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Videobox for Mac

CNET Editors' review

Videobox for Mac combines a video downloader and a media converter into one compact package. The app features a mini Web browser for tracking down videos you'd like to download as well as a Safari extension; but in our tests the latter didn't work. The conversion process is seamless, with just a few options to configure, and the output video is of a good quality with no distortions.

Videobox for Mac's clean main interface features drag-and-drop integration for converting local files to the default output format. All Apple devices as well as some third-party ones like the Xbox and PSP have preloaded output profiles. You may optionally set the software to remove successfully completed jobs from the list and to import them to iTunes. When testing, we were able to convert a two-minute VMW video to an MP4 in under four seconds. In order to download videos from the Web, the app features a mini browser, which lets it detect embedded videos.

If you like to watch movies on your handheld devices even when you're not connected to the Internet, you should give Videobox for Mac a try. The drag-and-drop mode of operation, combined with the uncluttered interface, makes this software easy and intuitive to use. The only knock against the app is the broken Safari extension, but the same functionality can be obtained from the built-in Web browser.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Videobox for Mac 4.0.4.

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All User Reviews

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Best tech support"

    August 17, 2011  |   By mgoldberg61

    Version: Videobox 3.6

    Pros

    works easily, seemlessly

    Cons

    There's videos it can't pull, or that you have to nudge to get to download but for the mere $15 and great tech suppport and regular updates it's a pleasure

    Summary

    Should be on every Mac.Good App developers who support their apps updating regularly and give great tech support should be supported
    mgoldberg

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Good Enough"

    January 27, 2011  |   By AdamElmquist

    Version: Videobox 3.3

    Pros

    It can download various types of flash video to OSX in Quicktime - iPod format.

    Cons

    Limited a little on the MAC for this type of application. Applications of this type on the Windows world are more abundant and have more downloading and ripping abilities. Found myself using more Safari tricks to rip videos instead of Videobox.

    Summary

    Good product for the money, wish it can rip more videos on various sites though.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "BEWARE!"

    April 23, 2010  |   By deltagroup

    Version: Videobox 2.9

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I was an early adopter, so I paid 2x the current price, just to endure repeated excuses about why it doesn't work for a multitude of sites I've reported back to them. Without this software, you can easily capture .FLV videos by opening the "TemporaryItems" folder -- if you know how to locate it -- then add the ".FLV" extension to the downloads before they have completely downloaded.

    Most recently, I discovered that my Safari toolbar would frequently toggle to hidden when opening new windows... It took much extra sleuthing to identify & remove the source of this annoyance -- Videobox -- because because these developers are sneaky about names they chose for resources "SpiceRack" & creating an invisible registration file -- ".Videobox.talf"

    As an early adopter, I expected that my $15 purchase was probably buying some wonky but promising software, which would improve with time. Sadly, instead of making it better, they've just made it cheaper...

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works as advertised."

    January 10, 2010  |   By macman603_dotmac

    Version: Videobox 2.8.7

    Pros

    Works as advertised.

    Cons

    Picks up EVERY flash video, so you have to delete the ones you don't want.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Use VideoBox for downloading YuTube Videos"

    December 14, 2009  |   By gkrwc_dotmac

    Version: Videobox 2.8.7

    Pros

    Simple to use , does not get in the way .
    Save the videos to external drive .
    Plays in QuckTime format
    It's a favorite App for me !

    Cons

    Can't think of any cons !
    Their App help responds quickly !

    Summary

    An App that works as advertised
    and didn't take a long study of manuel to use !

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very happy use for year saving youtube Videos"

    December 2, 2009  |   By gkrwc_dotmac

    Version: Videobox 2.8.6.3

    Pros

    Pretty simple to use , save to folder on exterior drive .
    just drag the URL over to the VideoBox icon on the dock
    it opens . Works on wide verity of sites . Flash etc .

    Cons

    Some videos it won't work don't have a why understanding .
    Some times you have to drag drop again , but it
    works most of the time .

    Summary

    Highly recommend its in the top 3 to 5 of my favorite apps

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Great for individual, but buggy for multiple..."

    February 21, 2009  |   By Situpstraight

    Version: Videobox 2.7.4

    Summary

    ...downloads
    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    The latest version of this program fixes one of the most annoying things about earlier versions. Command W. no longer quits the program without confirmation!

    In previous versions, you would browse a bunch of videos in safari, then hit command W to close your current safari window only to realize that you were in video box instead of Safari! If you had added 15 videos to video box, the program would promptly quit without confirmation, forgetting all 15 videos you had added! Finally tasty apps has eliminated this brain dead feature, and now video box requires a confirmation before quitting.

    Still, the program has bugs. Sometimes you may add a lot of videos, and if you don't download them right away, video box will refuse to do so. Other times, the program gives all videos the same name except for a number at the end, creating a jumble of downloaded videos that can't be distinguished from one another by file name.

    On the plus side, the program does succeed in downloading videos from practically every video Site I've tried it on. If you want to download one or two videos, the program works well, but it does not always live up to its promise of downloading multiple videos at a time. In short, this program has a lot of bugs it need to be worked out before it can get a top review.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Consistency is name of the game"

    January 18, 2009  |   By shiva108

    Version: Videobox 2.7.4

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I have tried every video downloader available for mac and this is the ONLY one I have found that works consistently well. I also find the fact that it comes with a plugin for my browser to be a real plus. On top of the software working really well, the creator of Videobox is highly responsive and completely dedicated to giving only the best customer service. I recommend this fine piece of work wholeheartedly.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Love it!"

    August 5, 2008  |   By taniagarron

    Version: Videobox 2.7.2

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I have used FLVR for over a year and it still amazes me how simple and efficient it is. Videobox only got simpler and better!! Thanks tastyapps.com for providing us with such a great application

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Videobox is a flawless & efficient video converter"

    July 15, 2008  |   By 2qrs

    Version: Videobox 2.7.1

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I discovered the original FLVR App when I was searching for an application to convert some flash files that I wanted to add to a DVD project. I had literally tried dozens of applications and nothing would convert these particular files to the format I needed.

    I was actually shocked when my first conversion attempt with FLVR downloaded the flash files from Youtube & converted them to quicktime files flawlessly. It did this in the background without the issues that I had encountered with every other converter.

    Videobox is the latest incarnation of this amazing application. Like the original App, It still has a safari plugin that allows you to download, rename & convert right within the browser. But, it is also a stand alone converter with URL drag & drop functionality making it is the easiest & most reliable application for grabbing & converting web based video on the fly regardless of your browser. And because it is a stand alone application, you can also convert media that is not web based...e.g. a clip a friend sends you as an e-mail attachment.

    The preferences allow you to customize quality of your output & supports mov, mpeg, mp4, raw, avi, wmv, and flv formats. There is also an automatic import into itunes function, which makes grabbing video from sites like youtube to watch later on your ipod seamless. You can grab, convert & add with a push of the button.

    Videobox is a fast, flawless & customizable video converter that works every time. It not only converts media into the format you want, but does so with little or no loss of quality.

    Download the Demo, give it a try and you will see that it is "Must Have" application for anyone who works with video or collects web based content.

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