YTD Video Downloader

YTD Video Downloader

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 3830 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.9
  • Total Downloads:
    142,650,224
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 02, 2012
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    102.35KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    267,372
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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YTD Video Downloader is a great little piece of freeware for downloading and converting video...if you can ignore the aggressive upselling and multiple browser add-on bundling offers. It quickly downloads video from YouTube, Vimeo, Blip.tv, Vevo, and more than 60 other supported video sites, converts video to the standard formats for iPad, iPhone and PSP (MP4); iPod (MOV); cell phone (3GP); Windows Media Video (WMV); Xvid MPEG-4 (AVI) and MPEG Audio Layer 3 (MP3), and also plays back videos in a very basic player.

YTD Video Downloader automatically loads whatever URL you've got saved to your primary clipboard, saving you the trouble of hitting Ctrl-V (and also possibly embarrassing yourself with an accidentally exposed URL). Hitting Download starts automatically transferring the MP4 file to the customizable "Save to" location, but the entire bottom half of the interface is dedicated to promoting the Pro version (along with a large, red Upgrade Now button at the top of the interface).

Multiple files in the Activity tab can be sorted by any of the columns -- Size, Progress, Speed, Status, and ETA -- and the columns can be resized, but the columns can't be reordered or removed, and it's odd that the entire interface doesn't resize or go full-screen. Thus, if a video fails, it's difficult to read what comes after "Failure (6) ..." in the space allotted.

The player works by loading a specific directory on your machine, then listing all of the supported videos it can show. Double-clicking loads the video with a very basic set of player controls -- play/pause, full-screen, volume -- that are familiar to anyone who's ever used any online video service. It's about as bare-bones as a video player can get, but it works fine.

There's no built-in program help for YTD Video Downloader, but the app links to the helpful Web site. One nice addition for power users is support for the open-source FFmpeg media framework for converting files using a large range of customizable parameters. The Web site also provides command-line examples for less experienced users who want to dip their toes into manual conversion.

YTD Video Downloader does what it says on the tin, and does it quickly. It's also regularly updated to account for changes in the various video service platforms. If you don't mind the additional software bundling and aggressive promotion for the Pro version, it's a powerful, lightweight, and free tool for saving streaming video for later viewing.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    2.7

    out of 31 votes

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1 stars

"Installs Yahoo! scamware ... be careful"

April 11, 2013  |  By chris_westland

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 3.9

Pros

Good product, except for the scamware

Cons

Shame on you for installing the Yahoo! scamware, and doing so in a way that it is impossible to remove (I've gone to the Google forums on Yahoo's insertion into Chrome, and these guys apparently change the hacking code every so often so that no one can figure out how to remove the Yahoo toolbar. This is probably an indication of just how disparate Yahoo has become ... their methods are no different than a shady Russian spammer / hacker

Summary

Shame on you, and one star (despite a pretty good product) for hacking my system!

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2 stars

"Installs Yahoo Search/toolbars even if you decline"

March 22, 2013

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 3.9

Pros

This is a useful tool for downloading YouTube videos. Unfortunately...

Cons

It also changes Firefox, IE, Chrome, and perhaps others to use Yahoo as the default search provider in the search bar AND in the address bar. It also installs widgets. Now the installation process has a screen that gives you the option to decline this -- HOWEVER, I selected decline and it went ahead and installed everything anyway. That's a serious bad, and in my opinion, CNET should remove this software from their page until this is corrected.

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3 stars

"Okay when it works"

August 26, 2012  |  By dewmeister3

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 3.9

Pros

The program downloads videos. I have downloaded a few in the past to view offline. Not bad.

Cons

Today is August 26th, 2012 and I've attempted to download one or two video all day and I keep receiving an error message Failed (6)Site Responded with an error.......
I had been using and earlier version of the software before upgrading to v3.9. Is there a problem with this version of the software or is it the Youtube website? Are video now being blocked? What's up?

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1 stars

"Fantastic when it wants to work."

August 24, 2012  |  By OhHaiChar

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 3.9

Pros

Easy to use

Cons

Works when it wants to
Slower than it is fast
When converting the video to a song, the quality is terrible (depending on the song).

Summary

I barely ever even use this program, so when I do go to use it, it chooses to not work. This time everything I try to download says failed. I updated it. I restarted my computer. I thought about uninstalling and re-installing but I'd rather save myself from the trouble when I already know it's not going to work.

When this actually works, it's almost great aside from the terrible quality when trying to download songs. Maybe, that's not what this is for. Either way, depending on the make up of the song, when converting, the quality is horrid.

Does anyone have any suggestions of a new downloader similar to this one but I guess for music? Not as many problems would be nice too.

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5 stars

"Nice product"

August 23, 2012  |  By Szeltan

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 3.9

Pros

Easy to use
Small size

Cons

Not always working
a bit slow

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2 stars

"Downloads kept failing"

August 17, 2012  |  By JoshReynold

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 3.9

Pros

Its simple enough to use, has an intuitive interface
Has a Converter attached (wasnt able to use it though)

Cons

Downloads simply kept failing, I tried between 8-10 downloads off Youtube, Facebook, PCGamer, IGN, etc
None of them completed
Downloads kept failing, despite the connection remaining constant

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3 stars

"Good but missing a few things"

August 16, 2012  |  By astral2k5

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 3.9

Pros

downloads and converts the videos ok

Cons

doesn't have youtube playlist support

Summary

I've tried it but don't like it.
It has an outdated user interface and too many tabs.
You need to click 3-4 times to get a video downloaded and then convert it.
At the moment I use another youtube downloader which works fine and it can download youtube playlists too: ChrisPC Free YouTube Downloader Converter.

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4 stars

"It Worked! But could be better!"

August 14, 2012  |  By MeowWws

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 3.9

Pros

+Displaying faster download speed than actual, making u feel superior flustered over your slower speed internet.

+Fast and reliable Simultaneous Downloads if it is not more than 3 at a time or else resort as failure when compiling.

+Crystal Clear Big Advertisement to reminds you to upgrade to Pro, ideal for those who don't intend to show off their PC's.

+Limited customization with windows making it friendly to the antediluvian and archaic to the literate ones. Good.

Cons

-A holy terror of Palatial updates and Program versions weekly, no monthly? what daily?
-Even an idiot savant knows that if you had a fast internet, you will not used the introspected mediocre features offered.

Summary

YTD Downloader is truly an inquisitive application, making you think biliousness ? Is there any better than this, you cringed?

The answer is: NO!

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4 stars

"Basic but robust functionality"

August 14, 2012  |  By CHIUNDA

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 3.9

Pros

Not buggy, very efficient and straightforward. Easy to use even without lazy-man's GUI conveniences

Cons

It does not resume downloads. If your connection is lost, that is it - it starts from zero which can be very frustrating for large downloads

Keeps loosing connection and restarting on HD downloads that are say about 700MB and above. This happens like every 5 minutes of the download restarting.

I know multiple file downloading is in the paid for version but really?

Summary

Nice product - definitely better than Orbit and many other free products. Of course it would be the best product available if resumption of downloads and multiple downloads was included in this version but i guess the developer has to find a way for making it worthwhile.

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1 stars

"Was working great..."

August 14, 2012  |  By MsChemi

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 3.9

Pros

When it worked, it was fantastic.

Cons

For some reason it stopped working. Kept getting the failed(6) error message. Followed the instructions from YTD on facebook - didn't help. Uninstalled, reinstalled, still no difference. Can't even put my registration number back in to make it the pro version like before. Not happy at all.

Summary

If it works, it's great. If it screws up, good luck.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.9
Version 3.9 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher GreenTree Applications
Publisher web site http://youtubedownload.altervista.org/
Release Date June 28, 2012
Date Added July 02, 2012
Version 3.9
Category
Category Internet Software
Subcategory Download Managers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 102.35KB
File Name YTDSetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 142,650,224
Downloads Last Week 267,372
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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