Freemake Video Downloader review

Grab short videos from all the most popular video sites and save them in the format of your choice

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Our Verdict

Freemake Video Downloader's feature set is hard to beat, but the software's inability to download videos longer than three minutes is a real drawback.

For

  • Works with all major video sites
  • Good format support

Against

  • Adds branding to videos
  • Three-minute time limit

Freemake Video Downloader is much more than a simple YouTube downloader. It supports more than 500 audio and video formats, which helps explain why it has so many users (93 million and counting). 

Freemake Video Downloader

Where to download: http://www.freemake.com/free_video_downloader

Type: Video downloader

Developer: Freemake

Operating system: Windows

Version: 3.8

Unlike some video downloaders, MP4 isn't your only option – WebM and 3GP are also available.

It's extremely convenient, able to grab and convert videos from any of the major video hosting sites, but sadly the latest release has one major flaw: you can no longer download videos longer than three minutes without upgrading to the Freemake Premium Pack.

Note that you should only download videos when you have the copyright owner's permission to do so.

User experience

Freemake Video Downloader works in a very similar way to most other YouTube downloaders. Just copy the URL from your browser's address bar and click 'Paste URL' to get started.

You'll then be presented with an attractive screen showing different export options, including quality and format. You can also choose to rip just the audio if you prefer – a particularly useful option for music videos (though, the option to export to MP3 format is now exclusive to the premium version).

It's a handy setup for saving the odd video here and there, but if you're a more prolific downloader the One-Click Download option (toggled using a switch on the top right) enables you to set a standard format and location for saved files so you don't have to go through this process each time.

For basic downloading and converting that's all you need, but hit Freemake Video Downloader's Options button and you'll find a host of handy extras, including the ability to customize the download speed, download via a proxy, and disable adult sites and videos.

That's all excellent, but there are two significant limitations to consider. Firstly, Freemake Video Downloader will add a branded splash to the beginning and end of your downloaded video. That's not too obtrusive, but a recent update means you can no longer download videos longer than three minutes without upgrading to a Freemake Premium Pack which you can remove a fee of US$9 (about £7, AU$12) for one year, or US$19 (about £15, AU$25) for a lifetime. 

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