aTube Catcher is a software that, in the vast panorama of programs to download videos from the Internet, is distinguished by the extreme simplicity of use and the huge list of supported sites. Allows you to download, with a simple click, videos from YouTube, Metacafe, uStream and many other video sharing sites offering the user the ability to convert them “on the fly” in any file format, both video and audio.

In addition to this, it includes advanced desktop recording tools (a feature that captures streaming video from officially unsupported sites), recording PC audio and converting video to all major media file formats, including DVD and Blu-Ray standard. All at no cost.

What I propose below is a step-by-step guide through which you can learn how to use the program and, therefore, how to download videos from the Internet in any format or resolution you prefer. I assure you that it is really a breeze, so we ban the chatter and go straight to the action. There are hundreds out there, or even thousands of videos waiting for nothing but being downloaded!

How to download aTube Catcher

To download aTube Catcher on your PC, connected to go through this link and click on the Download Now button which is on the right. Download is complete, now double click on it, the file you just downloaded (aTube_Catcher.exe ) and, in the window that opens, click first on Yes and then click OK and Next twice consecutively.

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Then remove the check from the entries related to Ask.com and Ask Toolbar to avoid the installation of additional toolbar for the browser, click on Cancel and/or Decline to refuse the installation of other promotional software and finish the setup by clicking first on Next three consecutive times and then on Install and Finish.

Note: some antivirus software may recognize aTube Catcher as a potential threat. The blame is the promotional content included in the software installation package, which, once deselected, do not carry any risks related to malware. If you want to avoid any risk, you can turn to one of the many alternatives to aTube Catcher that I reported in my post on programs to download videos from YouTube.

How to use aTube Catcher

Well, now you can start using the software and take advantage of all its useful features!

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Download video with aTube Catcher

To download a video from YouTube, DailyMotion, uStream or any other service supported by aTube Catcher ( here is the complete list), click on Download videos button, copy the address of the movie (the one displayed in the browser address bar during its reproduction) and paste it in the URL field of the video of the program.

Then expand the Format pop-up menu and choose the file format to convert the video to when the download is complete. If you want to keep the movie in its original format (eg MP4 or FLV) select the option No conversion (only get original file ), while if you want to extrapolate only the audio track select an audio file format (eg MP3 ).

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At this point, presses the Download button, choose the resolution and format in which you want to download the video (eg 1920 × 1080 HD 1080P video/MP4 to download the video in Full HD resolution and MP4 format) and wait for the download be completed.

By default, aTube Catcher saves videos in the Windows Video folder. If you want to change this setting, click on the link placed next to Save as and select the Edit output folder from the menu that opens.

Capture streaming video with aTube Catcher

Is there a video site officially not supported by aTube Catcher from which you are eager to download a video? You can bypass the problem by using the Stream Catcher function of aTube Catcher.

To use the Stream Catcher feature of aTube Catcher, go to the appropriate program tab and agree to download the free WinpCap software (without which you can not capture streaming video from sites not officially supported by aTube Catcher). The download of WinpCap unfortunately is not automatic: to download the program you have to click on the entry Installer for Windows on the Web page that opens. Then you have to open the software installation package (WinPcap_xx.exe ) and you have to install it on your PC by clicking on YesNextI AgreeInstall and Finish.

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At this point, return to the Stream Catcher tab of aTube Catcher, click the Start Capture button and start playing the video you want to capture in your browser. The application will automatically “record” the movie and save it on the PC.

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By default, streaming videos captured by the browser are saved in their source format. If you want to convert them, select one of the file formats available in Format pop-up menu. To customize the file destination folder, on the other hand, use the […] button next to the Save as option.

Register the screen with aTube Catcher

Do you want to record what happens on your computer screen? aTube Catcher allows you to do this too. Just go to the Screen record tab, click on the Select area button and create a selection around the desktop portion to “capture”. Next, click on the Start button and start the video.

At the end of the registration, click on Stop and you’re done. You can record even the audio played by the computer (without video). In this case, go to the Audio recorder tab, put the check mark next to the file format in which to save the recording (eg MP3) and click on the Start button.

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Convert video with aTube Catcher

Among the advanced features of aTube Catcher, there is also a video converter that supports all major media file formats.

To convert one or more videos in series, go to the Video converter tab of the program and click on the Add button to select the movies to be transformed. Choose the format in which to convert them from the appropriate drop-down menu (bottom left) and click on the Convert button to start processing files.

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By default, aTube Catcher saves the converted videos to the Video folder on your computer. To choose another destination, click the […] button placed in front of the Save as option and indicate a folder of your preference.

If you want, you can also merge the converted videos, in order to get a unique output file. All you have to do is put the check mark next to Join files before starting the conversion.

Other features of aTube Catcher

As mentioned in the opening of the post, aTube Catcher is a software so full of features that it would take several tutorials to analyze in detail all the potential. Today I just wanted to explain how to install it and how to take the first steps in it by taking advantage of some of its most important features, such as those for downloading and converting videos.

To learn how to take full advantage of all the features of the program, have fun exploring them yourself by going to the tabs at the top (eg DVD/BluRay/CD Creator to create DVD video and Blu-Ray or Audio recorder to make audio recordings). I assure you that it will take very little to learn how to make the most of all the potential of the application!