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Pocket your favorite videos with our guide to downloading YouTube videos

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Any Video Converter (Windows/Mac OS X)

Besides being one of our go-to choices for extracting audio from a video file, Any Video Converter 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.

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 is a useful feature 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 main Any Video Converter website and click the blue Download button on the right-hand side, directly beneath the software description.

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Step 2: Once downloaded, launch Any Video Converter and follow the install instructions. The setup file will essentially ask you to click the Next button several times, followed by the Install button. Be careful to avoid installing unneeded third party software, by not consenting to their terms of service: 

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Leave boxes like these unchecked and you should be fine, but be on the lookout: new tricks are added to installers all the time.

Step 3: Once open, select your desired video output from the drop-down menu in the top-right corner and click the Add URL(s) button at the top of the application window. Here you can click the green “+” icons to add URLS. Unlike Clip Converter, you can also add multiple files to the conversion queue.

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Step 4: The video you wish to convert should instantly appear in the application window on the left-hand side. Click the desired video you wish to convert and specify the various output settings — file name, save location, video size, quality, etc. — from the panel in the bottom right of the window. Like Clip Converter, you can also enter specified start and stop times, as well as choose from a variety of available output formats, aspect ratios, and audio facets. Click the blue Convert Now button at the top of the window once you’re satisfied with your output results. Then, simply watch the video on your desktop or upload it to your mobile device as you would normally.

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