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Topic in Brief: Ant Downloader Alternatives

The Ant Video Downloader Firefox extension as quickly become one of the most well-used video downloaders for YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion and more. Installation is a breeze and usage is just as intuitive. There are even multiple options about how it shows up in the browser so each user can choose what works best for you. When you navigate to YouTube or another site with videos on it, all you have to do is play one and the Ant Video Downloader will pop up and offer you download options. Everything from low-quality to ultra high definition options are offered.

Although this program was once a powerful option for video download, the developers haven't kept it updated for the latest computer systems or Internet browsers. If you find yourself needing another method to download videos from the computer, there are other options to choose from. Look for one that gives you the option to convert to the most possible video formats like MP3, MP4, FLV, AVI and MOV, and allows you to download multiple videos at the same time. These are some of the best options we can find as below.

I. Video Converter Ultimate

This Ant Video Converter alternative gives users a huge variety of file format options to choose when converting videos grabbed from the Internet. There are 76 video and audio formats available. You can convert videos easily but also edit them, create DVDs and download videos directly using this program.


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The four main reasons why the Video Converter Ultimate is a great option to choose includes:

Multiple Video Format Support – This downloader and conversion program offers HD video support for HD MKV, HD TS, HD TRP, HD AVI, HD MP4, HD MPG, HD WMV, and HD MOV files.

Super Quick Conversion – This ultimate alternative converts video files much faster than the old Ant Video Converter. It also allows you to convert more than one video at the same time, which saves you a lot of sitting around and waiting one file at a time.

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Downloader Access on Top Video Websites – This program can grab videos from YouTube with ease, but also offers downloading from Dailymotion, Vimeo, AOL Video, Break, Facebook, BlipTV, Vevo and many others.

No Limit Video Conversion – When compared with Ant Video Converter, this program is miles ahead. Ant limits the size of the video you can convert and only offers five file format options. Video Converter Ultimate will do conversions on videos of any length or file size. This is perfect for people who need to convert feature-length movies to a different format so they can watch it on a different device.

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II. Orbit Video Downloader

If you do not want to use the program described above, the Orbit Downloader is another alternative to Ant Video Downloader to grab flash videos from the Internet. All you have to do is download and install the program on your computer, navigate to the "Tools" menu and click on the "Grab + +" selection.

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Once you activate the "Grab + +" service, the Orbit Downloader can be closed. In order to download a video from sharing site, simply navigate to the video you want and run it. Orbits "Grab + +" automatically identifies the video and filters all extraneous information from the website at the same time.

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All you have to do is click the "Download" button, choose where you wish to save it, input a name and then click the button again. There are advanced options available if you click "More" but the default settings are sufficient for video capture in most cases.

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After the download process finishes, double-click to open the Orbit Downloader and navigate to the "Completed" selection on the left hand side of the screen. You should find the file you just downloaded listed here.

You can remove video names from this list by clicking "Actions" and then "Clear All List." In the "Actions" menu, selecting "Preferences" and "Monitoring" allows you to change which Internet browsers the program will recognize for grabbing videos. In the "General" selection, you can choose particular video files to exclude as well.


When I tested the "Grab + +" application from the Orbit Downloader, it worked without error or delay on multiple video sharing sites and with multiple video formats. As reading extension, you may check this page for reviews of even more web-based or standalone video download applications.