Like any other Mac user, I was wondering how to download videos from YouTube on my Mac, and in search of an answer I turned to the help of Internet. As expected I found out multiple ways to do it. Here I will share with you the fastest, easiest and most convenient methods, their pros and cons, as well as some tips and tricks.
All you need to do is:
Isn't that easy?! The video is saved on your Mac just as it would with a download manager. Additionally to being able to save media in various formats, you can save multiple files at a time.
The app is also available in PRO version with its appealing features:
1. Extract MP3 audio from the downloaded videos.
If you really like the soundtrack used in a video you don't have to download the video to have the music on your computer. Just choose MP3 format in Airy and you'll only have the audio file to listen to whenever you want.
2. Save YouTube videos in Super HD quality, including 4k and 8k
Depending on the initial quality of the video you have the possibility to save it in an HD resolution and enjoy the top-notch viewing experience.
3. Download multiple files at a time. Save Youtube channels and playlists within a couple
4. Download age-restricted videos
5. Integrate Airy with your web browser
This way you won't need to paste YouTube links in Airy. All you'll need to do to save videos is press the shortcut in your browser and the download will start automatically.
This app is free, and having used it for a while I can say that it does its job pretty well. A newly released version allows you to download clips from YouTube, although it requires a bit more effort than downloading with the help of Airy, see above.
Here is how you do it:
1. Download Folx and upgrade it to PRO version with an activation code that you can get at the developers' website;
2. Copy and paste the link to a YouTube video in Folx and click Enter
3. You have plenty of flexible options to play with:
4. Click OK to finish the process of adding task.
Media Player is a functional application to playback media files, it has a user-friendly interface and multiple features. Some players allow downloading torrents, Elmedia Player allows you to make downloads from YouTube.
Player can be downloaded here.
To use download feature, you need to activate PRO version of Elmedia Player – follow this link to the developer’s site. PRO version also allows you to watch YouTube videos directly from the player window.
Here is a brief manual that explains the quick download process.
To download YouTube videos you can use software that converts videos. However since such software is usually meant for specific purposes, general functions are available mostly in paid versions, and their price can be rather high – over 100$ on an average
Let us take Any Video Converter as an example.
The free version of the app allows downloading videos only from four sites. The app is not your easy-to-use tool, and a lay person might find it difficult to figure out how to use it.
PRO version price - 56$
How to download videos from YouTube with the help of this video converter:
Described here is relevant not only for downloading YouTube clips, but any files that do not have direct links to them in the open browser window.
Open the page with the clip to be downloaded, open Activity Window through Window menu or using Alt+Cmd+A keys combination.
The window will display links to different objects on the page with their size indicated in Status column to the right. What you need is the file of the largest size.
To download an object (in your case a video clip), double-click it holding Alt key. The file will be downloaded to your Downloads folder.
Usually YouTube clips are downloaded as videoplayback.flv files. However videos from other sites can be saved with other names and extensions, and you might have to rename them after downloading.
Downloading with Safari browser is easy and costs nothing. Unfortunately downloading option is not available in Safari 8.0 or newer.
Download with Chrome
Open the video’s page, go to Developer’s Tools (Settings – Tools – Developer’s Tools). In Network tab click Size column heading so that the rows are sorted by size (in descending order). Reload the page and check the data in Size column. On the top you will see a row with a file named Videoplayback. This is what we need. If required, select Quality in Player, and the file will start downloading.
Got the videoplayback file row? Right click it and choose “Open in New Tab”. It will open in the built-in browser. Right click it again and select Download video. The video will start downloading with the required extension, and you will not have to rename it afterwards.
You can't grab some YouTube files through a web-browser. Refer the manual and follow the instructions given there.
All popular browsers have their own add-ons that allow you to perform essential functions. It is easy to find, download and install such add-ons, however I don’t find find downloading with the browser extensions convenient.
They tend to overload the browser, do not allow you to regulate download speed, not entirely functional and quite often display obtrusive ads. So I would prefer using software to download YouTube videos.
In case you still want to try using add-ons, I will show you how to find them:
This is meant exclusively for YouTube URLs.
To download a YouTube video, add a “ss” before the “youtube” in your URL, so it becomes “ssyoutube”, e.g. URL of www.youtube.com/watch?v=iho12W5cSgg will change to www.ssyoutube.com/watch?v=eRxHs29gRsQ.
The browser will parse the URL and open another window. Start your download here.