Download videos with Internet Explorer 11 (desktop) using FlashCatch or Keepvid

There's a "funny" image in Reddit with a bunch of teens laughing at a young outcast. The caption reads "I heard she's using Internet Explorer." Obviously, whoever posted the JPEG hadn't used Internet Explorer for awhile since the browser has remarkably improved in the last few years and is a very good browser on Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1.

Unsurprisingly, however, Internet Explorer 11 for the desktop doesn't have the biggest library of add-ons and extensions, which is probably irrelevant considering that most users browse the Internet from their tablets and smartphones rather than their desktops and laptops. Developers have shunned IE for a long time now and there are few extensions and add-ons available for IE11.

 

Moreover, installing add-ons for IE is remarkably old-school with some requiring a wizard to complete installation. Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome only require you to restart the browser.
 

Still, if you are a user of IE11 and want to download flash videos from YouTube, DailyMotion and other sites you can install FlashCatch from the Microsoft extensions site. Like most video download add-ons, the extension will attempt to detect videos on a website and provide a download link.

 

If you prefer not to have extensions on IE, then you can also use an online video downloader such as Keepvid.com, which has been around for a long, long time. All you need is the URL and the site will provide the download link for you.
 

I tested FlashCatch and Keepvid's online downloader on China's Youku.com and Baidu's video search results and it was able to download music videos for one of my favorite movies, Au Revoir Taipei (2010).

If you find yourself unable to download extensions for Firefox and Chrome and you're working in a Windows desktop, check IE Gallery - you might actually find what you're looking for.

 

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