AllMyTube by Wondershare

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Overview

I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing the AllMyTube software by Wondershare. The fully licensed version of this software was provided at no charge to me by GeekBrainDump.com, in exchange for a review and opinion by myself. I have no affiliation to Wondershare and have not been paid any compensation by Wondershare for this review.

AllMyTube is essentially a piece of software that allows you to download videos off YouTube. For the purpose of this review, we will download a video, automatically convert it and transfer it to a mobile smartphone, although the software is capable of other formats / conversions as well.

Installation & Operation

The installation on my laptop went without issue. There weren’t many prompt windows, which was nice.

Once the program was installed, it opened automatically. There are 4 main sections including a “Downloading” section, “Finished” section, “Converted” section and “Connect” section. In the “Downloading” section, there is a radio slide button that allows you to set an automatic “Download then Convert”. I turned this on, which immediately popped up a menu asking what format or device I wanted to convert for. There are a lot of options, including numerous smartphones, but I was very surprised to see that the Samsung Galaxy S4 (the smartphone I currently use) was not one of them. This really surprised me, since the Galaxy S5 is now released and on the market. I also noticed the BlackBerry 10 devices weren’t listed either. Neither was the Samsung ATIV S, which is a Windows 8 phone. It would seem that none of the newer model smartphones (those released in the last year or so) have been added to the program. I decided to choose the Samsung Galaxy S3 and see what happens.

I chose to download Eli the Computer Guy’s instructional video on TCP/IP and Subnet Masking (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkNq4TrHP_U&feature=kp). I’ve seen this video from start to finish before on my laptop, so I knew exactly what to expect and could easily compare the video and audio quality on the mobile device. When the video began playing in-browser on my laptop, I got a small rectangular blue button on the top right hand side of the video that said “Download”. I clicked this, which popped up a new tab with a security prompt asking if I allow the website to open a program on my computer. I clicked “Allow”, and the video began downloading in the AllMyTube program.

Once the video finished downloading, it automatically began converting.

Once the conversion was finished, a notification appeared on the “Converted” button. I clicked on the “Converted” button, and the video was shown there in the list, with another small button that said “Transfer to mobile” when I hovered over it (the button looks like a smartphone with an arrow going into it). After clicking that, a notification appeared on the “Connect” button. The program then asked me to scan the QR code that was displayed, using my smartphone with the Wondershare Player App.

I then proceeded to download the Wondershare Player App from the Google Playstore on my Galaxy S4. No issues there, it installed as expected. Once in the app, you have to navigate over to the “WIFI Transfer” section, located in the menu. It then starts the QR code scanner. I scanned the QR code, but got a “network error” notification on my smartphone and the video did not transfer. I tried it again and it did connect the second time, so I’m not sure if it was something related to my local network or not. In either case, the app connected and the program on my laptop then displayed the video that I had downloaded / converted, along with a “Transfer” button. I clicked on “Transfer” and it began uploading to my smartphone. It was relatively fast, given that I’m on the Wireless N standard at home. I was a bit surprised that the smartphone app had ads in it. I can understand this for free software, but since you have to license the desktop / laptop side of the program, I was surprised that we’re still subject to ads on the smartphone app. That said, the ads don’t get in the way of operating the app (you don’t need to close them in order to see menus or anything).

Once transferred, the video then showed up in the Wondershare Player App in the “WIFI Transfer” section.

Thoughts

The video played very well. The quality was superb, and there were absolutely no pixilation or audio problems. In the end, the video wound up being 448.38 megabytes in size. That’s not bad at all for a 1 hour 9 minute video. I did get annoyed again by ads though. Whenever I paused the video, I got square ads popping up, ironically, for the Ford Escape (anyone who regularly follows Eli’s Daily Blob talk show knows why that would be amusing and ironic).

From start to finish, the software is pretty easy to use and fairly intuitive. Anyone who has dabbled in the field of converting video to work on mobile devices knows what a complete pain it can be and how many different applications / steps can be involved. This software works very well, and automates a lot of the steps that used to be cumbersome and painstakingly annoying. It also converts video very quickly, which is nice to see. In the past I’ve used software (from Wondershare as well actually) to convert video from DVD format to mobile device format, which literally took hours upon hours, only to find out afterwards that the converted video’s audio wasn’t synced properly, the video was pixilated, etc.

I was a bit annoyed with the ads in the mobile app, particularly since you have to pay for the desktop / laptop license. Granted, the license is only $29.00 USD, but still. I was also a bit surprised that the newer smartphones weren’t listed within the desktop / laptop program. Smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S4 are not brand new (the S4 in particular has been on the market for over a year now), so I’m not sure why Wondershare doesn’t have them available as options. That said, selecting the S3 worked fine and I had no impression that the video or audio quality could have been any better. Therefore, I would consider these issues as fairly minor.

Conclusion

In conclusion, I can absolutely recommend this software for anyone wanting to convert YouTube videos to a mobile device.

Author

Martin Lehner

Martin Lehner is an technology professional working for an IT services firm in Whitehorse, Yukon (Canada). He has been working in the technology field for over a decade. With a degree in Business Admin and numerous industry certifications, Martin leads a team of IT professionals that provide third party support for clients. Originally starting a company to offer web development services, Martin quickly realized that clients wanted the entire spectrum of technology services. When Martin is not at work (which is not often, since his company offers 24/7 support), he is busy at home spending time with his family.

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