Video DownloadHelper Version History

111 versions

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Version 6.1.1a1 573.8 kB Works with Firefox 36.0 and later

Fixed wrong timestamp decoding that could cause long HLS videos to accelerate after a couple of hours

Version 6.1.0 717.9 kB Works with Firefox 36.0 and later

This version handles specifically a few very popular web sites (Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr) in order to display in the add-on download list better titles and/or thumbnails. It is now easier to identify which video to pick if several of them have been detected in the page.

Several fixes and locale updates have been included in the release.

Version 6.0.1a4 572.8 kB Works with Firefox 36.0 and later

Improved video identification in the list with more accurate thumbnail and/or title, particularly on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr
Fixed unsafe cpow call when e10s enabled
Fixed Twitter video capture when e10s enabled

Version 6.0.1a3 572.4 kB Works with Firefox 36.0 and later

Improved video identification in the list with more accurate thumbnail and/or title, particularly on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr

Version 6.0.1a2 570.6 kB Works with Firefox 36.0 and later

Improved video identification in the list with more accurate thumbnail and/or title, particularly on Facebook and Tumblr

Version 6.0.1a1 710.3 kB Works with Firefox 36.0 and later

Fixed smart-naming to allow obfuscated file names and headers/url-based naming

Updated locales

Version 6.0.0 710.3 kB Works with Firefox 36.0 and later

Improved main panel user interface

Version 6.0.0a10 567.3 kB Works with Firefox 36.0 and later

Fixed network-detected videos not seen when e10s is not enabled

Version 6.0.0a9 567.3 kB Works with Firefox 36.0 and later

Removed CPOW console warnings

Version 6.0.0a8 567.6 kB Works with Firefox 36.0 and later

Cosmetic changes: default action is now shown as a small icon at the beginning of the description line

Version 6.0.0a7 567.5 kB Works with Firefox 36.0 and later

Cosmetic changes on 6.0.0a6

Version 6.0.0a6 567.5 kB Works with Firefox 36.0 and later

The 6.x development versions implements a totally new user interface.

If you want to step back to the 5.6.1 main panel, open VDH settings, click tab Appearance, then set parameters:

- "Main panel display" to "Normal"
- "Toolbar button mode" to "Main and companion"
- "Icon badge" to "Mixed"

Please comment bugs and improvements to https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/video-downloadhelper-5/yxUo5andQaE.

Version 6.0.0a5 567.4 kB Works with Firefox 36.0 and later

The 6.x development versions implements a totally new user interface.

If you want to step back to the 5.6.1 main panel, open VDH settings, click tab Appearance, then set parameters:

- "Main panel display" to "Normal"
- "Toolbar button mode" to "Main and companion"
- "Icon badge" to "Mixed"

Please comment bugs and improvements to https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/video-downloadhelper-5/yxUo5andQaE.

Version 6.0.0a5 improves support for F4F streaming.

Version 6.0.0a4 567.0 kB Works with Firefox 36.0 and later

The 6.x development versions implements a totally new user interface.

If you want to step back to the 5.6.1 main panel, open VDH settings, click tab Appearance, then set parameters:

- "Main panel display" to "Normal"
- "Toolbar button mode" to "Main and companion"
- "Icon badge" to "Mixed"

Please comment bugs and improvements to https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/video-downloadhelper-5/yxUo5andQaE.

Version 6.0.0a4 improves support for F4F streaming.

Version 6.0.0a3 566.9 kB Works with Firefox 36.0 and later

Fixed UI issues on Windows

Version 6.0.0a2 565.1 kB Works with Firefox 36.0 and later

This development implements a totally new interface as its default.

If you want to step back to the 5.6.1 main panel, open VDH settings, click tab Appearance, then set parameters:

- "Main panel display" to "Normal"
- "Toolbar button mode" to "Main and companion"
- "Icon badge" to "Mixed"

Please comment bugs and improvements to https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/video-downloadhelper-5/yxUo5andQaE.

Version 6.0.0a1 562.0 kB Works with Firefox 36.0 and later

This version is a first draft in an attempt to re-design the Video DownloadHelper user interface as a joint-effort with the Mozilla UX team.

By default, this version acts and displays just like 5.6.1. To see the changes in the add-on main panel, open VDH settings > Appearance and set parameter Main panel display to Mozilla. Note that is you opened the main panel before before changing that preference, you may need to restart Firefox or wait a couple of minute with the panel closed before you open it again.

Version 5.6.1 698.5 kB Works with Firefox 36.0 and later

This release fixes a bug where Video DownloadHelper prevents with some sites using F4F streaming to play videos in the page.

Version 5.6.1a1 698.8 kB Works with Firefox 36.0 and later

This development version fixes an annoying bug that prevents some sites using F4F streaming to play the video in the page.

Version 5.6.0 698.1 kB Works with Firefox 36.0 and later

Better YouTube support with aggregating mixed VP9 video with Opus audio to Matroska MKV file.
Note this may require updating the Windows converter.

With the new Masked download feature, you can ensure no downloaded video will touch your disk without
being encrypted. Learn more about the Masked Download feature.

You can now use the multi-formats video player that comes with the converter thanks to the new Play action.

Better F4F capture support: you can now choose between several quality variants when available on the server.

Version 5.6.0a3 556.3 kB Works with Firefox 36.0 and later

This development version holds the following changes:

- A new Play action has been added. It allows to view the downloaded videos with the player that comes with the video converter
- An optional settings parameter allows to download HLS streams as a M2TS video file
- Fixed gallery download where the target directory had an undesired "-1" suffix
- Updated to the latest version of Angular 1.x
- Fixed aborting masked downloads

Version 5.6.0a2 553.3 kB Works with Firefox 36.0 and later

This development version contains the following changes:
  • F4F streaming capture has been reworked to fit within the general chunks-streaming architecture (like HLS and M4S). It is now possible to choose between several variant qualities (if available) when downloading a F4F-streamed video.
  • Added the "Masked Download" feature to ensure downloads are not saved to the disk in clear form. See this page for details.

Version 5.6.0a1 537.7 kB Works with Firefox 36.0 and later

This development version handles mixed YouTube variants (WEBM vp9 or opus with MP4 h264 or aac streams) by offering a MKV formatted variant. If you want a final MP4 file, you need to select the Download & Convert operation, and pick the "Re-encoded MP4" configuration.

Also, if your current converter does not support vp9, you'll need to update ConvertHelper (Windows only): go to VDH settings > More > Conversion, click "Recheck converter", follow the "update to ConverHelper 3.2a1" link.

Version 5.5.0a21 673.8 kB Works with Firefox 36.0 and later

This development version is exactly the same as the submitted official 5.5.0, with the only difference being the add-on version.

Version 5.5.0 673.7 kB Works with Firefox 36.0 and later

On March 24th, YouTube made some changes causing Video DownloadHelper not to recognize some videos when logged in. We provided a fix for that within 24 hours under the form of a beta version of the add-on. This 5.5.0 release brings those changes to everyone.

Videos streamed over the chunked protocols HLS (MPEG-TS/MP2T, on sites like Dailymotion and many live streaming sites) and DASH (M4F used on sites like Vimeo) can now be downloaded without the need for the converter. Previous 5.4.x versions had a basic support for those streams, but it was inconvenient (you had to keep the video running) and the converter had to be used to finalize the download to a proper video file. This new version even offer in most cases the choice between several quality variants.

The old list of supported sites (which were not maintained anymore) is back to life. All the listed 1000+ video web sites are alive and are DownloadHelper-compatible. New sites are added weekly. Those lists are hosted on the downloadhelper.net website and no longer managed by the addon.

A long-time request from users with a low quality network connection: automatic download retries. If the download fails in a recoverable way, the add-on tries to resume the download from where it stops. The number of retries before giving up is configurable.

Add-on settings are now managed from with a tab and no longer an add-on panel.

The DownloadHelper icon is now usable from the Firefox options panel.

An option has been added to switch to the tab owning a particular video entry in the panel.

Video entries with long titles can now have the ellipsis (…) at right, left or display over several lines, based on the settings).

Fixes from previous 5.4.2 version:

  • Fixed filename overwriting on simultaneous captures
  • Fixed YouTube ADP variants that could generate aggregation errors
  • Fixed gallery downloads with spaces in file names
  • Fixed canceling download from Firefox manager cancels entry download in add-on
  • Fixed wrong video window ownership when popup is launched at video start
  • Fixed download list showing chunks on YouTube when smartnaming default was set to header/url or obfuscated

Version 5.4.2 623.2 kB Works with Firefox 36.0 and later

  • fix for Dailymotion change on October 11th
  • added zh-TW (traditional Chinese) locale

Version 5.4.1 613.9 kB Works with Firefox 36.0 and later

Version 5.3.1.1-signed 576.3 kB Works with Firefox 36.0 and later

Version 5.3.0.1-signed 576.2 kB Works with Firefox 36.0 and later

Video DownloadHelper 5.3.0 introduces a new capture method we call Screen Capture, or SCRAP in some UI places, which consists of taking snapshots of a browser window region at high-frequency, and encode them on the fly, using the converter, to create a video file.

This capture method is used in two new features:

  • Browsing session capture: an easy way to make web sites demo videos. The add-on captures the visible part of a browser window and optionally, is able to highlight the mouse.
  • Applet capture: the add-on analyzes the loaded page to detect Flash and video regions big enough to be considered as capturable content and creates new entries in the detected hits list. Passing the mouse over those entries highlights the related region in the page so you know what you are about to capture.

Other minor fixes and additions:

  • optionally use browser's default download directory instead of VDH specific one
  • optionally display VDH controls from the Tools menu
  • optionally allows prefixing gallery captured files with incremental number
  • MP2T capture can now be configured from the settings
  • conversion output profiles can now be configured from the settings
  • if converter is not installed, place ADP variants detected from the network at the bottom of the list

Version 5.2.0.1-signed 548.3 kB Works with Firefox 36.0 and later

This version brings a number of new features and fixes:
  • MP2T Streaming capture: record some chunked streamed videos
  • Twitter Periscope Auto-recorder: auto-capture Periscope live streams
  • Toolbar button modes: main toolbar button in now optional
  • Optional main panel compact display mode
  • Improved smartnaming including obfuscated file names
  • New localizations
  • e10s compatible
  • Many fixes