IDesktop.tv Search and Download Youtube Videos Better

IDesktop.tv Search and Download Youtube Videos Better

A brand new web2.0 site launched on Nov. 22nd. iDesktopTV, is a new way to watch, organize, and download Youtube Videos. Currently, there are tons of different tools, widgets, and plugins, that are available and either take advantage of Youtube's API or utilize source code to allow users to find and download videos from Youtube. But this one is worth checking out.

{Which brings up an interesting side question... "do any of these various services utilize different algorithms to rank videos, and if so, is there sufficient traffic to investigate video SEO techniques specifically for these applications?" In any case, ....}

3rd Eye Solutions in UK has launched a new web video application called, iDesktop.tv that functions similar in style to a desktop application. I had a few moments to play with this new application and noticed the following:

The results, 48 thumbnails of 9683 video results for keyword query "deftones" (a favorite band of mine) were returned extremely fast and every result on the page was one that I could easily identify as being the band either live or a music video.

I also performed a search for "Video SEO" and it returned 27 results in less than 2 seconds on my wireless cable connection. Here is a screenshot of the results that it retrieved:

IDesktop.tv Search and Download Youtube Videos Better

With each thumbnail, there are several options (play, download, email, share) you can choose from and if you choose to play the video immediately, it pops into a window within the current browser window (AJAX). What I enjoyed most about this interface was the fact that you could easily view the thumbnails of 48 video results at a time rather than having to scroll down as you have to on YouTube. I realize that is a small complaint, but this application in general improves upon the Youtube interface in several ways. I should mention as well that you can change the size of these video results on the fly to see up to 80 results at one time using the zoom slider at the bottom of the screen.

Here are some other cool features:

  • You can resize the video window to any size (currently on youtube you have their preset size)
  • You can import your current video favorites from Youtube
  • If you register, you can download the complete version of any video from Youtube in various formats
    • AVI, MOV, WMV, 3GP, FLV, 3GP2, MPG4
    • even as a Windows .exe file to play on any windows PC.
    • unlimited videos downloads per month

Here is a screenshot of the download utility:

IDesktop.tv Search and Download Youtube Videos Better

While I have not had a chance to ask the folks at iDesktop.tv, it would be nice to learn whether or not they will be adding other video sharing sites in the future live revver, blip, etc... to the current Youtube index. We will keep you posted and please let us know what you think.

About iDesktop.tv - From their Website:
"iDesktop.tv is an incredibly cool dynamic web 2.0 application, with a terrific modern design, that brings you a better way to search and watch YouTube videos. Not only but you can download YouTube videos! This is basically adding functionality and experience to what "should be" there. The possibilities of the site reach far beyond that. It gives you the chance to create your own environment for watching video clips, saving them and sharing them with friends. The various content and popularity of YouTube are indisputable but Desktop.tv gives you the opportunity to manage that content in many possible ways:

Features| Benefits:

  • The REAL Web 2.0 Experience
  • Interface, designed to be used just like every other desktop application
  • Fast flexible searching, displaying the results with option to resize them, so you can use the site even when sitting in your sofa and watching on a plasma TV - will look just as perfect!
  • Managing Playlist - create and save playlists to watch later or share them with friends! You have all standard features for shuffle and repeat mode, buttons to go to the next or previous video and to clear the playlist, with scrollable menus
  • Watching multiple videos at the same time - you can have more than one player open - all made easy using standard functionality - dragging and resizing the windows, minimizing them within the tray - never been easier!
  • Pop out player for simplified watching, in another browser window
  • Download Videos as avi, mp4 (ipod), mov, 3gp and 3gp2 (mobile), wmv, flv, exe (built in standalone player) - all converted on the fly. That gives you the chance to save all your favourite videos on your computer and watch them whenever you want.
  • Drag and Drop interaction - Allows you to drag videos around to create a new player or playlist.
  • Choose from 12 themes - set the way the site looks according to your mood
  • View the video in full screen format
  • Share videos with friends - send url's and recommend videos to friends through e-mail
  • Get the URL to YouTube for each video
  • View the last 50 videos played
  • Create and manage a list of your favorite videos and watch them whenever you want just with one click
  • View Adult Content
  • Import favorites and playlists from your YouTube account, or any account you subscribe to or a channel provider
  • Dim the background while watching videos
  • View the video in 4 different ratios, 16:9, 4:3, custom and the video's original
  • Refined searching options. You can sort your results by relevance, date, rating or view count "
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About the Author -
Mark Robertson is the Founder and Publisher of ReelSEO, an online information resource dedicated to the fusion of video, technology, social media, search, and internet marketing. He is a YouTube Certified, video marketing consultant and video marketing expert, popular speaker, and considered to be a passionate leader within the online video and search marketing industries. View All Posts By -

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  • http://www.reelseo.com Mark Robertson

    Thank you Dale. Good to know that there is unlimited access. I was not aware of that. Thank you.