Videos are everywhere, on every website, every page and every forum. Some are ad-ridden trash but some videos are actually very good indeed. If you would like to download an embedded video from any website, here’s how.
Embedded videos are self-hosted and are built into the web page. This differs from linked videos which are often hosted on YouTube or other video platform and then built into a page using an iFrame or link. No one way is better than another but embedding is only viable if you use a fast web host. It doesn’t work so well on shared hosting.
There is no one ‘best’ way to download an embedded video from a website. The range of different web technologies and video formats means not all methods will work in all situations. Fortunately, I know of three good ways to download videos without installing specific video ripping software onto your computer.
Download an embedded video with a browser extension
The simplest way to download an embedded file is to use a specific browser extension. There are a few out there for most browsers. Here are a couple that I have used and that work.
Flash Video Downloader
Flash Video Downloader is a Firefox addon that adds a small arrow to the browser window. When that arrow turns blue, there is embedded video on the page that the extension can download for you. Click the arrow, select the video and download it. This addon works on multiple websites so is pretty good if you’re a Firefox user.
Video DownloadHelper is another extension. This time it has Firefox and Chrome compatibility. Like Flash Video Downloader, it adds an icon to the browser bar that will change color when it detects videos on the page it can work with. Click the icon, select the video and download. Like Flash Video Downloader is works on most websites that I have tested it on.
Download an embedded video with an online tool
If you don’t use Firefox or Chrome or don’t want to use a browser extension there are a couple of useful online tools that can help. They are essentially websites with extraction tools built into them which work with embedded videos. I know of two that work well in many instances.
As far as I know, these websites are not honeypots or tracked. However, I would suggest using a VPN if you plan on using them. I certainly do.
Savefrom.net is a very useful website that works with many popular video websites including YouTube. It also works on other web pages with embedded video. Capture the URL of the page, paste it into the page and select search. The page processes and identifies the video if it can and then provides options for quality. Select the quality you want and hit Download.
VideoGrabby does much the same thing. Once you get over the garish yellow color scheme, the site works well. Paste the page URL into the box and hit Go. The extractor will identify the video if it can and offer quality options. Select your desired quality and download.
Both of these sites are free to use and work well. They occasionally slow down at peak times but that is to be expected. Otherwise, both work well across a huge range of websites.
Use a screen grabber to record embedded videos
On the rare occasion that the previous methods don’t work on a website, you can use screen grabbing software to record the video. It isn’t perfect by any means which is why I left it until last, yet it does work.
Open Broadcaster Software
Open Broadcaster Software is probably your best bet. Used a lot for streaming, OBS as it is known is very good at what it does. While it is an install and requires a little configuration, if you’re into streaming you will already likely have a copy and can use it to capture the video. If you don’t have it, the download is modest and installation simple.
If you don’t like OBS, CamStudio is a viable alternative. It is free and simple to use and is another go-to program for streamers.
As usual, I won’t get into the legality of downloading videos from the internet. If you’re a regular at TechJunkie, you are already an intelligent person and able to make informed decisions. I will provide the information, what you do with it is entirely up to you. If you do decide to rip embedded videos, remember to always use protection in the form of a VPN and choose your video source carefully.
Do you know of any other ways to download an embedded video from any website without using ripper software? Tell us about it below if you do!