[Windows] Download videos quickly and easily from tons of sites with aTube Catcher

aTube CatcherDownloading videos off the internet is something that a lot of people want to do. Maybe they want to watch the video later or they liked it so much that they want to save it to their computer. Regardless of the reason, developers have made tons of video downloaders for people to choose from. On this list of never-ending video downloaders is aTube Catcher. Now the question is: How does it stack up?

WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DOES IT DO

Main Functionality

aTube Catcher is a video downloader that does more than just download videos. Not only can it download from many different sites like YouTube, Google, Yahoo, Dailymotion, Spike, etc., but it also has a number of other features built in. This includes, but is not limited to, ripping DVDs, creating DVDs and Blu-Rays, screen recording, making GIFs, and so on. This is a tool that tries to do it all.

Pros

  • Output videos in many formats including (but not limited to): WMA, MOV, MKV, AVI, FLV, etc.
  • Includes a DVD / Blu-Ray / CD Creator
  • Other features include: Screen Record, Audio Recorder, Video and Audio Crop Tools, Queue Manager, and a DVD Ripper
  • Can create Audio CDs, Ringtones, MP3, and even animated GIFs
  • Able to erase re-writeable disks
  • Can convert and merge videos
  • Able to capture video streams

Cons

  • Offers to download Ask Toolbar, Price Finder, and set your homepage to Ask.com during installation
  • Most of the time, the downloaded video failed to play on supported device. This problem continued even when turning converting off

Discussion

aTube Catcher ScreenshotTo put it simply, I think that aTube Catcher is a program that tries to do way too much. Instead of focusing on making it easier to download videos off the internet, it tries to extend itself into the role of many other programs. In the end, you get a program that doesn’t seem to do one thing perfectly, but a number of things poorly.

I wanted to like aTube Catcher because of all it had to offer. After all, when you are reading through all of its features, you kind of feel like this could replace a number of your other programs. I mean, not only does it download videos, but it creates DVDs and Blu-Rays, creates audio CDs, rips DVDs, can capture live video streams, crop videos, and even convert videos you download. This is a pretty impressive list for a free program.

Unfortunately, that is where the good news ends. I tried out a number of these features and none of them impressed me enough to continue using the program. However, I didn’t really care if all that other crap worked, all I wanted to know is how it did at its main job: downloading videos. Here, for me at least, it failed horribly. I must have tried downloading 10 plus video clips from the internet. Out of those 10…only 1 worked! I tried multiple things, including converting to different formats, only downloading audio, and even turning converting off altogether. I was always left with either a video that was 0KB big, or one that simply would not play on any video player I have.

I am sure that there is a way around this problem, but I did not want to waste my time looking for the answer. Not when there are so many other good video downloaders out there.

CONCLUSION AND DOWNLOAD LINK

aTube Catcher is a program that tries to do too much and fails on every account. It has an impressive list of features, but it does none of these things well enough to replace other programs out there you can get for free. Once again we find that sometimes it is better for a program to focus on one task instead of trying to focus on “everything”.

Price: Free

Version reviewed: 2.9

Supported OS: Windows 95 / 98 / Me / 2000 / XP / 2003 / Vista / 7

Download size: 11.14MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 2/45

Is it portable? No

aTube Catcher download page

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11 comments

  1. JMJ

    @Justin – Thanks for your review. After reading it, I know more than I did before and isn’t that the point? If you only published positive reviews, then *some* would accuse you of pandering to software developers.You just can’t please everybody all the time and there are some no one can ever please.

    Of all the video downloaders I’ve tried, the free “Freemake Video Downloader” is by far the best… free or paid. “Neodownloader” (commercial) is great for scraping an entire site for video, audio, images or any other file type. And then there is always Nirsofer’s VideoCacheView for those “stubborn” files.

  2. sl0j0n

    Hello, all.
    RE: “Negative reviews” . . .
    Yeah, we need to know if some-such program is good, bad, mediocre, or whatever.
    I’ve been downloading stuff for years, mostly software, but some videos, music, and so on.
    [LEGAL ones, OK?]
    As for a “video downloader” program, DownloadHelper is what I’ve been using for a year, or two.
    It generally does the job, like dwnldng a cool music video, or a tutorial, or whatever.

    Have a GREAT day, neighbors!

  3. smaragdus

    About a year ago or earlier aTube Catcher was my favourite video downloader but later something went wrong and usually the downloads are corrupted (even without any conversions). So about a month ago I gave up and uninstalled it.

    There are some free alternatives that really work- xVideoServiceThief, Jordy Video Downloader, iWisoft Free Video Downloader, Kastor Free Video Catcher, GetGo YouTube Downloader (this one offers to install a toolbar) to mention some.

  4. Ben

    @Ashraf: @Ashraf: Writing reviews on useless freewares is very, very much useful especially when it comes to preventing the curiosity from killing the cat. Thank you guys, & dottech. I would also appreciate it if you guys write about my ISP. To give you an idea, it’s really, really slow & expensive. It’s called Mybro 999 (formerly known as Smartbro 999). If you think of subscribing to alternative service providers, the same thing you get, unless you have loads & loads of money. It’s a monopoly, you know.

  5. Ashraf
    Mr. Boss

    @John: Negative reviews are a hallmark of dotTech. We never sugarcoat our reviews. True, our goal is to provide recommendations on useful software. However we come across some bad apples once in a while and we feel obliged to point it out.

  6. John

    If some software do not work as promised or expected, what’s the point to post the reviews and give download links? There is a whole lot of crap in the internet and this place is for informing some good ones, I think. Suggest creating another group for “Not Recommended” category, if required.

    John