YTD Video Downloader

YTD Video Downloader

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 3866 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.4
  • Total Downloads:
    144,575,064
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 31, 2013
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available
  • File Size:
    102.35KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    246,533
  • 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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3 stars

"Security risk"

February 28, 2015  |  By gmaslak

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.7

Pros

I love the way YTD used to work without all the extra add-ons.

Cons

I can no longer install the latest YTD, because Symantec flags the program as a security risk.
It you do the regular install you get a piece of spyware called Spigot installed.

Summary

Used to be a good product, now it is just a security risk.

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5 stars

"easy and effective product"

February 27, 2015  |  By YuanMalvern

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.7

Pros

Free. Simple to use and setup. Effective.

Cons

Well done. no cons

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4 stars

"Useful video downloader for many sites."

February 21, 2015  |  By kcsiaw

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.7

Pros

Downloads easily and in a simple way.

Cons

I prefer My YouTube Downloader.

http://download.cnet.com/My-YouTube-Downloader/3000-2071_4-76276693.html

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4 stars

"Works Great!! No viruses, just Install carefully"

February 15, 2015  |  By aaron837

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.7

Pros

Works as described.

Cons

Careful when you install not to agree to install the other bundled items. Choose Custom Install and Decline the terms of GeniusBox for a Bloatware free install.

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1 stars

"VIRUS ALERT"

February 15, 2015

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.7

Pros

downloads videos

Cons

downloads viruses

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1 stars

"Disappointed"

February 14, 2015

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.7

Pros

Was good until now its been marked as a virus and my Spyware tool automatically uninstalled it.

Cons

Its now classed as a virus and my Spyware software uninstalled it due to 187 threats.

Summary

Not happy a product i paid for and have used for a long time is now useless. I have had no emails or notifications of the issue and whether it will be fixed.

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2 stars

""YTDSetup is not safe and has been removed""

February 14, 2015  |  By Luchanov1

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.7

Pros

usually an excellent product...until recent glitch

Cons

somethings wrong with ytd. i had it already on the pc. then it disappeared this week. tried to re-download ytd

Summary

Visited CNET, clicked on "download". tried to open YTDSetup.exe (installer file) from http://d103rd286sd163.cloudfront.net...norton declared it was unsafe and blocked it...as the earlier reviewer said...YTD needs to be fixed, CNET- its linked from your site

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5 stars

"Install carefully and it will work rewardingly"

February 14, 2015  |  By MrTechAgent

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.7

Pros

Downloads to the maximum permitted by your isp and source.

Cons

I prefer menu box to be larger.

Summary

The virus reported is in error. Google it up.

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5 stars

"YTD Downloader VIRUS Reported by Norton Internet Secure"

February 14, 2015  |  By cosmos9154

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.7

Pros

A good downloader which I always use.

Cons

Recently try to update but was been block by Norton Internet Security!YTD Downloader VIRUS Reported by Norton Internet Security that it contains Security Risk with the name Adware.RocketTab

Summary

Hope something would be done for this YTD downloader!!

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5 stars

"useful video downloader"

February 12, 2015  |  By cckx22

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.7

Pros

very good downloader to download youtube vidoes

Cons

none. good for me.

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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 7, Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows
Additional Requirements Adobe Flash Player 9
Download Information
File Size 102.35KB
File Name YTDSetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 144,575,064
Downloads Last Week 246,533
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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