If in search of an all-in-one solution to download and convert online video files, Allavsoft is an interesting option to consider. With this tool, you can download videos from all of the most widely used video sharing sites (including Facebook, DailyMotion, eHow, and others), and convert them on the fly and offline into the most common formats, including audio codecs for audio stream extraction.
The entire download and conversion process is both straightforward and efficient. With plug-ins for Firefox, Chrome, and Safari, you can select videos for download directly from the webpage. Alternatively, you can always copy and paste the desired URL into the program’s interface to add it to the download list. There is no limit to the number of simultaneous downloads that the program can manage, so you can just keep adding new music videos and movies to the list and let Allavsoft to manage them for you. When it comes to conversion, you are offered to options – either to tell the program to perform this task on the fly and then get rid (or not) of the original file, or to go to the Conversion tab and perform one-by-one conversions of any video file already stored on your system.
As for output formats, the program offers support for all the most widely known media codecs, and then some. They are all neatly organized into profiles, most of which are directly related to specific renowned devices, though you can always add your personal touch to the type of file you wish to end up with and its level of quality. The way the program handles the various levels of quality you can choose from is probably its only weakness. While other similar tools will offer you a list of all the formats and quality levels available on the site for the file in question, Allavsoft will simply ask you to choose among high, medium, or average/low quality levels (“best available”, “worst quality” are some of the terms it uses). This is probably great for users who can’t distinguish between 4K and 720p, but others (myself included) would be more than happy to be able to choose exactly that one that fits their preferences. The same “amateurish” approach has also been applied to the selection of the audio quality when extracting the audio stream from the downloaded video files.
As compensation, the program comes with two interesting extras – a video merging tool, a video player, and a video recorder. Undoubtedly, the video merger is a great addition to the program’s overall functionality, though I couldn’t help to miss the opposite tool – a video cutter that would help me get rid of unwanted fragments. Of all three, the video recording tool is probably the most comprehensive of all. Actually, it could make a full new app of its own. You can use it to grab online videos whose hosting site is not in the list of supported services or to create your own tutorials, among other things.
Allavsoft manages to put together in the same tool two of the most widely used functions when it comes to grabbing online videos – video download and video conversion. The program has been designed to be of use for all kinds of users, and it comes with a few extra utilities that are equally worth exploring.
- Converts downloaded videos on the fly
- Allows for simulteaneous downloads, conversion, and merging operations
- Offers device-based conversion profiles
- Includes screen and streaming video recording capabilities
- Comes with a versatile video player
- Video and audio quality selectors are amateurish