VideoDuke being a simple and straightforward media downloader has a truly easy Safari like interface taking you directly to; Youtube, Vimeo or Dailymotion. VideoDuke faces some stiff competition as there are loads of media-downloaders available. So Eltima takes a gamble in introducing yet another downloader which needs to be different and better than others. This small review will discover if Eltima launched a winner or just another downloader to choose from.
VideoDuke’s interface changes from Simple to Advanced depending on the initial start for a download. The basic ( Safari like ) interface is more then absolutely minimalistic, as it only shows the 3 basic media sources available from start.
When you ‘ paste’ a for instance YouTube link in the search bar, the application connects (finds) the location and displays the source. The interface now presents the source and the option for choice of download quality, then press download and you’re done!
The ‘advanced’ interface provides some extra download fields as it shows all available downloadable media on the given location. This makes it easier when you wish to choose your downloads instead of having just the one link ready for download. The images below show the same single link but visible as the main source ( mp4 in this case ) and in the advanced mode showing all separate items available for download like the scripts, images, music etc.
So it just depends on what and how you wish to download from the location. It works really well and I found no strange behaviour in any way downloading any source. So well done Eltima.
Full YouTube Playlists and Channels
With VideoDuke you’ll be able to save complete channels and playlists off YouTube. Just as with separate videos, you can select quality for each video: 1440p, 1080p, 720p, 480p, 360p, 240p, or 180p.
VideoDuke will also download YouTube videos as audio files. No conversion needed – you will simply get a soundtrack instead of the original YouTube clip. The app keeps the audio track title and album art and can save files as WebM, MP3 or other available formats.
- VideoDuke – version 1.0 offers the fastest and the highest quality online video/audio downloads. It’s an easy tool for those who want to save the YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion and other online media.
- VideoDuke has a minimalistic and friendly interface. It’s main window gives you fast access to the most popular video hosting services – YouTube, Vimeo and Dailymotion. Choose any and search for videos hosted there directly from VideoDuke interface.
- Doesn’t matter if your video is a live stream, a YouTube playlist or channel, a soundtrack from your favorite online movie or Flash animation or subtitles related to the video, you can download it. With VideoDuke you can save your downloads in various formats (WebM, MP4, 3GP, MP3, M4A) and resolutions (1080p, 720p, 480p, 360p, 240p, 180p).
- VideoDuke operates in two modes: simple and advanced. When you paste a direct link to your video, you can choose file format and resolution and click Download. Advanced mode will offer you extended info on whatever is locate at the link you pasted with the possibility to download various external resources used by the video and filter content by the type – video, audio, or Flash.
Setting ‘preferences’ is limited to some basic choices, like where to store your downloads but leaves nothing to be desired yet I think.
WHAT COULD BE ADDED !
VideoDuke performs great and is so easy in use, and supports an extension located in your browsers bookmarks! To get this extra bookmark, you need to drag the extension to your bookmarks bar and you’re set. Browsing any media-site and wish to download, just hit this extension and VideoDuke will open and set the location automatically for you.
A small improvement would be: ‘ when hovering on any media and using the right-mouseclick a popup appearing like; Send link to VideoDuke (MP4, Audio or Permute )’.
The bookmark is basically doing a similar job as the popup, but being a nerd this extra integration would be nice.
VideoDuke is a truly minimalistic media download application performing really well and supporting most formats. It’s nearly perfect being a downloader, but could benefit from an even deeper integration with your personal browser. As a standalone application it’s all honours to the developers, but with an even better system integration it would be perfect. Well that’s my opinion anyway.
VideoDuke impressed with solid performance and immaculate interface. No thrills but just doing a great job. If you are looking for a media-downloader I suggest you try VideoDuke and see if it suits your needs. I for one am delighted with a
great working application for a small price.