Pros / This program is very easy to navigate – all of its tools are contained in a single window.
Cons / You cannot convert formats or optimize videos for devices like smartphones and tablets.
Verdict / This is a great program if all you want to do is download your favorite videos.
Of all the video downloader applications we reviewed, Video Downloader Ultimate is arguably the most straightforward to use. You can easily download nearly any video you watch online. But that simplicity comes at a price: It is missing some of the key features we look for in the best online video downloaders.
The interface consists of a single window that contains all its functions. When you launch this program, it scans your internet browsing and compiles a list of all the videos that appear on the websites you visit. Each entry has a selection of all the resolutions available for that video. All you have to do is select which video you want to download and the program transfers them onto your hard drive. If you don’t want the program to compile this list, you can turn it off.
This video downloader also installs a browser plug-in, which you can use to select specific videos to download. It’s a simple white-and-blue arrow that sits on the top of your browser’s tool bar. When you come across a video you want to download, all you have to do is click the arrow and the video starts downloading. These two downloading methods are as straightforward as any program on our side-by-side comparison chart.
However, that isn’t enough to put this product in the top tier of our review. With the exception of creating an MP3 out of a video, this program has no ability to convert your downloaded videos from one format to another. This can be frustrating, because not all video formats work in all media players. The best products on our lineup can convert an MP4 into an MOV, AVI, WMV and more.
The program also lacks the ability to optimize your download for devices other than your computer. If you want a file that’s specifically tailored for your smartphone, tablet or gaming system, you’ll have to look elsewhere.
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Video Downloader Ultimate is a simple program that has a single function – downloading online videos. It’s hard to fault an application that delivers so well on its main functionality. This is a great program to have for downloading, but if you want to convert or optimize your files, this product isn’t for you.