Download of the day: aTube Catcher

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A free video downloader and converter, aTube Catcher gives you a powerful platform to manage videos and take them with you wherever you go.

Why you need it

Six billion hours of video are watched every month on YouTube, so it's probably fair to say we're a little obsessed with online video. But if you want to transfer your favourite videos to your device, watch offline or convert them to different formats, you need aTube Catcher.

This handy tool lets you download videos from the world's most popular video websites, then convert them to a range of formats – ideal for when you're travelling to areas with patchy internet reception but still want to tune in. In fact, there are so many conversion options available (including AVI, FLV, MOV, WMV, MPG, MP4, PSP, 3GP and more) that you should be able to play your videos on pretty much any device.

You can also burn videos to DVDs ready for TV viewing, while there's a screen recorder for when you want to keep a record of video conferences and group calls. There's tons on offer with aTube Catcher, so give it a go for free.

Key features

  • Works on: PC, Linux (with additional software)
  • Versions: Free
  • Download: Grab videos from some of the world's most popular websites, including YouTube, Dailymotion, Metacafe and MySpace
  • Convert: aTube Catcher gives you numerous choices when it comes to converting video, so your files should work on most devices
  • Record: There's a useful screen recorder function, which can help you keep a copy of video conferences should you need them later

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