YTD Video Downloader

YTD Video Downloader

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 3844 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.4
  • Total Downloads:
    143,838,399
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 31, 2013
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available
  • File Size:
    102.35KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    225,231
  • 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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1 stars

"Malware / Spyware danger"

January 28, 2015  |  By dgspencer

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.7

Pros

None unless you like malware on your PC.

Cons

It does not work
It contains Malware
It changes your proxy settings in IE

Summary

This used to be a great app. I don't know what happened, but it is no longer able to grab videos from YouTube. Even worse, when I did an "update" of my free version, I was treated to malware that added my localhost as a proxy server. My anti-virus detected and removed some kind of Trojan called YTDGETAPP or something like that. I was finally able to get it out after about an hour. I DO NOT RECOMMEND YOU DOWNLOAD THIS APP UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.

I'm REALLY surprised at CNET for carrying this on their site. Now I have to be suspicious of CNET as well. Used to be a time when if you needed a "clean" app you could go to CNET with confidence. Not so much now.

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1 stars

"keep failing downloads, very moody."

January 27, 2015  |  By walidjomaa

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.7

Pros

used to work great before, not sure why now it doesn't want to although i searched internet, uninstalled and re-installed and did many things to fix the problem.

Cons

Fails to download, give message: Failed.

Summary

YTD people, please fix the problem. I used to love this software

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2 stars

"It doesn't work..."

January 23, 2015  |  By KPriff1963

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.7

Pros

It has a great GUI
Convert files
Has a bit of download acceleration

Cons

However it does not work recently. It analyzes the YouTube link for about half an hour without doing much. This is probably YouTube changing it's download formats though...

Summary

In summary, I recommend using Free YouTube Downloader by XetoWare. It works fine, and downloads to my fav formats, mp3 and HD1080p mp4!

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3 stars

"This works for Youtube but not others"

January 17, 2015  |  By dess71

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.7

Pros

Light weight Software that works. It downloads almost any video from Youtube with speed.

Cons

We can not use it for other video sites and also for videos uploaded on personal servers.

Summary

I know people using this but I use another: *****.pw/*****

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1 stars

"Just virus"

January 14, 2015  |  By Romeolight

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.7

Pros

virus and malware

Cons

virus and malware

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5 stars

"Smooth working, effective."

January 14, 2015  |  By ShulaPosey

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.7

Pros

Appearance is very beautiful, I love it

Cons

No cons from what I can see.

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1 stars

"Filled with Spyware breaks your computer"

January 09, 2015  |  By scarkner1

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.7

Pros

it does work

Cons

Found that the latest version now modifies your computers TCP/IP proxy settings and then installs extra spyware. this is unrelated to the install process, you get this stuff weather you ask for it or not.

Summary

CNET should remove this virus from their site.

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1 stars

"Windows Command Processor Virus source"

December 31, 2014  |  By greencelt

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.7

Pros

Downloads Youtube videos

Cons

Source of Windows Command Processor Virus

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1 stars

"Doesn't convert videos and installs spyware"

December 31, 2014  |  By rocksciguy

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.7

Pros

the interface is straight forward

Cons

I was trying to convert an AVI to MPEG. It created an MP4, but only included the sound track (no video). When I saw the software was useless, I tried to uninstall it. That's when I discovered it had installed a lot of spyware and re-routed my browser through some proxy. It took hours to get my computer cleaned up.

Summary

Avoid at all cost

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1 stars

"Used to be good, but...."

December 25, 2014

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.7

Pros

Very few. In the last version I had of this, the website "youtube" was missing from the list of websites this app can download from! HOW CAN YOU HAVE A PROGRAM CALLED "YOUTUBE DOWNLOADER" IF IT DOESN'T DOWNLOAD FROM YOUTUBE?????

Now granted this could have been a temp problem they were having, but much of the service is now at fault. Error messages are common and downloading from almost all websites on it's list, can be impossible.

Cons

As some other reviews hint at, this software DOES run malware and spyware. I personally would say to avoid at all costs. I found my laptop infected with viruses and bugs after installing this, and while I tried to be patient with it and see if I could get it to work.... alas, I can't.

People are correct, you have the option to download spyware, or, software, as they call it which is provided by a 3rd party, however, by itself, it will download stuff you don't want.

Summary

DO NOT DOWNLOAD THIS.

I'm shocked at Cnet for keeping this up for download. It's service is terrible and it's not fit for purpose. It's a shame, because what, 2 years ago, this was an amazing bit of kit i'd have said to get on all computers.... but now, no, not at all.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.4
You can now download videos from more streaming sites. If your internet connection is limited, you can now save videos with lower quality. For large files, conversion data will be more accurate. Improved the download speed for smaller videos.
General
Publisher GreenTree Applications
Publisher web site http://youtubedownload.altervista.org/
Release Date July 31, 2013
Date Added July 31, 2013
Version 4.4
Category
Category Internet Software
Subcategory Download Managers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 8, Windows, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 2000, Windows 7
Additional Requirements Adobe Flash Player 9
Download Information
File Size 102.35KB
File Name YTDSetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 143,838,399
Downloads Last Week 225,231
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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