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YTD Video Downloader

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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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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.5 stars

    out of 3,751 votes

    • 5 star: 1367
    • 4 star: 970
    • 3 star: 385
    • 2 star: 191
    • 1 star: 838
  • Current version:

    3.8 stars

    out of 33 votes

    • 5 star: 18
    • 4 star: 6
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 8
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  • 3.0 stars

    "The software that worked1 out of 10 times I tries!"

    September 29, 2012  |   By AbhayMittal

    Version: YTD Video Downloader 3.9.2

    Pros

    It worked only once, but that time it gave a impressive download speed.

    Cons

    1. Annoying windows requesting u to purchase the PRO version.
    2. IT DOESN'T START DOWNLOADING ON SLOW SPEED CONNECTIONS like for users using internet connection from mobile's 2G pack.

    Summary

    As u've read it worked only 1 out of times, I tried it. I'd suggest u to use something else. There are plenty of others like this, free of cost too!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Totally not recommendable"

    September 29, 2012  |   By ROCKSHELL

    Version: YTD Video Downloader 3.9.2

    Pros

    not working..

    Cons

    waste of time..

    Summary

    do not download it..

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  • 4.0 stars

    "A great YouTube downloader, indeed!"

    September 29, 2012  |   By VinylScratch

    Version: YTD Video Downloader 3.9.2

    Pros

    1. Fast downloading speeds
    2. Up to 1080p
    3. Very lightweight

    Cons

    1. Conversions aren't that great in quality
    2. 480p is only available as flv when downloading

    Summary

    Overall: Very good!
    If you have a good video converter and just need a good yet simple YT download program, then this gets the job done.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Worse than worthless"

    September 24, 2012  |   By OneTime78

    Version: YTD Video Downloader 3.9.2

    Pros

    Absolutely none

    Cons

    1. Requires video's URL which is not available when someone puts a video in your timeline
    2. Claims it is easier to use IF you allow it to install malware (read the horror stories in these reviews and elsewhere on the web)
    3. Only saves files in .flv format - generally useless.
    I have no idea what this program is good for.

    Summary

    Do not install this or you will have cause t worry about the integrity of your system.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Does its job"

    September 23, 2012  |   By j300ny

    Version: YTD Video Downloader 3.9.2

    Pros

    1. Does its job
    2. Can convert the downloaded video to the format you want
    3. Simple copy-paste url to convert
    4. Can change volume and cut video during converting

    Cons

    1. Converting process is a separate process, so you have to go back, find the downloaded file, then convert
    2. Can only do one URL at a time
    3. To solve the above issues, one must get the pro version.
    4. With any other program, watch what you agree to install as it may install a toolbar

    Summary

    Overall, I think it is a nice program to use and have. No troubles for me at all.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "DO NOT TRUST - MALWARE - Messes up all browsers"

    September 23, 2012  |   By tetet21

    Version: YTD Video Downloader 3.9.2

    Pros

    completely outweighed by malware in this install

    Cons

    DO NOT INSTALL THIS. The install redirected every one one of my browsers' home pages and search engines to Yahoo with spigot attributes. I did not give permission or see a toolbar to un-check.

    Search on "yahoo spigot malware" and see how many people complain about this trojan.

    Spigot's site claims not to be malware, BS... anything that sucks time out of my life and adds a high level of frustration without explicitly making clear they are about to tank all my browser settings can burn. This is me turning a massive negative karma spotlight on YTD and spigot.

    Terrible miss by CNET editors for not catching this and rating YTD so high.

    Summary

    Stay away from this.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Auto-installs a toolbar and changes your search engine."

    September 21, 2012  |  

    Version: YTD Video Downloader 3.9.2

    Pros

    It's free and it has a nice icon.

    Cons

    I always trust CNET reviews, so I downloaded this product without hesitation. It installed some worthless toolbar and changed my search engine without asking me. From a functional standpoint, it will only save files in .flv format which is useless for most purposes. There are plenty of sites on the Internet where you can download videos for free in many different formats. I wish I'd never installed this and I'm worried about what else it might have installed without my knowledge.

    Summary

    Don't install this.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Get this! Don't get fooled paying for IDM, etc"

    September 19, 2012  |   By chriscnet110

    Version: YTD Video Downloader 3.9.2

    Pros

    I like it.

    Cons

    Since it is genuinely free, I cannot complain.

    Summary

    IDM (internet download manager) ruined my system by a lot of mysterious slowing down after the trial period!

    YTD came personally recommended and I did not regret using it. It is hard to look at some videos now without YTD.
    The Free version works GREAT!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "This is the one you are looking for!"

    September 19, 2012  |   By JMAUSAtech

    Version: YTD Video Downloader 3.9.2

    Pros

    - the most functional, easy-to-use free s/w out there;
    - If you pay attention during install, no additional s/w, toolbars, etc. get installed along with it;
    - So many file format conversions supported, I don't even know what some of them are;
    - tabbed interface;
    - ability to play original or converted files in-program
    - gives estimated time to completion (very useful!)

    Cons

    - can only specify quality level from youtube site dowmnloads;
    - save-to location not easily changed if you have deeply nested folders: you start from C: drive each time, and have to re-navigate the folder trees.
    - would be nice to be able to choose to have it shut down the computer after d/l a big file, so I don't have to wait until it finishes before going to bed for the night.
    - no way to specify a different file name prior to download

    Summary

    I accidentally downloaded a competitors program and realized it right away. The install program sucked, and it put some nasty crap on my comp even when i told it not to.

    Finding the right program, *this* one, was like a breath of fresh air. I will continue to be a happy customer of theirs for many years, i'm sure. I use a lot of program's free versions, but this one is in my top 3 of ones i would consider upgrading to the paid version. I cannot say enough good things about it.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Best video Downloader"

    September 17, 2012  |   By honestreview12

    Version: YTD Video Downloader 3.9.2

    Pros

    You can get the pro version free here freestuffs.asia
    It is the downloader,I have ever seen.

    Cons

    You can't convert on same window with free version.

    Summary

    It is very easy to use

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