Below is a written guide that describes the Download Surgeon interface and use and functionality of the 3 different download modules plus the SC Recorder which is new to Version 2.
The YouTube, OS, and - Downloader buttons all will enable you to download audio or video directly from websites. These direct downloading modules should be your first choice for two reasons. Firstly, they are a digital copy so there will be no change in quality between what you see on website and what you download. Secondly, downloading a file typically is much quicker than recording a file. If however, these direct downloading modules don’t work for the particular website from which you are trying to grab an audio or video file, then you will want to use the SC Recorder.
The User Interface of Download Surgeon is shown in a screen capture below:
As Download Surgeon is starting up, this user interface may be blank (or black) as it checks for updates. These buttons will all appear once the program has finished updating.
When pulling links from Facebook, it is important to remember that just because a video is on Facebook does not necessarily mean it has a Facebook link. For instance, people may copy and paste YouTube links to their Facebook profiles which you may be interested in downloading. However, for this action you will need to use the YT Downloader rather than the OS Downloader -- this is because the link has a YouTube domain. Facebook videos will usually contain the following characters in links -- video.php?v=10152967942944238 -- following "facebook.com." Additionally, you may only have success in downloading public Facebook videos. Even if you are friends with the person whose video you are trying to download, if your friend has a private Facebook profile (where he/she needs to personally accept friend requests before someone gains access to their personal information), you will not be able to download their videos via Download Surgeon. Public profiles, such as Taylor Swift's, Barack Obama's, or other public accounts offer unrestricted access to all or most of their videos. These will all work with Download Surgeon.
Since Reverbnation.com is a site that utilizes audio tracks only, the OS Downloader will only allow you to download audio from this website. Search for any artist, and upon finding their songs, select one that you'd like to download and click the "share" button at the bottom of the screen in the audio bar (the button that looks like a curvy arrow pointing to the right). After you have done this, a window will appear asking you how you would like to share the media you've selected. Go to the bottom left hand corner and select "Get direct link," then copy and paste the provided link into Download Surgeon's URL box and hit "Process."
Downloading songs from SoundCloud is similar to downloading songs from Reverbnation. Type in the name of an artist or a song in the search bar, and select the file you'd like to download. Once you have selected a song you want to download, look for the "share" button (highlighted in yellow on this screen capture) and click it. You will then be provided with a link, which you then will copy and paste into Download Surgeon's URL box.
CMT.com features both audio and video, so you can download either one. Type in the name of your desired country song or artist, and select your video preference.
Once you have selected a video, click the "More" button (to the right of the g+1 button), and a window will appear which features the link you need to plug into Download Surgeon's URL box. Copy and paste it into the program, and you're finished!
Please note that when downloading from CMT, your video/audio may take a while for Download Surgeon to process. Wait for up to five minutes at least; if your content is still not downloading after this amount of time, then the video might just not be compatible with Download Surgeon. Additionally, some videos on CMT are pulled from vevo -- if you see "vevo" as part of a video's URL, then it will not work with the OS Downloader in Download Surgeon. Stick to CMT addresses only.
On Dailymotion.com, select a video of your choice. Once it loads, go to the top of the video -- there will be four buttons to select from in the upper right corner. Click "export" (with the three arrows), and then click "link."
To download videos or audio from Livestream, select the video of your choice, then look for the "embed" button located below and to the right of the video (highlighted in the image below). Once you select "embed," there will be another link in this window that says "share link" (located in the bottom right corner and highlighted in yellow in the image below).
Click this to get the link you need for downloading purposes.
On other videos, you will not even need to look for the "embed" button; there will be a "share" button with an arrow that you can click and get the link even more quickly.
Vimeo has a very straightforward downloading process. Simply grab the link to the video/audio you wish to download and copy and paste it from the URL search box at the top of your screen into Download Surgeon.
To get a link for a Tumblr video or its audio, hover over the video and four options will appear on the right side of the video.
Click the arrow button (third from the top) and select Twitter. A window for a tweet will open with the Tumblr link inside; copy and paste the link and close Twitter if you do not actually wish to post the video to Twitter. For Mac machines, right click on the video, select "open frame in new tab," and grab the link in the URL box at the top of the screen.
To download content from Metacafe, simply grab the link in your URL search bar and paste it into Download Surgeon.
To procure a link on break.com, click the "share" button on the right side of the video and then copy and paste the video link into Download Surgeon. On some videos, you may not even need to do this -- simply obtain the link from your URL search bar at the top of your screen.