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.
By activating Airy you get lots of pleasant benefits and bonuses, such as:
1. You can extract audio files out of videos.
With Airy you are able to choose a format for the file you are going to download. If you want just music or a song, there is no longer any need to save the whole movie. Find MP3 in the drop-down list of formats and press the Download button. The audio track will appear in your Downloads folder within seconds.
2. 4K and 8K videos are not a dream anymore.
4K and 8K formats refer to Super HD resolutions that are 4 and 8 times higher than usual HD. Many tools can’t support such definitions. But it’s not about Airy. If the original video quality allows this, the app can save the video in 4K and 8K formats making your view experience unforgettable.
3. You get access to the batch feature.
Airy allows you to insert multiple links in the search line and to download multiple videos at a time saving your time significantly. All you need to do is copy and paste video URLs to the text editor. Then you should select all the items, copy and insert them into the search field. The app will take some time to parse your links and the downloading will start immediately after you click the Download button.
4. Youtube channels and playlists are just within a few clicks.
With Airy you don’t need to save videos that you have in the YouTube channels and playlists one by one. You can do that in bulk. Go to a YouTube channel, find the Playlists tab and select the playlist you want to download. Click on it. When the video starts playing copy the link and paste it to the Airy search field. Wait a bit while all videos in the playlist get parsed. Then choose the format and resolution and press Download.
5. You can pause and resume downloads.
If for some reasons you couldn’t download the whole file, don’t worry. With Airy you can resume your downloads any time without defects or quality loss. You can also pause file downloading and continue it any other time.
6. Downloading videos becomes much easier by clicking the Airy bookmark in your browser.
Airy will make it easier to download files if you integrate its powers into your browser. From now on you don’t have to open the app and copy/paste the URLs into it. Click Integrate into Browser in the Airy settings and follow the instructions given in the window that opens. After that you can download videos by clicking the Open in Airy bookmark and continue browsing the YouTube channel. Airy is friendly with all popular web browsers, such as Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Opera.
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 apps 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 - 59,95$
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.
You can save a video even faster using YouTubNow service if you replace the YouTube URL in your browser. Instead of youtube.com/your_video_link submit youtubnow.com/your_video_link. After you head over to the link you’ve changed the service will immediately start processing your video file for downloading.
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.