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How to Download and Convert YouTube Video to MP4

YouTube provides millions of interesting videos to free download. You may want to download some videos from YouTube and watch them on your portable devices like iPod, iPhone, iPad or PSP on the go. Unfortunately, downloaded YouTube videos are usually in FLV format, which is seldom supported by portable devices. So you need to convert YouTube video to MP4 or other popular video formats so as to play the videos anywhere you like.

To accomplish the task, you need to seek help from a YouTube to MP4 converter that supports the YouTube video input and MP4 output. Here Aimersoft YouTube Downloader and Video Converter Ultimate are highly recommended to help your achieve your task. Either of the two programs can help you easily and quickly download YouTube videos and convert between all popular video formats, such as FLV, MP4, MOV, WMV, AVI, MPEG, DivX, XviD, 3GP, VOB, etc. Besides, the built-in video editor of Video Converter Ultimate lets you personalize your video like a pro.

Now, please download the most suitable program according to your need and follow the corresponding tutorial.

Part 1. Download YouTube video with YouTube Downloader

Make sure you have successfully installed the right version on your computer. Then please run the program and follow the tutorial.

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1Download YouTube videos

This program offers you three simple ways to download online YouTube videos. But first you need to launch the browser and go to YouTube.com to locate the target video. Then you'll see the Download button on the top right corner of the video. Please click it to download the video right now.

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Alternatively, you can copy the video URL and then click the Paste URL button on the top left corner of the program's interface to start the downloading process. If you are using Mac version, you can also add the video to the download queue by dragging and dropping the video URL to the program.

2Convert YouTube video to MP4 format

After the video is completely downloaded, you can go to the Finished category. Here you can see the parameters about the video like length, format, size and resolution. Click the Convert button beside the video you want to convert and then select Format > Video > MP4 as the output format.

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3Locate the converted video

Once you have set the output format, you can click OK to activate the conversion. When the process is done, please go to the Converted category and right click on the video to locate it.

Part 2. Download YouTube Video with Video Converter Ultimate

Note that this guide uses Windows (Windows 8 compatible) screenshots. If you are a Mac user, you can use the equivalent Video Converter Ultimate for Mac. The guide on Mac is the same.

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1Download YouTube videos

Install and launch the program and click "Download" and paste the ULR of the video you want to download in the box. The video will then be added to the source list and you can see the progress of downloading. If you have downloaded the videos to your computer, skip this step.

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2Select MP4 as output format and start to convert

Then click "Output Format" and choose MP4 as the output video. When all is OK, click the "Convert" button to start converting your YouTube video files to MP4.

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After the conversion, you can transfer the MP4 files to your iTunes library and sync iTunes with your iDevices or put them in any other portable players. Now enjoy the videos without any limitation!

Below is a video tutorial on how to download and convert YouTube video to MP4:

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