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How to Download YouTube Videos as MP4 Format on Mac

YouTube is now one of the leading online destinations, especially for videos, with more than two billion views daily. Have you uploaded videos to the site only to discover later that you don't have the originals? If so, you might be looking for a way to re-download those videos to your desktop as MP4 format. Well, you are in luck as the information below will give you details about a program that you can use to download YouTube videos as MP4 format on Mac.

As it stands, YouTube videos can be streamed to your PC so you will not get access to the clips after closing the browser window. This could be a problem if you were hoping to watch the videos from YouTube at a later date on an MP4 player. Thankfully, you can fix this by getting a YouTube MP4 video downloader with features to download and convert the required files to MP4 format. In this case, we recommend Aimersoft YouTube Downloader for Mac. The built-in Download then Convert setting makes it possible to directly download YouTube video to MP4 format. Let's see how this YouTube video MP4 downloader accomplishes this task in detail.

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Alternatively, you can also get the online FLV videos and convert them to MP4 via web service. This article introduces these two easy ways to help you download YouTube videos and convert them to MP4 format on Mac (Mavericks included). With it, you can enjoy the funny YouTube videos on the go with your iPod, iPhone, iPad, and other MP4 Players.

Part 1. Download YouTube videos to MP4 via web service

Part 2. Download YouTube videos to MP4 via desktop software

Part 1. Via web service

1Free download YouTube videos online

Search an online YouTube Downloader such as this one: Keepvid. Open the website and copy the YouTube video URL you want to download, then click DOWNLOAD button to download the YouTube videos online.

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2Convert YouTube downloaded FLV to MP4 on Mac

After download YouTube .flv video, use Aimersoft YouTube Downloader for Mac to convert YouTube FLV videos to MP4 on Mac, then put the converted MP4 videos on iPod, iPhone, iPad, etc.

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Part 2. Via desktop software

1Designate MP4 as format of downloaded videos

Download this YouTube Downloader for Mac via the link above and then install it in your Mac. At the top right of the program window, turn on the Download then Convert button and choose MP4 from the pop-up output option as the target file format. Click OK to confirm this setting.

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2 Choose and download videos from YouTube

The YouTube Downloader can detect the video automatically and you will see a Download button appear to the top right of the play window. When this happens, you have the option to:

a. Click the Download button to get the desired video from the list and the YouTube video MP4 downloader software will do the rest.

b. Drag the video URL into the downloader so that the files can be downloaded immediately.

c. Copy the URL from the address bar and click the Paste URL button on the interface in order to download the YouTube video.

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Note that the program will allow you to choose the settings for video resolution so that you can get right look before downloading. You also have the option to leave the program running in background while you get more videos to download.

If you want, you can download YouTube videos in MP4 from the channels or playlists. All you have to do is browse the YouTube channels or playlists to find some of your favorite videos. You could click the Download All button, choose your desired quality for the video, copy & paste or drag and drop the URL for the playlist or channel and then start the downloading process.

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