These days online video is ubiquitous. YouTube is a major source containing video on everything from useful business tutorials to inane dancing piano playing cats. And, business websites are making their own contribution posting instructional videos about their products and their marketspace. However, in order to view most of these, you need to be online. That makes things difficult if you need to share a video offline during a meeting, as part of a training session, or if you need to download the entire file at once because your Internet connection is too slow for real-time viewing. Additionally, you may not want to share an entire video– you may want to show only a small clip, or to create a single file of multiple clips.

While you certainly don’t want to steal someone else’s content and pass it off as yours, selective editing and distribution of attributed content can be a real time saver. These two free programs help you capture and convert online video from almost any source so that you can use it in for any off-line project.

Freemake Video Converter is a multi-purpose video conversion tool. It can take any supported video file and convert it to any other supported video type. And, the program supports quite a few including popular ones like AVI, MOV, M4V, MP4, SWF, and FLV and more esoteric types such as H.264, MKV, WMV, MPG, 3GP, TOD, AVCHD, QT, TS, MTS, OGG, WebM and more. It can also back-up DVDs as MPEG2, MP4, WMV, MKV, AVI, and SWF files. And, it will encode any video file for mobile devices including iPhone and Android.

But, where Freemake Video Converter really shines is its URL function. Simply paste any url into the program and it will extract the video from the page and enable you to save it in any format you like. This works for YouTube, Facebook, and most other pages that contain embedded video. There are even plug-ins for Google Chrome and FireFox, so all you need to do is click a browser-bar button to save video from any page. The program is supported by Windows XP, Vista and 7. Give it a try today. Download Freemake Video Converter from the trusted CNet site (and read the 4.5 star editor review while you’re there).

Once you’ve started downloading video, you’ll probably want to start formatting it to meet your specific presentation needs. That’s where Video Cope comes in very handy. Not only can the program convert between multiple file types (MP3, AAC, WMA, FLAC, RMVB, MP4, 3GP, WMV, MOV, AVI, DIVX, MPG, FLV, MKV, VOB, DAT and more), it can also cut and join. Use the Cutter function to save any portion of a video to a separate file in the format of your choice. Use the Joiner function to combine clips and audio and save the finished product as a separate file. It also include some handy features for still photo editing, such as a group crop function , a group resize function, and a slide show function that enables you to add music and to zoom in and out on pictures. It includes audio conversion functions as well that let you extract sound from video files as well as convert between audio files. Video Cope is supported under Windows XP and later. Download it today from the trusted CNet site.

Lisa Hephner

Lisa Hephner

My name is Lisa, and I'm the Vice President of Knowledge, responsible for the management of corporate, product, competitor, marketplace, legal, and regulatory knowledge, and creation and dissemination of knowledge tools using these assets to PaySimple prospects, customers, employees, and partners.

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