How to Copy a YouTube Video to Your Computer
YouTube is probably the most popular video-sharing website in the world. Millions of music clips, short and long movies, TV broadcasts and educational programs are just waiting there for you to enjoy. But it’s not always convenient to watch the videos (especially the large ones) when you’re online, so it’s helpful to have an easy way to download videos from YouTube to local computers. Movavi Screen Capture lets you do just that! With this handy application for ripping videos, copying YouTube content to your hard drive is as easy as ABC – it's the best YouTube video downloader for your PC or Mac!
This guide applies to both the Windows and Mac versions of the program. To learn how to save YouTube videos to your computer, simply download the version you need and follow our guide below.
1. Install Screen Capture
After downloading, open the installation file and follow the on-screen instructions.
2. Prepare the Program
Launch YouTube and locate the video you want to rip, then launch our screen taker software. Select Record screen in the main window, when the program starts. Draw the program’s capture frame over the video in YouTube and adjust the frame size to fit your chosen video by pulling the edges of the frame. You can also open the Capture Area list to choose from a range of preset frame sizes; you’ll find special presets for YouTube there, too. If you want to rip the video at full screen, select your monitor's name in the Full Screen section.
You can also set the length of the recording. To do this, go to Capture > Schedule Recording*, place a checkmark against the appropriate option, set the timer, and click OK. Our video-grabbing software will automatically stop capturing after the period of time you specify.
* On a Mac, the menu bar is located on top of your screen.
3. Rip the Video from YouTube
Click the REC button to start recording. After a five-second countdown, our video copier will begin capturing, so get ready to start playing your YouTube video. Use the Cancel, Pause, or Stop buttons to control the process. You can also use hotkeys: in the Windows version of the program press F9 to pause/resume the capturing or F10 to stop. If you use a Mac, press ⌥ ⌘ 1 and ⌥ ⌘ 2 respectively. After clicking Stop, the recording will be automatically saved in MKV format and open in a new preview window. If you want to cut your video or export it in another format, go to the next step.
4. Cut and Convert the YouTube Video (Optional)
After the capture process is complete, you can cut out those parts of the video you no longer want. Place the white marker on the timeline onto the beginning of an unneeded segment and click the scissors, then do the same to mark the end point. Select this segment of the video and click the trash can to delete it. To save changes and convert the video, click the Save As button.
In the new dialog window, choose one of the five featured format presets, or open the More presets list and choose the format you want. Click the Save button when you’re done.
Congratulations! You’ve just learned how to copy a YouTube video directly to your hard drive. With our video saver, it’s all done in just a few minutes!
Movavi Screen Capture
The perfect way to record from your screen
- Capture video from your computer screen
- Grab sound from multiple sources
- Save recordings without quality loss
- Export videos in any popular format
Disclaimer: Please be aware that Movavi Screen Capture does not allow capture of copy-protected
video and audio streams.