Wondershare Free YouTube Downloader is a simple downloader that will allow you to grab YouTube videos and save them in their original quality, including HD video. It provides you with various ways of selecting and downloading your favorite videos, and it will detect and grab any video playing in your browser to make things even easier. As a bonus, it comes with a recording engine that will allow you to make videos of your desktop activities or any streaming video.
It allows you to browse for videos directly from within the app, to paste URLs of specific YouTube video files into the download list, and make use of the button that it adds to the YouTube player to download your favorite music tracks, programs, etc. The selected file will be transferred to the program’s download list, spacious enough to hold an unlimited number of video files, though you will only be allowed to grab a second video once the first one has finished downloading. You can also use the program’s built-in browser to navigate to YouTube, search for a video there and transfer it directly to the download list with just one click.
The program also supports recording any activity taking place on your computer. You can use this recording engine to capture any streaming video, online game, or to produce your own tutorials. Make it short though, as this free downloader includes a recording length limitation. This and the already-mentioned fact that you can only download one video at a time are not the only surprises you will come across. Designed as an attractive showcase for the commercial and fully-functional version, you will be allowed to select an output format for conversion, to select a video for an audio-only download, to paste a full YouTube playlist for download, to navigate to other popular video sites (such as Vevo, Dailymotion, Vimeo, Lynda, etc.) and select a video for download, etc., only to be notified of the severe limitations that prevent Wondershare Free YouTube Downloader to perform any of these tasks unless you upgrade to the “full version”. It’s hard to be more annoying than that. However, I have to admit that this simple and effective tool provides limited yet effective functionality.
- Allows you to browse for videos within the app
- Downloads videos directly from online video sites
- Detects streaming videos and grabs them
- Fast downloads
- Allows you to record your desktop activity
- Transfers your videos to your smartphone via Wi-Fi
- Limited to downloading one video at a time
- Designed to lure you into purchasing the full version