP3, 3GP or PSP/Android/iOS supported. Finally select the destination folder where the file will be downloaded and then click on Download.
If you don’t want to go through all those steps and like to make the download and conversion as easy as possible, then activate Single-Click mode from the top right of the app window. In this mode, you do not need to define the parameters for each download/conversion. Once you set the quality, the program's actions and the destination of the files, Freemake Video Downloader will automatically rip the videos according to what is configured in just one click.
To personalize Freemake Video Downloader, go to the application preference window by clicking on Options button in the lower left corner of the screen. From here, you can enable sniffer, disable/enable file downloaded notification, lock adult sites, configure a proxy server and save login and password for sites where you have an account (can be of your page or profile on YouTube Facebook, for example) and as well, change the language if you want.
Freemake Video Downloader is an excellent tool to download online videos from thousands of sites with preferable parameters (like file format, video quality etc.) and automatically convert them to different formats or to extract audio. Freemake Video Downloader is a full free tool works on Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP and we also tested it successfully under Windows 8 Release Preview.