Of all the video downloader applications we reviewed, Video Downloader Ultimate is arguably the most straightforward to use. It makes it easy to download nearly any video you watch online. But that simplicity comes at a price: It is missing some of the key features found in the best online video downloaders.
Video Downloader Ultimate’s interface consists of a single window that contains all its tools. When you launch the program, it scans your internet browser and compiles a list of all the videos that appear on the websites you visit. Each entry lists all the resolutions available for that video. All you have to do is select which video you want to download, and the program transfers it onto your hard drive. If you don’t want the program to compile this list, you can turn the feature off.
This video downloader also installs a browser plug-in you can use to select specific videos to download. It’s a simple white-and-blue arrow icon that sits at the top of your browser’s tool bar. When you come across a video you want to download, you just click the arrow and the video starts downloading. Video Downloader Ultimate’s two downloading methods are as straightforward as those used by any program we compared.
However, that isn’t enough to put this software in the top tier. Though it can turn a video file into an MP3, Video Downloader Ultimate can’t convert downloads from one video format to another. This may be frustrating since not every media player can play all video formats. The best products we reviewed can convert an MP4 into an MOV, AVI, WMV and more.
This software also can’t optimize your download for devices other than your computer. If you want to tailor files specifically to your smartphone, tablet or gaming system, this isn’t the program for you.
The best thing about Video Downloader Ultimate is its price. At less than $10, it has the core functionality you need to get videos from the internet onto your computer. It doesn’t have everything we look for, but if your needs are basic, this program is an excellent deal.
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 purpose. This is a great program for downloading, but if you want to convert or optimize your files, it isn’t for you.