YouTube is the best place to find all your favorite videos. Just about anything can be found on the website from recipes to reviews and cartoons. There will be some situations where you want to download YouTube videos and have them saved to your computer for instant access whenever you want or if the original video is taken down from YouTube.
The first thing you need for this is a great video downloader for YouTube. We’ll be taking a look at some of the best choices with this article. You might also be worried about the legality of downloading a YouTube video. It’s somewhat of a gray area, but it’s generally okay to download the videos if it’s for personal use. Taking a look at the Terms of Service for YouTube shows you that there is a section saying that users shouldn’t download content unless there is a download button or some other similar link provided by YouTube. This means that using a Windows YouTube downloader should be avoided, particularly if all you want to do is share the video.
There are a number of YouTube downloader app for Windows choices on the market. Here are some of the best choices for a range of options and total control over the process:
Airy is one of the most simple video downloader for YouTube options. All you have to do is copy and paste the link for the video into the program, choose the output format and quality (choose MP3 to download only sound) and then click the Download button. Airy integrates with web browsers for faster downloading and is able to download several YouTube videos at once. The downside to Airy is that only allows for downloading from YouTube and doesn’t support other video sharing websites such as Vimeo. If all you want is a YouTube downloader though, then Airy is a solid choice. Airy users can get a discount if they can prove that they are choosing Airy after using another paid video downloader for YouTube.
Freemake claims to support downloading from thousands of websites. When it comes to YouTube, the app can download in a range of formats and download several videos at once. The website also says that the YouTube downloader is the fastest when it comes to downloading HD videos. An upside of this video is that it is free, but the downside is that you can expect a lot of ads, which is the case with any freeware app. If you’re looking to download only the sound of a video in MP3 format, then you need the separate tool YouTube to MP3 Boom.
One thing about this app is that you have to smart when installing it and choose the right options. It may try to force you to download Yahoo search or an anti-virus program for example. This is something people are used to, but we consider the app trying to install a potentially unwanted program to be a deal-breaker.
aTube catcher is a great piece of freeware that offers no ads and a multilingual interface. It provides lots of different services, but it isn’t as fast as the other choices in terms of download speed. You could be left waiting longer than you expect to download the videos.
This video downloader for YouTube is kept updated and clean. It is able to download videos in ultra-HD up to 4K and has support for plenty of formats and subtitles. The program has a piece of sister software for downloading MP3 specifically called 4K YouTube to MP3. 4K Video Downloader comes with the option of downloading an entire YouTube channel, along with downloading videos from Facebook and Vimeo.
ClipGrab is able to download and convert videos from a range of video websites including YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, MyVideo, CollegeHumor, Sevenload, Clipfish, and more. It is able to download videos in several formats including MPEG4, MP3, WMV, OGG Theora and OGG Vorbis. We did notice that when we downloaded a video from Vimeo in FLV we weren’t able to choose a different format, suggesting that conversion isn’t available with every format and website.
The KeepVid service has support for plenty of websites. Download videos through the service by pasting the link to the video into the interface and clicking on the Download button next to it. Make sure you don’t click on the big Download button though, as this is an ad trap. KeepVid provides downloads in several different formats including MP3 audio. Right-click on the link that you want and then choose “Save Link As” to save the video to your computer. Please note that KeepVid requires Java to work properly.
TubeMate is a YouTube downloader for Android but it does have a Windows version as well. The app allows for easy downloading of YouTube videos. The interface might feel a little outdated, but it’s simple and easy to understand and use.