For many of us, YouTube is the primary source of entertainment and information. However, what can we do, if for some reason we want to watch specific videos offline on different devices? One solution is to subscribe to the YouTube premium service, but this comes at a price. In this article, we present three free applications to find the best YouTube converter that suits your needs.
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Here, we have to clarify that downloading videos from YouTube is an act that violates the site's terms of service agreement, unless we use their paid service.
Moreover, we chose the following free apps because of their ability to download and convert 4K YouTube videos.
Any Video Converter Free
This free application is one of the best of its kind out there, for two reasons. It is very easy to use and offers many file formats to export the videos.
Also, AVC performs great as a YouTube converter and downloader. The program supports 4K conversion, and we can download YouTube videos without hassle by pasting their URL into the software.
On the other hand, the main disadvantage is the additional advertising software which the AVC's installer includes. Nevertheless, we can easily disable it either manually during the setup process, or with the Unchecky application.
Initially, to install the program, we go to its official website to download the executable file. Afterward, we make sure to uncheck the bundled software during the installation.
Once we are ready, to download a YouTube video we paste the URL in the main screen, and the process starts automatically.
Now, if we right-click the video → “Open Source File Location”...
...we will see the default location of the files. In addition to the WebM video file, AVC also downloaded all the available subtitles as well.
So, if we want to convert this video file to a different format, we head to the upper right corner to select a profile. There, we will find a wide variety of formats to choose from.
Then, we move to the basic settings at the bottom right of the screen to change them according to our preferences. The most important ones are the output folder, the video size, and the quality of the video.
Under the basic settings category, we will see the video options that include the selection of the codec, the bitrate, and the framerate.
Lastly, if we want to tweak the audio settings, we can do it further below in the corresponding options.
At this point, we have to mention that if we like to embed subtitles, we go to the source video on the main screen. There, we click “Add Subtitle” from the drop-down menu and select the respective file.
The only thing left now is to hit the “Convert” button at the top right corner of the window.
4K Video Downloader
4K Video Downloader is another excellent free software that does a great job as a YouTube converter and downloader.
Its main difference with the previous application is that this program allows us to convert a YouTube video to four video formats (MP4, MKV, FLV, 3GP). Also, 4K Video Downloader does not contain any unwanted advertising software during the setup.
To use the application, we first go to its website to download the installation file. As we will see, 4K Video Downloader has a clean user interface, without too many options to confuse us.
This means that the program is ideal for the average user who wants a quick solution for watching YouTube videos offline.
To download and convert a YouTube video, we paste the URL in the main screen. Once the app analyzes it…
...a new window will appear with the basic settings. From there, we can choose the video format, the video quality, and the destination folder of the converted file.
Finally, if we like to embed subtitles in the video, we press “Preferences” → “General” to enable the respective option.
The last YouTube converter on our list is ClipConverter, which is an online web application. This tool is suitable for those who seek the easiest way to download and convert a YouTube video, without installing any software.
To ensure that ClipConverter is free from malware, we scanned the website with VirusTotal. One antivirus software out of 66 classified ClipConverter as malicious.
However, this must be a false positive detection because all the top Internet security brands found the app safe.
So, if we decide to use this service, we paste the URL of the YouTube video in the corresponding field.
Once we press “Continue,” a new browser window will appear redirecting us to an advertising page. Then, we close this window and move back to the official ClipConverter website.
Now, as we can see, we can select the video quality and the conversion format. The last thing we have to do is to click the “Start” button.
Here, we have to say that during the above process our computer was protected with BitDefender Antivirus, and no malicious event occurred.
Do you know any other free 4K YouTube converter worth mentioning?
If you happen to know another free YouTube converter that supports 4K video conversion and downloading, write a comment below.
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