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How to Download Videos from YouTube, AOL, DailyMotion and Etc..

Updated on May 8, 2011

YouTube, AOL, DailyMotion, Surfthechannel, WatchMovies, AnimeFuel, National Geograhic, Google Video, Discovery Health, Myspace, YourDailyMedia, NBC, Movie6, MegaVideo, PokerTube, ESPN and AnimeDreamWorld these are just some of the Video Sites that you can download their videos using Mozilla Firefox's video downloader ADD-ON. If you happen to be a Mozilla Firefox user and happen to like some videos from one of those video sites you can use DownloadHelper Plugin to save them to your PC or computer.

Simply, DownloadHelper is a tool that you can use to download videos without installing any softwares, all you have to do is just install the ADD-ON which you can get it from Mozilla's Website under ADD-ONs tab. Once installed you can start downloading videos from any YouTube like sites.

DownloadHelper Screen Shot

Downloadhelper Ratings
Downloadhelper Ratings

How to Install DownloadHelper

Since DownloadHelper ADD-ON works only on Mozilla Firefox so obviously you need to download Firefox Browser.

1. Download Mozilla Firefox Browser from Click on the green graphical button that say's Download Firefox - Free. You will be taken to mozilla's download page and then a pop window appears asking your permission to save the file. Just click on Save to start saving the file. There's a step by step procedure in the download page, you can follow it through.

2. Once you've finished installing mozilla firefox, go to mozilla's website and at the top portion hover on Add-ons tab then click All Add-ons. Now in the Firefox Add-ons page, look for the searchbox that says Search for add-ons. Within it, Type the following text in the searchbox "Downloadhelper" and then press Enter button.

Type in the Textbox "Downloadhelper"
Type in the Textbox "Downloadhelper"

3. You'll see Video DownloadHelper in the first search results. Now look at the right side of it, there's a button that says Add to Firefox, click on it. Once you clicked on that, a new window, software installation will pop up. At the bottom portion of that window click the Install Now button. This will now start installing the add-on, you'll notice the progress bar moving. Once it's done, click the Restart Firefox button then you're done.

4. After mozilla firefox restarts, you'll notice at the upper right side of the browser a three molecule look-a-like icon, that's the downloadhelper icon. Next is, we will to try to download a video from YouTube. So visit and select a video, you're favorite one. You'll notice on that icon it will start to colorized when there's video currently playing. These means that downloadhelper is now ready to download the video. So click the arrow right beside downloadhelper icon and select the filename with flv extension. Provide the download destination folder and then it will then start the download progress bar.

5. Since the downloaded file format is FLV, you may need to use video converter to play this file on Windows Media Player. I'm currentyl using Video Converterto convert my downloaded videos into mpg,3gp,avi,mp4 and etc.. There's plenty of options to choose from it that's why I like this program. Try to get a copy of this program. Google on it to find out more about this video converter.

Enjoy and Have Fun!!

Now that you have a nice video grabber, you can now start visiting more video sites by clicking on the icon. You will have all the list of Video Sites that you can actually download including adult sites. Beside on each site is the rating and currently YouTube has the highest rating.

For me mozilla is best browser that I'm currently using, it has a lot more features for an open and free to use browser. I would highly recommend mozilla for avid internet users.

Lastly, mozilla sets a new Guiness New World Record as the largest software downloads in 24 hours. The record-setting 8,002,530 downloads, coincided with launch of firefox 3. Check out on their website to read more.

I have written this article about 2 years ago and I haven't updated this for a very long time. Some information may no longer be accurate. But don't worry I have written a new article about how you can download youtube videos right on your computer. This is much easier and faster too. Click this Youtube Video Downloader the Editor's Choice


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    • babybrownfox profile image

      babybrownfox 7 years ago

      I have written a new step by step procedure on how to download youtube videos to your computer. Checkout this link

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      mavrrr 7 years ago

      What to download video from a site youtube I use service

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      babybrownfox 7 years ago

      @Jmoss Thank you for sharing this new info...

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      JMoss 7 years ago

      Hi all,

      I use Convert-tune for video conversion.

      http: // convert-tune. com / index. html

      It converts audio files to different formats (to MP3, M4A (AAC), WMA and WAV).

      It has free CD Ripper and free CD Burner, and other options.

      It converts video files for iPod as well (to MP4, WMV, AVI and 3gp.)

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      Emran Ali 8 years ago from karachi


      I would recommend you to use Kate's video cutter , it is very easy to use for trimming and it supports multiple videos formats .

      Please follow two steps

      1) The file which you download from Youtube is with FLV extension , through Kate's video cutter you have to convert that particular movie from FLV to MPEG or AVI format

      2) Than you can import particular converted movie file with MPEG and AVI format at windows movie maker for further enhancement or editing.

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      hafeezrm 8 years ago from Pakistan

      Hi I am using window vista basic. I have not been able to download video help. I need a movie-maker to trim video downloaded from you-tube and upload it on my hub. How should I proceed.

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      babybrownfox 8 years ago

      Glad this article has help you.

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      aaron leo 9 years ago

      Video Download Studio™ is a powerful video downloader and converter tool which can help you download videos and free music from popular online social websites like YouTube, Metacafe, imeem,, Dailymotion, Veoh, Yahoo video, Google video, MySpace, Vimeo, RuTube, etc.

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      babybrownfox 9 years ago

      it's very very useful compu-smart..

      Thank You.

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      Compu-Smart 9 years ago from London UK

      I have seen this question asked soo many times, so i know how useful this information will be for everyone!