It’s no longer a secret that YouTube videos can be easily downloaded to a Windows PC. There are dozens of free tools which may save YouTube content, both online and desktop. Among them, Freemake Video Downloader (available for free at http://www.freemake.com/free_video_downloader/) seems to be the best option because of the following points:
- it is very easy to use due to the clear and self-explanatory interface design, so that even not tech-savvy people can make most of it;
- it supports a wide range of websites to download videos from: Vimeo, Facebook, Vevo, Dailymotion, Break, Twitch, LiveLeak, Veoh, etc.;
- you install the app one time and may use regularly for ANY video download tasks;
- the tool is very speedy, short videos are saved just for a few seconds;
- the software regularly updated, so you can make sure that it’ll be working all the time unlike browsers extensions or online services;
- Freemake provides a bunch of additional useful options for video downloading. Just read the hacks below.
Download full YouTube playlists
Not all video downloading tools can boast of such functionality. You may copy the playlist URL, paste it into Freemake software, and choose all or a part of videos from the playlist you want to download. Then you need to select the required video quality (4K and Full HD are supported) and the output format. Click “Download” and the program will save all the videos you selected. No other actions are required!
Freemake Video Downloader is capable of downloading 500 YouTube videos at once. So it is very convenient to save all series of your favorite cartoon or all tracks from a music album with just in three clicks. Unfortunately, the option is available only for YouTube playlists.
Save original audio from YouTube
Most YouTube clips come with an original M4A/AAC audio track. You may save the audio as it is without any re-encoding with Freemake Video Downloader. Don’t worry about playing such songs on your PC. There are a plenty of free audio tools which support this types of files.
To rip the original audio from YouTube, choose the clip, then copy its URL and paste it into the software. Select the option “Original audio” and wait a bit until it is ripped. By default, all audio tracks are saved in your Music folder.
Save videos unavailable in your region
Some YouTube videos are geo-restricted. If you have a URL of such a video, you may easily download it using the proxy option in Freemake Video Downloader.
First, you need to find a reliable proxy server somewhere from the USA. Follow the recommendations from the experts to get one. Then open the software “Options”, switch to the tab “Connection”, check the feature “Enable proxy”, and enter the proxy details you found here.
After that, paste the link of the geo-restricted video and save it as a usual video clip.
Please note that the first proxy you discovered may not be working well, so you will need to check more alternatives before finding a good one.
Limit download speed
Video downloading is always a bandwidth-consuming process. If your Internet connection isn’t good or you need your traffic for other browsing tasks as well, you may limit the download speed of Freemake Video Downloader. The feature is available right at the bottom of the main software window.
You can choose among the following speed options: 200 Kbps, 400 Kbps, 700 Kbps, 1 Mbps, 2 Mbps, 4 Mbps, 6 Mbps, 8 Mbps, and unlimited. Check your Internet connection speed here and select a comfortable download speed for saving videos with Freemake.
Lock adult videos downloads with a password
Shhh, Freemake can download videos from the video platforms for adults like Xhamster and Xvideos. If you are not the only user of your home PC or want to make sure that your kids don’t have access to that software ability, you may lock the adult videos downloading with a password.
To do this, proceed to the “Options” of Freemake Video Downloader. On the “General” tab, find “Lock adult sites”. Invent a password and enter it. Now only people knowing this password will be able to download 18+ content using the software.
Please note that if you forget the password, you will need to address the support team of Freemake.com and do the full software re-installation to reset it.
All in all, Freemake is a remarkable tool. While other video downloaders just do only YouTube video ripping, Freemake Video Downloader provides comfort and extra possibilities for regular video downloading. With it, you may be sure that the job will be done in the best way and you’ll receive your videos as you wish. Please share your own video download hacks in the comments below.