This is about Offliberty. About making video readily available for you. It’s about comfort and easy video and audio downloads. This is about the liberty to turn off internet and still retain your favorite videos… this is offliberty.com.
Why switch to Offliberty.com and the likes
As of late, I’m coming to believe that one cannot trust software blindly anymore.. One day this great program Best Video Downloader was one of the leading tool to download online video.
And the next day what do you know? The site says “thanks for your interest, but the project has been shut down”… Whaaat? Someone either sued the creator of Best Video Downloader, and he/she had to shut down the site. Or someone offered a good lump sum and the site was sold. To be shut down, nevertheless.
It is usually not the issue with video downloading websites though. Well, yes, websites do get shut down, purchased, acquired, etc. But it’s so easy to start that site elsewhere again. And again.. And again… There’s a myriad of such websites.
Software though gets purchased easily by a bigger fish, and then shut down.. There isn’t so much software out there. One day your favorite software becomes pay-for software. If author/owner decides that user base is large enough to start monetizing..
Sites – they are more like free spirits. They can reappear, while with software it’s usually hard to eradicate the footprints and traces if it is being taken down.. For big companies it’s cheaper sometimes to buy out the “perpetrator”. And quietly shut off the way it was being used…
So here comes OffLiberty.com – another great way to download online videos. Maybe even the best way…
Below let me show you how to use this amazing service. This article was originally written in times when Offliberty was only getting initial popularity and could boast possible 10-15k daily visits.
Now, in 2017, I am sure, it’s 10 times that at least. I notice they employ a cloud of over 50 servers.. Yet popularity is growing. What you might appreciate, is the fact, that this article features 4 images without any background photo artwork in them.
This shows, that it was written well long ago.. It actually took over the first place in google search for a while for the aforementioned keyword. Was quite a busy time for a few months.. People querying google for “offliberty” would see this article first, review actually preceded the resource itself… Remembering those good times, I’ve ever since kept this review and tutorial up to date.
Download videos with Offliberty – Tutorial
The 4 steps below will show how to easily download online video and audio from many websites and resources using Offliberty.com.
Step 1 – Get Online Before going Offline =)
Let’s visit the website and check out what it looks like now… Click the “first time here” link and see how they try to justify themselves and their service..
“If the Internet bus visits your village only once a week or your grandma doesn’t let you use Internet more than 1 hour a day – Offliberty.com is for you.”
This is what the site’s about page says… Basically, trying to righteously prove that big dawgs have no right to only stream their content, that some people are still devoid of fast and cheap internet, that there are other reasons… And that services like Off Liberty here will exist and will persist, until we all plunge into era of truly unlimited 1Gbps+ up & down internet.. What a dream…
Not all people can access internet
I’ve even come across this Project Loon, which even today in 2017 exists to deliver internet to remote and unpowered areas of Earth. I doubt people that have no internet and no food will rather have internet, than food. But oh well…
So it boils down to simple fact – we can’t always stream video from online source when we want to watch that video. We want to watch our favorite video when we have no access to internet too. So this is pretty much the main reason sites like this one exist. They exist to facilitate fun to your brain when there is no internet and you are feeling down…
Step 2 – Enter the Video or Audio URL
So this is still the initial screen, with social links above it and ads below it, at least as of right now.. All we need to do now, as is shown here and on the next image – is to enter the video or audio URL and click the OFF button.
What happens next? How does it work? Good questions… Offliberty is now scanning the page you gave it for audio and video sources. It either knows how to handle it and so goes over to screen in step 3. Or says it cannot yet take care of the link.
When the latter happens, – you have two choices. First, you can ask them to notify you when this page and site are “offliberated”. It simply means “can be handled by Off Liberty; audio/video can be extracted”. Now we wait.
The site seems to be manually maintained, so new video sources are quickly studied by the site’s owner/admin. And then skillfully transferred this knowledge into the ripping power. So be sure, you will receive an email soon. Unless this source you’re after cannot be processed by normal online means. Some video can only be downloaded with a browser plugin..
Step 3 – Convert video to mp3, if needed
So after some motherboard-like looking animation indicating that your link is being processed. And media sources extracted and prepared for your download.. After a little or large delay, depending on the size of your desired media, we see the next screen something like this below:
Nice nice, here we get the next screen, where download is already offered, along with a shortlink for the download, which works for a few hours, or doesn’t work at all.. But who cares, now we can finally download that new Bieber’s video with Nicki Minaj!!!
OMG, don’t laugh at me… This is my thing here on Save Tube – I download Justin’s videos… Obviously, I remove them after, cause I don’t really like his work…
Hey, Offliberty, what about the video???
But what’s this? We can only get the audio file here, but not the video??? Because video is usually streamed separately from the audio. And the two streams are synchronized by the script that actually plays the sound and video.. Well, let’s not delve into technicalities, shall we?
I think mainly due to the fact that people want to convert video to mp3 nowadays, only audio is offered at first. Yet if you select to download it, right click on the yellow box and save the file. It will be a moment to convert it to MP3, since it is usually served as AAC. So be patient, but it will begin downloading in a few seconds.
Where others fail, Offliberty keeps going and succeeds in most cases!!! So let’s try and download the video… To proceed to next step – click “I Want Video File” link below the yellow box.
Step 4 – Download Video to File with Offliberty.com
I must say I don’t download videos that I talk about, but they are simply “for example”. Of course I am into music, but I like house, progressive, tribal, deep, dark house, d’n’b, breaks. And some other styles. And I personally think Bieber is wasting the air on Earth.
But it’s only my opinion. Tens of millions of his followers on facebook and twitter will definitely bake to differ. Well it’s up to them and I don’t care. But I do care for you to know that I am not a fan. I am just messing around a bit… 🙂
And so it goes. After clicking “I want Video File” link from above screenshot, we get the following view. Now it’s easy to download both video and audio from the link I initially put in.
Now click on the Bottom Yellow Box, right click that is. And select “save link as” to save the video to your device. Now wait-screen has some numbers on it. But the wait is short and here we go, 200MB MP4 file is on its way to your hdd.
Voila!! This is how we download and convert online video and audio using this cool website..
Conclusion & Opinion
The thing I miss here is the options. Offliberty.com simply assumes I want the 720p video and gives it to me.. It doesn’t go for 1080p video or 4K if available. The highest video quality you get here is only 720p. If you want 1080p, you usually go with software like Youtube-DL.
generally, as it says below, we strongly encourage the use of this service.. gonna step away from the format and not list features, as there aren’t so many… but still Off liberty is cool, and becoming cooler by day!! 5 stars from the editor!
This article was last edited and updated on July 29th, 2017. It is the 4th version of the article originally posted in 2013.