10 browser add-ons to make downloading videos easier

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But sometimes it doesn’t work, or not well enough. What if there is no save option in the context menu? What if you want to quickly save dozens of images from a single website? What if you’re trying to save an animated video as a GIF or keep downloading one of those .webp files that nobody wants?

This is where third-party browser extensions can come in handy, add-ons that will dig deeper into a page’s HTML code to extract the image or video clip you’re looking for and automate the process for you.

Image Downloader Continued

To open Image Downloader Continued (Chrome/Edge) and you’ll get a well-organized grid of all the images on the current web page: you can see the format and size of each image, save them to a disk, and even filter and sort them based on their size. The add-on couldn’t be simpler to use and is one of the best for downloading images.

Download all images

Download all images (Chrome/Edge) works a little differently than Image Downloader Continued. It may be able to capture some images when Image Downloader Continued cannot and vice versa. Click the extension button when you’re on a site and every image on the page will be placed in a zip archive, so you just have to choose where to save it.

Ultimate video downloader

If you’re having trouble saving a video from a website, whether it’s embedded on the page or included in a social media post,Ultimate video downloader (Chrome/Edge) can help out. With just one click, you’ll see a list of all the videos included on the website you’re currently viewing, and you can then get their URLs or save them locally.

Download videos from Twitter

Sometimes you need a specific tool for a website, that’s where Download videos from Twitter (Chrome/Edge): Captures clips posted to the social network with minimal effort and integrates seamlessly into the page so it almost feels like a native feature. Just click the download icon next to a video tweet to save the file.

Basic image downloader

GIFs can be particularly difficult to extract. Some sites publish them as GIFs, others use the mp4 format, and still others convert them back. Regardless of the format, Basic image downloader (Chrome/Edge) excels at capturing just about anything GIF-related (and supports most other image formats). The extension brings up a thumbnail gallery of images and you can save them all at once or one at a time.

Screen recorder and editor

If other tools don’t work, you can try using a screen recording tool. Screen recorder and editor (Chrome/Edge) is one of the best, in my experience, giving you a wide range of options to record the active tab or the entire desktop, and includes editing features.

Save page WE

Another option for bulk acquiring items from a website is to save the entire page, which Save page WE (Chrome/Edge) works pretty well. It’s simple to use and supports keyboard shortcuts. Depending on the site you’re working with, you can choose to save images from a page to a disk, and in some cases, it works for audio and video files as well.

Download all images

While Download all images (Firefox) has the same name as another extension above, it’s not the same utility and this one works with Mozilla’s browser. This add-on offers a number of options, allowing you to filter downloads based on image size, image type, and even image URL (so you don’t accidentally download ads or other related content), and there’s a lot of flexibility when it comes to how captured images are saved.

Shoot them all down

The neat name Shoot them all down (Firefox) can take absolutely everything from a website, including images, videos and audio clips. It’s not a blunt tool at all, and it comes with plenty of options for choosing what to save and where to save it. This is one of those extensions that you will quickly find essential.

Single file

Another extension for saving web pages in their entirety, Single file (Firefox) is one of the best and most efficient in the work. It will download all the HTML, text and images on a given website and integrate seamlessly into the Firefox interface. If you’re struggling to capture images with other extensions, this could be the solution.

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