YTD Video Downloader

YTD Video Downloader

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 3835 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.0
  • Total Downloads:
    142,650,224
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 28, 2013
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available
  • File Size:
    102.35KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    267,372
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Formerly known as plain old YouTube Downloader, the recently renamed YTD Video Downloader updates to version 4.0 with a promise of 2x faster downloads and 2x faster video conversions, and perhaps more usefully, the ability to resume downloads after the temporary loss of an Internet connection. As usual, the installer includes a Spigot-based YTD Video Toolbar and offers to change your default search engine to Yahoo and add 5-6 shopping extensions to Google Chrome. Clicking the "Decline" button during the lone advertising screen in the installer lets users easily opt-out of all offers.

Downloading worked very well for popular video sites like YouTube, Vimeo, and Blip.TV. As in previous reviews, YTD Video Downloader quickly saved the default MP4 file to the directory of my choice, which is easily selected or created from the main screen. I tried various CNET and "creative commons"-tagged videos on YouTube and had excellent download speeds. I was sure to try out the most recently added site that YTD supports--the Chinese video site Youku--and was able to download a wonderful beetle animation easily, though it did break longer videos into multiple files (see below).

The free version of YTD Video Download only allows downloading to the MP4 video format, so the additional conversion functionality for changing the file to WMV, AVI, or MP3 is welcome, but why not just convert the download on the fly? Converting video files worked acceptably well, although I did crash the app once converting a Download Video Preview from MP4 to MP3. The conversion completed, but the program become unresponsive and I had to force quit. I experienced other occasional brief program hangs when downloading large videos from foreign sites.

The video player in YTD is supposedly new for v4, but I can't tell the difference from v3. Users select a directory from which to select specific video files, and YTD Downloader plays back the video in a small windows that is about 300x165 pixels. A full-screen button is the only resizing option, and there is no skipping around within videos--the only controls are for moving to the previous or next video on the directory. It's a passable player to confirm that the video you selected was downloaded and is not corrupt, but no one would use YTD for their regular video player.

I tested out YTD's new "resume download" functionality the old-fashioned way--by ripping the ethernet cord out of the back of my PC. The software delivered as promised--after the PC was unplugged, the downloading files updated to a "Status" of "Paused, waiting for Internet connection" and then resumed appropriately after replugging into the network.

One thing I did notice is that YTD will (sometimes) break longer videos into multiple MP4 files, and if one of those files is complete when your Internet or computer crashes, YTD will restart all of those multiple files, even the completed ones. Not a huge problem, just a niggling annoyance, and I wasn't able to replicate the issue on YouTube (YTD always saved my YouTube videos as one file). A bit more frustrating than the mutiple files is the inability to resize the main application window to actually read the contents of the "Status" messages.

YTD Video Downloader version 4.0 doesn't add many new features, but performance of the latest update was impressive, and the app continues to work flawlessly on all the major video-streaming sites. I recommend it whole-heartedly without any reservations, aside from the standard mom-and-pop warning to only use the application for legal purposes per the laws and and regulations that apply to your geographic locale.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.9

    out of 41 votes

    • 5 star 21
    • 4 star 10
    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 7
  • All Versions

    3.5

    out of 3835 votes

    • 5 star 1405
    • 4 star 976
    • 3 star 387
    • 2 star 196
    • 1 star 871
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3 stars

"works fine!"

May 20, 2013  |  By marcie8

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.0

Pros

Does the job right!

Cons

lot of spyware prefere online downloaders like www.downloader-youtube.nl

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5 stars

"the best downloader"

May 19, 2013  |  By ytdpopiee

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.0

Pros

i have the PRO and works perfect to downloads playlist with one click. It is very quick and very very better than others . I use it everyday.
Thank all the people who works from it.

Cons

the best downloader

Summary

the best from the best

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5 stars

"The best free one...."

May 17, 2013  |  By limitholdem

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.0

Pros

Quick, auto-paste links,

Cons

none, whatsover

Summary

I have used this software for years and it has NEVER yet failed to download a video from YouTube, (as opposed to others I have used). version 4.0 was not working for me but a quick email and response solved it (reset the Internet Explorer settings (even if it is not your default browser) by going to "Tools" (Alt + X keyboard shortcut), "Internet Options", "Advanced" tab and selecting the "Reset" button, making sure to select the "Delete personal setting" check box before resetting.)....Ta-Da

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4 stars

"Works well, but changes Home/Search plus Chrome addons"

May 16, 2013  |  By rdunn

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.0

Pros

Works well. Downloads, and converts even in free version (just not automatically during download).

Cons

Installing the current setup download version does NOT provide a "Decline" option... it did offer to take me to the 'Car Town' app on Facebook, with an opt-out checkbox for that FB app only... and that occurred during only one installation out of three, since I reinstalled to confirm there's no 'Decline'.
Sure, the author needs a revenue stream... but the aggressive install of 'extras' (without a Decline) is sad... and circumspect/suspicious.
Still, I might recommend the program... if you can clean up your Home and Search defaults, and strip the -forced- addons installed into Chrome (which thankfully alerted me with a little 'badge' on its Settings button (three horizontal bar button)). As far as I can tell it was only Chrome that was so targeted... and Chrome gave me an option to remove the addons after clicking the Settings menu alert.

Summary

I usually just raid my browsers' caches (search for gigantic/huge/large files)... but this downloader was convenient for a friend (I thought), and is offered on CNET (huh)... removal of the 'Decline' option must have slipped by them?
YTD seems like a very convenient program for some users, if they or a techy friend can strip/repair the junk installed along with it.
YTD actually works well to download, and it provides a tab for converting for specific devices (even without going 'Pro' version).
Unfortunately the aggressive addon/etc installs make this program setup rather unsuitable for casual computer users. Disappointing.

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5 stars

"Gets the job done in the best way without fuss"

May 10, 2013  |  By dutchsue

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.0

Pros

I was suddenly confronted with failled errors (2) this last week and couldn't figure out how to get it fixed even after extensive searching on Internet forums which showed VERY complicated remedies. I ended up asking YTD helpdesk who replied within hours and asked me to follow some simple instructions to get the settings in IE correct (I hadn't thought of this as I haven't used IE as browser for years!) Hey presto - like magic, my YTD worked like a dream and I consider the upgrade to PRO money well spent as it's faster and I can now convert clips to a better MP$ format instead of leaving them in FLV.

Cons

Since working with the PRO version, I have seen that the FLV format isn't sharp so I'm forced to convert to MP4 just to get decent viewing. Strangely the older FLV clips I have are were never converted as I used the freebee version of YTD and they are all plenty sharp enough to view.
I would also wish for a direct connection to YouTube when I open YTD instead of having to first get to YouTube via an Internet connection. It would seem (female logic!!) understandable that if a person opened YTD then they would want to download a clip from YouTube.

Summary

Perhaps a line of code can be incorporated into the YTD whereby it automatically opens YouTube when you open the downloader? Otherwise it's a great program. As a parting shot to timewasters who think they are funny and witty, it is always refreshing to read reviews and posts written is something resembling normal language (doesn't necessarily have to be English!) rather than the sms language of the geeks who think it's cool to write letters in capitals.... perhaps one day they will grow up and become adults and learn to use gramma and punctuation which ultimately means what they have to say is easier to read!

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5 stars

"IN one word exellent"

May 09, 2013  |  By robert-mkd

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.0

Pros

Great software.Support is awsome thankyou

Cons

none whatsoever

Summary

GO GET IT

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4 stars

"Once AVG had been modfied this YTD Pro works very well"

May 09, 2013  |  By MLRM1

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.0

Pros

Fast and downloads to ipad format without a second process

Excellent support from YTD when online help needed to disable part of AVG to stop internet access being blocked on initial use

Cons

Downloads in both flv and ipad formats instead of just ipad which doubles the amount of space required unless you manually erase the flv file

Summary

Excellent software in summary

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4 stars

"works great but no minimize to tray"

May 08, 2013  |  By cham4

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.0

Pros

works great

Cons

I cannot seem to minimize it to the system tray

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4 stars

"Gets the job done - simple and fast downloader"

May 07, 2013  |  By Videocataloger

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.0

Pros

Easy to use and converts files as well. I enjoyed that they have invested the time to integrate a player as well.

Cons

Not that pretty GUI

Summary

I am using it and will recommend others to do so. I strongly recommend this software in combination with Fast Video Cataloger 2 to keep track of the video collections.

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5 stars

"works a charm"

May 07, 2013  |  By fixeverything

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.0

Pros

downloads and converts - to video or music

Cons

maybe the interface could be more tastefully designed

Summary

overall highly functional

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.0
  • Downloads are 2 times faster (when the internet connection permits).
  • Conversions are 2 times faster or more (especially on computers with 2+ processors).
  • The downloads are now resumed automatically if the internet connection fails. Download and conversion activity is now saved when the application is closed which means you don't lose your data and you can come back anytime after you set up your downloads to continue.
  • New, improved player for the best viewing experience so you don't need to leave YTD to watch your videos.
  • Support for a new website: youku.com.
  • Users who purchase YTD Video Downloader will not get secondary offers in the installer when they update/reinstall the product.
General
Publisher GreenTree Applications
Publisher web site http://youtubedownload.altervista.org/
Release Date March 28, 2013
Date Added March 28, 2013
Version 4.0
Category
Category Internet Software
Subcategory Download Managers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements Adobe Flash Player 9, Internet Explorer 6.0
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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