For work and leisure purposes, in your search for any type of multimedia content you sooner or later end up on the web. However, not all websites allow visitors to download files, but this issue can be easily bypassed with the right application. A suitable example is AV Tube, giving you the possibility to get ahold of videos from some of the most popular websites out there.
Straightforward and easy to use
After a short and uneventful setup process, you are free to run the application and get acquainted with its features. There's not much to look at in terms of design, but it's easy to figure out and put to good use. You need to provide a target URL, as well as a download destination and just wait for it to finish.
Support for various websites
Some of the most popular media services on the Internet can be used, amongst those being YouTube, Metacafe, Dailymotion, Vimeo or even Facebook videos. This is also indicated near the field where the corresponding URL is inserted. Sadly, there's no automated function to detect clipboard entries, so you'll have to go through the trouble of pasting it yourself.
Poor set of features
Only after you provide the address, you can analyze for the proper content. If indeed what's displayed is relevant, you can go on and manage several output settings. You'll need to pick a download folder, but there's also an option to have it open after the process is finished.
Unfortunately, your settings are not permanent so you'll need to configure everything each time. There are also a few settings for the quality of the video. These are stored in a drop-down menu, with only a few formats like MP4, FLV and 3GP, and even fewer resolution options.
Far from being a pro
Make sure you keep an eye on your computer while the download is in motion, because you'll have to trigger it again if something unexpected occurs. There's no integrated history or bookmarks manager, nor a list where sessions are displayed. Needless to say that a scheduler would have come in handy, as well as an option to make it run at startup.
To end with
Taking everything into consideration, we can say that AV Tube gets the job properly done at a decent speed. It's pretty lightweight, coming equipped with a poor set of features and configurable quality settings. On the other hand, if you have other processing or conversion tools, for simple download tasks it can come in handy.