Youku Downloader

Youku Downloader 8.5

Free
Downloads and converts video from Youku.com
4.0  (19 votes)
8.5.0.1 (See all)
Gain access to the Chinese broadcasting platform Youku and extract the videos as offline files watchable with media players on PC. The application processes the URL of the desired video and provides options to save it in different formats and resolutions.

Sharing video over the Internet has become a usual practice in the recent years. Although most video sites are actually intended to play movies online, many users may want to download and watch their favorite clips offline, even on their portable devices. Youku Downloader can help you keep local copies of your favorite videos by automatically stripping their real URL and starting to download them. Although multiple sites are supported, including YouTube, Youku, Tudou, Ku6, 56, CNTV and Qiyi, most of them are oriented towards the Asian market.

Using the application is really easy. All you have to do is to provide the video URL or start a search. During this process, you can preview the content of the selected videos. It also provides a list of today’s hot videos, but unfortunately, most of them are described in foreign characters.

The application can manage your downloads effectively, by allowing you to pause jobs when you need to. Moreover, it can merge videos automatically once they have been downloaded.

Unfortunately, in my opinion, Youku Downloader is far behind other similar applications: it is not very fast, it cannot rip audio from video and it is unable to convert between video formats.

Pedro Castro
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Review summary

Pros

  • It is easy to use
  • It can get video URLs from IE
  • It allows previewing
  • It allows searching
  • It can manage multiple downloads effectively

Cons

  • It does not download files very fast
  • It cannot rip audio from video
  • It cannot convert between video formats
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