RipTiger is a video downloader program that automatically detects the videos you stream in your browser and downloads them. This program is different from most of the other products on our lineup in that it allows you to record live video streams and download the raw files onto your hard drive.
When you launch RipTiger, it monitors your web activity, and when you begin viewing a video, it starts downloading. If there is an ad at the beginning of your video, it saves it as a separate file so you can delete it later. If you don’t want the software to download videos automatically, you can turn off that option and simply cut and paste URLs into the program.
Several versions of RipTiger are available to buy. The one we reviewed was the Full version, which lacks many of the features we look for in the best video downloader software. If you want to convert the videos you capture from the internet, you have to upgrade to the Ultimate version of the software. If you’re willing to pay that extra amount, you gain the ability to convert videos into most of the popular formats, like MOV, MP4 and AVI.
One of the features that RipTiger lacks is a download manager. You can monitor the progress of your downloads, but once they’re downloaded, converted and gone from your queue, they move into a special file folder on your hard drive. You can, however, access this folder through a button on the main menu of the interface.
The biggest problem with RipTiger is that it only works intermittently. During our tests, it took a great deal of effort to get the program to work at all. When we did get it working, it only functioned properly about half the time.
RipTiger also has fewer help and support options than many video downloaders. The website has a FAQs page, and you can email customer service, but that’s it. Luckily, this software is reliable and simple to use, so there is little chance you’ll need customer support.
RipTiger is a simple program that automatically detects and records videos as you stream them in your browser. However, if you want to convert your downloads into different formats, you have to pay more. It’s easy enough to use when it works properly, but when it doesn’t, it is extremely frustrating.