HiDownload Platinum is a comprehensive program that allows the downloading and saving of streaming audio files and video files. This means that users can get audio files and video files off of popular media websites such as YouTube. Otherwise, it can be very difficult for users to obtain these files. HiDownload Platinum supports many different type of protocol, such as HTTP and RTMP which means that it can be used with many types of streaming media and many streaming websites.
The program allows for the easy saving of Flash video files and Windows streaming video. The versatile downloader also supports Real Video and Real Media formats. MP3 streams can also be downloaded, which means that users can also capture music from streaming websites. Television streams can also be captured and downloaded as well and the program also supports Quicktime video. Those who do not know where their stream is located can use the built-in sniffer of the program which can identify the video or audio file's actual streaming link. Downloads are multi-threaded, which means that the downloads can occur much faster as well. ZIP files can also be downloaded and the files can be previweed before they are downloaded for convenience. The program requires another program called WinPcap and a trial version is available for evaluation purposes.
The program features a very clean and easy to understand interface, though the style of the program is a little dated and could use an update. The program on a whole is relatively easy to use and most users, even casual users, will find that they can begin using the program virtually immediately. Anyone who wishes to capture and store streaming media will likely find this utility fairly useful, though there are other free utilities available that perform much the same task.