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When you add full video conversion and audio extraction capabilities, an extensive library of free music, screen recording functionality, and the option to burn your downloaded and converted videos to DVD to a nicely-designed YouTube downloader, you end up with Catch Video. This free and comprehensive download manager allows you not only to grab any YouTube video in three simple steps, but also to convert them into your preferred format in one single operation.
As when watching your favorite videos in YouTube, you can select the quality of the video download whenever you paste a new URL into the Catch Video interface. Once the video has been checked by the program, all you have to do is click on the “Download” button to start saving all the videos on the list in the folder of your choice. Alternatively, you can add a video conversion or audio extraction task to the download process, which the program will execute immediately after grabbing your video in full. Videos need to be added to the download list one at a time, as Catch Video doesn’t seem to support YouTube playlists, regrettably. (When pasting a playlist URL in the box provided, the program will only select the first video on the playlist for download.)
All the most (and some of the least) popular output video and audio formats are supported for video conversion and audio extraction, respectively. They are nicely organized in various categories, including audio, video, TV, Web, DVD/VCD, and all the most popular brands and their devices.
Apart from its excellent download and conversion capabilities, Catch Video comes with a screen recorder to let you grab those other streaming videos that the program cannot download. You can select any of the video codecs supported as the output of your recordings, which you can subsequently convert into different formats to be used in different devices. As a bonus, this app comes with its own music library organized by albums and artists, to which you can add any of the video tracks on your collection and all the YouTube files you downloaded using Catch Video. Thus, you can watch, listen to, and enjoy your favorite videos without the need of an external media player.
My recommendation is that you just give it a try – you will be surprised both by the download and conversion results and the versatility of this totally free tool, which – as said – is much more than just a simple YouTube downloader.
- Nicely-designed interface
- Downloads HD video
- Video conversion and audio extraction capabilities
- Supports all popular formats
- Video recording functionality
- Cannot download full playlists