mactubes alternatives

Have you ever wanted to access YouTube or other sharing sites’ videos but you do not currently have access to an Internet browser? MacTubess, a powerful program for viewing and grabbing videos, lets you search YouTube and other popular sites and play whatever video you want in a convenient pop-up window. You cannot only view videos, but also subscribe to YouTube channels, download video clips without accessing YouTube at all and watch them on your Mac computer or mobile device directly on your desktop. You can even build playlists so you are able to easily navigate to your favorite clips again and again. Although MacTubess is a great way to view videos and to build collections, you won’t be able to see any of the comments or other information displayed with the video as you would if you actually use your Internet browser to go to the YouTube website. Also, other popular video sharing sites like Metacafe and Dailymotion are not supported by this application.

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Best Alternative to MacTubes – Video Downloader Pro

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This program does have some rough spots and glitches, but we found they do not adversely affect the user experience too much. The main detractor is the fact that you can only choose FLV format for your video saves. Apple phones and other mobile devices makes this virtually useless. Also, if you intend to edit the files at all in programs such as iMovie or Final Cut, these flash files will not work. Our recommendation is still Video Downloader for Mac.


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1. Benefits of Video Downloader Pro

The powerful Video Downloader for Mac program is recommended by us again and again for all its wonderful features and how easy it is to use. Having one program that fulfills all your needs is so much better than needing to download and install multiple applications and keep switching back and forth to get what you want. Consider these following benefits of this program when you are deciding if you should use it or not:

  • – It can download from multiple platforms and video sharing sites all at the same time.
  • – Up to 12 videos can be downloaded simultaneously.
  • – The user interface is highly intuitive and easy to understand with clear buttons and management sections for downloaded videos, playing videos and converting to different file types.
  • – This program also has a premium option that adds even more functionality such as online video streaming, video playing and transfer between devices or computers.

The following instructions for Video Downloader Pro are appropriate for both Mac and Windows computers, which makes it easy for multi-users to operate and understand.

2. User Guide of Video Downloader Pro

No matter what type of videos, movie clips, TV shows or just entertaining or informative snippets from YouTube and other popular sharing sites you enjoy, this program can help you grab it and save them so you can stream them on your mobile devices, computer screen or laptop wherever you go.

The first step is to install this program on your computer. Make sure you follow the handy wizard so all the steps are completed properly. After installation, run the program for the first time.


Now, no matter what site you go to, you will see a small “Download” button appear at the top right-hand corner of the video panel when you put the mouse on top of it. Select your desired resolution including high definition and then click on this button. This will add the particular video to your download list. You can navigate all around sites like YouTube, Dailymotion, Vimeo and others and click the “Download” button on as many video clips as you wish to save.


Any video you choose will start the download process automatically. There is nothing else for you to do but wait for it to finish. At any point, you can navigate to the “Downloading” window on the program interface to see which ones are done and which ones are still processing. This can be found on the left hand side of the application window.


When they are done, the video names will move to the “Downloaded” menu. In order to access the file on your hard drive or other storage spot, simply right-click on the clip you wish to find and choose “Open Download Folder” from the pop-up menu.

Convert Videos

Another great option this program offers is the conversion of video clips from whatever format they were on line to one that can be used easily on all Apple mobile devices such as iPads and iPhones. Each video in the “Downloaded” menu will have a “Convert” button to the right hand side of it. Clicking this will take you to a list of Apple devices.


Simply choose the one you use the most and the video file will automatically convert to the best format and resolution for its screen. Each is represented by a thumbnail picture of the device to make the selection process easier. All you have to do is click “OK” to confirm and then wait for the conversion process to complete. After this is done, click on the line that says “Open the directory when process completed” to access your video clips. If you wish to sync these video clips to your existing iTunes account, check the box next to “Export the output video/audio to iTunes.”

If you do not want to automatically convert all of the video clips to a format specifically for your iPad or iPhone, you can click on the “Video” or the “Audio” button and select a format that works for other devices. That’s all for this guide.

Article Headline: Qualified Alternatives to MacTubes and More Article Description: MacTubes has been a popular tool in downloading videos for quite some time, but it's lack of updates and works for YouTube only, this article will discuss better alternatives. Published Date: 2016-11-10 Modified Date: 2016-11-10 Image URL: Image Width: 320 Image Height: 210 Publisher Name: AceThinker

Cindy Smith

Cindy has been a website editor for some years. She has reviewed numerous multimedia software like screen recorder, video downloading programs and more. She contributes to articles regarding PDF editing tips and video downloads.


BY:Cindy Smith

ON:November 10, 2016

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