When you search for YouTube video downloader software in CNET.com, you will find YouTube Downloader, Orbit Downloader and Sothink Web Video Downloader are all very popular and being recommended by editors.
So, how do you make choice from these three YouTube downloader applications? Here this article is writing about the detailed comparison among them, which may help you a lot.
YouTube Downloader is the top one search result of YouTube video downloading software. It is free and cute. Launch the program and you will see a small simple window, which is the interface of YouTube Downloader. Just specify the URL for the video you want to download and click OK, then this application will download the FLV video from YouTube or other video sites according to your URL. It also can convert the downloaded videos to MOV, MP4, 3GP, WMV, AVI, MP3, iPod, iPhone, PSP, and cell phone. Whats more, there’s also a basic video editor for cropping videos by time stamp. You can also cut out the sound when converting.
Although the supported video formats are limited while it only has several basic functions, YouTube Downloader is still the most popular YouTube downloading freeware and it works well.
Different from the small simple window of YouTube Downloader, Orbit Downloader and Sothink Web Video Downloader both have a big and clear user-interface, which actually looked alike.
Not only share a similar interface, these two applications also have similar main functions about YouTube download. However, there are still lots of differences between them and each one has its unique great features.
Orbit Downloader Most Powerful Video Downloader and Downloading Manager
Launch Orbit Downloader and you will find that it is very powerful from the interface.
Just right-click a video online and choose Download from your context menu or directly enter the URL of the video you would like to download, then Orbit Downloader can soon download it for you, no matter what the media file is or where it is from. The downloading process is same as most video downloader, but Orbit Downloader really offers a faster speed.
Besides video downloading, the buttons on the interface and dialogs in the program show Orbit Downloader has much more functions focusing on downloading management, like tagging, Metalink download, and process configuration.
The installation of Orbit Downloader is not very smooth since this freeware always ask whether you are willing to install some program else. And it seems that there is some difficulty to work under Firefox. Nevertheless, Orbit Downloader is still the most powerful video downloading and managing application.
Sothink Web Video Downloader Unique Video Capturer and Easiest to use Downloader
Different from Orbit Downloader or any other YouTube downloader, downloading online videos with Sothink Web Video Downloader does not need users to enter the video URL, which is not easy to get for most people. Just open a webpage, such as YouTube page, and Sothink Web Video Downloader will automatically monitor and capture the video in this page, then it pops up a small window asking if you want to download what you are watching at the time. Thats very convenient and just like what CNET editor said, Sothink Web Video Downloader provides an interesting twist on the crowded video downloader field.
Not only for YouTube FLV, Sothink Web Video Downloader can capture and download all the videos of any format in the webpage you are viewing, such as AVI, MP4, MPG, MPEG, WMV, RM, RMVB, 3GP, H.264 HD, and even Flash animation SWF, which will be useful.
By now, the wonderful capturing function is available for all popular browsers, including IE, Firefox, Opera, and Maxthon. And it is said that in the next version, this video downloader will support capturing and downloading videos under Google Chrome, too.
Another impressive function is that Sothink Web Video Downloader can directly download videos in any format on users demand. That is to say, if you are viewing a FLV video online, and you would like to save it on your PC in AVI format, Sothink downloader can easily realize that with only one click. In fact, this video downloader provides users with plenty of video converting profiles to help users download videos in different formats and devices. The supported target formats are video FLV, AVI, MP4, WMV, H.264/AVC, MOV, MPG, MKV, 3GP, 3G2, F4V, SWF, and audio MP3, M4A, while the supported devices contain iPod, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, PSP, Zune, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, HTC, Blackberry, Nokia, Google Android, iRiver, Creative Zen, and more.
It also supports setting downloading and converting by your own, like target video dimension, zoom mode, video codec, and bit rate, but since the pre-sets listed by this user-friendly program cover almost all possible needs, most of users will not do any customization at all.
All the capturing, downloading and converting progress are very easy. You will never felt confused and are definitely able to operate everything like a veteran.