YTD Video Downloader

YTD Video Downloader

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 3786 votes
See all user reviews

Quick Specs

Version:
3.9
File Size:
15.92MB
Date Added:
July 02, 2012
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
138,081,628
Downloads Last Week:
195,452
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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.

Publisher's Description

Screenshots

More Products to Consider

All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    3.5

    out of 3786 votes

    • 5 star: 1396
    • 4 star: 970
    • 3 star: 385
    • 2 star: 193
    • 1 star: 842
  • Current Version:

    2.7

    out of 31 votes

    • 5 star: 5
    • 4 star: 7
    • 3 star: 5
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 12
  • My rating:

    0 stars

    Write review

    Results 1-10 of 18

  • 5 stars

    "Best Downloader!!"

    July 25, 2014   |   By SmileyMat

    Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.2

    Pros

    Thank you for this wonderful application that works like magic when downloading from youtube and many other.
    The built it player runs without lag even for HD videos. I recommend it because it's more stable than other applications.

    Cons

    no no no !

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

  • 5 stars

    "Good to go!"

    July 24, 2014   |   By Folymoly

    Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.2

    Pros

    I was using this app and I was always very happy with it because I could download from youtube and many other websites. With the latest update my antivirus notifiied me that there was a "MalSign.Generic.DE7" found. I ignored it and allowed the installation and everything is OK now which means that this is a false positive detection.
    Hopefully things will get back right in the future

    Cons

    Nothing, thank you!

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

  • 1 stars

    "Avoid at all costs"

    July 23, 2014   |   By TheArmchairSoldier

    Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.2

    Pros

    Can download videos from a lot of different websites
    Easy to use
    Converts to a lot of formats and in good quality

    Cons

    Malware. It installs a load of adware without your consent. It added annoying pop-ups and adverts to all my browsers which dramatically slowed my PC down.

    Summary

    I stood by this program for years; I used it for literally everything and recommended it to all my friends. I actually considered it one of the most useful pieces of software I had on my PC. Sadly, it seems all the recent versions of it are loaded with malware and other malicious stuff, and I'm not talking about the stuff it mentions in the installer which you can choose not to install - it installs a load of crap even when you don't ask for it and it does it without even letting you know! I had to pursue the help of online malware removal experts to fix my PC after installing it all. It really embedded itself well in my system and avoided nearly all anti-virus scans. Unfortunately, I didn't realise at the time that it was YTD causing it. After I got my PC fixed, I began re-installing all my lost software which the anti-virus scans had removed. I thought "Hey, it couldn't have been YTD that caused all that malware" so I went ahead and re-installed it... what a bloody mistake that was. All the malware came back almost instantly. My PC began slowing down and my browsers were loaded with ads and pop-ups once again. Luckily, I created a system restore point before installing the software, so I just restored my system back to its normal state.
    It's a great shame, because YTD was actually a great program at one point; it's pretty much the only FREE downloader that downloads from a wide range of sites and in all formats. AVOID AT ALL COSTS.

    Reply to this review Read reply (1)

    Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

  • 1 stars

    "TROJAN in the Installer"

    July 16, 2014   |   By ctreeves2001

    Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.2

    Pros

    I just got this, like the interface and it seems to work fine ----> but SEE BELOW.

    Cons

    There ARE TROJANS in the INSTALLER. I use AVE anti-virus and it found TWO generic trojans during installation that it removed. ALSO, use the ADVANCED option on installation (NOT the TYPICAL mode option) and UNCHECK a bunch of software that it will otherwise install re-setting your home page, adding search "tools", etc. This is VERY DECEPTIVE and the company should be ashamed of itself.

    Summary

    I would have rated the S/W much higher except the deceptive attempt to install the UNwanted software using TROJANS really put me off.

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (2) (0)

  • 1 stars

    "Virus Found in downloaded setup file"

    July 15, 2014   |   By onebadgix

    Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.2

    Pros

    Virus Found in downloaded setup file

    Cons

    Virus Found in downloaded setup file

    Summary

    Virus Found in downloaded setup file. Could not install

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (1) (0)

  • 5 stars

    "Very efficient..Very handy?"

    July 15, 2014   |   By Harting123

    Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.2

    Pros

    Very efficient..Very handy?

    Cons

    No problems at all

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

  • 5 stars

    "Recommended"

    July 14, 2014   |   By IannucciFiler

    Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.2

    Pros

    Some of the apps could have come with more features. Most of them are fine.

    Cons

    Nothing !!

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

  • 5 stars

    "Great tool, no nagging appearance."

    July 10, 2014   |   By HazimMeja

    Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.2

    Pros

    Great tool, no nagging appearance.

    Cons

    I can honestly say none.

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

  • 1 stars

    "ContaIns MalSign.Generic.DE7 Trojan Horse"

    July 09, 2014   |   By paulettemoudakis

    Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.2

    Pros

    Cannot install anymore due to Trojan Horse contained in installer

    Cons

    INSTALLER CONTAINS A TROJAN HORSE VIRUS!!!!!!

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

  • 1 stars

    "YTD makes root changes to your system"

    July 09, 2014   |   By oswaldspengler

    Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.2

    Pros

    never worked for me...

    Cons

    ...but it left yahoo files all over the system and changed my search engine settings to yahoo. then caused firefox to crash repeatedly even after prefs were corrected and FF restarted

    Summary

    STAY AWAY

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

  • Results 1-10 of 18

Add Your Review

Quickly sign in with: or Login or create an account to post a review.
You are logged in as . Please submit your review for YTD Video Downloader
Add Your Review

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

Update your review

Since you've already submitted a review for this product, this submission will be added as an update to your original review.
Submit

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

Previous Versions:

Close[x]

Submit a problem report for YTD Video Downloader

Please describe the problem you have with this software. This information will be sent to our editors for review.

Problem:

The Download.com Installer isn't working as expected

The download link does not work

The software has a newer version

The product contains malicious software

Other

Description:

Please select a feedback type.

Please enter a description.

Submit Problem Report

Close[x]

Problem Report submitted

Thank you for submitting a problem report! The Download team is committed to providing you with accurate software information.

OK