Pros / The integrated browser makes it easy to find the YouTube video you want to download.
Cons / This application only works with YouTube and has limited conversion options.
Verdict / Xilisoft's YouTube HD Video Converter is a product that lives up to its name and nothing more.
YouTube HD Video Converter by Xilisoft is a video downloader application that allows you to search for, download and convert YouTube videos. The program is good as far as it goes; however, it’s limited to YouTube and doesn’t have the robust conversion and device support found in the products that claimed the top spots on our side-by-side comparison chart.
There are three main components of this video downloader application: the web browser, the tool bar and the file browser. The program's most dominant component is the web browser. Technically, you can use this browser to go anywhere on the web you want, but its only practical function is to search for YouTube videos to download.
Along the top is the tool bar; the functions of each button are pretty easy to figure out. The downward arrow allows you insert the URL of the video you want to download. The circular arrows allow you to begin a conversion of a downloaded video, and the rest of the buttons serve as familiar controls for the integrated browser.
The file browser consists of tabbed sections running down the left side of the interface that give you access to your downloaded and converted videos.
As its name suggests, this program only has the ability to download videos from YouTube. Other video-sharing sites like Facebook, Dailymotion and Vimeo are not supported. If you try to add a video from a service other than YouTube, you get an error message that states, "Invalid download link. Cannot create downloading task." And while YouTube is generally acknowledged as the premiere video site on the internet, there are thousands of other places on the internet that you may want to download videos from.
This application also allows you to convert videos you’ve downloaded. You can either do this automatically after a video has finished downloading or manually by selecting it from your "Downloaded" list. You can convert your videos into eight common file formats, including MP4, AVI and MOV, just to name a few.
Additionally, this software allows you to optimize your downloaded videos for 12 specific devices such as iPods, iPads and PlayStation portable systems. While this is convenient, other video downloaders we reviewed have a much more complete list of conversion options. The best video downloader programs on our lineup offer more than a dozen file conversion choices and more than 100 device optimization options.
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This video downloader software is good if you are simply looking to download videos from YouTube. It has an integrated browser that allows you to find the videos you want easily. However, the rest of its feature set leaves a lot to be desired. Expanded compatibility and more conversion choices would improve this program's ranking on our side-by-side comparison chart.