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Pocket your favorite videos with our guide to downloading from YouTube

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Any Video Converter (Window, MacOS)

Besides being one of our go-to choices for extracting audio from a video file, Any Video Converter Free is also a fantastic tool for downloading and converting videos from YouTube. The software supports a handful of file formats including AVI, WMV, MKV — and more than 50 other accessible formats — in addition to batch conversion, a customizable output management tool for tailoring your video for your desired device, and several other editing tools. The premium version also includes a bunch of tools that the free version lacks.

Like Clip Converter, video files can be trimmed to a specified length by inputting the appropriate start and end times, and there is even a function that will allow you to merge multiple videos in varying formats into a single, unified file. The added video-editing tools for cropping, editing codecs, and the like are useful features that most YouTube downloaders lack. AVC doesn’t feature any intuitive URL grabber or search function, but copy and pasting your video’s URL in the box is easy enough.

Step 1: Navigate to the AVC website — Windows users click here; Mac users click here — and click the green Free Download button on the right side of the page.

Step 2: Once downloaded, launch the installer and follow the on-screen instructions. Depending on your operating system, the setup file might ask you to click the Next button several times, followed by the Install button. If you’re a Windows user, be careful to avoid installing any third-party software. To do so, leave boxes like the ones below unchecked.


Step 3: Once open, select Download Video at the top and click the ADD URL button in the lower-left corner. Copy the URL of the YouTube video you want to download and paste it into this box. After a few moments, the app should show a drop-down menu with several different versions of said video. Here, you can sort by file size, type, or video resolution, allowing you to choose which version(s) you want to save. Check the appropriate boxes and click OK.

Step 4: Select a file destination from the menu on the right, then click the blue Start Download button in the bottom-right corner. Once finished, the file will show up in your History tab. From here, simply watch the video on your desktop or upload it to your mobile device as you would normally.

This article was originally published on December 10, 2015, and updated on March 23 by Nick Hastings to include instructions for using VLC on a Mac. 

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