iSkysoft iTube Studio is a sophisticated software tool that downloads videos from YouTube -and many similar sites- easily and quickly. You can use this program to automatically extract the audio stream from any online video, and even to download its subtitles. Moreover, once your video is downloaded, you can convert it into a myriad of video and audio formats, and transfer them to your mobile devices.
The program offers a modern and simplistic user interface with five sections - Download, Record, Convert, Transfer and Online. The first one, of course, allows you to download online videos and/or get their audio streams, either by pasting the video's URL or by using the "Download" button the program installs as an add-on on your web browsers. This section keeps track of all your downloaded videos and shows some basic information about them like their duration, size and download format. The Record section, on the other hand, provides you with a third way to get online videos - by directly recording them from your screen. This is in fact a full-featured on-screen video recorder you can use for general purposes, being you able to define the capture area and to record the audio streams both from your audio card and your microphone.
Next is the Convert section which, of course, allows you to convert videos between formats, whether they were downloaded using this tool or not. The program comes with a lot of presets you can use for video conversion, and many of them help you make your videos compatible with the most renowned brands and models of portable devices such as iPhone, iPad, iPod, Samsung Galaxy, LG, Sony, Huawei and others. Unfortunately, in no case will the program allow you to customize the output settings such as the bitrate or video quality, so that you are limited to the program's presets.
Finally, while the Transfer section allows you to copy any files (including your downloaded/converted videos) from your PC to an iOS/Android device connected via USB cable, the Online sections is, in fact, a basic web browser you can use to browse any online video and copy its URL, but also to browse any other web page right as if you were using any major web browser, although you will not count on all the controls and functions they provide.
In conclusion, iSkysoft iTube Studio offers a very complete set of tools to download online videos and convert them to the format you require, or make them compatible with your portable devices. Regrettably, the trial version of the program is too limited and won't allow you to appreciate the real functionality of the program, specially because you can only download 5 videos, which may not be good enough for some of us.
- Downloads videos from YouTube and virtually from all similar sites.
- Downloads the audio stream from any online video.
- Installs add-ons on your web browsers for quick video download.
- Keeps track of your downloaded videos.
- Includes a full-featured online video recorder.
- Includes a lot of presets for video conversion.
- Makes your videos compatible with your portable devices.
- Transfers files from your PC to iOS/Android devices via USB.
- Includes a basic web browser
- Doesn't allow you to customize the output settings for video conversion