Ever watched a YouTube clip and wished you could keep it to watch again without having to revisit the video-sharing site? SAD's MyTube Internet Recorder could be the answer. The £30 tool allows you to search for videos online, and then download your favourite clips to a PC or laptop.
The ability to download videos from the web is nothing new – a number of services allow you to save such files to your computer, and many of them are free. But MyTube attempts to justify its £30 price tag by first allowing you to search and download from a number of video sites simultaneously, and then convert those files into a format suitable for a range of portable devices.
Once installed, MyTube opens up to a clean, uncluttered search interface. From here you can run a search on any term across eight video services - including YouTube, Google Video, MyVideo, ClipFish, iFilm, DailyMotion, Blip.tv and Sevenload. MyTube asks you to specify the number of results you'd like from each service.
The results start to filter through almost immediately, and you then select the videos for download via the context-sensitive menu. Click on the Download Videos button and your chosen clips will start downloading. It's a fast and convenient way to view and download content from multiple sources using one simple interface.
But the product comes into its own for those who want to transfer videos to a portable device. Select your favourite video settings – including bit rate and the screen size of the destination device - and the Convert Now button will take care of the rest. As well as all versions of the iPod and iPhone, MyTube supports video players from the likes Sony and Creative.
The software also features a built-in movie player for previewing videos before you convert them, while a basic editing facility ensures you'll only end up with the portion of the video you want.
The only gripe is that developer S.A.D. Software sells MyTube under a 12-month licence. Once the 12 months are up, buyers will no longer receive "new features, performance updates, tweaks and fixes for the search profiles of the supported video platforms" unless they stump up another £30.