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Sothink Web Video Downloader

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Sothink Web Video Downloader provides a interesting twist on the crowded video downloader field. With simple operation, excellent results, and a surprising functionality, we were quite impressed.

The program's interface gets off to an excellent start with a tutorial video that lays out all the commands and functions perfectly. We never felt confused and were able to operate everything like a veteran. Not only could we input URLs featuring videos, much like every other video-downloading software we'd ever tested, but also a small pop-up would appear, asking if we wanted to save what we were watching at the time. This surprising little addition made the process much simpler. The download happens in a fraction of the video's actual running time and results in a clear copy of the Web content. Sothink also offered several special features aimed at customizing downloads, but the default settings seem perfect for newcomers. By providing an unexpected twist on the ho-hum world of video downloading, this program stands out from the pack.

Sothink Web Video Downloader has a 30-day trial. This program's ability to recognize online videos and capture them with minimal effort from the user makes it an exciting way to download, and we highly recommend it.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Atrocious e..."

    February 9, 2014  |   By Redwoodkws66

    Version: Sothink Web Video Downloader 2.0

    Pros

    Not a single thing. Really.

    Cons

    I cannot believe i was fooled on this one.Too many ads and popups which are hard to remove.Not Good

    Summary

    I prefer to pay a few bucks and have peace of mind. Personally, I like ***********. . Seriously

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  • 4.0 stars

    "A fine,simple tool with very few drawbacks"

    January 5, 2012  |   By nsaintj

    Version: Sothink Web Video Downloader 2.0

    Pros

    Sothink media seems to be on the high road when it comes to video downloads and video conversions. What once used to be the playing field for RealPlayer alone, now has Sothink media to contend with. Where I once used RealPlayer exclusively, now I use Sothink media. In conjunction with their video converter and their DVD maker, Sothink is a winning package.

    Cons

    As stated by other users, a site with a lot of flash video will definitely drive you crazy. Video capture boxes just keep on stacking up while you're clicking on them to get rid of them. Also, the URL does not match the video that you downloading. If something goes wrong with the download however, you can always find the correct URL by searching through your history folder. All in all, this is a great program as long as you stay away from websites that might be displaying a lot of flash video.One last thing... the downloader that I have also has a built-in converter. Sometimes, the files will be converted to FLV files which cannot be converted to any other file and cannot be used on their DVD maker. Even with their new standalone converter, it cannot undo its own conversion so you end up with a file that can't be burned to DVD. Sothink should look into this.

    Summary

    All in all, this is a worthy program especially when used in conjunction with their other programs. Once I figure out how to deal with this problem with the FLV files, there will be very little that I can find fault with. If you're using any of the free Sothink programs, which are quite good by themselves, it may behoove you to upgrade. With all three of their programs; the video downloader, the standalone converter (which can convert files into excellent HD quality) and their DVD maker, this is the best, and only, way to go.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Works as advertised"

    November 28, 2011  |   By Beep7Beep

    Version: Sothink Web Video Downloader 2.0

    Pros

    Does what it's advertised to do.

    Cons

    Impossible to delete or upgrade

    Summary

    I concur with what Jan7heaven posted earlier.
    In addition, although the company nags you to
    upgrade, you cannot. Windows-7 Home Premium
    insists there already is a version running,
    even when the old installation has been deleted
    and removed. The company does not respond to a
    number of queries as how to correct this
    problem.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Does what it says brilliantly!"

    June 23, 2011  |   By philter1000

    Version: Sothink Web Video Downloader 2.0

    Pros

    Tried 3 videocapture programmes before this one, 2 failed and only RealPlayer managed a slightly better than 50% success rate! This programme captured literally 10's of youtube & other videos in first days of use with no problems or failures.

    Cons

    Software offering on website is very confusing, having to decide between regular downloader or Firefox add-on downloader! Also only some downloads continue or restart after a disconnection.

    Summary

    Very minor cons, but many major pros.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Like a computer virus-can't uninstall"

    April 7, 2011  |   By Jan7heaven

    Version: Sothink Web Video Downloader 2.0

    Pros

    Good advertising of product. Good for Practicing patience and forgiveness exercise

    Cons

    this works when it shouldn't picking up every flash file indiscriminately. The url on the video and in the captured screen don't match. i have had it pick up20 videos on a page. Then when I want it to capture it doesn't.

    Summary

    DO NOT Download This unless you want a big time wasting headache.
    I still can't get rid of exe and dll files even though I am admin and went into program file to delete after uninstaller didn't work.. It is a monster.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Disappointing"

    November 30, 2010  |   By drbiff

    Version: Sothink Web Video Downloader 1.3

    Pros

    Downloads many but not all web videos

    Cons

    Would always really slowed down my system until I rebooted. Purchased it and when I upgraded to a new computer the company deactivated my key for installing the program on another computer.Eventually uninstalled the program.

    Summary

    Disappointing and buggy.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "good for me, it works"

    May 31, 2010  |   By dr_dhanan

    Version: Sothink Web Video Downloader 1.3

    Pros

    easy to use, reliable, multiple downloads from various streaming video sites

    Cons

    sometimes slow, browser program

    Summary

    use it, its alright

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  • 5.0 stars

    "What are you guys talking about?"

    February 14, 2010  |   By kielimed

    Version: Sothink Web Video Downloader 1.2 Build 81030

    Pros

    This is actually one of the BETTER web video downloader out there. It has never failed me. EVER. And I visit MANY sites, including youtube, and all the sites that are not for children (you know what I mean! :))

    Cons

    Well actually, I can't think of any. It has no virus, I think, as scanned with kaspersky. or maybe the addon does. I don't know, I got the standalone version.

    Summary

    Don't complain that a product isn't free. Instead, tell (or give us the link) to the better choices. If you can't, there's no point. You'll just be leading us to a wrong deal, or a great opportunity cost.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "not the best sothink ever released"

    February 14, 2010  |   By manpilon

    Version: Sothink Web Video Downloader 1.2 Build 81030

    Pros

    it works but isnt free

    Cons

    not free and may have virus

    Summary

    their are alot of free alternitives that work better

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  • 1.0 stars

    "May contain spyware."

    February 7, 2010  |   By ConcernedUser

    Version: Sothink Web Video Downloader 1.2 Build 81030

    Pros

    Recent report from Techworld claims this has trojan. Here is the link: http://news.techworld.com/security/3212052/infected-firefox-add-ons-slipped-past-mozilla-security/?olo=rss . Please verify. Sorry, if wrong.

    Cons

    Recent report from Techworld claims this has trojan. Here is the link: http://news.techworld.com/security/3212052/infected-firefox-add-ons-slipped-past-mozilla-security/?olo=rss . Please verify. Sorry, if wrong.

    Summary

    Recent report from Techworld claims this has trojan. Here is the link: http://news.techworld.com/security/3212052/infected-firefox-add-ons-slipped-past-mozilla-security/?olo=rss . Please verify. Sorry, if wrong.

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