If you’ve read any of my earlier posts, you know I try not to download video off the internet, preferring high quality streams. Sometimes, you just want to own things, and the only ways are hard copy and download. Today I’ll be telling you about a few good video download managers.
Miro is my favorite. It’s probably not the easiest to use, and it’s probably not the most light weight, but it’s got a fairly comprehensive set of features, and it looks nice. With the ability to add RSS fed torrents for television shows, it can be a boon in terms of getting content delivered regularly, and without hassle. Add to this the ability to go get Youtube clips and stream content, you’ve got a one stop video experience.
Unplug is a neato torpedo Firefox extension that will sniff whatever page you’re on for media and neatly download it to your desktop. It’ll work with a number of sites, and as an on the fly application, it’s pretty good. It’s missing the robust interface of a media player, but it’s pretty good at what it does, and if you’re well organized, and move from one page to another quickly, this might be the one for you.
DownThemAll! Is a slightly more comprehensive Firefox extension. It will sniff media files off a page, but then it has a more traditional download manager type interface. It’s quite powerful, it can queue, batch, pause, resume. It’s ugly, but it works. I haven’t used it, but it’s supposedly very powerful. Downloaded over 9 millions times, it can’t be all that bad.
Most of these happy apps are free and open source, so we smile on them. If you like ease of use, ways to get lost browsing content, and prettiness, Miro is definitely your program. If you’re a lightweight on the fly mass consumer, you might be good with Unplug. If you are a mix between the two, I’d go with DownThemAll! There are many others out their, some of the better ones dealing exclusively with torrents, mostly specialized, and who needs that? Not me, I’m busy looking for content.
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