YTD Video Downloader

YTD Video Downloader

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 3879 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.1
  • Total Downloads:
    146,048,331
  • Date Added:
    May 22, 2013
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available
  • File Size:
    100.33KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    140,479
  • 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

    4.1

    out of 16 votes

    • 5 star 9
    • 4 star 4
    • 3 star 0
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 2
  • All Versions

    3.5

    out of 3879 votes

    • 5 star 1414
    • 4 star 978
    • 3 star 390
    • 2 star 198
    • 1 star 899
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4 stars

"its Great. And FREE."

June 18, 2013  |  By codeslzhans

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.1

Pros

It download well.

Cons

I only wanted the downloader so had to empty the check boxes first before installing.

Summary

Those guys from Video Zonk and ************ are mocking cnet by writing salacious comments to promote their products.

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1 stars

"do not download it install widgi.toolbar"

June 18, 2013  |  By desc36

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.1

Pros

none, download at your own risk

Cons

dont download this piece of crap, it download widgi.toolbar in the background and im glad i had spybot that popped up to tell because this toolbar wasnt installed on my browser but kept my spyware scanners to alarm me about it. not worth downloading do it at your own risk.

Summary

i used a combination of scanner; spybot s&d, avast and malwarebytes to get rid of this piece of **** of my computer.

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5 stars

"Ignore negative reviews, just install this carefully"

June 17, 2013  |  By RichiTC

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.1

Pros

Download videos from YouTube and other sites easily.

Cons

Could be faster. Be careful during installation.

Summary

So far, I've downloaded 2 feature films from YouTube using YTD. Everything is fine. I have no ads, pop-ups, malware, etc. like other reviewers have, I think it's just because I unchecked any boxes during installation and ONLY put YTD on my PC.

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4 stars

"Easy, reliable, works"

June 15, 2013  |  By cwoodard1

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.1

Pros

Download and Watch Later. I use it all the time for this.

Cons

Sometimes YTD will not work with a more obscure site I come across.

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5 stars

"The Support Team at You Tube Downloader(YTD) is great!"

June 14, 2013  |  By TanujaR

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.1

Pros

No complaints working with YTD

Cons

I am completely happy with YTD

Summary

I give YTD 5 Stars

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5 stars

"Don't read the negative reviews! Its great!"

June 13, 2013  |  By kkvh7823

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.1

Pros

Easy to use
Can download a whole playlist in one go
No reduction in sound or image quality

Cons

Asks if you want other things with it, such as an ASK toolbar, just select no or don't tick the box.

Summary

Definitely worth the download. I never write reviews on the internet, but this product is so good that I felt an obligation to other interested persons to inform them of this download.

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4 stars

"EASY TO USE AND DOWNLOADS"

June 05, 2013  |  By tortie86433

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.1

Pros

SIMPLE TO USE

Cons

UPDATE TO COPE WITH YOUTUBE CHANGES IS A MUST.

Summary

BETTER THAN MANY DOWNLOADERS INCLUDING IDM.

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5 stars

"WORKS PERFECTLY"

June 05, 2013  |  By COLTRIVERS

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.1

Pros

Free and easy to install and i have not had any malware or spyware or any kind of virus or any changes or added crap from downloading this like other people are complaining about.

Cons

None at all to speak of.

Summary

This new version of YTD is awesome,i love it,this downloader works great for me,easy and fast.

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5 stars

"Big Like for YTD"

June 05, 2013  |  By BenjiLt

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.1

Pros

The new version works great
Good download speed
No errors
Simple interface
Free
Converts in many file formats

Cons

No cons, I use YTD since ever and will continue doing so, keep up the good work

Summary

I like this app because it is simple to use and does what it says even if you don't have the paid version. I download all kind of files from many YTD supported sites but youtube is my favorite. I can now listen offline entire playlists downloaded with YTD. Big like for YTD!

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4 stars

"Easy to use and does the job"

June 04, 2013  |  By mirmo36

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.1

Pros

This is easy to use

Cons

a lot of adware spyware ads junks etc etc if you don't take care.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.1
Version 4.1 has improved the conversion process and fixed issues downloading videos.
General
Publisher GreenTree Applications
Publisher web site http://youtubedownload.altervista.org/
Release Date May 21, 2013
Date Added May 22, 2013
Version 4.1
Category
Category Internet Software
Subcategory Download Managers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements Adobe Flash Player 9, Internet Explorer 6.0
Download Information
File Size 100.33KB
File Name YTDSetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 146,048,331
Downloads Last Week 140,479
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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