[Windows] Download online streaming video and audio with VSO Downloader

There are tons of programs out there that can download audio and video off the internet. However, one of the best ones I have used in a long time is VSO Downloader. This program allows you to download audio and video streaming from thousands of different sites. What makes it even easier is the fact that streaming content is actually detected automatically. You don’t have to do a thing! If you’re streaming in HD, then VSO Downloader will record this HD resolution automatically.

WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DOES IT DO

Main Functionality

VSO Downloader is a simple program that can be used to download audio or video streams right off the internet. It is able to detect streams automatically and can even convert the streams you download into other formats. Best of all, VSO Downloader works independent of your web browser. This means, no matter which browser you are using, VSO Downloader will work.

Pros

  • Download audio and video streams off the internet
  • Automatically detects streams, no need to copy and paste URLs
  • Can convert downloaded video and audio into various formats: MP3, AVI, Xvid, H264, and Mpeg4
  • Works independently from your browser, which means you can use this program no matter what browser you are using
  • Ad blocker integrated into the program so you only download the content you want
  • All audio and video formats are supported: FLV, WMV, SWF, MP4, ASF, etc.

Cons

  • You have to remember to switch off automatically download when surfing the net, or it will start downloading every video and audio you come across
  • Free version adds watermark if you use the video convert feature

Discussion

VSO Downloader is a simple, easy and fun program to use. It works a lot better than other video and audio downloaders I have tried. It has a lot of features built right in and is relativity easy on your computer resources.

Let’s start off by covering some of the features you get when you download VSO Downloader. First, the program can download audio and video streams right off the internet. There is no reason to point these files out to the program, because it will automatically detect them. On top of that, the program can convert the files you download into popular formats to work on other devices. These formats include MP3, AVI, H264, Xvid and Mpeg4.

The program does not work with your browser but rather independently from it. That means you can use this program no matter what browser you are using. While testing, it had no problems detecting videos from popular sites like Google Videos, DailyMotion, YouTube and so on.

VSO Downloader also automatically detects if you are streaming a video in HD. Thus, you can change your download to HD by simply selecting HD resolution on the web page you are visiting (if there is such an option).

There really were no problems I suffered while messing around with the program. However, I will say that you have to remember to turn off the auto detect streaming monitor when you are simply surfing the net or watching videos. If you don’t, the program will continue to download all of the music and videos you are listening to. Could be helpful, but it is also a quick way to fill your computer up with videos you may not even want.

CONCLUSION AND DOWNLOAD LINK

Overall, VSO Downloader is a program that I will use again. Downloading media off the internet has never been so easy, because it is automatically done for you. Since the program has a built-in converter, it is one of the better downloading programs I have used. Just remember to switch off the auto detect steaming monitor when you’re just surfing the net and watching videos you don’t want to download.

Price: Free

Version reviewed: 2.9.13.13

Supported OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8

Download size: 12MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/44

Is it portable? No

VSO Downloader download page

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9 comments

  1. Ashraf
    Mr. Boss

    @k_h: @Mike: I would hardly call it crippleware or trial. Like thousands of other programs out there, this program has free and paid versions; the paid version has more features than the free version. It is as simple as that.
    If the free version couldn’t download videos or only downloaded 50% of them or watermarked them after download, then you could call it trial/crippleware. As I see it, paid version adds more features of video converting without watermark and ability to RTMP streams. You can still download non RTMP streams without watermark.

  2. Eric989

    @Daniel (Brussels): @k_h: @Mike: I remember a while back after having already used it some, that I was surprised to see the list of limitations. In my use, it really does not seem as limited as it says it is. Again, this is one of my fallbacks so not too many of my videos made it as far as VSO. I only remember running up against these limits about 2 times. Unless something has changed in a recent update the 50% limit applies to stuff like RTMP videos, which are ridiculously hard to download with anything else anyway, and very long videos. I do not know what the cut off is for very long videos. It might be for file size or maybe by time.
    I never tried the video conversion or mp3 conversion or that other stuff.

  3. k_h

    Click on the Ultimate tab. Sorry, but this is trial/crippleware.

    Ultimate version Features:

    – No limitation for advanced protocols, inlcuding RTMP
    – Record online radios
    – No file size limit for stream recorder
    – Convert to various video formats (trial includes watermark)
    – Convert to high quality MP3 format

  4. Daniel (Brussels)

    I have downloaded and installed this software and try to download. At 50% of the download it stop and he propose to buy the Ultimate version for $29.99 !!!
    It seems this is not a review of a free software but an commercial !!!

  5. Eric989

    @Janet: You can set it up to automatically detect videos without automatically downloading the videos. As to your question, as a dialup user I download 100% of the videos I watch. There really isn’t any other way for me to view them.

    This is a really good video downloader. I use it as one of my failsafes if another method does not work. Of freeware programs this probably downloads a higher percentage of videos than any other but my first choice is still the Flashgot extension for firefox along with either Free Download Manger or DownThemAll to actually handle the download. If that doesn’t work then I try the Unplug extension for firefox which is good for vids that won’t load. Next I try either VSO or the built-in vid downloader of Maxthon. The KeepVid bookmarklet is the best I have found for Youtube though.