[Windows] Download online streaming videos (from YouTube, Dailymotion, etc.) using SPEEDbit Video Downloader

With hundreds of thousands of videos being uploaded on video sharing websites such as YouTube and Dailymotion, there is a big need for a program that make sit easy for users to download videos from such websites. While there are many websites that provide downloadable link for any videos that you would like to down, SPEEDbit Video Downloader provides an even better alternative.

WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DOES IT DO

Main Functionality

SPEEDbit Video Downloader is one of the better programs available for downloading videos from online streaming video websites. Video Downloader also allows the users to convert the downloaded videos into any format that they need.

Pros

  • Has ability to download videos from a large number of video sharing websites
  • Allows users to convert the downloaded videos into different formats
  • Is compatible with Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome
  • Allows capture of audio track from videos

Cons

  • Necessitates installation of a toolbar
  • Comes with ad links to Amazon and a translation utility
  • Download speed is a bit slower than usual
  • The built-in video converter supports only basic output profiles/formats — nothing like specialized converters, such as Video to Video Converter
  • Doesn’t support Opera
  • Doesn’t support downloading from Hulu — grab Foxreal YouTube FLV Downloader for that

Discussion

SPEEDbit Video Downloader is an excellent program for those who want to download flash videos from different websites. While downloading videos from video sharing websites (like YouTube, MetaCafe, Dailymotion, BREAK, and many more) is a breeze with the program, it also allows you to download videos from other sites, such as Facebook.

After downloading and installing SPEEDbit Video Downloader, a toolbar is added below the address bar of your preferred internet browser. To download the videos, simply launch the video in your browser and click the Download and Convert Video button on the toolbar. For example, if you want to download a video from YouTube, simply open the video on YouTube and once the Download and Convert Video button turns alive, click on it and specify the folder where you want the video to be saved.

Once you complete the download, the program will provide you the option to convert the downloaded video into one of a handful of formats or if you only want to extract the audio. Do take note while SPEEDbit Video Downloader has a built-in video converter, it only provides the basics when it comes to output profiles/formats. The screenshot above shows you what is available.

Despite SPEEDbit’s claims that the program will makes use of its acceleration download technology, the download speed was a bit slower than usual for me. And while you can extract audio from video files using the program, the option is provided only after you complete the download of a file, after which it once again restarts the download, this time extracting just the audio. In other words, if you want to extra audio from a file, you will be downloading the video twice.

Conclusion and Download Link

People who enjoy downloading video content from the web will find SPEEDbit Video Downloader to be an excellent tool. However the lack of support for conversion to more output formats/profiles means that the conversion feature is not as effective as what a specialized video converter can provide, and some people may be put off by the presence of ads that are built into the toolbar.

Price: Free

Version Reviewed: v3.0.9

Supported OS: Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7

Download Size: 6.07MB

VirusTotal Malware Scan Results: 2/44

Portability: Not portable, installation required

SPEEDbit Video Downloader download page

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13 comments

  1. Eric989

    @Rob (Down Under): I think exfat format can handle over 4gb files as well but it won’t work for Linux. I think Vista and up can format to ntfs out of the box, but please let us know about this wee utility. A program once changed the capacity on one of my drives and nothing I tried could restore it to full capacity no matter how many times I formatted it. Eventually, I had to fire up GParted on Linux to get it back to normal. Maybe this tool could have done the same.
    PS. GParted is the greatest partitioning tool in the universe. I have had partitioning go wrong before but never with GParted. It is really pretty easy to use even if you are a novice and never seen Linux before. That being said, you had better know what you are doing when using any partitioning program. Just be careful.

  2. Susan

    @Rob (Down Under):

    I’m using Firefox, Windows 7. I have to open the videocacheview, run it as Administrator and then I save the show from the Temp folder (from Videocacheview). And yes, I have to let the video run all the way through (I run it when I’m away from the laptop). The first time I used VCV I had to go into Options and put in the path to the Temp folder, it wasn’t there automatically.

  3. Susan

    @Rob (Down Under):

    Hey Rob, thanks for the heads up about Video Grabber Pro. I actually found that VideoCacheView (a free program from NirSoft which allows you to copy cached video files) worked for me. I had tried it before, but hadn’t read all the instructions, so assumed it didn’t work. Wonder of wonders, when one reads the instructions, things can work quite easily!

  4. Rob (Down Under)

    @Susan:
    The PC I used is now a bit chaotic, as I recently missed the first episode of latest Merlin series, and was attempting to download that from our Aust Channel 10 (PIA as it is broken into small chunks. And if you attempt to download or just watch a chunk, it assumes you have seen it, and won’t let you view it again. I have given up on downloading that, and will be happy to just view it, if I can work out how to view the first ‘seen’ chunks).
    I mention all of that, (the plethora of programs and ‘Add Ins’ on that PC), to excuse me only being 90% sure that I am about to give you the correct program link.
    Video Grabber Pro (Installed program is called ‘Video Download Capture’)
    http://www.videograbber.net/pro
    3 day fully functional Trial
    Let me know how it goes, for you,
    Rob
    PS Whilst mucking about with large files, and also creating Images of drives, I had the need for files larger than 4 GB on a USB/Thumb/Pen drive. I found a great wee program for formatting those drives as NTFS.
    Yell out if anyone is interested.

  5. jayesstee

    I had SPEEDbit Video Downloader installed (it came with Download Accelerator Plus) and it was very difficult to remove. Even when removed with Revo Pro, it insisted on managing my (FF) search engine and even when purged from the registry it refused to let me erase its folder. I erased it from Win 7 Safe Mode and then found that FF and Chrome couldn’t connect to the web. Pale Moon was unaffected – strange!
    Solution was to go back to a Win image taken before the “Nastyware” installation. Updating months of Win 7 and anti-virus updates was fun.
    Avoid at all costs!

  6. RobCr

    In my quest for a program (or ‘Add In’) to download that Flash file from the Aust TV site, I came across this -
    http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/best-free-video-downloader.htm
    It is not a list of reviewed sites, rather it is a list of sites that they hope to review. But I suspect that they have had a preliminary nod of ‘worthy of checking out’.
    I tried quite a few programs and ‘Add Ins’ from that list on Gizmo. None of them could download the TV show.
    One of those programs suggested I try their Pro version. It has a 3 day fully functional trial. It worked.
    Yell out if anyone is interested.

  7. Buckley

    RE: Doesn’t support downloading from Hulu — grab Foxreal YouTube FLV Downloader for that

    Downloaded Foxreal but it crashed at startup – twice. Googled and found that it doesn’t do HULU any longer even if one can install it at all.

  8. Ashraf
    Mr. Boss

    @RobCr: Firefox is supported. That was a typo on my part — sorry, fixed now. Thanks.
    Seeing as I’ve not used the program myself, I don’t know the answer to your question. The developer does provide a list on their website and my guess is that yes this only does work with specific websites seeing as it is a toolbar.

  9. RobCr

    You did not mention FireFox ?
    Not a problem for me, as I hate Chrome. So I can use Chrome for this program.
    I actually will be trying to download a video from an Australian TV web site. Some Video downloaders I tried some time ago, only handled web sites from a list that the developer had designed for.
    Is that the case with this program ?