When you suddenly find that YouTube video you need to save to your hard drive you turn to Google. Once you entered the search words you'll get tons of possible ways to download the videos. But which one to choose?
For example there is Xilisoft Download YouTube Video for Mac - a software solution for downloading of YouTube videos. FLV, MP4 and WebM YouTube videos can be downloaded in batches.
Mostly the reviews for this software are good, but all of them are “enough to use for me” type, not "it can do whatever you want" type. If you need more than just enough, have a look at Xilisoft alternatives for Mac.
- Airy - the easiest app to download from YouTube
- Elmedia - multifunctional app for playing and downloading of YouTube videos/music
- Online solution - deturl.com
- Safari browser extension
- Chrome browser extension
- Opera browser extension
1. The easiest app to download from YouTube - Airy
Airy is what the name calls for - light and airy YouTube downloader that is very easy to understand and use. It can download single videos, complete channels and playlists from YouTube. Airy allows extracting MP3 from a YouTube video.
In its latest version Airy now supports downloading even private videos (of course when your YouTube account has access to this video). Not every YouTube downloader offers such possibility. Downloading with Airy is easy, just follow these steps:
- Download Airy and open it. First 2 downloads are free, and if you want to download constantly you can upgrade to a licensed version.
- Copy the link to your YouTube video and paste it in Airy.
- You can select the file format to save the file in, including MP3 if you just need the audio. Naturally downloading a playlist or a channel will take longer than a single video.
- Click the Download button.
Elmedia PRO is not just another alternative to Xilisoft for Mac. It is a two-in-one app combining a fantastic media player and a multifunctional video downloader. Elmedia can play virtually any media file you have on your Mac.
As a player Elmedia is absolutely free and awesome, but if you want to download videos from the web, you'll need to activate PRO version.
With Elmedia PRO saving videos from YouTube is easy:
- Download Elmedia and enter activation code.
- Switch from player to the browser mode.
- Browse for the YouTube.
- Choose the video or audio file type for downloading.
- Click Download button.
If a YouTube video is actually embedded in a different website you'll see the link for downloading even without video playback. Elmedia PRO will download subtitles and can save the complete YouTube playlist.
Deturl is an online video downloader service. You'll need to paste the link to your video in the input (URL) field of this service website and click the Download button. You can select the format to save video in.
Putting deturl.com in front of any link makes downloading the video even faster.
FastestTube - this Safari extension works well as a YouTube downloader and is simple in its usage. It is also compatible with Firefox,Chrome, Opera and Internet Explorer.
How to download with FastestTube:
- Install the extension.
- Open a YouTube video you are going to download.
- Find the Download button under the video player.
- As usually select the video format and quality and wait for the download to begin.
If you are experiencing some issues during installation for Safari on Sierra, have a look at the developers' website to see if there is a solution currently.
This Flash Video Downloader can save most popular media formats and Flash videos from almost any website out there. However exactly the YouTube downloading is locked because of the Chrome Store restrictions. So it is not quite a Xilisoft alternative if you are only looking to download from YouTube.
YouTube Downloader as Opera extension can download YouTube videos of various quality: 1080P, 720P, 480P, 360p, etc. Also it will offer you to save videos in various formats including MP4, FLV, WebM, and 3GP.
Follow these easy steps:
- There will be a download button under the video.
- Click it, and in a pop-up menu choose the quality to download in.
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