Monday, August 20, 2007

Youtube Downloader Review

If your like me, you've come to love Youtube and everything that it is. However, being able to download videos from them and convert them to any other file on the fly, from an offline source has eluded me for quite some time. Sure I'm able to download them to .flv format, but what about being able to convert them? I used a web based converter for a few months now, Vixy.net, however, recently they started branding videos and have become generally slow and unreliable.

Youtube Downloader is a pretty self-explanatory light application that will download a youtube video to your computer, and afterwards, give you an option to convert it to several different video types, and one audio type (.mp3). This short review will show exactly how this application works.

First thing you want to do is nab the Youtube url from the movie's main page. You can either get this from the address bar, or the url box next to the video. The application monitors the clipboard so after you have copied it, all you need to do is return to the application and hit download video. At this time it'll download the file from the website to your computer in .flv (Flash Video). This might take some time, because from what I can tell, Youtube's download servers are quite slow..



After downloading the file, the option to convert the video will be available, simply tick the "Convert video (previously downloaded) from file" option, then point to the video you want to convert.


(List of Conversion Types)

Apple Quicktime (.mov)
Iphone Video (.mp4)
PSP Video (H.264 .mp4)
Cell Phone (H.263 .3GP)
Windows Media Video (V.7 .wmv)
XVid MPEG-4 Codec (.avi)
Mpeg Audio Layer 3 (.mp3)

It also allows for manual conversion.

The software is freeware and available from their website at http://youtubedownload.altervista.org/

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