What is Nicovideo or Niconico? We will introduce this video sharing platform in this guide, and show you how to download from it. We will also show you how to convert any downloaded videos to a format of your choice.

Part 1: Brief introduction to Nicovideo

Nicovideo, also known as Niconico and previously known as Nico Nico Douga is a Japanese video sharing service much like YouTube, Vimeo and the likes. It was launched in December 2006, and while it was only available in Japanese a few years ago, it is now available in English and Chinese. On this platform, users can upload, view, and share video clips. Registration to the service is also optional, which means you can watch anything without signing in. Interestingly, the first version of Nicovideo used YouTube as its main video source, but they later launched their own servers to promote their own service. Today, Nicovideo has over 2.07 million registered users, and it is in the top 31 most visited websites in Japan.


Part 2: A step-by-step guide: How to download videos from Nicovideo

Because of Nocovideo’s policies, you unfortunately cannot download from Nocovideo directly. What that means is you will have to rely on third party services or dedicated video downloaders like Leawo Video Downloader. With Leawo Video Downloader, (which is the best Nicovideo downloader) you also do not need to worry about the Japanese language when you attempt to download, because it will quickly get the download link for you in the background. Not only can you download videos from Nicovideo, you can do so from over 1000 websites, including the most popular ones like YouTube, Vimeo, VEVO, and pretty much any website you can think of. Leawo Video Downloader can even help you to capture and download videos with up to 4K resolutions. With advanced downloading technologies, this software can download videos at 6x faster speed, and it has smarter downloading techniques like setting queuing. If you have ever tried to download some videos from YouTube, you might have noticed that some videos cannot be downloaded even when you use software tools. This is because of some advanced technologies that YouTube, and other websites have put in place measures to prevent video sharing. The good thing is Leawo Video Downloader can easily bypass the restrictions and help you to download any content. If you want to know how to download videos from Nicovideo, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Launch Leawo Video Downloader

Leawo Video Downloader is integrated in Leawo Prof. Media, so launch the program and click “Video Downloader” from the available 8 modules.


Step 2: Go to the Nicovideo website

Leawo Video Downloader has an integrated web browser from where you can visit any site, (by default it open YouTube first). Therefore, enter the Nicovideo address in the search bar to open it, then search for the video you wish to download. If you have a link to the video saved somewhere, you can also paste the link in the search bar.


Step 3: Download the video

When you open the video link, a sidebar will popup which will show you the linked videos. Click the download icon, and it will immediately start downloading. You can see the progress on the “Downloading” tab.


Step 4: Open your videos

After the video finishes downloading, go to the “Downloaded” section. From there, you can play the video(s), and you can also find it in its downloaded location if you click “File Location”.


Part 3: How to convert the downloaded video to desired format with ease

After you download from Nicovideo by using Leawo Video Downloader or other means, your video will most probably be saved in the MP4 video format. For whatever reason, you might want to convert the downloaded videos to another video format. In fact, if you are in search of the best video converter, then Leawo Video Converter Ultimate should meet all your needs. It is simply the most powerful, and easy to use video converting program that has a lot of features. That is because it incorporates a video editor which allows you to trim, watermark, remove noise, interlacing and more before you convert your videos. You also get the ability to convert normal 2D videos to 3D videos. Download and install it on your computer, then follow the easy steps below to convert your videos.

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Step 1: Import the source videos

You can click on the “Add Video” icon to import the videos or directly drag them to the main menu. Once the videos have been imported, then you can see them on the list.


Step 2: Select the output format

Enter the profile menu panel to choose the output profile. To do that, click the “Edit” button beside the green “Convert” icon to enter the “Profile” panel. Afterwards, click “Change” to enter the Profile settings panel, then navigate to the “Format” section and select an appropriate video format accordingly.


Step 3: Adjust video parameters

Click the “Edit” drop down box instead of “Change” in the main menu. It includes “Video Codec”, “Bite Rates”, “Resolution”, “Frame Rate” and “Aspect Ratio”. Adjust them accordingly. You can also adjust the audio parameters.


Step 4: Convert the videos

Set the output folder for the output video files. Click the green “Convert” icon on at the bottom to start converting, and wait for the conversion process to finish.

Part 4: Best free media player on PC to watch the download videos

If you are looking for a good media playback suite, whether for your downloads, DVD or Blu-ray playback, or anything that supports a lot of formats then Leawo Free Blu-ray Player has got you covered. It supports over 180 video and audio formats for playback, which is a lot more than what other playback softwares like VLC, Media Player Classic, QuickTime etc., offer. Some of the supported formats include AVI, MPEG, WMV, ASF, FLV, MKV, MOV, MP4, M4A, AAC, NUT, MP3, OGM, etc. Leawo Blu-ray Player also supports Blu-ray Discs, folders and associated file formats from all the regions A, B or C, and also DVD discs from all the regions 0 to 6.