VDownloader

VDownloader 5.0

Free
Download and convert online media files from the most popular sharing sites
4.1  (471 votes)
5.0.1 (See all)

Grabbing video and audio files from web sharing sites is not always as straightforward as it might seem. Actually, sites like YouTube, Vimeo, or SoundCloud will not let you download any of their content as a rule. VDownloader can overcome these limitations and save to your PC any media file stored in those sites in the highest quality available, convert them to a different format, and even save them to DVD if so desired.

Getting videos from all the most popular sites has never been simpler – VDownloader will add automatically to your download list any link stored on your clipboard and will start downloading it as soon as you define your preferences. You can download in any of the quality levels and formats available on the original site (up to 8K for video), include subtitles if they are also available, and even change all that to a format of your choice so that it fits your other devices. The conversion process (say, extracting the audio from a video file) will take place on the fly, but you can always perform offline conversions using videos previously stored on your PC. The program can also download entire playlists and channels and even scheduled automatic downloads when new items are added to any of those.

VDownloader is a free tool that you can upgrade to a Plus version if you want to get rid of certain severe limitations in the numbers of items you can download or convert at a time. The site boasts of offering a “free of charge [tool] without any limitations or restrictions”, but that is not entirely true. Actually, if you check the differences between the Free and Plus editions, you’ll find that the former is defined as “for occasional use”, meaning that you can only convert 3 videos per day, burn no more than 3 DVDs of your downloaded videos, or download a maximum of 10 videos at a time.

So yes, there are limitations and restrictions for those not paying the program’s one-time fee, though I have to admit that if you only wish to download a couple of files every now and then, VDownloader may well be all you need. This is an easy-to-use utility that produces excellent results, even with those sites that happen to be more restrictive than expected. However, you also need to know that there are many other similar and totally free web downloaders out there that do provide you with all this functionality and some more without any hidden limitations.

Francisco Martínez
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Review summary

Pros

  • Downloads the best quality format available
  • Converts to other video and audio formats on the fly
  • Supports up to 8K video quality
  • Dowloads subtitles when available
  • Downloads media files in batches

Cons

  • The free version is heavily limited
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