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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 3,760 votes

    • 5 star: 1369
    • 4 star: 970
    • 3 star: 385
    • 2 star: 192
    • 1 star: 844
  • Current version:

    4.2 stars

    out of 10 votes

    • 5 star: 8
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 2
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Good program!!"

    December 6, 2012  |   By cmdipt

    Version: YTD Video Downloader 3.9.5

    Pros

    Good program, I converted may Quicktime videos to window media videos very easy

    Cons

    Dont have nothing negative to say

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent."

    December 4, 2012  |   By 7gazz2

    Version: YTD Video Downloader 3.9.5

    Pros

    Very easy to use,fast and very large list of available content

    Cons

    none i can remember

    Summary

    Continue the good work

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  • 5.0 stars

    "5 stars for YTD"

    December 4, 2012  |   By Chriss3215

    Version: YTD Video Downloader 3.9.5

    Pros

    YTD is a awsome program , we can downloading multiple / converting multiple videos . I think thats the best type of youtube downloaders cause multiple downloading / convering make that different . the YTD have a great support staff with fast responding and resolving issues ( i know that cause i request to solve some problems and i got fast replay and sollutions) that's a trusted software and i recomand for all.

    Cons

    no cons here , only pros

    Summary

    the best downloader i have used

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  • 1.0 stars

    "RUINED MY COMPUTER BEFORE FINALS"

    December 2, 2012  |   By whateverthisprogramsucked

    Version: YTD Video Downloader 3.9.5

    Pros

    NONE. This download will mess your crap up.

    Cons

    THIS IS A VIRUS. IT WILL CORRUPT YOUR COMPUTER FILES!

    Summary

    I downloaded the program a couple weeks before finals to use video for an editing assignment. >>>>>>>THIS PROGRAM IS MALICIOUS<<<<<<<<
    I now have to re-install Windows. I barely even trust this site with my old hotmail account. This has been a major waste of time and I'm just glad I could save important work before the clean. Thanks a lot CNET!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Slick and easy"

    November 30, 2012  |   By SloTwitch

    Version: YTD Video Downloader 3.9.5

    Pros

    Straightforward instructions; worked exactly as promised and immediately

    Cons

    Never good at finding negatives when something works so nicely

    Summary

    I'm not quite sure why Microsoft makes this nifty little helper necessary but after trying for two days to follow their instructions to add a Youtube vid into my PowerPoint deck with no success, I downloaded this and presto I was in business. Worked perfectly.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Quick to use, great support response"

    November 23, 2012  |   By LakelandCathy

    Version: YTD Video Downloader 3.9.5

    Pros

    I downloaded the pro version in July 2012. Easy to pull off videos for our recruitment and enrollment team to use. When I had a problem, the support team is very quick to respond.

    Cons

    The switch over to a new version was a bit of a problem and I couldn't find the answer in the FAQ, but support quickly gave me what I needed.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "one click does it all and do it fast."

    November 22, 2012  |   By kay1945

    Version: YTD Video Downloader 3.9.5

    Pros

    converting music file doesn't need any rocket science.

    Cons

    It could fail when you pick some files.

    Summary

    Best of all, they're just phone call or email away when you need any help.It 's really money worthy to have "PRO".

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  • 1.0 stars

    "UNSAFE SOFTWARE BUNDLED WITH TROJAN BY OPEN MEDIA SOFT"

    November 20, 2012  |   By AndyRogerss

    Version: YTD Video Downloader 3.9.5

    Pros

    You cannot write pros for a software bundled with a TROJAN.
    We are sold to malicious companies that invade our privacy without our knowledge.

    Cons

    Bundled with web hijacker Trojan.
    Very serious violation of privacy.
    Too difficult to remove the hijacker.
    Took me 3 days to clean up my computer.

    It seems that there is an alliance between CNET and the companies that provide free software because I have seen this problem with other "free" software downloaded from CNET.
    NEVER AGAIN TO DOWNLOAD A "FREE" SOFTWARE FROM CNET.

    Summary

    WHEN YOU DOWNLOAD A "FREE" SOFTWARE FROM CNET. YOU ARE TAKING HUGE RISK.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Quick and Easy and It Works"

    November 19, 2012  |   By mrrwhitley

    Version: YTD Video Downloader 3.9.5

    Pros

    Great for Novice Users

    Cons

    Of course they offer a pro version but you don't need it

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Improvement Over Earlier Versions !!!!!"

    November 17, 2012  |   By onlybigred

    Version: YTD Video Downloader 3.9.5

    Pros

    It will download whole playlsts off of You Tube.
    A lot faster than the earlier versions.
    It will download from other video sites, if you can find the URL.

    Cons

    I haven't found any

    Summary

    The best downloader I have used.

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