Video DownloadHelper Version History

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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

Version 5.1.2.1-signed 500.9 kB Works with Firefox 36.0 and later

Version 5.0.1.1-signed 410.6 kB Works with Firefox 36.0 and later

Video DownloadHelper 5 is a completely rewrite of version 4.9.24.

It fixes the problem 4.9.24 had with downloading since Firefox 36, provide an entirely new user interface, many more video variants, ...

Enjoy your new Video DownloadHelper !

Version 4.9.24.1-signed 779.7 kB Works with Firefox 3.6 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

Fixed broken network method detection when running on Firefox 32

Version 4.9.23.1-signed 779.5 kB Works with Firefox 3.6 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

Fixed Youtube videos not being detected starting August 7th

Version 4.9.22.1-signed 779.4 kB Works with Firefox 3.6 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

Fixed unresponsive toolbar button in Australis (new Firefox 29 beta user interface)
Fixed a number of issues with YouTube

Version 4.9.21.1-signed 778.0 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

  • Improved YouTube support (bug #536, bug #554)
  • Improved DailyMotion support (bug #546)
  • Version 4.9.17.1-signed 776.4 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

  • Fixed bug #536: some Youtube videos download as empty file.
  • Fixed bug #546: Dailymotion videos do not download anymore.
  • Version 4.9.15.1-signed 774.6 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

  • Fixed bug #518: some Youtube features (liking, commenting, ...), unavailable when VDH is enabled, since May 25th.
  • Fixed bug #525: default toolbar icon location.
  • Version 4.9.14.1-signed 774.6 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

  • Fixed bug #496: Downloads do not show in Firefox Downloads dialog. This is particularly an issue since Firefox 19.
  • Added video file size prior to download in entry tooltip as per bug #474. This does not work for YouTube and DailyMotion specific capture methods.
  • Version 4.9.13.1-signed 774.4 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

    • Fixed bug #477: DailyMotion support
      • Fixed DailyMotion URLs to capture entire video instead of chunks
      • Added direct access to DailyMotion quality variants (as for YouTube)
    • Added support for the new Firefox window-based privacy feature: bug #819378.

    Version 4.9.12.1-signed 771.7 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

  • Added MP3 192kbps as a default output format in the converter.
  • Fixed bug #470: add-on not acting to download requests when configuration parameter 'Extended download menu' was unset.
  • Fixed bug #467: added support for avconv converter (Linux/Mac only).
  • Fixed bug #471: not working on Firefox Autora and nightly in some situations.
  • Fixed bug #438: gallery capture fails to recognize media urls ending with extra-spaces.
  • Version 4.9.11.1-signed 771.3 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

  • Added MP3 192kbps as a default output format in the converter.
  • Video DownloadHelper now works again on Firefox Autora and nightly.
  • Fixed a memory leak creating zombie compartments when visiting a page containing a downloadable gallery inside an iframe.
  • Fixed double-pass video conversion.
  • Updated locales.
  • Version 4.9.10.1-signed 771.1 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

    After some changes in YouTube on September 14th, Video DownloadHelper was not able to download any video from this site, except the WEBM version while using the YouTube HTML5 mode. This is fixed in this addon version.

    After some changes in YouTube on August 6th, a number of users reported that all downloads were failing. This was caused by a a Youtube-generated cookie. The workaround consisting of clearing the cookies before downloading was not very convenient. This addon version takes care of that issue.

    Earlier this year, some other changes at YouTube caused the FLV videos downloaded through the 'network' method to have a fixed 1.7MB size and being unplayable. This is now taken care of.

    Version 4.9.9.1-signed 764.9 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

  • Fixed bug #405: Unnecessary console message.
  • Fixed bug #731906: Add-on causes zombie compartments.
  • Made add-on compatible up to Aurora (Firefox 13).
  • Version 4.9.8.1-signed 764.9 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

  • Added YouTube WebM formats as per bug #398 request: To enable those formats, go to DownloadHelper preferences, section Capture, tab YouTube. For each variant you want to have available, select the corresponding entry in the list and click Enable.

  • Fixed bug #381: No in-page widget in YouTube https pages.
  • Fixed bug #393: History window does not sort items.

  • Fixed bug #384: Cannot change size threshold detection.
  • Fixed bug #401: SmartNamer console error message.
  • Made add-on compatible up to Aurora (Firefox 10).
  • Added Hebrew and Lithuanian locales and major update for the 27 others.
  • Version 4.9.7.1-signed 683.0 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

  • Fixed bug #385: Firefox 8.0 broke the
    video conversion feature.
  • Fixed bug #386: Firefox 8.0 broke the
    direct screen capture feature.

  • Fixed bug #381: Cannot download videos when accessing YouTube in https.
  • Updated Japanese locale.
  • Version 4.9.6.1-signed 682.0 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

  • Fixed bug #309: Memory leak when closing a tab.
  • Fixed bug #375: QuickDownload and SmartNaming not working on iframe-based embedded videos.

  • Fixed bug #370: Updating the list of supported file extensions requires a restart of the browser.
  • Updated compatibility up to Firefox 9.
  • Updated locales
  • Version 4.9.5.1-signed 681.0 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

  • On August 3rd, YouTube modified their pages, making DownloadHelper fail to recognize alternative quality variants of the currently playing video. Version 4.9.5 fixes that problem.
  • Updated locales.
  • Version 4.9.4.1-signed 681.0 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

  • Fixed bug #361: Using the social share feature produces an error.
  • Fixed bug #355: Link license validation not working anymore.
  • Fixed bug #359: Download counters should be optional.
  • Fixed bug #360: Not compatible with Firefox 7.
  • Fixed bug #358: Download counters may disappear.
  • Implemented bug #354: Notify user about failed YouTube downloads because of cookies being disabled in Firefox.
  • Implemented bug #356: Allow users to change the file extension prior to downloading.
  • Version 4.9.3.1-signed 672.8 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

    From 4.9.1 to 4.9.3

    Fixed missing toolbar dropmarker arrow in some cases
    Fixed broken SmartNaming definition

    From version 4.9 to 4.9.1

    Fixed bug #335: Toolbar icon does not activate.
    Fixed bug #337: Wrong key mapping.

    Version 4.9.1.1-signed 671.7 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 and later

    • Fixed bug #335: Toolbar icon does not activate.
    • Fixed bug #337: Wrong key mapping.

    Version 4.9.1-signed 670.7 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 - 2.0.*


    • Introduced new capture method as a beta feature: direct screen capture. This makes Video DownloadHelper compatible with any site displaying videos with a flash player. Check details here.
    • Improved contribution of the add-on the browser startup time.
    • Fixed bug #332: Cannot add IP addresses to the black list.
    • Fixed bug #328: When renamed, downloaded file looses its file extension.
    • Fixed bug #322: Javascript error in dhCore.

    Version 4.8.6.1-signed 620.5 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 - 2.0.*

    • Fixed bug #303: Change at YouTube:
      cannot download some high-quality videos anymore.
    • Fixed bug #304: Using Firefox 4, the converter process crashes
      on Windows when not registered.
    • Updated Korean locale

    Version 4.8.4.1-signed 622.6 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 - 2.0.*

    • Fixed bug #266: Conversion fails to launch in Firefox 4. The bug was reopened after a change in Firefox 4.0b12.
    • Fixed bug #300: Cannot extract video formats from some YouTube pages.
    • Fixed bug #293: Console error on social share feature usage.
    • Fixed bug #286: Undesired gap at the right of the toolbar icon.
    • Fixed bug #216: YouTube 4096p format renamed to 4K.

    Version 4.8.3.1-signed 621.6 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 - 2.0.*

    Fixed bug #266: Video Converter fails to launch in Firefox 4.
    Fixed bug #187: Conversion does not support file with non-ascii characters in the path (fix only available on Firefox 4).
    Fixed bug #290: Cannot download anything if the black list is empty.
    Fixed bug #292: YouTube in-page widget does not display on Firefox 4.
    Fixed bug #280: File name formatting error when numerical entity is encountered.
    Fixed bug #278: Download helper doesn't keep download location in private mode.
    Fixed bug #245: Quick download notification readability.

    Version 4.8.2.1-signed 620.5 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 and later, SeaMonkey 2.0 - 2.0.*

    * Added SocialShare, a new Video DownloadHelper service to share a video page over a number of social services: Twitter, Facebook, StumbleUpon, Buzz, Digg, Del.icio.us, ....The former Twitter service, which was broken since the last change in the Twitter API, has been removed from the add-on, closing bug #237
    * On December 1st, changes on YouTube made the &fmt=18 trick obsolete for getting the standard MP4 version. As a consequence, we removed the in-page YouTube format switcher widget. You can still access the MP4 variant from the download menu, with the entry prefixed by [Medium]. If you don't see this entry while in a YouTube page, open the DownloadHelper preferences, section Capture, tab YouTube, and enable this format.
    * Added new default conversion configuration for Samsung Galaxy Tab
    * Fixed bug #250: Icon layout Issue - bar deformation.
    * Fixed bug #254: Better file name management when using with FlashGot.
    * Fixed bug #247: Gallery capture: Files with spaces in the name get saved with %20 instead of a space.
    * Fixed bug #258: On Linux, menu popups do not close when clicking the video entry.
    * Added sv-SE (Swedish) locale.
    * Removed minor errors appearing in the console.
    * Minor layout fixes

    Version 4.8.1 570.4 kB Works with Firefox 3.0 - 4.0b9pre, SeaMonkey 2.0 - 2.0.*

    Fixed bug #226: Broken in Firefox 4.0 beta 2.
    Fixed bug #218: On some YouTube videos, available HQ formats were not detected.
    Fixed bug #246: Toolbar icon displayed incorrectly after removing it from the toolbar.
    Fixed bug #245: More readable quick download notifications.
    Fixed bug #234: Quick download key not working anymore.
    Fixed bug #225: Lossless conversion support.
    Fixed bug #227: Preserve CJK filenames not working.