Editor's Note: There is a new version of this software available under the name YouTube Video Converter. We will test this program when we next update our video downloader software reviews. Until then, please enjoy our review for YouTube HD Video Converter.
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 best products we reviewed.
There are three main components of this video downloader application: the web browser, the toolbar and the file browser. The program's most dominant component is the web browser. Technically, you can use this browser to go anywhere you want on the web, but its only practical function is to search for YouTube videos to download.
It’s pretty easy to figure out the purpose of each button along the top of the toolbar. The downward arrow allows you insert the URL of the video you want to download, the circular arrows start a conversion, and the rest are familiar controls for the integrated browser.
The file browser consists of tabbed sections running down the left side of the interface, and it gives you access to your downloaded and converted videos.
As its name suggests, this program only downloads videos from YouTube – it doesn’t support other video-sharing sites like Facebook, Dailymotion and Vimeo. 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 considered the premiere video-sharing site on the internet, there are thousands of other places you may want to download videos from.
This application also allows you to convert the videos you download. You can either do so automatically after a video finishes downloading or manually by selecting it from your Downloaded list. You can convert videos into eight common file formats, including MP4, AVI and MOV, to name a few.
Additionally, this software can optimize downloaded videos for playback on 12 devices, including iPods, iPads and PlayStation portable systems. While this is convenient, other video downloaders we reviewed have a more complete lists of conversion options. The best video downloader programs include more than a dozen file conversion choices and more than 100 device optimization options.
This video downloader software may be a good option if you only want to download videos from YouTube. It has an integrated browser to help you find the videos you want. However, the rest of its feature set leaves a lot to be desired. Expanded compatibility and more conversion choices would improve this program significantly.
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