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Media Pirate - The Video Downloader

By Pascal Beyeler Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review Staff Feb 27, 2009

If we have one complaint about this freeware video file downloader, it is that it only works on certain sites. Media Pirate - The Video Downloader adds a small icon to your Firefox window. Surf to any site containing video and a quick glance at the icon lets you know if you can pull video files from the site. This browser add-on works with the some of the most popular video sites like YouTube and Google Video. However, there's no explanation why it won't work with many other sites that contain flash video. At least the icon immediately displays when you can or can't download files.

The add-on actually works as more of a shortcut to the publisher's site, but it couldn't be easier to use. Click the icon to open Media Pirate's Web site. Your video URL is displayed alongside a button to download the file. Instructions are provided on the page, but it's a simple process. It only saves files in the .FLV format, but there is also an effective file-converter option on the site that supports a number of file format options.

Any level user can install and use this freeware extension. Media Pirate - The Video Downloader may not do all of the work for you, but it does provide a quick method to download files from many popular files Web sites.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.3

This version is the first release on CNET


Release November 7, 2008
Date Added September 27, 2007
Version 2.3

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows, Windows 2000, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Windows 2000/XP, Mozilla Firefox 1.0 - 2.0


Total Downloads 24,488
Downloads Last Week 1
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Developer's Description

More and more Web sites publish their videos in those neat flash players. But if you want to download a video there is no download link. This doesn't mean that you can't download it. Media Pirate creates a download link for you.

Media Pirate helps you to download videos from the following Web sites:,,,,,,,,,,, and This version is the first release on CNET