Video sharing web sites such as YouTube are among the most popular types of site on the internet. Tube Explorer Lite is a free tool which has been designed to make it easier to search for and view videos hosted on YouTube, Google Video and Yahoo Video as well as a providing you with the option to download videos to your desktop.

It is easy to browse for videos, looking through the Most Popular category or performing searches. Any videos you are interested in and would like to watch later can be quickly bookmarked and any would like to keep can be downloaded in a couple of clicks.

Videos themselves are played back in a pane of the program and you have the option of downloading multiple videos simultaneously.

The standard version of the program adds support for MetaCafe, DailyMotion and a number of other video web sites and enables you to save videos in a variety of formats. The program can also be used to convert videos between formats so they can be transferred to portable media players. Large videos can be split into a number of smaller individual files, and it is also possible to combine several videos into one.
 

Verdict

Tube Explorer may not have the most attractive interface, but the program is genuinely useful to viewers of web videos.