We got some criticism when we wrote about the Freemake Video Downloader, a free program that saves YouTube videos to your hard drive. It’s technically illegal to download stuff from YouTube, but if it’s just for your private use, it’s unlikely the techno cops will come knocking at your door. (We downloaded “This is Not Yellow,” from TweetSauce.)

So we’re here to nervously tell you that the new version of Freemake does much more than grab videos from YouTube.  It can optimize your movie for the iPad and download video from more than 10,000 sites, including Facebook, Vimeo, TubePlus, and Dailymotion. It also strips out the ads. Downloading a video is as easy as copying its web address. As soon as you paste it into the program, downloading begins. (Leave the “One Click Downloader” in the “off” position. It’s easier.) Find the program at

Freemake also makes a free video converter program. It converts almost any video into major formats, as well as those for the iPod, iPhone, iPad and Blackberry.

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