Mac Video Downloader

Mac Video Downloader 2.6

The program works as a media file browser, downloader, and converter.

This application works as a media file browser, downloader, and converter, all bundled into one software program. Thus, the tool comprises three of the most important video-related functions, so that you can save the videos to your computer and enjoy watching the movies without artifacts caused by a bad Internet connection. Obviously, once the video files are stored on your drive, the connection to the Internet is not necessary anymore.

The interface is simple and features a pleasant appearance. As I already mentioned, the utility can be used as a browser to help you search through online sharing sites for whatever information you want, not just for video files. The browser module provides eight of the most common websites by default, among which I shall name YouTube, Vimeo, Yahoo, Daily Motion, and Fox, to give you but an idea. Once one of your favorite movies has been selected, a separate window opens up. Here you can enable the download, pause the process, and resume it later. The downloading speed is rather fast, but I personally would have liked the program to provide a speed controller, so that the downloading wouldn't affect other computer processes running at the same time.

The converting module also opens in a different window, and it provides a large preview of the loaded video file. This way, you can easily check whether the selected file is really the one meant for conversion or not. Once the file is ready for conversion, you have the chance to select almost any video or audio format. In addition, you may set the main properties for the target file, such as the bit rate, the resolution, the encoder, etc. Unfortunately, you’re not offered any editing feature whatsoever.

As a video downloader, the app runs well. Yet, the converting function is not so good. Loading the files takes a rather great amount of time, and sometimes it ends up by blocking your computer system. As for me, the program did not impress me at all. It doesn't come with any outstanding features to justify the high price you need to pay for purchasing the tool.

Ioana Dumitrescu
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Review summary

Pros

  • Pleasant interface
  • Bundles three video tools into one software program
  • Ability to pause and resume a download
  • Supports most common video and audio formats

Cons

  • No download speed controller
  • Pricy
  • Loading files for conversion takes a rather large amount of time
  • No editing features
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