Freemake Video Downloader

Freemake Video Downloader

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 129 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.7.1
  • Total Downloads:
    449,752
  • Date Added:
    October 09, 2014
  • File Size:
    1.21MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    3,743
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7/8

Editors' Review

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Freemake Video Downloader saves videos from YouTube and many other sites and automatically converts them into the right format to play on your computer, phone, or other device. This free tool also handles batches of files and converts audio tracks into MP3s and other music formats. A plain but efficient list view and download dialogs with Quality, Convert, and Save make it easy to use. It's fast, too; though your connection will affect your download speed.

Pros

Options: Choosing the Custom setup option let us choose which associated programs and features to install, including optional plug-ins integrating Freemake with all popular browsers. Enabling Video Grab Pro in the Settings lets Freemake download files from more than 10,000 local sites.

Adult content: Parental controls can lock adult sites, but Freemake can also prevent thumbnails from adult sites from loading. Adult videos can be saved as hidden files, too.

Add accounts: We could add social network passwords and account data to download private videos from Facebook and other sites.

Cons

Copy URL: Unlike some similar tools, grabbing video URLs directly from YouTube didn't automatically display the saved URL in Freemake's download queue. We had to copy the URL from the browser address bar to the Clipboard with most sites.

Plug-in needed: Sites that require their own plug-ins to download video sometimes worked and sometimes didn't.

Bottom Line

Freemake Video Downloader stands out among free video downloaders by virtue of its no-nonsense layout and functionality and its ability to download and convert files from many hosting sites, not just YouTube.

 
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User Reviews
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Results 1-10 of 129

  • 1 stars

    "Does not download form HULU"

    September 25, 2014   |   By CharlesMumford

    Version: Freemake Video Downloader 3.7.0.16

    Pros

    Easy to install (make sure you read the installation screens carefully in order to avoid the bundled toolbars and such).

    Cons

    Does not do what is advertised - download video from HULU.

    Summary

    Useless software to me since downloading video from HULU is why I installed it. It does not do this despite the description of the software to the contrary.

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  • 1 stars

    "Could not instal this update"

    August 23, 2014   |   By fotobarje

    Version: Freemake Video Downloader 3.7.0.6

    Pros

    Not known.

    Cons

    Not being installed as update.

    Summary

    Obviously no improvement.

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  • 1 stars

    "This tool contained trogan's and malware :("

    July 10, 2014   |   By gpclarke

    Version: Freemake Video Downloader 3.7.0.2

    Pros

    NONE because of unwanted stuff

    Cons

    Malware and viruses :(

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  • 5 stars

    "Best Free Video Downloader Available"

    July 06, 2014   |   By rudinski852

    Version: Freemake Video Downloader 3.7.0.2

    Pros

    Free
    Easy Interface
    No Brainer to use
    Very, Very Effective
    Great Captures and Saves
    Good Options on Saved Formats

    Cons

    A bit slow in 32 bit machines
    A more extensive 'HELP' needed

    Summary

    Overall a great little program from the good folks over at Freemake. Well written and coded, didn't encounter any 'bugs' or funny activity while doing several dozen video captures. I mentioned a bit slow on 32 bit machines, but I can attribute this to the age and need for defragging of these two pc's. Overall, great performance for a free program, and like the other programs Freemake has available, great programs from some even greater programmers! Keep up the good work Freemake! You have at least one convinced and happy user in Southern California..... me!

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  • 5 stars

    "Best I've used"

    June 01, 2014   |   By NickPrin

    Version: Freemake Video Downloader 3.7.0

    Pros

    Easy to use.
    Downloads quickly.
    Converts as it downloads.

    Cons

    No downside. it works well

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  • 5 stars

    "This software is AWESOME!!"

    May 31, 2014   |   By whyswon

    Version: Freemake Video Downloader 3.7.0

    Pros

    It works. It's easy to use and does what it says it does.

    Cons

    I can't find anything to complain about.

    Summary

    All I can say is that I didn't know software like this existed. I love this program and I'm so very glad I found it.

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  • 4 stars

    "I think it works great"

    May 28, 2014   |   By lachrymal

    Version: Freemake Video Downloader 3.7.0

    Pros

    Works for me. I especially like the one button feature, and that it converts the download to whatever you choose. I'm happy with it.

    Cons

    It's not extremely fast, but I'm ok with that, as long as it works. It's not too slow either, probably just average speed.

    Summary

    You definitely want to read the entire description of it, here on cnet, before downloading. I say that because the extras they try to get you to take, were presented differently than on most of the things I've ever downloaded. If I hadn't previously read about how to avoid getting stuck with them, I would not have recognized where and how to avoid them. Plus, I would not have seen how to do the one button push feature, which is awesome to have.

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  • 2 stars

    "SOMETIMES it actually works."

    May 23, 2014   |   By bulruq

    Version: Freemake Video Downloader 3.7.0

    Pros

    It's free and works about half the time. It's better than it was 2 months ago. No real threat to paid downloaders like "Internet Download manager"

    Cons

    Buggy and unreliable on my Vista laptop. Sometimes stops working until the computer is rebooted. Other times it downloads a previously saved video again, instead of the one selected but re-labeling it with the title of the latter video.

    Summary

    A little better than nothing if you don't have the money to buy IDM.

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  • 4 stars

    "Not bad at all."

    May 08, 2014   |   By lelboy

    Version: Freemake Video Downloader 3.6.4.1

    Pros

    Will download most things that others say are "corrupt" and cannot be downloaded.Is easy to access downloaded files.
    Very easy to use generally. Is exceptional, considering it is free!

    Cons

    Only one comes to mind, and that it will not, on occasion, download the odd YouTube vid - even if it has downloaded the item previously

    Summary

    Minimal problems using a very worthwhile, free program. I'm a very happy user, and have recommended it to others.

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  • 5 stars

    "Works flawlessly, every time! Love it!"

    May 06, 2014   |   By Donna77642

    Version: Freemake Video Downloader 3.6.4.1

    Pros

    Extremely useful to download tutorials to save to slowly watch later. Ideal way to learn various hobbies. I cannot imagine why anyone would have problems with it. I have never encountered even one problem with it. It's simple. It's fast, just a couple of clicks (that's it!) and you are done! It's dependable. What's not to like? And did I say it's FREE!!!

    Cons

    I wish it was available without attached companion software, but will tolerate that in order to use this marvelous software.

    Summary

    Thank you, Freemake, for your A+++ software. It is awesome!

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    Full Specifications

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    What's new in version 3.7.1
    • Improved the software stability
    • Several minor bug fixes
    General
    Publisher Freemake
    Publisher web site http://www.freemake.com
    Release Date October 08, 2014
    Date Added October 09, 2014
    Version 3.7.1
    Category
    Category Internet Software
    Subcategory Download Managers
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows, Windows 7
    Additional Requirements .Net Framework 4.0 Client Profile
    Download Information
    File Size 1.21MB
    File Name FreemakeVideoDownloaderSetup.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 449,752
    Downloads Last Week 3,743
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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