Downloading YouTube videos has become so popular that premium utilities with extra features and improved performance are starting to displace primitive, ad-linked freeware among frequent YouTube users. YouTube Video Downloader is shareware that's free to use for 30 days, which ought to be enough time to determine if the program is worth paying for. A lot depends on how many videos you download from YouTube and other video hosting sites: some users might be satisfied with less capable tools, but others will realize that YouTube Video Downloader makes their life easier, especially when it comes to downloading and converting videos to load and play on your phone, tablet, and other devices. Just pick your video, device, and quality: YouTube Video Downloader does the rest, including choosing the right format and automatically converting your videos to it, one by one or in large batches.
YouTube Video Downloader's user interface is plain and simple (which is just fine with us) with a high-quality look and feel to the buttons. The Help menu includes a link to a Web-based manual with screenshots and instructions, while an Options and Settings menus let us configure the program, its file associations, and other options. You can add videos to YouTube Video Downloader by browsing, pasting or adding URLs or by dragging and dropping video links and files directly into the program's main window or a desktop drop box. Drop-down lists let us select the quality for situations where multiple downloads of different sizes and quality are available for files. The Convert to Format list is especially long and contains individual selections for Video, Audio, and Device. We could also set video output quality to HD 720p and 1080p as well as PowerPoint, Yahoo, Custom, and Auto output settings.
YouTube Video Downloader worked well. Clicking Paste URL pasted Clipboard data into the program's queue; each item had an individual Browse link, too. What sets this program apart from the free tools is its easy conversion and output options, its HD capability, and its support; best of all, it's not ad-linked, so it can download videos from tons of sites, not just YouTube.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Youtube Video Downloader 3.0.4.