How To Download YouTube Videos
How To Download YouTube Videos
YouTube has grown to become the most used video sharing platform on the web. Ever since the launch of its first video back in 2005 (“Me at the Zoo”), the site became an instant internet hit, receiving hundreds of millions of visitors each day. Delivering hours on end of great entertainment, it’s hard to imagine a world without YouTube. But what if your internet is down and you wish to watch some cat videos, dance your boredom away on “Gangnam Style” or listen to Justin Bieber’s latest song? Or what about taking some video’s with you on the go to watch on your Android phone if you’re limited by a mobile data cap?
If you want to venture into the gray area surrounding downloading YouTube Videos for your ultimate entertainment, keep on reading. Handy? Yes! Legal? Not always. Either way, here is everything you need to know about downloading a video from YouTube!
It is generally legal to share and embed YouTube videos on the Internet, but downloading them for your own personal use offline is a different story. Downloading videos or using an external application to download videos is a violation of the YouTube Terms of Service and the video owner’s copyright. Proceed at your own risk.
While YouTube is working on a pilot project to allow YouTube uploaders to offer their content legally downloadable, most of the video’s offered on the site don’t have this option. Luckily there are software tools and websites available which will allow you to download videos regardless. We’ve compiled a list of the top downloaders with the best functions ranging from plug ins, to easy to use software, to the most sophisticated and multifunction software out there.
aTube Catcher (Windows/Free)
As one of the best free downloaders, aTube Catcher allows you to download videos from several platforms such as YouTube, Comedy Central, Dailymotion, Google and a lot of other sites. When downloading the videos, these can be converted into more than 20 formats such as WAV, MP3 and AVI, all within the program. Also including a voice recorder, a screen recorder, a DVD burner and best of all, aTube Catcher is completely free of Adds!
MacX YouTube Downloader (Mac/Free)
This simple to use and to install program is built exclusively for Mac and offers a level of flexibility and customization great for both beginners and more experienced users. Offering efficient and quick downloads, MacX Downloader gives you a variety of resolutions and format choices for playback on everything from Android Phones to Tablet PCs. Sporting a sleek interface, it also offers the ability of downloading and previewing several videos at the same time.
Easy YouTube Video Downloader (Add on/Free)
If you are looking for a great add-on for your browser, this Mozilla Firefox one is the one to go to! While Google Chrome and Safari offer similar extensions, Easy YouTube Video Downloader is the most integrated one. The download speeds are admirable and as a nice extra touch, HD video downloads are possible. Not to mention, you won’t have to install any external software and buttons will be displayed directly within YouTube.
KeepVid (Web based/Free)
Don’t feel like installing any software on your PC? Then KeepVid is what you need! Simply enter the YouTube URL into KeepVid, chose the quality you wish and click download. The website is compatible with all standard browsers and allows users to download videos from YouTube, Metacafe, Vimeo, and others. The only drawback is the it is quite slow and is chock full of commercial adds.
Format and Quality Level
All of the above downloaders will let you choose the format and quality level of the downloaded video. This mostly depends on your own preference and the medium you are going to use for playback. While HQ videos look extremely nice, don’t forget that they will take up quite some disk space on your Tablet of Phone and will take a whole lot longer to download.
Now that you have saved all your favorite videos for a rainy day when internet is down, enjoy your collection, transfer them to your mobile devices and relax!