Lets the user download videos from YouTube to a hard drive
Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP / Windows 2000
YTD Video Downloader automates and makes it simple to download and preserve your favorite videos from YouTube and similar streaming websites.
Although there are many free and paid-for YouTube downloaders on the market, few are as feature-rich, stable, and easy to use as YTD Video Downloader. It really is a fantastic program, and even if you choose another app as your go-to, you’ll want to have at least tried this one. The good news is that you can do that and continue to use this program for free since the base package is freeware with no strings attached.
The easiest way to get started with YTD Video Downloader is to copy and paste a URL. The program will automatically detect a valid YouTube link or a valid link of any other service it supports. You can then automatically begin downloading in the highest quality available, such as 1080p. You can also choose to lower the quality for a smaller file. This is a particularly good option when the video in question doesn’t really gain much from 1080p or higher.
Converting into different formats is also an option. In fact, there’s a series of presets that make it simple to convert into MP4, Windows Media or for your iPad or iPod. If you’re comfortable with codecs, you also have more granular control, including defining your own presets. Downloads are fast. Even when download and converting, it usually takes just three minutes per one minute of video. It’s worth noting that if you have a fast connection, the Pro version may be able to make better use of it with simultaneous downloads of files and even pieces.
YTD Video Downloader also supports batching, which means that you can keep adding more URLs to it as it works. In fact, you queue up many hours of video to download. There really is no limit. Simultaneous downloads are reserved for the Pro version. In the freeware edition, it will simply work through the batch sequentially. It is possible to move the order around. That way, if you come across a video you want, you can simply move it to the top of the list.
The activity window lists each video in the batch by its YouTube name. It will also show the file size, which is an estimate but usually very accurate. It displays progress, download speed if applicable, status, such as downloading or completed, and an ETA. There’s also a built-in video play so that you can watch videos that have finished and a folder tool lets you move downloaded videos around your hard drive.
The only issue with YTD Video Downloader is that you can’t batch downloads and conversions at the same time in the freeware version. That feature is restricted to the Pro version, which requires a paid upgrade. This may not be a big deal unless you’re converting a lot of videos for a particular purpose. It’s not difficult to run a download batch, come back later, and run a conversion batch. That said, if you batch converts a lot and like the program, you may want to consider the upgrade.
That niggle aside, YTD Video Downloader is a fantastic program that should arguably be in everyone’s Internet toolbox. It’s super easy to use and does most of the work behind the scenes.