Capture YouTube videos on Mac

Olga Weis

The popularity of online videos is growing like never before, people love watching videos. Be it entertainment, news, education, memories from the last summer holidays your friend shares with you, a birthday wish, it’s all about videos out there, in the Internet. It is impossible to watch all the videos you’d like to watch in one go, you need to portion it and save some for later. You might wonder, how to capture YouTube videos on Mac? With the help of software, a reliable efficient tool can do it for you in no time with minimal effort. How do you get one then? Let us together have a look at a couple of such tool so you get an idea what parameters you should pay attention to when choosing one for yourself.

Capture YouTube videos on Mac with Airy

Airy is an app for Mac that apart from downloading allows you to select the format and resolution of download and extract soundtracks from video.

Airy
Airy

To capture YouTube videos on Mac do as follows:

1. Copy-paste a YouTube URL to the video into Airy window:

It is also possible to download a few videos at a time with the licensed version of Airy. To make it easier – copy links to the text editor, select and paste all of them into Airy window.

2. Now you can choose the format of download, this is when you can extract a video’s soundtrack by selecting MP3 format.

Tip: Check what device or player app will you mostly use for playback – the smaller the device’s screen is, the lower resolution will be sufficient. HD videos are obviously to be played back on large screens.

3. Click ‘Download’.

By default all videos are saved into Downloads folder, to navigate there use magnifying glass icon in Airy. You can change the destination in the app’s preferences – for all downloads, as well as for individual files.

You can clear the list of downloads – both active and pending – in Airy’s menu.

Download YouTube videos in web browsers

Safari

This web-browser has YouTube5, an extension that enables you download streaming videos directly on YouTube, Facebook and Vimeo. You can also select a video format – 360p, 720p or 1080 p – in Safari >Preferences > Extensions > YouTube.

Firefox

This web-browser has several add-ons to capture YouTube videos Mac owners appreciate. The most popular, despite its long name - ‘Download YouTube videos as MP4’ – seems to be really easy-to-use. Once you download and install the extension, you will display a new button beneath the YouTube Player – ‘Download’. Click it and choose the format of video download.

Chrome

There are YouTube downloading add-ons on Chrome too. FastestTube, as its name suggests, downloads YouTube videos on Mac quickly and efficiently. It supports other online platforms too, gives you an option to choose to download either in MP4 or FLV format, 360p, 480p, 720p and 1080p resolution.

Airy for Mac

Requirements: OS X 10.7+ , 16.4MB size
Version 3.2.175 () Release notes