[Windows] Download videos from Hulu, Youtube, and more with FSS Video Downloader

FSS Video DownloaderThere are tons of programs out there that claim to download videos straight from the internet. Although some of them work, there are a lot of them that are not worth your time. Today we are going to be looking at FSS Video Downloader. This is a program that promises to be easy to use and allow you to download videos from popular websites.

WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DOES IT DO

Main Functionality

FSS Video Downloader is a simple-to-use program that allows its users to download videos from popular sites like YouTube, Facebook, Google Video, etc. Not only can you download from these sites, but you can save your video in a variety of formats.

Pros

  • Download videos from many popular sites
  • Save videos in different formats like HD MP4, HQ MP4, and FLV
  • Interface is very easy to use, making it perfect for people just starting out
  • Open source

Cons

  • Can only download from supported sites — is not a ‘download from any video streaming website’ downloader
  • Would have been nice to have more options when converting videos to different formats

Discussion

FSS Video Downloader ScreenshotFSS Video Downloader is not the worst program I have ever used, but it is not the best either. It is hard for me not to recommend the program, as it does download videos without fail. However, it is hard for me to give it a shining review because of a number of setbacks.

First, the program can only download from select sites. For example, the following sites are all supported: break.com, dailymotion.com, facebook.com, video.google.com, howcast.com, hulu.com, liveleak.com, metacafe.com, movieclips.com, mtv.com, myvideo.de, nicovideo.jp, photobucket.com, rtl.de, rutube.ru, stupidvideos.com, veoh.com, vevo.com, video.mail.ru, video.yandex.ru, vimeo.com, vkontakte.ru, youtube.com. As you can see, these are very popular sites and includes the likes of Hulu, Youtube, Dailymotion, Google Video, and Metacafe. There are a number of other sites also supported, but many of those sites turned out to be adult sites… so we are not going to list them here.

Another problem is that you can only really convert the videos you download into two formats: MP4 and FLV. Now, there are different qualities of MP4 you can convert to, but in the end, it is still just these two formats. Once again, this is nice because these are two popular formats, but it still limits you. You will need a separate video converter if you want videos in other formats.

That said, the program is very easy to use. Simply copy the URL of the page you want to download your movie from, and copy it right into the program. Choose your output folder, and then click download. The program will take care of the downloading and converting without you having to do a thing. Not only that, but most of the time the downloads seem to complete pretty quickly.

CONCLUSION AND DOWNLOAD LINK

In short, I wish FSS Video Downloader would have given you the ability to download from any site you want to. I also wish they should have given you access to more video formats in terms of converting. However, if you’re looking for an easy-to-use video downloader and you like the sites we listed above, this program may be perfect for you.

Price: Free

Version reviewed: 2.0.5.3

Supported OS: Windows 2000 / XP / 2003 / Vista / 2008 / 7 / 8

Download size: 6.9MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/45

Is it portable? N0

FSS Video Downloader homepage

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9 comments

  1. ArtKns

    To me, format conversion is a non-issue. No conversion is going to improve a video and, most likely, will degrade it. I would much rather a developer spend his/her time on ensuring a reliable & robust download even if it only downloaded a single native format. Conversions can be easily left to a specilized app offline after the video is downloaded. An all-in-one app is but a compromise of competing requirements and excels in none.

    Second, I would be very suspicious of any app claiming to be able to DL from any site. Even if most of the sites were not contantly changing and trying to defeat downloaders, trying to cover the sheer number of video sites that exist be impossible. I would much rather have an app reliably downloaded from a select set of sites than one that frequently “breaks” and fails to DL at all.

    @Mayer
    Thanks for the tip on EagleGet (http://www.eagleget.com/). It looks interesting. However, the real comparison would be with the Down-Them-All Firefox extension (http://www.downthemall.net/). It looks like they have a lot of festures in common (DL acceleration, RT monitoring and display of active DLs, for example). DTA analyzes web pages for links to embedded content and then displays them in a list with checkboxes for easy DL. It maintains an exportable database of DL history and, most important, supports importing of lists of URLs for DLs – even extracting URLs embedded in arbitrary text files. It is a general purpose download manager so it does not do any file conversion and, in particular, does not exract the DL link for YouTube video files. However, what it does do, it does well. Hopefully, if I find EagleGet useful, it will play nicely with DTA.

  2. vanierstein

    And of course,installer wants to bundle in toolbar and set your homepage,etc.then wants to phone home..uncheck the toolbar install,etc.(never hit NEXT until you see what is being installed)..thanks for the tip on eagleget !!