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2017 Review: Top 10 Free Video Downloader Apps to Grab Any Video with a URL

There are a big market demand on downloading videos from YouTube, Goole Video, Veoh, Break, or DailyMotion, etc., it appears that more and more video lovers would like to download video clips and movies to portable devices, like download to iPhone, iPad, etc., so that they can enjoy anytime anywhere, like on journey, or while walking alone. Other friends would download favorite yet cherish videos and burn to disc , for the reason of personal collections hobby.

That’s great if we can download YouTube videos for free without much costing. There are lots of free video downloader app tools, some are for desktop, some are web apps. No matter which type you like, each has its pros and cons. Here I would introduce top 10 best free video downloader apps to you, all can help you grab videos to your Mac with its URLs.

Reviews on Top 10 Best Free Video Downloader Apps
Related: Best Commercial Video Downloader - Cisdem VideoConverter for Mac

Reviews on Top 10 Best Free Video Downloader Apps

1. Voilabits FreeYouTubeDownloader (Mac)

This is a free video downloader for Mac, it can help you download online 1080p, 4K HD videos to Mac in batch, but only available for YouTube, no more other sites. Paste each video URLs one by one to it, you can also drag-n-drop all of videos' thumbnails into the program, and start to download favorite videos for several minutes.

Pros: Easy-to-use, intuitive.
Cons: Only support YouTube to download videos.

2. Freemake Video Downloader (Windows)

Freemake is a popular free video downloader for free, it works on Windows, and supports to download videos, playlists, channels in HD, MP4, MP3, AVI, 3GP, FLV, etc. Lots of site are supported, like Youtube, Facebook, Vevo, Hulu, Dailymotion, Vimeo, Vkontakte. It has intuitive interface, any new users can easily get know how to use it.

Pros: It is working well, but slow on Mac.
Cons: There are some ads without permission during the installation, which would distract attention, that’s not much user-friendly. They use third-party advertising companies to serve ads.

3. VideoGrabber (web app)

Video Grabbe is the free online video downloader and converter tool, it can help you to grab videos from a handful of video hosting sites, like YouTube, Dailymotion, Vimeo, Blip TV, Liveleak, Lynda, Break , Vube, Ustream, Ted and many others. It can directly convert video from websites to MP3 on Mac OS X, and offer integration with Safari, Firefox, Opera and Chrome. Compatible with Mac OS X (Mavericks 10.9 included).

Pros: It is freeware, and user-friendly, no toolbars, adware or malware. It offers web service and desktop version.
Cons: Download speed is a little slow. While you copy the URL to its box, and click the download button, a note pops up and asks you to download launcher and install it.

4. Keepvid (web app)

KeepVid Video Downloader is one of best free YouTube video downloader that allows you to download videos from sites like YouTube, Facebook, Twitch.Tv, Vimeo, Dailymotion and many more. Paste the urls in the textbox and one- click 'Download', it starts to fetch the download links.

Pros: The speed is good. Supports to download Subtitle various language.
Cons: It offers free desktop version for Windows/Mac, but it only supports seldom sites, and can’t convert videos to popular formats such as MP3, MP4. The output definition is limited no exceed 720p.

5. aTube Catcher (for Windows)

aTube Catcher is a desktop free YouTube video downloader for windows system, it can do lots of video tasks, download videos from social web sites, and export to pc or some portable devices, like iPad, iPod, PSP, MP4 player and DVD. A host of video formats are supported. It offers donations access, if you would like to help them in the budget to maintain the free video downloader app updated and running.

Pros: It can do lots of media tasks, downloading, burning, etc.
Cons: Pretty slow, and often get cashed, often meet trouble while installed or download. It seems to help us, indeed it cost much time.

6. VDownloader (for Windows)

VDownloader offers free version to download videos from websites, but it is only free for occasional usage, like you are only allowed to batch download unlimited videos for 10 times, and convert local videos for 3 times. You can also fetch their commercial version app with EUR 29.99, if you like this best free YouTube video downloader.

Cons: Installation speed is pretty slow. While I installed, it alerts Microsoft .Net Framework v4.5. And my PC warns me to be careful for the wooden horse.

7. ClipGrab (Windows)

ClipGrab is a friendly, easy-to-use video downloader app for free. It is very easy to install and use. There is no plug-ins, pop-up ads, or banners that would distract you. You can search the keywords of the videos in the “Search”, it would help you list it. You can also go to “Downloads” and enter the link for other sites including YouTube, Vimeo, etc. And Grab this clip! You are able to do some simple settings.

Pros: It is very easy to use, and user-friendly.
Cons: The downloading speed is a little slow. Apart from that, You can do more advanced settings.

It is expecting for your donations to remain its further development, for EURO 10, 20, 50, I don’t think it is more worthwhile than buy a commercial video downloader, like Cisdem VideoConverter for Mac.

8. Get Tube (Mac OS X)

Get Tube is a small Mac OS X app that enables you to download the videos and playback the media any time you like, directly from your computer. Get Tube can work well with Safari and Firefox. Once you install it, you'll see a new button in the browser while you surf on YouTube. Click it and you'll be able to download the featured video in a matter of seconds.

Pros: Easily download.
Cons: It only support to download the video as mp4, the audio track and save it as mp3.

9. 4K Video Downloader (Windows)

4K Video Downloader is a freeware for Windows, you can use it to download videos from YouTube, Vimeo, etc. It can manually set the output formats from MP4, FLV, MKV, MP3, OGG, M4A. You just copy the urls of the targeted movies and, click the button “Paste Links”. But if you want to download more than 25 YouTube playlist videos or download the channel, you have to buy for the serial number and get the perpetual permissions.

Pros: The download speed is good.
Cons: Unable to download multiple videos in batch.

10. MacTubes (for Mac)

MacTubes is handy and easy-to-use YouTube video downloader for free. You don’t have to visit site itself, it can allow you to create playlists based on what you've downloaded or what you've searched on. It can list of downloaded and played files for you to create create playlists.

Pros: Easy-to-use.
Cons: It is only available for YouTube, not support for other major sites. Only download and save the videos in one format.

 

Related: Best Commercial Video Downloader - Cisdem VideoConverter for Mac

Cisdem VideoConverter for Mac is an easy-to-use and professional toolbox for Mac users to download, convert, edit, rip, etc. It is an excellent video downloader to help you grab TV episodes, movies, music videos, news, sports and other online video clips with the fastest speed.

Once you launch the free trial version, it would pop up a small box. Click “Evaluate”, and download online video for free. If you buy its pro version, you would get the register code to enjoy video conversion, video downloading, DVD ripping, sharing functions within one.

  • No risk of ads, buffering, virus attack to your Mac.
  • Supports the most sites, like YouTube, Break, DailyMotion, Blip, Veoh, AOL, Vimeo and all popular sites.
  • Batch download, simply copy-n-drag the URL of the videos into the field, and click to start download.
  • Preview the downloaded videos on it, snapshot and save favorite screen picture.
  • You can also convert and transfer videos to any kind of digital device including iPhone, iPod, iPad, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone, PSP, etc.

 

Notes:

1. It has free trial version for fully supporting video downloading and uploading.

2. But Cisdem VideoConverter's free version is not available for video conversion, it only converts 5 minutes per file. Come to download its commercial version which priced at $39.99. You can enjoy YouTube videos on any portable devices.

Free Trial Version of Cisdem Video Downloader App for Mac.

(Run well on 10.7+, El Capitan, macOS Sierra Included).

2017-01-24 12:00:00 / Posted by to Video Converter Mac Follow @ Rosa

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