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YouTube Downloader Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — YouTube Downloader

YouTube Downloader is an easy-to-use program that will allow you to download and convert video from YouTube.com.
$19.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 349 (28%) 904 (72%) 65 comments

YouTube Downloader was available as a giveaway on June 7, 2009!

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YouTube Downloader is an easy-to-use program that will allow you to download video from YouTube.com. The program has a built-in video converter that supports all popular video formats and has preset settings for converting to formats compatible with iPod, iPhone, PSP, Cell Phone, Xbox and other devices. You can also search the YouTube server right from the program. Download YouTube Downloader right now and start downloading your favorite videos from YouTube.com.

Key Features:

  • Fast and simple to use
  • Download YouTube Videos to PC, Cell Phone, iPod, iPhone, PSP, and more
  • Build-In FLV Converter
  • YouTube Browser (with Search tool)

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System Requirements:

Windows 95/98/2000/Me/XP/Vista


MediaVigor Software



File Size:

4.16 MB



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Downloaded and installed perfectly but whenever I put a URL into the space provided and click 'download' it gives me an error: "Length cannot be less than zero". EVERY. TIME.

Happens with every youtube video I try to download so its not just one vid its a problem with. Have tried searching for solutions via Google and got no help whatsoever.

Other YouTube download/converters (YouTube Get / YouTube Get Converter etc)I've downloaded from here haven't worked all that well either. On top of that if you download a new video downloading software from here it pretty much overwrites (or kills off the useability) of any previously downloaded programs.

Reply   |   Comment by Ellie  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Name stolen from the real youtube downloader.

Reply   |   Comment by none  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

55- Thank you Powder_Skier.

Reply   |   Comment by dr vajra  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Yep this one works great on Vista64. Once you click on Download, you can choose the Output Folder destination :-) You can also go to Advanced and choose many options (Convert to type, extension, Screen Size, Codecs etc. etc.).

Very nice!

Reply   |   Comment by Steve Ark  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

This program downloaded and installed OK on XP SP3. Appeared to register automatically to Giveaway of the Day.

However, it would not download any video from YouTube no matter what or how I tried. Showed message saying "waiting for server" (or something like that). Progress bar empty. Then it said "failed."

I uninstalled it.

Reply   |   Comment by S.W. Anderson  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

I'm in the same dilemma as Sue (#50 comment). The scant Help window says "Our website (http://www.mediavigor.com/) contains a wealth of information about the YouTube Downloader product," and "The YouTube Downloader manual can be obtained in several formats (chm, pdf, online)." However, they don't say where on the site. I can't even find any reference to it there, including with a Google site search. I'd sure like to have information about how to choose the different settings. I was able to download something but the video was awful. I'm sure there's a way to make it better, but I don't have knowledge about how to fiddle with the settings. That manual they promised sure would come in handy. Anyone know where to find it? Thx.

Reply   |   Comment by Jo  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Just use this bookmarklet on any browser while playing the youtube video and you can download the video as mp4 file.

Instructions for all browser is the same as follows:
1. Create a bookmark in your browser, name it as you like, in the URL copy/paste the below text.


2. Save the bookmark.
3. Go to the video of your choice on youtube.com.
4. While playing the video, click on this bookmark(let) and the video will be downloaded to your PC as mp4 files.

As simple as that!

Reply   |   Comment by murali  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

To number #41, use a program to Download from Utube, then use a program to convert the file to what you want, then burn it to a cd or dvd with burning software...this software is suppose to download and convert, i have not tried it. I use Sothink from a giveaway before.n I don't know about copyright issues..I suppose if you were to make cds from utube material then try selling it, you may come into problems.

Reply   |   Comment by Tim  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Downloaded fine. Downloads and converts youtube videos, but when I open in Windows Media Player, only sound plays but not video. Any suggestions?

Reply   |   Comment by Mark  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

It's cheap that the software developers used the Vista background - real lame in my humble opinion.

Software works - but unfortunately it's just not worth it with all the free down loaders out there.

I recommend the freeware "FreeRapid Downloader"

It supports Youtube, RapidShare, MegaUpload and around 80 other sites. Basically you input as many links as you can, and FreeRapid will take care of it. So if I have 20 Youtube links I just put 'em in and it's all good. Unfortunately there's no "convert" setting like this one, but it's free.

Also the program supports other sites like Rapidshare. Rapidshare makes you wait 30-60 seconds before a download and also only lets you download 100MB before you need to wait 14 minutes. Basically this program waits the 30 seconds before the download then waits the 14 minutes to get the second file. It's real convenient and doesn't cost a cent.

That's my "0" cents worth.


Reply   |   Comment by TedM  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

#27 - There are several Firefox plugins that, combined, will download MOST of the videos on the web. However, your video is one that I can't download with any of my Firefox plugins.

So, the 100% always-work solution: Record the video while it plays on your screen. No, it's not my first choice, and you loose a bit of video quality, but the outcome is still OK. You can download Jing from Camtasia studios, and it's FREE. http://www.jingproject.com/ They will even host your video on their servers free also. If you don't care for a link back to their web page on your finished product, they have a Pro version that costs just $14.95 for a year. No, I don't work for them, just passing on info. Just a thought, maybe others know of a free plugin for Firefox that always works.

Reply   |   Comment by Powder_Skier  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

youtube downloader HD is better and free

Reply   |   Comment by Tyler  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

I find PwnYoutube to be much more convenient. It allows users to download the high-quality source of YouTube videos simply by adding 'pwn' before 'youtube.com' in the URL. As for conversion, there are literally dozens of tools out there (I find VLC to be the most versatile, although its interface may be daunting to some).

Reply   |   Comment by Gforce20  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

The freeware alternative I use is Free FLV Converter. It will ask you to install a toolbar, but you just uncheck the boxes to opt out of that. I've never had any type of malware problem with it (for the record, I've always opted out of the toolbar, so I can't speak to the toolbar's safety or otherwise). You can download and keep your files in flv format, or convert them to other formats. It also converts other formats TO flv. But my favourite thing about this one is that you can browse AND watch videos IN the programme without having to worry about a web browser. It allows you to do with with many sites, not just YouTube. You can also refine your search to include as many or as few of the video sites available as you like. Here's their website:


Look down the list of products and click on Free FLV Converter.

Other alternatives I've tested have already been mentioned, including Orbit Downloader, and the Download Helper extension for Firefox. I've found those to be good, too, but Free FLV Converter does just that little bit extra for the most part.

Reply   |   Comment by Foxy Goddess  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

very good software, easily installed as always, thank you

oh and initially i took some other commentator above's advice and went for the firefox addin, bit mor time to download, instal and activate (3 minutes instead of 1) great until i tried to use it and it wanted 30 euro or dollars to use it

Reply   |   Comment by Sean Flanagan  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

"Working, full-featured, beneficial Help Menu"

Where is it? I've uninstalled and reinstalled, and still the help file consists of:

"Welcome to Mediavigor YouTube Downloader;
--End User License Agreement
--Where to Get Help
--Contact us"

I've looked at the website, and I see no documentation, only contact emails. I have little to no experience with YouTube software, and I would find it helpful if the manual had information beyond, "Introduction".

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Reply   |   Comment by Sue  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Hi. It's me, Jean-Luc Picard, from the website dotTech[.org]. Ashraf is on vacation (lucky!) so I get to do the reviews. I just reviewed this and you can see the full review at dotTech. Enjoy!

Reply   |   Comment by Jean-Luc Picard  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

I use Firefox with DownloadHelper and then any number of programs for converting .flv to .wmv, so I don't need a separate program, but decided to give this a try since it might be useful for non-techy friends.

Installed clean in XP Sp3, all .dlls in the program directory, so no messing with my system, no browser hooks, the program must be manually started. Search was useless; I have a lot of videos on Youtube and it found none of them, even with the exact title and keywords. An icon reminiscent of Getright sits on top of the screen, but clicking it does nothing; sometimes it brings up the program, which tells you to copy the url to the program, and sometimes it doesn't even do that. If you are viewing a video on Youtube, there is no way to drag it to the icon to save it, dragging and dropping only works if the video is in the related videos list.

After copying and pasting and starting the download process, the file was saved and automatically converted to .avi, which is the default. That video was fine, but for emailing, you would want .wmv, so I set the conversion to that, but the resulting video would not play in WMP10, telling me I was missing Microsoft MPEG-1 codec. The default .wmv settings in Youtube Downloader are wmv2 and mp2, not wma. I tried various other .wmv and .wma combinations, and all failed with no error message other than Failed. While I could have corrupted codecs due to all the various multimedia apps I have installed, it is odd that these errors only occurred while using Youtube Downloader.

I didn't try to convert any other files after that. If I wanted to keep this app, I would leave it at the default conversion setting of .avi and then drop that into Movie Maker to convert to .wmv, but I don't need or want to keep Youtube Downloader and the various settings might be too much work with possibly unpredictable results for my non-techy friends.

Reply   |   Comment by gmon  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

I use http://www.downloadhelper.net/ it works good! but thanks anyway!

Reply   |   Comment by Frances  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

http://www.kej.tw/flvretriever can get the flash videos from youtube and other sites. http://www.orbitdownloader.com/ 's Grab++ can sniff multiple media files to download. But all these programs do not convert the file format

Reply   |   Comment by Kevin  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-9)

Concerning comment #6 there's a much better Firefox add-on: "Sothink Web Video Downloader for Firefox"http://www.web-video-downloader.com/ This program allows you to download every video you choose from every site. Hasn't failed yet.

Reply   |   Comment by ken92111  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thanks GAOTD. Awesome program.

Reply   |   Comment by ineededaname  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

You put the word "kiss" in the title, and it then makes the file download.

You are absolutely sure about that? Pls understand I don't disbelieve you, but there are so many imbeciles running around saying whatever asinine things they happen to think of. At least 97% of advices given are false.

Reply   |   Comment by dog  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

It didn't work very well, last time I tried it. I hate that I can't hide the drop zone box.

Reply   |   Comment by SloppyGoat  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)

Will this, or any of the alternate software compared, allow one to download videos from YouTube and then burn to DVD or CD Video? Are there copyright protection issues?

Reply   |   Comment by Jay  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-11)

For anybody who's interested, Ask.com has partered with Applian Technlogies to form a search toolbar with video and audio capturing capabilities. It can also convert the downloads into all the popular formats.

Downloaded it here: http://www.applian.com/asktoolbar/download.php

Hope this helps.

Reply   |   Comment by Jon  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

I got my favourite Kajagoogoo video with this!

Reply   |   Comment by Damian J Spooner  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-15)

This has always been free... Just google youtube to ipod, its the first 2 but UPDATED.....

Reply   |   Comment by Mfmfn  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

This almost always crashes horribly when I try to use it, and it has every time I've downloaded it.
I would not recommend this download, try using the online converters instead.

Reply   |   Comment by L  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Seriously, just copy the YouTube address into this website


choose which format, including iPod, flv, mp4, and more, and it will email you the link that of which to download. Easy simple, you don't need a program.

Reply   |   Comment by SeeYa32  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

I connect wirelessly to the internet on my main PC.

When I try to download a video, It kicks my connection off at around 57% download every time so far.

Even Real player works better than this (also free) I have Firefox but not quite figured out how to use the plug in yet.

BTW, What happened to the games giveaway?

If this is all the software that can be found in the way of Apps, It would be better to switch back to games for a while!

Reply   |   Comment by S Coen  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

Installed, activated, registered without any problem on both xp and vista! Thanks GAOTD

Reply   |   Comment by Spiritwolf  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

I hate to complain but yet another software that doesn't work [at least for me.]

The file downloads fine but i get "failed status" after conversion.

Shame it could be a simple & useful little prog.

Reply   |   Comment by GAOTD #1 FAN  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-9)

I use sothink web video dowloader. I t was a giveawayoftheday a few months back. This program ROCKS. Get it if it,s given away again.

Reply   |   Comment by jack  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)

http://www.youtubedownloaderhd.com/ forgot to post the URL

Reply   |   Comment by Jeff  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)

here's a free software I use that downloads video off youtube, it can also get HQ and HD quality video off youtube (if those quality levels are available for that video).

Reply   |   Comment by Jeff  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-12)

Looking at the screens there was a youtube search icon which I thought would make things more convenient for a lazy person but after installing the program the function doesn't work for me - it just hangs so this program is fail for me.

Reply   |   Comment by saltypig  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

The software doesn't work on my WinXP SP3 sistem. It connects and it starts downloading, but at the end it says "failed". I tried on multiple videos from YouTube - same result at all of them.

Reply   |   Comment by Klaxon  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Can someone please tell me how to download this video?


Thank you

Reply   |   Comment by dr vajra  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-15)

"for those who use firefox: there’s an add on, ( downloadhelper) that will offer you a tiny icon in your browser and beside every video title, which makes it possible to download, convert etcetera…

am very very happy with it. Here’s the link.

https://addons.mozilla.org/nl/firefox/addon/3006" Hey freebird31 - how about a link to an English language version? Not too many of us speak Dutch!

Reply   |   Comment by stratovani  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

With everyone's knowledge of software, I thought that I woulg give this a shot. Does anyone know of a free program that is like, as good or better than EZ CD Extractor? If so can you post it. I thank you for taking your time.

Reply   |   Comment by Harry  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-12)

I'm sure this is a good program but I already have VideoGet that you offered in the past. I really like it because it downloads from other websites like Funny or Die.

BTW, even though we don't get support for these free programs, I did send an email to VideoGet and they wrote back and helped me with a problem.

Reply   |   Comment by Anita  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

The easiest thing I've found to date is Real Player 11. It works with Internet Explorer and Firefox. It save the file as a flash video and then there are numerous free converters if you want to change the format or you can watch in Real Player or FLV Player to name two.

Reply   |   Comment by magiccrpet  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-10)

I know this software won't do this, but GAOTD: is there software that will record incoming streaming video/sound? I'd like to put a few on DVD for my family.

Happy Dae·

Reply   |   Comment by Dae Powell  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

Works as it promised. Now I use this Youtube Downloader and converter.

Reply   |   Comment by nice  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-14)

kissing youtube is the best way to download videos from youtube. It's fast and easy. Just type the word - kiss - before the url in the address bar for the video you wish to download.

Just in front of the youtube.com domain name, insert the word 'kiss'.
Eg. http://www.kissyoutube.com/watch?v=VKMm4XBsqhk

and now to convert the videos into the format you want it in..use format factory a freeware..

Reply   |   Comment by ujwal  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)


#2 and #9

The true is the fact, that this program is an another remake of Youtube downloader.
I have been using mentioned Firefox addon for downloading videos and later I have been using MEncoder (or similar) for converting. The main problem of this combination is that it was a big waste of time, especially when trying to run mencoder properly from command line or find proper library (or program) for my output video format. I have been retrying to define proper encoding parameters for my DVD player, embedded MPEG2 player and my mobile phone. Many retries...

In today's giveaway I have obtained an all-in-one program that has at least two function embedded in it: downloader and media converter.

Of course this program has major disadvantages. Below I will describe them shortly.

=> An all-in-one solution.
=> Clean and easy to use interface.
=> Built-in converter with huge output video and audio format support including:
----> WMV, MOV, MP4, 3GP, AVI and MP3 as an audio output.
=> You can extract only an audio track from video.
=> User can define some advanced parameters of encoding process for ex.: one can specify the resolution and sound bitrate when converting to mobile phone.
=> It works.

=> You can NOT use the YouTube Downloader as an simple video converter, so it is impossible to convert existing files.
=> The worst is that every change of output format must be followed with a repeated download.
=> The "Search" feature does NOT work on my computer.
=> The "Play" button also does NOT work on my computer.
=> I can NOT define more advanced options such as an aspect ration or cropping.

Summing up. This is a good point of start when writing such a program, but at the moment this program looks like the beta version. Two main buttons doesn't work, user can not use existing flv files for converting and has to redownload the same video again and again when changing the output format.
Positive feedback: dragging the URL, selecting the output format, defining an advanced settings, clicking one button, waiting and it is done.

With best wishes

Reply   |   Comment by adamm  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+19)

Sothink video downloader given away in the past can download from youtube.
Also, there's a ton of free software to download videos from youtube (and some are capable of downloading from other sites too).
Sorry GAOTD, but I will pass today.

Reply   |   Comment by DDS  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

Until about a year or two ago I was using an earlier version of this software. I recall being impressed with the developer's work. It worked fine, easier and more convenient than a few other products and methods I tried. I can see that this version is much improved so I am looking forward to using it again. Why use it? In my experience it was/is easier and more convenient than some of the alternative suggestions posted here by people who seem to pretend to know the subject but haven't even tried the software.

Thank you developers, MediaVigor Software and GAOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by phangeaux  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

web recorder pro----the one that captures all!

Reply   |   Comment by klato  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
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