Updated on 24/06/2019 – Do you regularly watch videos broadcast online and would like to keep some of them? There are three ways to record them on your Mac or PC.

  • @gbonvoisin
  • Monday June 24th, 2019 at 4:35pm

Updated on 24/06/2019 – Videos proliferate on the web. Sites such as Vimeo, YouTube, and social networks offer Internet users the opportunity to share their videos. But you’ve probably already felt frustrated trying to record some of the clips on one of these popular online video services and many other sites. Videos often cannot be downloaded with a simple right mouse click. They are typically delivered online using HTML5 in formats suitable for streaming or Flash Video (FLV), which allows streaming of highly compressed video.

But all is not lost! Retrieving royalty-free videos in their entirety is as easy as 1-2-3. There are three solutions available to you. The easiest way is to use an online service. You can also turn your Firefox or Chrome browser into an online capture tool or use more versatile software.

1. Using an Online Service

One of the easiest ways to capture video is to use the DLNow online service. There is no software to download. DLNow works with a wide variety of video sites, including the must-see YouTube. When you find a video you want to save, enter its URL on DLNow and then click the Download button, making sure to select the correct output format. Then just download the video. If it opens directly in the browser, an icon in the bottom right corner of the screen allows you to start the download.



A competing service, Clipconverter, is just as easy to use and also works with several services. On this site, you enter the link of the page that contains the video of your choice, then you click on the Continue button. You will then get a list to check according to the format and size of the video you want to get. Be careful though, ClipConverter does not allow you to retrieve videos that contain music anymore.


Other online services: Upload a Youtube video, nothing could be easier

2. Use browser extension

Firefox and Chrome browsers allow you to capture online videos. All you have to do is install the Video DownloadHelper plug-in for Firefox or Chrome. The latter allows downloading and storage of videos from many streaming sites.

After installing Video DownloadHelper, you will see a new icon in the top right corner of the Firefox main window. Just click on it when you have a video page open to save the movie. The pop-up window that appears prompts you to choose an action to recover the file as is (FLV format) or to convert it to a more popular format.

Video DownloadHelper

3. Go through software

If you are looking to capture video without breaking the bank, many programs also offer this feature for downloading and converting to another video format or simply recovering the audio.

 We will mention only one that is compatible with Windows, Mac OS and even Linux systems: All Video Downloader from the publisher Kastorsoft. However, as with most freeware, one should be wary of adware during the installation process. At the last software test there were no (more) during the installation process. On the other hand, it proposed a new mode allowing to search directly for contents via the software interface.

Start screen

Once the software is launched and installed, paste the url of the video in the dedicated field and click on Download to start the download. At the bottom of the interface a drop-down list and a button provide access to advanced settings to choose the conversion format, destination path etc….

Kastorsoft All Video Downloader

Play videos

To play your video, you must then download a video player if your standard player does not support the chosen format or if you do not have the codec required to play it. The best known and most widely used is undoubtedly VLC, which is a multimedia player that directly integrates the codecs needed to play almost all formats.

In the end, while all three download solutions proposed here are valid, the online tool is preferred for occasional downloads or the browser extension if you need to retrieve online videos often. The software solution is also valid in this case but you will have to take care to uncheck the options to add adware during the installation or prefer the Premium versions of the software for a few euros. The price of tranquility.

Other alternatives: Upload a Youtube video, nothing could be easier

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