Although the Keepvid alternatives mentioned below may not be as well known as the downloader in question, they get the work done pretty efficiently. Besides coming in handy for YouTube, most of these software options can be used for downloading videos and other media content from websites such as DailyMotion, MySpace, Grooveshark, Google Videos and more. Give our list a once-over and decide if you’d switch to one of these rather than stick to Keepvid.
1 – Orbit Downloader:
First up is Orbit Downloader that can be employed for downloading WebM as well as HTML5 videos on YouTube. The software based on p2p and multi-source downloading technology, extends support to HTTP, FTP, HTTPS, RTMP and MMS protocols. It boasts of an easy-to-use interface and the entire package takes up not more than 2MB of space.
Also, while the download is in progress, the software does not engage more than 3MB memory and its CPU usage is not said to exceed 3 percent. It is even compliant with a number of file-sharing portals inclusive of filefront, turboupload, filefactory, sendspace, to name a few.
2 – Video Grabber:
The next contender in our alternatives to Keepvid roster should be helpful to those who are skeptical about downloading software to their computers. Video Grabber need not be installed in your local system as it lets you save your favorite videos from most video sharing websites directly. All you are required to do is navigate to the official website, enter a video’s URL and hit on ‘grab it.’ The utility finds the required video and gives you an option to save it. You can download videos from websites like YouTube, gemonline.tv, DailyMotion, blip.tv and many more.
Meant for Windows XP SP3, Vista and 7 operating systems, this option developed by DVDVideoSoft can be used to download a single video or a complete collection of clips that may include a user’s channel, personal playlists, showlists and videos from YouTube charts amongst others. It combines simplicity with advanced downloading features and does not compromise on the quality of the media content. Moreover, it facilitates a number of other tasks such as multi-stream downloading, converting videos to formats like AVI, MP4 and WMV, customizing the output name and importing to iTunes amongst others.
4 – ClipGrab:
Yet another free software for Windows to have found a place on our lineup featuring software similar to Keepvid is ClipGrab. Although the compatible web portals listed for this software include YouTube, Clipfish, Collegehumor, DailyMotion, Sevenload, MyVideo, MySpass, Vimeo and Tudou, it even boasts of its ability to ‘unofficially’ download media content from a plethora of other video sharing websites. You can choose to download high definition clips and convert videos to WMV, MPEG4, OGG, Theora as well as audio-only formats like MP3 and OGG Vorbis.
5 – YouTube-dl:
Apart from ClipGrab, those of you using Unix, Mac OS X or Windows can consider youtube-dl. It’s a small command-line program capable of downloading videos from file sharing websites including YouTube. It requires Python Interpreter v2.5+ for now and will soon be compatible with version 3. This open source software can be modified by anyone capable of doing so.
Whether it is a video or an MP3 file you’re after, Clipnabber Freecorder allows you to download such content from a number of websites, without charging you a single dime. It makes for an equally useful file converter and works with both audio as well as video formats including AVI, MP3, AVI and WMV.
The smart caching technology facilitates instant downloads and allows you save them within your browser. It has been designed for use with Internet Explorer or Firefox on Windows-based PCs.
Taking our compilation of alternatives to Keepvid further is Freemake Video Downloader that is devoid of any time constraints, feature limitations or hidden costs. In addition to saving original videos on your local drive from websites like YouTube, Facebook, DailyMotion and Vimeo, it gives you the option to extract the original audio from these videos too.
And if that’s not enough, you can convert videos as and when they are getting downloaded for a number of portable devices including those running the iOS or the Android platforms.
8 – DownloadHelper:
If the name doesn’t already give it away, allow us to tell you that DownloadHelper is developed in order to assist you with downloading video clips. This Firefox extension works with Windows, Mac OS X and Linux and is compatible with v3.0 to v13.0 of Firefox.
Once you download this add-on, the icon will automatically show up on your browser and you can then download videos from a number of compatible websites including YouTube.
The aforementioned options should ensure that you have a way of downloading all your favorite media content without spending anything on the utilities. And if you have any other tool in mind that should be added to our catalog of Keepvid alternatives, feel free to drop in a line and let us know about it.