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How to Capture YouTube Video on Mac

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How to Capture YouTube Video on Mac

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 Capture Studio for Mac now to watch anytime – even on a Macbook without an Internet connection. This handy video recorder app for Mac OS X lets you grab videos of any kind from YouTube and even extract audio from them if it’s just the music you want.

Just download Movavi Screen Capture Studio and read the following step-by-step guide to learn how to record YouTube videos on Mac.

Step 1: Install the Video Ripper

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.

Step 2: Find Video and Set Up Recording

Step 2 - Select settings and download YouTube videos on Mac

Go to YouTube and find the video clip you want to rip, then launch Screen Capture Studio and set up the capture area. To do this, just drag the capture frame to fit the player size in the browser window, or open the Select Capture Area list and choose from a variety of preset frame sizes, you’ll find several designed for YouTube. Alternatively, you can set the capture area to full screen to record at maximum resolution.

Make sure that the System Audio capturing option is turned on – there should be a green checkmark over the speakers button; just press the button once to set it, if it’s not showing. Also, make sure sound capture from microphone is disabled, i.e. there is no green checkmark over 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. The software will stop capturing after the specified time has passed.

Step 3: Record Your Video

Step 3 - Record audio from YouTube on Mac with Movavi

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.

Step 4: Save the Video or Sound Extract

Step 4 - Save captured YouTube video on Mac

Once you’ve finished recording the video, a preview window will appear with all the available saving options. Here, you can quickly trim the excess footage by dragging the triangular markers at the beginning and/or end of the seeker bar. You can also click Edit to open the file in the built-in video editor for additional tweaking. For more information about editing, see the tutorial on the Video Editor for Mac.

If no further editing is required, expand the Save as list and choose the appropriate output format for your recording. Open the Video and audio category and choose the optimal option. If you want to just save the audio track from the recording, choose an audio format, for example MP3, and the video track will be excluded from the final file, so you can copy it to an audio player.

Now you know how to download YouTube Videos on Mac using our convenient YouTube downloader for Mac!

Movavi Screen Capture Studio is not just a great video grabber and the best YouTube to MP3 Converter for Mac! See what else it can do for you:

Disclaimer: Please be aware that Movavi Screen Capture Studio does not allow the capture of copy-protected video and audio.

Movavi Screen Capture Studio for Mac

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