FLV Cap (formerly Mega Video Downloader)
FLV Cap is one of the many applications out there that aims to help you download online MP3 streams, as well as play and convert FLV videos. Designed with simplicity in mind, it is very easy to use and takes advantage of the features of the WinPCap capture driver in order to permanently monitor for available MP3 and FLV streams.
The application does not provide an actual interface, since it runs silently in the system tray, allowing you to select the file types you want it to keep an eye on and choose the Internet adapter to use for downloading the multimedia files.
As mentioned above, its main purpose is to detect and automatically download online MP3 and FLV streams. The ‘Forced FLV Capture’ mode is designed to help you download videos by detecting the FLV content in the opened webpage. Whenever such content is identified, the application displays a small pop-up window where you can choose to grab the video and save it locally or use the browser to download it. Another options is to send it to the built-in stream player, which features fast buffering and full screen mode.
In addition to this, FLV Cap comes with a built-in player that can be used for opening any FLV file in your computer. Adopting a straightforward approach, its interface is simplistic, only comprising the playback buttons and volume adjustment options, in order to help you truly enjoy your favorite videos.
The video converter tool is designed to help you easily and quickly change the format of locally stored video and audio files, while also customizing the video and audio settings. It provides support for multiple input file types, namely FLV, AVI, MPG, MPEG, MOV, WAV and MP3, while the range of output formats is even wider. You can convert videos to iPod, iPhone or PSP compatible formats, MPEG, AVI, RM, Zune WMV, 3GP and more.
During our tests, the application failed to download the streaming video on some occasions. However, its functioning might depend on the used Web browser and the websites you access. On the other hand, the video player and the converter worked properly.
To sum up, FLV Cap comes in handy to anyone who wants to download FLV or MP3 streams and create their own audio and video collection. Although sometimes it might not work as it should, the application includes a video player and a conversion tool that enable you to manage multimedia content easier.
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