DamnVid

DamnVid 1.6

Free
An open-source program for downloading videos from several websites.
 
1.6 (See all)

DamnVid is an open-source piece of software that you can use for downloading videos from several websites.
Some of these websites are: blip.tv, break.com, Dailymotion, deviantART, Flickr, YouTube, Myspace, iTunes U, Google Video, out of a list of about 30 Internet sites. The application offers various downloading profiles, such as: HD, ultra high quality, video or audio (MP3) only, flash, online or all-free video, PSP, iPod or iPhone 3GS compatible. You can also choose for the default DamnVideo format to be used or use no encoding at all.

You can also opt for your clipboard to be monitored, therefore it will be enough to use the "copy" command, after selecting a link, in order for it to be listed in the utility. In other words, there will be no actual need to paste it in the list manually. The utility also provides a small window that you can use to search for YouTube videos, however this search tool could be improved, since it returns fewer expected results than the search bar on the actual site.

DamnVid is a utility that offers a nice set of options for downloading videos from the Internet, such as various profiles for the downloaded videos to conform to, and despite a few downsides it can be considered an efficient program.

Margie Smeer
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Review summary

Pros

  • It is open source, therefore you can customize it upon your preferences and use it as a learning tool where coding is concerned
  • Each video can be set to be downloaded in a different profile
  • Several download formats to choose from
  • You can choose for your clipboard to be monitored

Cons

  • Two buttons next to the links in the "history" section have neither description, nor tooltip, therefore you have to find out what they are for by simply trying them out
  • The download may be slow at times, despite your regular Internet speed
  • The search bar provided for YouTube specifically could be improved
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