In general, I don’t like the practice of downloading videos from the web. However, I am often asked to include a video in a presentation. No matter the internet speed, for multiple reasons, it’s never a great idea to ‘stream’ a video during a presentation (lag/buffer, ads, etc…). In my opinion, having a file is the ONLY reliable way to share a video in these scenarios.
I have a free youtube downloader on Windows, the 4K Video Downloader, which worked great on me as well as another free YouTube downloader which I am going to recommend to you today-MacX YouTube Downloader from Digiarty Software, along with a review.
- 1 YouTube Downloading Problems
- 2 MacX YouTube Downloader: Free Download Videos from YouTube as well as 300+ online video sites
- 3 How to Download YouTube Vevo Video Free Using MacX YouTube Downloader
- 4 MacX YouTube Downloader Review: Troubleshooting
- 5 Does MacX YouTube Downloader Really Work on Facebook, Vimeo, and Dailymotion, etc?
- 6 Pros, Cons and Suggestions:
- 7 Summary
YouTube Downloading Problems
I tried different free YouTube downloaders on Mac to download the required videos from YouTube and didn’t have much luck. One downloader stops in the middle and I was unable to paste youtube URLs to the other program, when I tried to paste, it started to analyze and after that, it just failed.
Some, on the other hand, take too long to analyze and/or fail, also, download times are increased, while others overwrite duplicate named titles of the files, forcing the end-user to hunt down the overwritten files among potentially hundreds of files…
MacX YouTube Downloader: Free Download Videos from YouTube as well as 300+ online video sites
I do a lot of re-encoding and downloading, particularly youtube and Instagram, and MacX YouTube Downloader is very capable of that task!
MacX YouTube Downloader amazes me how powerful it is to download videos from YouTube, as well as other video sites including Facebook, Vimeo, Vevo, Dailymotion, Metacafe. And, it supports up to 8K video downloading! Importantly, it is free! Let’s see if this is the truth and I will take a Veve video on YouTube and a Dailymotion video for a test.
How to Download YouTube Vevo Video Free Using MacX YouTube Downloader
MacX YouTube Downloader is Mac user-friendly and easy to use to download online videos. It is intelligent enough to detect the current open YouTube video, thus, you don’t have to go copy the URL yourself and go to the downloader and paste it to analyze like other programs.
I like having the resolution option and different file type options. I most often select MP4 at 1080P, when it’s available. In this review for MacX YouTube Downloader, I will take that as an example too. Okay, let’s go into the step-by-step guide about downloading YouTube videos.
Download MacX YouTube Downloader, install, and launch it. Open the YouTube video you want to download.
- Step 1. Click the “Add YouTube URL” button
- Step 2. Click Paste and Analyze.
- Step 3. Choose the video in preferred resolution, codec, and format to download and click Done.
MacX YouTube Downloader is capable of analyzing all possible formats, resolutions, codec for you to download. It also is able to offer the exact size of the corresponding video in a specific resolution code, or format including MP4, WebM, FLV. 1920×1080 is the most common video on YouTube, but the program is able to detect 4K or even 8K resolution videos for you to download.
By default, the program chooses the highest resolution possible to download. But you are free to set the preferred resolution and format yourself in Settings.
- Step 4. Click Download Now to download
You are able to add multiple YouTube videos for batch downloading. If you want to sync the download video to iPhone, iPad, iPod, check Auto-add MP4s to iTunes so you don’t have to add them manually. What if the available videos cannot be added to iTunes or sync to iPhone/iPad/iPod due to the special requirement for videos? Check MacX Video Converter Pro to download and convert YouTube videos to iPhone/iPad/iPod compatible formats.
Check my YouTube videos for beginners:
MacX YouTube Downloader Review: Troubleshooting
When I did the MacX YouTube Downloader review for the first couple of tries, I got the below error message that reads: “An error occurred while analyzing video link. Please try again. Please check the link address, firewall options, or proxy settings. If you’re trying to download watch later list, please check your YouTube account information.”
Failed to Analyze Embed Link
When I paste the URL in the screenshot into the software, it won’t do the analysis before downloading. I find it is not on YouTube at all and the fix is simple. Just go bottom right and click watch on YouTube.com.
You will get the real link on YouTube and try that link instead. I find it normal that a YouTube video is embedded in another link or site. MacX YouTube Downloader should improve on this part. I don’t know if it is hard to do so, but currently, it cannot. Just do as above. It won’t take you a minute.
Cannot Analyze Any YouTube Video
I come across some time that the program failed to paste and analyze any YouTube video. I’ve tried to contact the support team and was told to wait for their fix because Google changed the encrypted on YouTube videos. After a short time, it is again working as it usually does. I actually did nothing but it worked. I assume the program automatically updates itself. So, if you cannot paste and analyze YouTube videos anymore, just wait to have a rest and try sometime later!
Does MacX YouTube Downloader Really Work on Facebook, Vimeo, and Dailymotion, etc?
MacX YouTube Downloader is more than a YouTube downloader, it also works on Vimeo, Dailymotion, Facebook videos as well as other 300 video sites. And, I think, it is TRUE:
Pros, Cons and Suggestions:
- Ease of use and reliability are the two big pros for me. The fact that the program auto-renames duplicated file names and not just overwrites them!
- Also, the huge thumbnails help with selecting which videos to download and which to skip…
- Cons? Every once in a while, there is a video that simply doesn’t process in the software. I assume these videos may have stronger copyright protection and it changes every now and then. The good news, this can be fixed just within a day or two.
Besides, when I was doing the review for MacX YouTube Downloader, it works just fine. However, I do have some suggestions for it. Yes, allow for increasing/decreasing download threads, otherwise, we run the risk of alerting anti-bot algorithms, and especially Instagram uses its anti-bot algorithms to ban video download users. also, a good tip for folks would be to use link gopher to collect all the links to the files that you want to download so you don’t have to constantly use right-click on the actual links/thumbnails to the files themselves!
MacX Free YouTube Downloader is definitely your top choice to download whatever video format or resolution in YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, Vevo, Dailymotion, Metacafe as well as other 300+ video sharing sites on your Mac free. It also works if you want to extract pictures from videos. But there is also something that MacX needs to improve, one’s mentioned above about the embed video and the other is to download subtitles as well, even the pro version cannot do this.
Last, but not least, as much as possible I discourage the use of YT videos…especially if/when credit isn’t given where due. We are licensed to be able to use such videos for illustration and teaching (and even in our live streaming), but I still don’t love using them. Respect the artist/videographer and respect the copyright.
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