YouTube has become a free video encyclopedia built collaboratively by anyone around the world. I have looked for instructions on something I want to repair and build by myself and found the video tutorials shared on YouTube are amazingly useful, though most of the time I had to watch a number of them in order to follow one that makes the most sense. But often times, I wish there was an easy way for me to download and watch it offline later on, especially, when working on something in a place where there is no internet connection near by. And I believe I am not alone in this regard.
A W7H friend tipped us friendly the other day about this YouTube Downloader Free by XetoWare. And it turns out a great little tool that works very well downloading video materials directly from YouTube onto your local computer in multiple video formats. You also get the choices to chose what kind of quality to download, from low resolution all the way to 1080p HD, if available.
To download, you simply copy the URL of YouTube video you want to download and paste it into the program window. You can paste in multiple URLs to download multiple videos at once, and you can select a location of your own choice where to save the videos. You will have 4 choices to chose which video format you want to use to save the downloaded videos, FLV, MP4, WEBM, or 3GP. And depending on the original videos, you can pick the quality to download. Of course, the higher, the better.
YouTube Downloader Free is a Windows freeware that works on all windows platforms, from XP up, both 32-bit and 64-bit editions are supported. It works really well during my test. I only wish it has 1) a portable version that I can put in my USB drive; and 2) a feature that supports drag and drop.
Last words, before downloading any videos from YouTube make sure they are not copyrighted. It’s also a bad practice if you are using those downloaded videos for any commercial use. Stealing is never cool.