If you generally skip to the back of a review to read the results, we'll save you the trouble and state up front that aTube Catcher is the YouTube downloader to get. Not just because it's one of the few free and non-ad-supported tools of its kind, though that ought to be enough because it means it's not ad-linked and can download videos from lots of other Web sites, too, including Google, Dailymotion, Yahoo, Comedy Central, Spike, and many others. But aTube Catcher is actually a video toolkit packing many free tools such as DVD/Blu-Ray/CD Creator, DA DVD Ripper, Video & Audio Crop Tool, Queue Manager, Screen Record, Audio Recorder, and others. Some are built in while others require free downloads but integrate fully with aTube Catcher. This program also creates animated GIFs, Audio CDs, ringtones, and MP3s. It captures video streams, converts and merges videos, and erases rewriteable disks, too.
Neat, clean, and compact sums up aTube Catcher's dialog-size user interface, which opens on the Normal mode tab. This is the program's main tool, its video downloader. It's a lot like the others, with some notable (and welcome) exceptions, such as the Enable YouTube HD check box. Better yet, an Output Profile drop-down list offers dozens of different devices and formats, everything from AVI to Zune. It also offers No Conversion, NTSC and PAL TV formats, animated GIF, HD, and lots of other interesting choices. The other tabs access the program's other capable, no-nonsense tools: Stream Catcher, Screen Record, Video Converter, and more. As if that weren't enough, clicking the Tools menu revealed still more utilities as well as the General Settings, Cache, Language, and YouTube options. Add a Video Search Tool and MP3 Downloader to the tool list, incidentally.
Does it seem like aTube Catcher offers a bit too much? Nonsense! Just click Help on the toolbar. This program has one of the longest Help menus we've seen, including the Web-based Manual that opened as soon as our installation completed, as well as links to download codecs, WinpCap, and an Encoder Version. If you skipped to the end, we'll say it again: just get it.
With aTube Catcher you can download videos from web sites like YouTube, and YouTube (HD), Xtube, Dailymotion, Megavideo, Google, Yahoo, Metacafe, Spike, Megarotic , Pornotube, Yahoo, MTV, Comedy central, Globo, and RTVE. Download Videos from thousands of Web Sites like YouTube. Download and Merge videos. Turbo Mode, upto 600% faster than other YouTube Downloader. Integrated Audio and Video Converter. DVD, VCD and Audio CD Burning support. aTube Catcher features audio Recorder mode, IE Cache Browser, Video Search Tool, Stream Catcher Mode, and MP3 Downloader.
Create GIF's with your downloaded videos. Clip board monitor, helps to keep a history of links from your clipboard. Create high quality Audio CD's capable with any player, just drag your video/audio files to aTube. Burn DVD or CD ISO or MDS images previously created with aTube or with any software. Create Ring Tones for your mobile phone. Multi-Language Interface. Formats supported WMV, MP4, MPG1, MPG2, 3GP, 3G2, AVI, DIVX, XVID, MP3, MOV, FLV, WAV, WMA, GIF, IPOD, IPOD TOUCH, PSP, FLAC, OGG, MP2, and VOB.