There are any number of programs now that can download FLV files from YouTube and other Flash videos sites. Video Download Toolbar is a straightforward utility that makes downloading a snap. It works so quickly and with so little hassle that at first we weren't sure that it was working at all. But opening the downloaded files revealed that Video Download Toolbar had done everything it promised
One great thing about this program is that it works with multiple browsers; we tried it with both Firefox and Internet Explorer, and in both cases it worked fine. Video Download Toolbar can be set to download videos automatically or manually. Clicking the program's browser icon brings up a list of downloaded videos, along with buttons allowing you to play the video, open the file location, convert the video to other formats, or convert the video to MP3. Don't get too excited about these last two options; clicking on either one of them will prompt you to download additional software to carry out these tasks.
You'll also need to have your own media player that's capable of handling FLV files; not all of them do. Video Download Toolbar has a handful of options to customize its operation, but since it's such a simple program, there's really not much to customize. An online Help file offers extremely brief instructions, but most users should be able to figure the program out without too many issues. Overall, we found Video Download Toolbar to be an extremely easy option for downloading FLV videos, and we recommend it.
Video Download Toolbar installs a desktop icon without asking and leaves a folder behind upon removal.