[Windows] Easily save online videos with VideoCacheView

VideoCacheViewHave you ever watched a video online only to be unable to find it later? Don’t you wish there was a way that you could pull up all of the videos you have watched online automatically? Well, now you can thanks to VideoCacheView. This is a program that can search your browser’s cache for all of the videos you have watched online. You can then save those videos to watch in the future. The days of surfing for videos you want to re-watch are over.

WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DOES IT DO

Main Functionality

For most online video streaming websites, when you view a video, the video is downloaded to a temporary location in your browser’s cache. VideoCacheView is a program that simply searches your browser’s cache for videos that you have watched online. Once found, you can save the videos to a permanent location (before your browser deletes the videos from the temporary cache) and view the videos with any video player you have installed. This works with most major video streaming websites, including Youtube.

It is a portable program that does not have to be installed. It is also very small. Due to its small size, it is unable to play the videos that it finds, and you will have to use one of your other video players to do so. However, it does help you save the videos its finds to your computer.

Pros

  • Searches your browser’s cache for videos you have watched online
  • Videos that are found can be saved to your computer to view offline
  • Portable, no installation required
  • Extremely small, which adds to its portability
  • Can run this program without closing out your browser
  • Supports Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Opera

Cons

  • Some files may be unavailable to play (pretty rare)
  • Finding one specific video can be a real pain

Discussion

VideoCacheView ScreenshotThere is one thing that got me to try VideoCacheView, and that is the fact that the program is portable. I always prefer programs that do not have to be installed over ones that do. This goes double when the program has such a simple function as VideoCacheView.

After downloading and unzipping the program, I noticed how small it was. This adds to its portability. You can easily stick this on a USB drive and take it with you wherever you go. It did not seem to be too demanding on my computer’s resources, which is good since it is such a small program. I was also able to run it without closing out by browser, which some other video cache viewers made me do.

The way the program works is simple. As soon as you start it, you are going to see it start populating a list of videos. These are videos that the program has found in your computer’s cache. Sometimes this list can take a bit of time to complete, so be sure to let it run its course. As it finds videos, they will either come up normal or with a red tint. If they have a red tint to them, this means that a video name was found, but it is not available for download. This only happened on a few videos that came up in my list, so it was not really that big of a problem for me.

The two biggest problems I had with the program was the fact that it did not have a built-in video player, and the list of videos it finds is so long that it could take a long time to find the one video you are looking for. Now, not having a built-in video player is understandable. They wanted to keep the program down in size, so this is not really that big of an issue. However, if you are looking for one video you watched online a week ago, it is going to take you forever to go through the list of videos it finds.

CONCLUSION AND DOWNLOAD LINK

Overall, I really enjoyed using the program despite a few setbacks. If you are looking for a program that can locate all of the videos you have watched online, this is the program for you. Just don’t expect to find certain videos very quickly, because it generates a long list. However, it is a great program indeed.

Price: Free

Version reviewed: 2.45MB

Supported OS: Windows XP / Vista / 2008 / 7

Download size: 88KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/46

Is it portable? Yes

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11 comments

  1. Klaatu

    In reference to JMJ’s response, watched what must have been a streaming video on a news site because VideoCacheView didn’t find it and FF plugin (Flashgot) couldn’t capture it. In fact, it found no files at all with its default settings despite my having three browsers installed.

  2. JMJ

    @Midwest guy: Nope, it doesn’t capture streaming video; no Hulu, Netflix, etc. I don’t know of any software that can do that other than, *perhaps*, something that interfaces with your video processor. If you find something, please let me/us know. Thanks.

  3. JMJ

    Among his dozens-upon-dozens of first rate tools and utilities, Nirsofer published this little utility almost as an I-have-nothing-else-to-finish-today project. It is not, and I think never was intended to be, a video-downloader, per se. It simply looks in your TEMP folder and gives a simple way to save *almost* whatever file stored there that has a recognized video extension. All browsers download everything on a visited page to speed up our browsing experience. Therefore, VideocacheView will show you all the “garbage” (ads, swf banners, loaders, etc.) as well as the good stuff we may be interested in.

    When you save the first file (to a location of your choice) all the subsequent saves will be renamed to the first file’s name. The only way around that is to close-reopen VCV or de-select the option to automatically append a name.

    Using a mere 3MB private set, I think it does about all it can.

    I *love” and use Nirsofer’s Nirsoft Tools so much that I had to vent a bit. Download his whole toolkit if you haven’t already and you’ll become a fanboi/goil too.

    P.S.: If you want a really powerful video downloader/converter, I suggest the free FreeMake Video Downloader that can be integrated into IE, FF and Chrome. MetaProducts and NeoDownloader (has a limited free version), both commercial products, do an excellent job for individual files as well as enabling scraping an entire page or site.

    Merry, Merry & Happy, Happy to All :)

  4. GF

    I often use VideoCacheView. It’s very useful, simple, direct, enjoyable.
    However there is a little unresolved bug that I wish to report.
    “Copy Selected Files To” (F7) opens a little window where the user may enter the name of the destination file (.flv). A name is already automatically shown, and such feature is very convenient, but that name is almost always wrong! It is sometimes the name of an old previous video.
    I have reported such bug to the Author but without solution.
    However I still like VideoCacheView very much, anyway.

  5. Shawn

    WebSiteSniffer <<<<====—-

    Why search your cache folder turn this puppy on and guess what… everything you surf that ends as a file on your harddrive temp or not will be sorted nicely and you guessed it it's from Nirsoft =)

    P.S: Yes this thing will let you get your videos and audio files from any site that it was played from I personally use it to see what kinda crap ends up with most pages that are loaded.

    Or my all time favorite for this tool think you have a software calling home… clear IE cache and leave it on… you'll see what files are beeing downloaded to your computer.