We see a lot of Flash video downloaders that let you download your favorite videos from YouTube and other Flash video sites so that you can watch them whenever you want. What's not so great, however, is that the average media player is not equipped to handle FLV files. Most of the time, this means that you need another piece of software to convert the files into MPG, WMV, or other video formats so that they can be played by the likes of Windows Media Player. Or you can use a program like Free Sothink FLV Player and play … Read more
There are tons of entertaining and informative videos on the Internet, and one of the most common and lightweight formats for these videos is Flash, or FLV. There are plenty of ways to download videos from sites like YouTube and Dailymotion, but we suspect that many people are disappointed when it becomes apparent that FLV files can't be handled by the average media player. That's where programs like Moyea FLV Player come in. This simple program allows users to view downloaded FLV files as easily as they can view any other video format.
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Moyea FLV Editor Lite rips and edits Flash video on your computer. You can edit FLV and MP3 files with this program, too.
Moyea FLV Editor Lite has a fun, colorful interface that is easy to navigate. When you first open the program, a helpful tutorial describes the commands and functions. If you're unfamiliar with video and video editing, this tutorial will help you get up and running in no time. You can bring files into the program for editing several ways: you can import them from your personal media library or from your hard drive; you can import … Read more
Leap Free AVI FLV MP4 WMV to HD Video Converter offers a simple solution for converting video files into high definition video. With a simple layout and fast results, this is a great tool for video quality buffs.
The program's interface is impressively simple, thanks to its onscreen instructions and easy-to-use commands. We never felt lost and were always in control. The program allowed us to track down as many AVI, FLV, MP4, and WMV files as we wanted and place them in a queue. From there, it was a simple one-step process to convert these files and send … Read more
Muziic claims to offer users an enormous library of free music and videos within one simple program. While this is partially true, the program is actually just a glorified YouTube player, though a very nice one.
The program's layout is incredibly easy to understand and navigate, with a professional design and intuitive command icons. When you first open Muziic, you encounter a fancy interface that works a lot like YouTube. You can search for music--or any topic, for that matter--and watch the rundown of results on a small screen. This, its most important element, was unfortunately its weakest and … Read more
Vidferret's 123 YouTube Downloader offers a lot of tools to make downloading videos simple. However, this program was laden with issues that made it too difficult to use.
The program's interface is characterized by a professional-looking design. It's easy to operate, with a few relatively straightforward commands. However, one thing we didn't like was its complete lack of a Help file. Even when the program directed us to the company's Web site, we found nothing more than a commercial for the developer's other products. The program did allow us to cut and paste a … Read more
Arc Soft Video Downloader helps users download movies directly to their computer, but there's a second step (and another program) if you want to watch your videos.
This freeware program is incredibly simple to use. Opening the program leads to a small rectangular screen with simple instructions for downloading a video. Little action is required on the part of the user. As soon as a video is viewed online, an ArcSoft icon appears with the ability to download the movie. Simply clicking on this icon initiates the process, and you can see the files for download on the program'… Read more
The publisher of this utility claims that you can save any flash file with one click of the mouse. After testing it for ourselves, we had to make sure they were referring to the same program we tested, because we couldn't get it work at all.
Flashgrabber had an extremely confusing user interface that was half in German and half in English. It contained a blank, white window at the top, and a window at the bottom for displaying flash files in the browser cache. Not knowing where to go next, we clicked on the Help file, only to … Read more
Downloading FLV files has never been easier, thanks to FlashGot, an unobtrusive Firefox add-on. Even without a user guide, this simple program will have the least experienced user downloading files in an instant.
Once installed, FlashGot can be accessed through the Tools menu or by the easier method of dragging and dropping a shortcut to your toolbar. If you access it via the Tools menu, you'll find settings for capturing video selections and creating galleries. With both the menu and the toolbar shortcut, you have the option of automatically downloading video files as you find them. Options include selecting … Read more
This handy Firefox add-on lets you quickly download your favorite FLV files as you browse the Web, but we would have liked some way to use this toolbar's wasted space.
Clipta Toolbar with Downloader introduces a slim toolbar to your Firefox browser that makes it easy to quickly browse and download videos at the same time, but there's still too much wasted space for our tastes. The toolbar houses a search field that uses Clipta's own search capabilities, a button that displays featured videos, and another button that shows the number of videos captured during a single … Read more