YTD Video Downloader

YTD Video Downloader

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 3829 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.4
  • Total Downloads:
    141,782,408
  • Date Added:
    July 31, 2013
  • File Size:
    102.35KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    249,006
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8

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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5 stars

"YTD is best software for download videos!!"

November 27, 2014  |  By katya2014

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.7

Pros

It's fastest, secure, easy to work.... all of a good program!!!

Cons

I have not to say against YTD!

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1 stars

"Spigot ware"

November 14, 2014  |  By randho8

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.6

Pros

Look at Cons for Legal agreement

Cons

By installing the Program on your computer, you expressly authorize and request Spigot to:
a) act as your search agent to conduct inquiries on your behalf using Spigot's search engine and technologies and partners' sites, and collect relevant information and display it to you;

Summary

Load it if you like loosing control of your PC

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5 stars

"Wonderful downloader"

November 07, 2014  |  By manger.john229

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.6

Pros

It works fine and it is very easy to use.

Cons

I am very sure everything is okay!

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1 stars

"Malware - stay away !"

November 05, 2014  |  By bdaneau

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.6

Pros

Product used to work perfectly

Cons

It installs Spygot malware even if you choose a manual install. Following install, I completely lost my Exchange connection. It ended up corrupting certs on my machine and even after removing the malware, my laptop was still screwy. Basically had to reimagine my machine to recover from this download. Be forewarned ...

Summary

Complete CR*P

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1 stars

"Spookyware"

November 02, 2014  |  By hotbrown

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.6

Pros

It downloaded that one youtube video just fine.

Cons

It installed a local proxy server and screwed with some of my networking and VPN settings. Luckily I remembered that sense of "dice rolling" about downloading this thing in the first place. After uninstalling it and rebooting, the proxy server settings were still there, so I had to clean that up manually. I wonder if I'm done cleaning up after this thing yet.

Summary

Seems like this is great software to install on a VM that has all of your spookyware and nothing important.

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1 stars

"malware warning"

November 01, 2014  |  By dan38g

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.6

Pros

non to claim. only cons.

Cons

After downloading YTD from this site, my browsers stopped working. Had to reinstall the entire system. Probably came with malware or some other virus. After that I downloaded and installed directly from http://www.ytddownloader.com. Did not have any issues so far.

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1 stars

"Porbably malicious software"

October 30, 2014  |  By ds927

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.6

Pros

Cannot use due to malware so there are no pros.

Cons

I can't download this. Each time I try, Norton shuts it down with a message saying it is not safe and the temp file is deleted,,

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4 stars

"Works great."

October 30, 2014  |  By strongbow22

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.6

Pros

Retract my cons, Free Youtube Downloader the culprit, not YTD which works perfectly.

Cons

None. See my remarks above.

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2 stars

"Fail fail fail"

October 29, 2014  |  By Siamama

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.5

Pros

None at present; it can't download much of anything anymore

Cons

Won't download, and doesn't give any troubleshooting information

Summary

I've downloaded the updates as they came out, but the program now just won't download anything. I've done the uninstall/reinstall bit in the past but am tired of it! Will try other programs recommended by users.

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5 stars

"Simple and efficient"

October 29, 2014  |  By RenisonYarn

 |  Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.8.6

Pros

Simple and efficient

Cons

I can honestly say none.

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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, Windows 7, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 8
Additional Requirements Adobe Flash Player 9
Download Information
File Size 102.35KB
File Name YTDSetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 141,782,408
Downloads Last Week 249,006
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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