Download videos fast with DownloadHelper and DownloadThemAll!
Most will find this post a big DUH, but for those that aren’t in the know, I’m going to show you how to download any video extremely fast using the excellent FireFox add-ons DownloadHelper and DownloadThemAll!.
After you install everything, fire up FireFox (pun intended). You’ll notice an icon next to the address bar that looks like three grey balls, this is DownloadHelper’s icon. Also if you click on your FireFox Tools menu, you’ll see that you have DownloadThemAll! installed.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s download a video from Youtube.com; how about the video of Linus Torvalds presenting a talk about git at Google.
Now, click play so that Youtube starts to load the video. At this point you’ll notice that the DownloadHelper icon is colored (red,blue,yellow) and starts spinning, this indicates that videos are available to download. Click the little arrow next to the DownloadHelper icon and you’ll see a selection of videos to download.
For this video, you can either download the low or high quality version. We’ll download the low quality version for this test. Move your mouse over the selection for “Tech Talk: Linus Torvalds on git”, HOWEVER DON’T CLICK IT, just leave your mouse over it for a second and then another context menu will come up. From that context menu select “Copy to URL”.
Once you make the selection, click the Tools menu in FireFox and select Manager.
Once the DownloadThemAll!’s manager pops up, click the “Add URL(s)” button:
The next screen is where you enter the information to download the video. The URL field should be automatically filled in for you with the video you want to download. Just select a destination by clicking the folder icon at the end of the “Save files in” field and click “Start”. Your video should start downloading.
The best thing about using this method is that DownloadThemAll! is fast as hell as you can see.
Now I know the question that ran through your head after reading this: “Can I download ANY video this way?” Obviously that means downloading regular movies and uh….. porn. The answer is “Yes you can”, so do so at your own risk and remember to be kind to the little guy, if you catch my drift 🙂