Watching your favorite online videos offline is full of advantages – no interruptions, no costly Internet connections running, and the option to watch them anywhere. VDownloader offers you the possibility of downloading a copy of your YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, or MetaCafe videos (among the 10,000+ hosting sites supported) for free and converting them into formats that your mobile devices can handle.
The app’s interface is clean and easy to move around. Though some users find it a bit lame, I think it’s a functional and neat piece of interface design. The navigation tabs have been placed vertically on the left-hand side, leaving the rest of the program’s interface clear. This allows for a spacey Download interface that provides you with extensive information about the videos being downloaded, as well as lots of room to perform your searches or surf the Web comfortably. The built-in browser is a neat add-on – being a tool based on browsing video sites looking for videos to download, it makes a lot of sense to put both processes together. The Search option is also a great help, as it can look up for your videos in dozens of sites simultaneously, and provide you with a comprehensive list of results that you can sort by site, name, or duration and send to the download list by right-clicking on them. VDownloader will display all videos matching your search, including playlists and channels containing them, which will allow you to download sequentially entire collections of videos without selecting them individually. You can tell the program to look for your videos everywhere or you can narrow the search by designing your own site list.
While similar video downloaders will ask you to choose a download video quality among those available for that file, VDownloader will select automatically for you the best quality possible (up to 4K and 8K Ultra High Definition). It will then compare it to the maximum download quality selected and will downgrade it to match your choice only when necessary. Personally, I’d rather decide myself which format and which video quality are best for my downloads, as they can vary from file to file. To compensate for this, the app’s conversion capabilities allow for full customization in terms of codec, resolution, bit rates, etc.
VDownloader is a 100% free utility, but it comes with a series of restrictions that frequent users will find too limiting. The number of video conversions that the program can make is limited to 3 per day; you can add no more than 3 playlists or channels to your RSS feeds; the number of discs you can burn with your favorite videos is limited to 3 also; you may capture – to download them later – all the videos you’ve watched in the last three days only, and you can download up to 10 videos at a time when in batch mode. If you find these limitations too annoying, but you still think that VDownloader is the tool you want to use to grab your online videos, you can upgrade to the Plus version for a fee and get rid of all those restrictions for good.
- Downloads from 10,000+ sites.
- Direct download from browser.
- Downloads entire playlists and channels.
- Built-in Web browser.
- Video conversion capabilities.
- Audio extraction
- No download quality selection.
- Fails to detect videos on certain pages