A video and audio downloader with a twist, VSO Downloader bypasses the manual process of entering the site URL with a rule-based automated detection and download procedure. That may sound easy, but when it comes to the practicalities of downloading and managing files, this app disappoints.
Quick downloads: VSO Downloader lives up to its promise of automatically detecting and downloading media files. Once you define your preferred target folder, you can grab files by just visiting your favorite Web sites, without touching a single button or menu.
Browser-friendly: You don't have to change your Web surfing habits as it works with any browser.
Audio conversions: We found the audio ripping feature quite interesting for interviews and voiceovers that you can then use to enhance your videography editing workflow.
Size of downloads: Forget that the downloader is running in the background, and be prepared to exhaust your bandwidth and fill up your hard disk in a matter of days.
Resorting to manual processes: We had to go to the download target folder to rename files to our liking and add sites to the add blocker. Call us traditionalists, but since some kind of manual involvement is unavoidable, we ended up being quite annoyed with the automatic grabbing of anything that moves in our browser.
Irritating vendor proposals: Beyond actual functionality issues, we also had to deal with continuous irritating references to other VSO programs to supplement the Downloader's incomplete functionality. Swallow the pill, and you will end up with multiple pieces of software you never intended to have that cost $79.98.
At the end of the day, VSO Downloader tries to lure customers toward VSO's paid ConvertXtoDVD and Video Converter. For free you only get basic file conversions, while the automated convenience runs thin once manual file tasks start becoming necessary and VSO's ad messages become tiresome. In other words, think twice before downloading this app.
VSO Downloader downloads audio and video streaming content from thousands of sites. Streaming content is detected automatically, no need to copy or paste URLs. Download HD streaming simply by selecting to view the HD resolution on your webpage and VSO Downloader will record the HD resolution automatically. Downloads can be automatically converted to various formats including MP3, AVI Xvid and H264, and Mpeg4. VSO Downloader works independently from web browsers, so therefore it works with all of them, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Opera. A special resume download function allows you to close VSO Downloader if needed but pick back up the download where you left off the next time you use it. An ad blocker is integrated so that only relevant content is downloaded. Various settings allow you to fine tune the program to fit your needs.
What's new in this version:
Version 4 brings a video thumbnail preview to check file and download, offers new audio conversion formats in Flac and M4v, and supports many more websites.