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aTube Catcher can help you download video from the Internet. In addition, you can also use it to grab video from other sources. It has an attractive user interface made up of a main window and several other windows. Since they are not modal windows, there could be times when so many windows are opened at the same time that you could get lost. In my opinion, it would have been better to integrate them into a single main window and use only a few modal windows for some very specific tasks.
The program can be used in several modes. First, there is Normal (standard) mode, which in this application refers to downloading clips from video sharing sites. For single-file downloads, it is enough to supply the page URL and the program will get the real video URL and start downloading it. You can also activate browser monitoring for the application to alert you that a video is available for download from the page you are currently visiting. In addition, you can also use it to download file batches by providing a list of all the URLs you want to download videos from. Another way to download multiple files is to specify a URL linking to a YouTube profile for the program to download all the videos uploaded by the selected user. Second, there is Stream Catcher mode, which, as its name suggests, lets you grab streaming video. Third, the Screen Record mode supports selecting a definite screen area for the program to record everything showing there. Fourth, the Audio Recorder mode can record sound from a specified source (microphone, sound card, etc.). Fifth, the Video Converter tool can convert video in a wide range of formats. A conversion task can also be associated to a download job so you can have your videos downloaded and converted in a single session. Finally, the DVD/BluRay/CD Creator can create media discs.
In general, aTube Catcher, more than as a single application, works as a suite of tools and this is definitely convenient. However, I feel that it somehow lacks unity among its different modules. In addition, while using the application, it sometimes took too long to respond. What is worse, although its flagship is fast video downloading, I tested it against YouTube Grabber + Accelerator, another application of the same type, and the latter grabbed the same video undoubtedly faster. Nevertheless, I would not like the say the final word on this issue, so it is up to you to decide whether it works for you or not.
- It is easy to use
- It groups several tools
- It supports batch downloading
- It integrates with browsers
- It sometimes takes too long to respond