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Pocket your favorite videos with our guide to downloading YouTube videos

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Clip Converter (web-based)

Clip Converter is an easy solution for all your YouTube downloading needs. The Web-based utility is entirely free, requires no additional software to run and can quickly download videos from YouTube, Dailymotion, IMDB, Metacafe, MySpace, and many others. The tool features all the standard format types — from MP3s to WMVs — and even includes an option to edit embedded ID3 tags. Plus, there is a simple browser add-on for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari, as well as a sleek desktop version for most popular operating systems.

Ads are relatively few and far between, no matter which platform you’re using, making it one the least invasive and streamlined tools of any YouTube converter out there. No wonder it’s garnered nearly 600,000 Facebook likes since its initial launch.

Step 1: Navigate to the main Clip Converter website and enter the appropriate URL for the YouTube video you wish to download in the black text field near the top of the page. Select your desired video format options — MP4, 3GP, AVI or MOV. In most cases, choose MP4 or AVI, which are nearly universal video file formats that will likely be compatible with your devices.

Clip Converter File to Download Selection Screen

Step 2: Check the various conversion options once the expanded settings panel appears. By default, the conversion will span the entire duration of the video, but you can always click the check box directly left of Start of Video or End of video to manually enter start and stop times down to the specific second. Next, click the gray Continue button beside the URL box.

Note: Don’t click anything outside the gray Cloud Convert box. I downloaded some unwanted spam browser extensions because I clicked the “download” and “play” buttons that exist outside the Clip Converter’s gray box.

Clip Converter Selecting Start of Video

Step 3: Check the bubble directly left of your desired output resolution from the list below the URL box and name your video file in the text box below. Keep in mind that although resolution is limited based on the particular video in question, many YouTube videos offer 1080p resolution, as well as lower-res options for those looking to save space. We suggest always choosing the highest resolution available unless you’re truly limited on space. Once done, click the gray Start button at the bottom of the page to begin the conversion process.

Selecting Video Quality in Clip Converter

Step 4: Wait until your conversion is complete, this could take a few minutes. Click the gray Download button. Then rename the file and save it with your other videos before clicking the Save button in the bottom-right corner of the window. Then watch the video on your desktop or upload it to your mobile device as you would normally.

Conversion Successfully Completed in Clip Converter
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