YouTube is overflowing with extraordinary video footage, music clips and collections – several more hours of video will have been uploaded by the time you’ve read this tutorial. But your favorite clips might not be there forever – who knows? Don’t take the risk – you can start capturing them in HD with Movavi Screen Recorder for Mac now to watch anytime – even on a MacBook without an Internet connection. This handy video recorder app for Apple’s Mac OS X lets you grab YouTube videos of any kind and even extract high-quality audio from them if it’s just the music you want.
Just download Movavi Screen Recorder and read the following step-by-step guide to learn how to record YouTube videos on Mac.
After downloading the installation file from Movavi’s website, double click on it to open the installation window and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.
Go to YouTube and find the video clip you want to rip, then launch Screen Recorder and set up the capture area. To do this, draw the capture frame over the video to fit size of the player in the browser window. After drawing the initial frame, you can choose from a variety of preset frame sizes by opening the Capture Area list – you’ll find several specifically designed for YouTube! Alternatively, you can set the capture area to full screen to record at maximum resolution.
Make sure that the System Audio capture option is turned on – the appropriate icon should be highlighted in green; just press the button once to set it if it’s turned off. Also, make sure sound capture from the microphone is disabled, i.e. there is no green highlight on the Microphone button, to avoid any external sound interference.
Is the video long? There’s no need to sit and stare at the screen throughout the recording – instead just click the alarm clock button to open the capture timer options and enter the recording duration. Click OK to apply changes. The software will stop capturing after the specified time has passed.
Press the REC button to start capturing the screen. Make sure you start playing the YouTube video once the countdown has finished to be sure of capturing all of it. If you grab a little extra in the beginning or end, you can always trim the excess later. Use the Cancel, Pause and Stop buttons to manage the recording process or use these hotkeys: press ⌥ ⌘ 1 to pause/resume capturing and ⌥ ⌘ 2 to stop. After clicking Stop, the recorded video will be automatically saved on your Mac in MKV format and open in the preview window. If you want to cut it or convert it to another format, go on to step 4.
If you want, you can quickly edit out any excess footage in the preview window. First, put a white marker at the start point of the unwanted segment and click the Scissors icon. Repeat this action to mark the end point of the unwanted segment. Now click on the marked section and press the Trash Can icon. To apply changes and convert the recording, click Save As.
In the new export window, select the desired output format for your recording. For saving just the audio track from the recording, choose MP3, and the video track will be excluded from the final file, so you can copy it to an audio player separately. Finally, click Save to start the conversion.
Now you know how to copy YouTube videos on Mac using our convenient YouTube grabber for Mac!
Disclaimer: Please be aware that Movavi Screen Recorder does not allow capture of copy-protected
video and audio streams.