I don’t know about you but watching video content on the internet has become something of a pastime for me. It is one of my favorite activities. It’s so easy for me to just fall down the rabbit hole of online videos. I can easily get sucked in for hours at a time. All it takes is clicking on one video and, poof, the next thing I know five hours have gone by. It’s quite incredible, really.
Some of my favorite nights are the ones where I intentionally go down the YouTube rabbit hole. One video quickly leads to the next, which leads to the next, which leads to the next. Ad nauseum! For someone with pretty severe insomnia like me, video streaming sites like YouTube (and others, of course) have been a godsend. I never have to run out of fascinating, fun, interesting, educational, baffling, or hilarious video content. Even when the night bleeds into the morning, or well into the afternoon.
Sometimes, though, simply watching a video once or twice is just not going to cut it. For the occasional video, you just need to have it on your hard drive … do you know what I mean? First of all, it can be annoying to have to find the link and revisit it every single time you want to watch the video. Plus, being able to watch the video in question depends entirely on you being around a reliable internet signal. We cannot predict the future. Sometimes our internet goes out. Sometimes you want to watch a particular video during a time when you cannot access wifi – say, for instance, on a flight.
Why should you have to be deprived of your favorite videos just because you are not near an internet connection? Well, of course, you should not be deprived! And, thanks to a convenient Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox extension, now you never have to be deprived of your favorite videos again. The addon that we will be taking a look at today is aptly called Video Download Helper. And, well, it helps you to download videos.
But not in the way that anyone can just download certain video files from the internet. No, Video Download Helper is more helpful than that. This addon is specifically for videos that do not come with download links. It is for HTTPS links. So, think any YouTube video can now be downloaded straight onto your computer with little to no effort. It is truly a game-changer. Let’s dive in and take a deeper look at what Video Download Helper has to offer and what it is all about, shall we?
Video Download Helper, as of December of 2019, is the third most popular extension available on Mozilla Firefox. It comes in third after Ad Block Plus and U Block Origin. Furthermore, Video Download Helper is the second most popular Mozilla recommended addon. It had a grand total, as of December of 2019, of 2,848,968 users. That number, I would presume, has only gotten larger.
Video Download Helper is 100% free to use. In fact, it operates almost entirely on donations by users – many of whom are grateful enough for the software that they are willing to pay for it even though it is free. Video Download Helper is also very philanthropic, it turns out, paying forward a great deal of those donations to causes via Kiva – a site that lets you donate to charitable causes, individuals in need, and communities of your choice. As of March 3rd, 2020, Video Download Helper has donated $154,825 to 4,413 individual projects on Kiva.
This is, in my opinion, something that more tech companies and organizations need to be doing. Therefore, I am more than happy to either donate to Video Download Helper, and I encourage those of you who use Firefox to purchase the premium version of the extension if you find that it might be useful. It is all too rare that a software company goes out of its way to make a difference, and I believe that that should be rewarded.
Well, as Video Download Helper is an extension, I don’t believe that we will be able to have too drawn out a discussion of its design, but it is fairly easy to install and use. Simply click on the extension’s icon in the corner of your browser of choice and a dropdown menu will appear. From there, you have a few options: Quick Download, Download and Convert, Add to Blacklist, Details, Delete, or Pin. So, very simple, as you can see, extremely easy to use, and about as user-friendly as it gets, really.
Plus, Video Download Helper also comes with a download manager, so you can keep track of all of your downloads, their statuses, and quick access to the videos once they finish downloading. It does not get much easier than this.
In addition to the obvious (being able to download videos from sites like YouTube, Daily Motion, Vidio, etc.), Video Download Helper also helps you to convert videos to other formats. Maybe you, like me, are sick and tired of having to go to sketchy third-party websites in order to convert YouTube videos to MP3s – well, thanks to Video Download Helper, never again will you have to do that! Simply click the extension and, voila, access an MP3 file of your favorite music video.
Downloads and conversions, though, are not all that Video Download Helper is capable of doing. It can also aggregate videos. In other words, you can take several separate videos and merge them into one singular file for download. Create your own customizable video playlists and video compilations with just a few clicks.
Videos are not all that you can download either. With Video Download Helper, you can also download photos and entire photo albums with ease. Never lose a photo again on Facebook or any other social media resource with this extension – keep everything that is important to you.
Unfortunately, though, what you can do with Video Download Helper will be slightly limited. And even more so limited if you are using Chrome over Firefox. You cannot, for example, download YouTube videos with Video Download Helper if you are using Google Chrome. Firefox users, on the other hand, can truly make the most of Video Download Helper. If Chrome were not so convenient, I would say it might be time to consider a switch.
Pricing and Plans
The basic version of Video Download Helper is 100% free to use. However, if you want access to the extension’s premium features – such as no download restrictions, no watermark on converted videos, and the ability to convert to audio-only formats – it will cost you … but not much.
For a lifetime subscription to Video Download Helper, you can pay a one time fee of $14.99. If you would rather pay monthly, though, you can do so as well. For only $0.99 a month, Video Download Helper Premium can be all yours. Or, if you prefer, you can always opt to pay yearly for premium – at $8.99 a year. If you want my opinion, though, just pay the 15 bucks for a lifetime membership.
Otherwise, you’re already paying twice that for just two years! But you can also always just try it for a month for a buck and see if you like it first. The prices, I think, for the premium subscription to Video Download Helper are more than fair.
Suggestions that I have for Video Download Helper
I would like to see the addon’s capabilities expanded a little bit when it comes to Google Chrome. I hate the fact, for example, that I cannot download YouTube videos with Video Download Helper on Chrome. However, this is most likely more of an issue with Google than it is with Video Download Helper, seeing as you are able to do this on the Firefox version.
Also, an app could never hurt. If I could use Video Download Helper directly on my phone, that would be awesome. But, still, for what it is, as a desktop extension, it is excellent.