Eric has been writing about tech for over 27 years. He was on the founding staff of Windows Sources, FamilyPC, and Access Internet Magazine (all defunct, and it's not his fault). He's the author of two novels, BETA TEST ("an unusually lighthearted apocalyptic tale"--Publishers' Weekly) and KALI: THE GHOSTING OF SEPULCHER BAY. He works from his home office in Ithaca, New York. 
VidPaw is a versatile and totally free URL video downloader, which has the ability to download online videos from over 1000 sites with high quality, for example, download videos from YouTube, Twitter, Vimeo, and Facebook private videos, download Instagram videos and so forth. Moreover, it supports Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android Phone/Tablets. What’s more, there is no need to download any software or app on your devices. And you can simply reach the result with VidPaw.com. To download online videos with VidPaw, you just need simple steps.
MacX YouTube Downloader helps you out of the dilemma, letting you download YouTube videos (HD/4K) on Mac free, thus you can save and watch your favorite videos offline, even if you are thwarted by the lack of Wi-Fi, restrictive data plan or sudden video disappear from YouTube. The free YouTube video downloader for Mac has been highly awarded by big tech giants like CNET, receiving 3.5 stars. It stands out from the rest largely due to it's free, safe but powerful in downloading any kinds of online videos like 360 degree VR videos, 4K/8K UHD, 3D videos, HD videos, Blu ray movies, TV shows, music, etc in whateverformat (MP4, FLV, WebM, 3GP, etc.). Its user-friendly interface will guide you to grab videos from YouTube on Mac without consulting any tutorials or user guide, no matter you are an experienced user or a newbie.
Distill Video is the best online video downloader to download videos from any site using url for free. Distill Video Downloader allows you to download video from URL on any site, it automatically distills or extracts the downloading url of videos after you copy and paste the URL of your preferred video into the search box of DistillVideo and press “Start” button.
In tests, I had to make a switch from MP4 to MKV format to get my test video to download in 4K. 4KVD snagged the 579.4MB file in about 43 seconds. It defaults back to 1080p HD, so I made the same switch when downloading an Ultra High Definition (8K) playlist. If you enable the Smart Mode and its pre-sets, 4K Video Downloader can then do one-click downloads to your favorite format. If you want to download more than 25 videos at a time or subscribe to YouTube channels to instantly download the latest, that requires the $15 paid version. Playback of the MKV file via VLC Media Player was flawless.
I keep copies of all my uploaded videos to YouTube on an external hard drive but most people don't do this. You run the risk of losing all your hard work should YouTube terminate your account. Google Drive makes it easy to backup all the current videos on your YouTube channel. It also makes video management very simple. You can preview your videos within Google Drive or download them at any time.
When you copy a YouTube URL (even for a playlist), click in the WinX software to launch. You start with the "analyzer," which checks all the options. This tool also tried to default to the 1,920-by-1,080 version in MP4; I picked the 4K version (3,840 by 2,160 pixels) in WebM format, a subset of the MKV format—you can rename a .webm file to a .mkv and it'll work fine. In settings there are options to default to WebM at highest res. You can set up a number of videos to back up before you even click the download button. The 4K 575.4MB file took 1 minute and 39 seconds to download, more than double that of 4K Video Downloader.
DistillVideo is the best free online video & music downloading platform where you can download any video and audio from YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Dailymotion, Vimeo and 5000 more websites on your desktop or mobile device very fast without any restriction. Supporting full formats including MP4, WEBM, AVI, FLV, MP3, M4A, 8K, 6K, 4K, 2K, 1080P, 720P...
NOTE: Beware of the ad traps on some helper sites—ads that look like they should be the download button to get your desired content, but they are not. Also, depending on the ad network employed by the site, your own virus detection software may throw up some warnings. The more the developers of sites rely on ads they don't control, or resort to trying to get you to place something on your system as "payment," the worse off we all are.
When downloading, the program does try to hide some things. Paste in the URL for a YouTube video and the analysis engine runs and shows only a few download options. Click the Gear icon, then the Show All button and you'll see more—including ability to get a 4K 3,840-by-2,160 file in WebM format. The 577MB WebM test download took about 6.75 minutes. Grabbing playlists was possible, but you must adjust download settings one video at a time. The confusing interface makes it hard to go back to the other videos in the playlist.
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