How to Download YouTube Videos or Convert Them to MP3 or Mp4
As most of the YouTube Video Converter or downloader apps have been banned, or they don’t allow downloading videos from YouTube due to Google’s privacy guideline, there are still ways to do that. You can download YouTube Video in various formats, like Mp3, MP4, AVI, MOV etc.. If you are a Windows PC user, you can use IDM as YouTube Video Downloader. However, we will tell you some very useful sites that work as YouTube Video Converter as well as downloader.
How to download YouTube Videos or Convert them to MP3, MP4 and Other formats
VLC Media Player (Windows, Mac, and Linux)
VLC Media player the most popular video player that supports almost all the video format and such an amazing video player is available to download for free. Along with playing the video from local storage, it can also be used to stream videos with a download link or play video from any Video Streaming website. Any video that you play on VLC can be downloaded, but not from VLC itself. Follow this instruction to download YouTube Videos from VLC Player
- Launch VLC Media Player on your PC or Mac
- Click File, and select Open Network
- Now enter the YouTube video URL in the URL field, and click Open to stream the video
- When video starts playing, click Windows and select Media Information (Windows Users : Click tools and select codec information or press CTRL+I)
- In the codec/media information window, copy the URL from Location field. This is the actual video URL
- Open that URL via internet browser, i.e. Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari etc., and the video will start playing
- Right click on video, and hit “Save Video as” option (Safari users get “Download Video as” option), select the location where you want to save, and save the file
Clip Converter (All Platforms, including Android)
URL : http://www.clipconverter.cc/
- Copy and Paste YouTube Video URL into the specified box
- Click on Continue
- Select the file format you want to download as. You can select MP3, M4A, AAC if you want to download as Audio file, or Select MP4, AVI, 3GB or MOV to download as video.
- If you select MP3, you will be given the option to select the quality of the MP3 file. You can uncheck Auto Mode, and drag the quality bar to download in better or lower quality. By default, it downloads the best possible quality.
- If you don’t want to download video/audio from start to end, you can uncheck both the boxes under Convert From, and specify the start and end time
- Now click on Start. You will be taken to another page, now click on Download
- This site works as YouTube Video Converter and converts it into your desired format
Online Video Converter (All platform including Android)
URL : http://www.onlinevideoconverter.com/video-converter
This online YouTube Video Converter allows downloading YouTube videos in so many formats.
Audio : MP3, AAC, OGG, WMA, M4A, FLAC, WAV
Video : MP4, AVI, MOV, WMV, FLV, MKV, MPG, M4V, WEBM, 3GP
- Copy and Paste URL
- Select the format you want to download
- Click on more settings
- You can select desired or custom resolution if downloading a video, and also select aspect ratio
- You can also select start and end time just like Clip Converter
- Click on Convert, and hang on for a while
- You can download once your file is converted (it takes a little time depending on what format you have selected.
Download YouTube Videos with Browser Extension on Mac, Windows, and Linux
SaveFrom.Net Helper provides an extension for internet browsers that you can use on Mac, Windows or Linux computers. Once the extension is installed, you will get download button on Youtube website. Along with download button, video resolution will also be visible. Please read our article about YouTube Downloader as we have already explained step-by-step guide.
Add 2 letters in URL to download YouTube Videos (All platform including Android)
It doesn’t matter what YouTube video you are playing on your computer, and what internet browser you are using. Adding just 2 letters in the URL will allow you to download YouTube Videos. Here is an example;
- I am playing a video on YouTube, and I liked it. This is the video URL : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qKmDnJVDjs
- I want to download the above-mentioned video now, I will simply add “ss” before “YouTube”. This is the URL that will make me download the video : https://www.ssyoutube.com/watch?v=3qKmDnJVDjs
- Once you visit the URL adding “ss” before YouTube, you will see the video preview image and download button. You can change the video resolution and file format before hitting the download button
Downvids : Download YouTube Videos and the whole playlist
URL : http://www.downvids.net/
Downvids is a great website to download YouTube Videos, and it also allows to download the whole playlist with the playlist URL.
To download any YouTube Video, you can simply visit Downvids website, and make sure you are in Download Videos tab. Now enter the YouTube Video URL in the given field, select the video resolution, and hit the download button. If you want to download YouTube video as mp3 audio file, just tick the MP3 option, and then hit download. You will get the download link on the next page, and you will also get the QR code that can be scanned from a smartphone or tablet to download via mobile devices. Alternatively, you can simply add “tosave” in the actual YouTube Video URL, right before the YouTube word (check the image below) to get the download link.
Downloading YouTube Playlist
Downvids also allows to download the YouTube Playlist, but it doesn’t mean you can download the whole videos from that playlist in one go. Once you visit Downvids website, click Download YouTube Playlist tab, and then enter the YouTube Playlist URL, and then hit the Download button. You will get the download link for whole videos available in that playlist, i.e. if a Playlist has 50 videos, you will get 50 download links. Each video needs to be downloaded separately
YouTube to Mp3 (All Platforms)
URL : http://www.youtube-mp3.org/
YouTube-Mp3 can also be used as YouTube Video Converter, but it converts video to MP3 format only. So if you want to download any YouTube Video as Song, this could be the best option. It’s very simple and easy.
All you need to do is; Copy and Paste Video URL –> Click on Convert Video –> Click on Download. You are done!
Vid to MP3 (Works on All platform)
URL : http://www.vidtomp3.com/
This YouTube Video Converter converts video to MP3 only. So you can just put YouTube Video URL and follow the instruction like you did on other sites.
There are many more websites that also allow downloading YouTube videos. You can use any of them. All of the above mentioned Online YouTube Video Downloader and Converter sites are free to use. Once you download the video or audio file, you can play it without the need of internet connection. You can also transfer the file to your Smartphones and Tablets and play them. Use Google Chrome to browse those sites for the best experience.