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How to Download and Convert YouTube Videos to MP4

YouTube is a free video-sharing website. You are not required to create an account if you just want to watch videos, but you’ll get more benefits if you have a YouTube account – You can personalized recommendations, subscribe to your favorite channels and give the video a thumbs up or a thumbs down, leave a comment and so on.

You may wonder whether you can download a video from YouTube if you find a video you like. Yes and no! The YouTube app for Android and iOS allows users to download videos for offline viewing, provided the video is not private and the creator allows it. But the download would not be a proper local file. You can only watch the video in the YouTube app. The YouTube download couldn’t be played with any other video player or shared as a local file.

If you want to download a video from YouTube to your computer for safekeeping, the best way is to convert the YouTube video to a common MP4 format, which could be opened with most video players. How to download and convert YouTube videos to MP4 format? It’s a quite simple process. All you need is a freeware named YouTube Video Downloader.

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Part 1: Tool Required – YouTube Video Downloader

YouTube Video Downloader is a must-have item if you are a frequent YouTube user. YouTube is a free site to enable users to watch videos, while YouTube Video Downloader is a free tool to download YouTube videos. Most importantly, though it’s zero-cost, it’s a 100% safe and clean program. You are not required to install any bundled or extra apps.

It can not only download videos from YouTube to your computer, but also export YouTube Music to your local drive. By YouTube Video Downloader, you can convert YouTube videos to MP4 or MKV and convert YouTube music to M4A or WEBM.

This free tool is available on both Windows and Mac operating systems, and it’s free to contact the support team for help if you encounter any problem when running the program.

YouTube Video Downloader

  • okDownload YouTube videos & music to the computer.
  • okConvert YouTube videos to MP4.
  • okNo need to install any extra apps.
  • okAvailable on both Windows & Mac operating systems.
  • okZero-cost.

Part 2: How to Use YouTube Video Downloader to Convert YouTube Videos to MP4

To put it simply, copy & paste the URL of the YouTube video to the YouTube Video Downloader, it will then export the YouTube video as an MP4 file to your local drive. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial in more details:

Step 1Open YouTube Video Downloader

main interface of youtube video downloader

Step 2Copy & Paste a YouTube Video URL to the Program

Copy & paste the URL of the YouTube video that you’d like to convert to MP4 format to the search box, click the Search icon and the YouTube Video Downloader would list the target video immediately.

Or you can also input the keywords of the video into the search box to find your target YouTube video.

add youtube videos to the downloader

Step 3 Customize the Output Path

Click the Settings icon on the upper right corner. Here you can select the output quality (Low, Medium, High) and designate the output folder. Just click the three dots, browse and select the folder that you’d like to save the YouTube video.

customize output path

Step 4 Choose MP4 as the Output Format

Move your mouse to the target video, click the List icon next to the Download icon, and choose MP4 as the output format.

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Step 5 Download the YouTube Video as an MP4 File

Click the Download icon, and your target video would soon be exported from YouTube to the designated output folder as an MP4 File.

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Step 6 Find the YouTube Video in MP4 Format

Once the YouTube video is successfully downloaded to your computer, you can go to the Library tab (on the top), move your mouse to the title of the downloaded YouTube video, and click the Document icon to locate the downloaded file, or you can directly go to the output folder you set in Step 3 to find the MP4 file.

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Conclusion

YouTube Video Downloader is a free tool to help you download YouTube videos & music to your local computer. It enables you to convert YouTube videos to MP4 or MKV and convert YouTube music to M4A or WEBM. It’s zero-cost, 100% clean & safe, simple and easy-to-use. Why not download it for a try now? If you like the tool, don’t forget to share it with your friends!