Download of the day: VDownloader

V for video

You’re on one of your favourite video sites, and you’ve found a video that you just have to have forever, or at least to have on your hard disk so that you don’t need to worry about buffering or sit through that ad again.

Naturally you have the copyright owner’s permission to download it, because of course downloading without permission is bad and wrong. So you reach for VDownloader, because it enables you to get exactly the clip you want without, say, having to endure pre-roll adverts, captions and other distractions.

Why you need it

VDownloader isn’t just a video downloader. It’s also a file converter, so you can use it to get MP3 audio from a video file or convert a clip so that it will work on a mobile device such as an Android or Windows phone. It works with the major video sites (including YouTube, of course) and it’s very easy to use.

It’ll happily download 4K video where available as well as closed captions, it has an integrated browser so you can find clips without leaving the app, and it has its own search engine to look at multiple video sites simultaneously. It’s clever stuff.

Download here: VDownloader

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