Minitube is a free and open source application that aims to serve as a YouTube desktop application. Minitube allows users to fully access YouTube content while at the same time providing a more TV-like feeling.
Actions like downloading, searching and the managing your playlist are a piece of cake when done with Minitube. This little application is all about a pleasing multimedia experience.
Searching YouTube for content is the option that you get from the first moment that you launch the application. You can perform a search by keyword or by channel, use or clear the history of previous searches and even choose to refine your search.
You can also search by using the top right search box. Minitube offers search suggestions when typing and also provides spell suggestions (Did you mean…) in case you typed something wrong. You can also filter videos by publication date, quality, or video duration.
Play and Playlists
After you choose the video you want to watch from the search results the video starts playing inside a box on the right. You can change the video quality up to 1080p with a simple mouse click. Also, a fullscreen mode with mouse cursor, toolbar and playlist autohide is available too.
If you are having CPU overloading troubles when playing high definition videos, then you should try Minitube as it promises to be lighter than a browser and does no use of Flash Player by default.
What you see on the left side of the above screenshot is not only the search results but also your playlist.You can edit items simply by drag and drop and even remove them completely. If you use YouTube to listen to songs, you will be over-pleased by Minitube!
I have seen many different ways, tools, plugins and add-ons that promise to help you download a YouTube video in your hard drive in the easiest, fastest and more powerful way, but nothing compares to the way Minitube does it.
You simply press the down arrow on the top center and your video starts downloading in the quality you are watching it. You can change the download destination, manage downloads and view speed and progress on the corresponding Downloads tab that can be reached by pressing the button on the bottom right.
Everything is downloaded in mpeg4 which is probably the most “compatible” video format out there, but the lack of more format options is one of the few things a can complain about. This is not a big case in real life though. You can always convert the downloaded file into something else.
Minitube is a real must for YouTube users, and definitely a nice-to-have tool for everyone out there. It simplifies things and in the same time, it doesn’t cut anything out of the YouTube experience. Loved the way it downloads and manages playlists, but I could use more options in the format front and notifications maybe.
To end with some coolness, Minitube is available for Windows, Mac and Linux, but only the Linux version is free of price, so I think it would be great if you’d show a little love and donate to this project!