How to Download Video From Nicovideo

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How to Download Video From Nicovideo
(Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images) is a Japanese-based website that offers hundreds of different videos and animations. While all of the videos play directly on the website or through external links to YouTube, there is no direct download link for the videos. Instead, users can use an easy multi-step process that will enable them to download the videos and watch offline and in a media player instead of through the website.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Set the language you want to use on NicoVideo. The site is in Japanese, but you can easily convert to Spanish by scrolling down and clicking on the red and yellow flag icon. No English conversion is available for the website.

  2. 2

    Browse or search for the video you want to download. Different categories include “Entertainment,” “Sports,” “Music,” “Anime,” “History” and “Politics.” On each category a list of the “Top 5 Videos” will appear on the right side, while recommended videos appear in the centre of the screen.

  3. 3

    Click on the video link to load the video. If you are not registered for an account, the video will not play, but a brief description will. Register for an account or copy the YouTube link associated with the video. If there is no link, you must register for an account.

  4. 4

    Go to Paste the YouTube link from the video, or paste the actual NicoVideo link if you registered and loaded the video. Click on the “NAB” icon and wait for video download options to load.

  5. 5

    Choose the “FLV” download option. A window will pop up on the screen. Choose a save location and give the video a file name. Press “OK” and wait for the video to finish downloading.

  6. 6

    Play the video in a media player like VLC Media Player or Windows Media Player to make sure it plays correctly.

Tips and warnings

  • While it will not translate completely, you can use to change the majority of the website into English. This will give you better descriptions onto the videos you are loading.

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