Video Downloader Ultimate (VDU) is a program to download videos from the websites through a browser. The software detects the video stream and then lists the different video formats and resolutions to download.
The software is quite different from other software that fit in this category. The interface is clean and minimalistic, which is good, but overall lacks the visual appeal. The main feature of VDU is to download video streams from websites. When you install it, an installation manager opens up that guides you throughout the process. You can decide to keep the software active or inactive, its integration with the browser, and on or off the notifications.
Once installed, your browser, chrome in my case (see the screenshot), will show a bluish downward arrow icon. A red star mark will appear on this icon when it detects a video stream. Clicking on the icon will launch the software where it’ll show the available video resolutions and formats. I tried using this program with YouTube, and it detected the video stream 8 out of 10 times. The formats it offered were limited to MKV, MP4, 3GP, with an option to convert to MP3. On Dailymotion, the performance was a perfect 10 out of 10 times. Interestingly, it showed TS format in download option and convert to MP4 in conversion. In short, the formats differ from website to website. The best thing I liked about this software is that you can download multiple videos from multiple sources at the same time.
This program lacks features such as Screen Capture, Built-in Video Player, Video Editor, support for multiple video formats, and customizability. These features have become common in almost all latest video converters and downloaders, so not having them might be a deal breaker for some. VDU comes in three versions namely Basic, Standard and PRO. I found it strange as the software has ‘Ultimate’ in its name. FYI, you’ll not be able to use this software to download from the get go. To use the download feature in the trial mode, simply go and uninstall it and a pop up should appear just before uninstall begins to start your trial for three days. After that, you will have to buy it, period.
- Simple and easy to use
- Installation manager is intuitive and helpful
- Download video in multiple formats and resolution
- Password protect your videos
- Download multiple videos from multiple sources at the same time
- Lacks features such as screen capture, video editor, and video player
- Interface lacks visual appeal