Today’s internet is more colorful and entertaining due to the embedded online videos. It is again another legal way to view copyrighted materials. In most cases you don’t get options to download the videos to your hard drive for offline viewing. But there are ways to download those legally using several ways only if it is not specially protected.
One obvious way to download is by using suitable addons in Firefox browser. There are three such versatile addons that I know of:
SourceTec Software, the maker of Sothink Web video Downloader for Firefox also develops a standalone version that is more versatile and works with other browsers Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, Safari, Maxthon. It is yet to support latest version of Google Chrome and Opera.
Sothink Web video Downloader standalone can download videos from most video hosting sites like YouTube, Facebook, MSN, MySpace, Google Video, Yahoo Video, and more. It can be set to monitor following types of web media contents: FLV, WMV, ASF, MOV, MP4, M4v, 3GP, 3G2, RM, RMVD, AVI, MPG, MPEG and SWF. Monitoring SWF contents is turned off by default as that might cause unwanted pop-ups as almost all websites contain some SWF content.
Additionally the software can encode the downloaded video to whatever format user wants. It has about hundred presets of FLV, MP4, AVI, MOV, MKV, WMV, 3GP, 3G2, F4V, SWF, MP3, M4A.
I have made a youtube video to show how the software works.
Sothink Web Video Downloader can capture online videos – YouTube
Download and Installation and other features
- The software can be downloaded from here
http://www.sothinkmedia.com/download/videodownloader.zip [12.8Mb, MD5: 1dc1b1fe696e8d1992dc401e05e7bb8b]
- The installer needs to be extracted from the archive. It is digitally signed by SourceTec Software Co., Ltd.
- Software installation went smooth and after installation Sothink Web Video Downloader sets itself at startup. But you can disable that option and launch it manually.
- The software can encode maximum two videos at a time.
- There is a capture history that stores links which you ignored. Capture history gets deleted each time you quit the software.
- Some other screenshots
- In my system I find it perfectly OK with videos from Internet Explorer and Firefox. New versions of Opera and Chrome are not seemed to be supported. I haven’t got chance to test it with other browsers. but it simply is a great software but it costs $19.99.
Brenda Hu from SourceTec Software have agreed to giveaway 10 licenses of the software for our readers. The licenses are for 1 PC and will not get updates or upgrades. You are allowed to activate the software 4 times. After that your license will be blocked.
The giveaway will end on 1st December, 2011, 11:59PM.
1. Post a relevant comment to convince me that you need the software. Please don’t copy-paste stuffs and avoid flattery.
2. Share about this giveaway in Facebook, Twitter or wherever you want. This is optional but will be counted.
I will select the entrants and will select the winner randomly.
P.S: I am having a communication problem with Brenda for last few days. So, it might take longer to announce the winners and send the license code.
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Thank for this awesome giveaway!
I think this software will be great for me because I used to download video from YouTube quite frequently. Yeah I am currently using Internet Download Manager download panel to download video from web pages but it is quite buggy and bothersome because sometime the download bar would not appear in some page. This software will be great for me as I really don’t like it when I have to always convert the video format to .avi (IDM download the video as .flv) and this software are said to be able to encode the video easily (as stated in review) which I think is awesome. I download a lot from YouTube because my internet video streaming speed is extremely slow so I always download it to watch rather than streaming the video.
Here is my tweet on this giveaway
Thank again for offering this great opportunity for such awesome software 🙂
Thankyou for the giveaway, this would be handy for when I want to download off news sites and so on that are not supported by keepvid and so on. 🙂
One way to bypass youtube buffering is to download the video to the desktop and to enjoy in much better way. Sothink Web Video Downloader is an up to date software so evolves and adapts to present they requirements.
For Firefox, a good free alternative is downloadhelper.
Yeh! I forgot to mention that..:)
With all the amazing videos to watch on so many different platform, bookmarking the favorites is no longer an option. In comes the Download. This will allow me to keep a copy of my favorite videos and best of all i can file them in my logical structure as they now reside on my hard drive… for easy viewing, easy finding and should the internet be down for me.. I still have the pleasure of watching my favorite videos.
Would love a copy so this dream becomes reality.
Why I need, caz I do download videos for my study (GMAT) from different sites.
My share below:
Please count me in.
My wife is a Sunday School Teacher and very often she needs to download video clips from YouTube to share with her students. She will be excited to have this software…
i want to download this videoclip to put on my youtube chanell because i like it very much.I try with other soft and not work.Thank.
I am a clumsy person, and so far I never managed to download videos from the web. I now need to do so for school project. This tool might make it a lot easier to do so.
No Facebook or Twitter, sorry.
I usually use Youtube Download to download videos from Youtube, but the quality is not that good.
I would like to use Sothink Web Download to be able to download from from Youtube and others sites with better video quailty.
WOW! Sothink is such a great video ustility company. I’ve their DVD ripper which works great. It would be nice to add there youtube downloader to get some really cool travel clips so I can plan for next summer’s travel.
One interesting aspect which makes this program unique is its ability to detect and download SWF files which no other video downloader has.
I need this software mainly to download SWF files easily so i can include animations for my ppt presentations…..
i would be very happy if i get this software.so pls count me in…..
i tweeted https://twitter.com/#!/adroit_ajay/status/141557199754371072
I like all Sothink software! Very good and talented!
It’s probably the best program in its category! Thanks for the chance to win!
This would be a terrific and fun addition to download Youtube videos right from my Firefox browser! Unfortunately I don’t have the $20 to buy it, and would be very grateful to be chosen as one of the ten winners! Anyway I wish everyone the best and thank you Techno 360 for another great giveaway!
As you mentionned there are som freewares to download youtube, but when we would like secure way to download also when expanding to various online video sharing service then an expert in this fild s Sothink Web video Downloader, would like to have insurance that my downloads are not corrupted and can be used even after years without corruption. Thanks for the contest.
to download musical videos.
count me in
Thank u very much for conducting this giveaway.waiting for the license….
Thanks a lot, I just received license key.
Thank a lot,i received licence key and i downloaded with succes my preferated song.I’m happy.Many thank to Techno and Source tec.It is verry good.
Thank you, i have received the license…
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