Many of us want to download the video and watch it at our convenient time. Not everyone is always connected to the internet or the user may be having a limited usage internet connection, and in such a case its a good idea to download the video from the website. In this tutorial, you will learn how to download videos from just any website and not just from the popular ones like YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, Metacafe, Dailymotion, etc.
The problem that is faced by many users is that there are many extensions and programs available for downloading videos from YouTube, which is the most popular destination for watching a variety of different videos but what if you want to download a video from a not so popular site?
Download Videos From Any Website
Enter Ant Video Downloader which is a Mozilla Firefox extension that allows you to download videos from Youtube or any other video streaming site. The extension includes integrated flash video player too, so that you can start playing your videos immediately after downloading.
This extension also has a traffic rank indicator. This feature provides an ranking analysis for website traffic so that users can see the popularity of the website they are browsing. It will send anonymous data to their servers about the pages that you visit, which is used to measure the popularity of the website. This feature can be turned off from the preferences.
After installing this extension, you can see a new download button in your browser toolbar. All you need to do is to open that video, start playing it and then click on that button to download the video. The video is then downloaded and saved to your hard drive at this destination: “users:\username\Downloads\Ant Videos”.
The format of the video is FLV. You can use a video converter to convert this video to your desired format.
This extension can download videos from Youtube, Myspace, Google Video, DailyMotion, Break.com, Facebook, veoh and many others with a single click of the button.
Note that after visiting the video site, you need to play the video so that this extension can detect it. Without clicking on the “play” button, this extension would not work.
This extension also integrates flash video player in your browser so that if you don’t have any player that can play FLV files, you can use this player. There’s no need to search and download any external video player as that functionality comes inbuilt with this browser.
Click on the small drop-down box next to the button to see additional options such as player (flash player), browser (which opens folder where videos are downloaded to), preferences, help and about.
Clicking on “preferences” will open options to configure this add-on. You can change the display mode, change downloaded videos destination, open player in new window or tab, enable or disable notifications and change privacy options.
This Firefox extension is very helpful for those people who want to download videos from not so popular sites. Upon testing on some video streaming sites, this extension was able to download the video without any problem. This extension downloads the video in FLV format, and if you are using a media player like VLC player, K-lite Codec Pack then you don’t need any other player to play the FLV file. Even if you don’t have any media player, then this extension has an integrated flash player which can be used for playing flash (FLV) files.
Mozilla Firefox users can download and install Ant Video Downloader from here.
Also see how to download YouTube videos and convert to MP3.