The free edition of Wondershare’s YouTube Downloader offers a simple yet efficient way of grabbing online videos from the YouTube website so that you can enjoy them offline any time. The program will detect any YouTube video playing on your IE, Chrome, or Firefox browser, and will also let you complete your download list with any URL taken from that popular video site.
The program’s interface does not differ much from that of AllMyTube – i.e., Free YouTube Donwloader’s commercial counterpart – though the conversion options and the possibility of grabbing videos from sites other than YouTube have been disabled. Usability-wise, though, nothing changes – the interface is easy to navigate and it allows you to move from the downloads in progress to the finished downloads with just one click. The Online Video tab will take you to the program’s built-in browser, with direct links to the most popular media sites. Note, however, that when it comes to grabbing videos, this free version of the tool won’t accept URLs from sites different from YouTube.
Free YouTube Downloader can deal with any number of simultaneous downloads in various formats, sizes, and levels of quality. A thumbnail-size window will let you take a glimpse to the downloading video, which you can play back in full – using the program’s built-in media player – as soon as the download process is completed.
You can make new video recordings without leaving the program just by clicking on the “Record Video” button and selecting an area of your screen or the entire desktop. The new recordings, in WMV format, will be stored in the Finished section together with your latest downloads.
Wondershare Free YouTube Downloader may not be the most comprehensive video downloader in the market, but it will let you make offline copies of your favorite YouTube videos in a simple and straightforward way. Besides, its recording capabilities, its media player, and the possibility of transferring your downloaded videos to your smart phone easily, make this tool an essential add-on for your desktop.