YouTube to MP4: How to Convert YouTube Videos to MP4 on Mac and Windows

YouTube is a very popular video-sharing site that provides lots of videos for users to share and view. It also allows you to upload videos. You can find a variety of funny videos there. But do you have troubles in downloading these great videos on Mac (Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion included) or Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista? Or you can't play the YouTube videos on your iPad, iPhone or other portable devices? If you do have such problems, just read this article to how to convert YouTube to MP4.

To import YouTube clips to iMovie, iPad, iPhone, you need to convert YouTube video to MP4 video on Mac or Windows PC, because MP4 is widely supported by many popular portable devices like iPad, iPod, Xbox etc. A general video converter will do the tricks. Here, I humbly recommend an easy-to-use iSkysoft iMedia Converter Deluxe which gives you a hassle-free experience. After conversion, you can also use them on your iPad, iPhone or other devices. Moreover, you can use this tool as a YouTube video downloader to download YouTube videos.

Tutorial 1. How to Convert YouTube Videos to MP4

Step 1. Import YouTube videos to the YouTube MP4 Converter

Use "Add Files" button to import YouTube video from your Mac or Windows PC, or directly locate the YouTube video in your folder, then drag and drop them to this YouTube to MP4 converter.

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Step 2. Select MP4 as output format in the format tray

From the format list, select MP4 from Video tab. Here you could also change encode settings like bitrate, frame rate, encoder, quality, etc. by clicking the Setting icon beside. This Youtube to MP4 converter also allows you to edit YouTube videos before conversion such as Trim, Crop, Rotate, Add Effects, etc. For editing need, select the corresponding editing icon under the preset window of each video.

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Step 3. Hit "Convert" button to start the YouTube MP4 conversion

When everything is ready, return to the main window and hit Convert button on the right of each video display bar. For multiple YouTube videos to MP4 conversion, click the "Convert All" button at bottom right. Wait few minutes, you will get a pop-up window to remind the completed progress when all the conversion is done!

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Key Features of the Best YouTube to MP4 Video Converter:

  • Easily download any videos from Youtube or 1,000+ online video sharing sites with ease.
  • Convert downloaded Youtube videos to 150+ format, including MP4, MOV, AVI and more.
  • Download and convert Youtube video to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch format directly.
  • Transfer downloaded or converted Youtube video to mobile devices with USB cable.
  • Offer a set of useful handy tools like GIF maker, video recorder, DVD copy, etc.
  • Edit to enhance output video performance by Trim, Crop, Add Effects, Watermark, Subtitles, etc.

How to Download and Convert YouTube to MP4

With iSkysoft iMedia Converter Deluxe for Mac or Windows, you can download and convert YouTube file to MP4 format in one go. To do that, the app you need is the professional YouTube video converter software.

Step 1. Download YouTube videos

Launch Safari and go to Open any YouTube video you want to download and convert, and then copy the URL of the video. Return to the main interface of this YouTube converter, and then paste the URL in the Download tab by clicking "Paste URL" button. Apart from downloading by URL, you could also capture YouTube videos by "Record Video" button beside.

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Step 2. Ready to convert YouTube videos

Once finished the download process, click "Finished" tab in the upper part to view the downloaded videos. Right click on the item(s) you would like to convert, and select "Add to Convert List", then return to the Convert tab on top of the main interface.

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Step 3. Choose MP4 from output format list

Now you can follow the steps in Tutorial 1 to convert downloaded YouTube videos to any format according to your need. Select MP4 format from the output format list, edit the video or change encode settings if need. If you want to import the output video to Apple devices like iPad, iPod, iPhone and more for convenient playback, you can choose the corresponding model in Device tab of the format list. When complete all settings, click the "Convert" or "Convert All" and the YouTube MP4 converter will do the rest for you.

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Optional: Convert YouTube to MP4 Online

You can also try online video converter to convert your YouTube files to MP4, if you don't want to install a computer program. Try it below:

Note: Because the online tool doesn't support "https", so if the content below was blank, please manually click the "Shield" icon on the right of your browser address bar to load the script. This action is secure without any harm to your data or computer.

Tips: What is MP4 Format?

The MP4 format is a video format that is easily recognized by almost all media players today. Whatever software or app you're using on your desktop or mobile device to play videos, MP4 remains to be the ultimate format of choice. In the same way, MP4 files can also be played by Smart TV's. It is for such reason why converting video files of other formats into MP4 is a common feat. While there are other formats that are technically as popular, they are not considered industry standards. That's also why most video downloaders over the internet creates output videos in the MP4 extension.

MP4 for Mac:

MP4 is also highly playable format on a Macintosh computer. It is recognizable by the Mac's native media player, which is Quicktime. In the same way, all other Quicktime alternatives can play MP4 files as designed. The MP4 format is very similar to the MOV video file, with the latter being used as the basis by the Moving Pictures Expert Group when they developed MP4.

MP4 for Windows:

Downloading videos in the MP4 format and then playing them on a Windows computer can be done with full ease as the following media players can work seamlessly with the extracted video file: Windows Media Player, VLC Media Player, and Media Player Classic. In many cases, all the codecs needed to process MP4 files are already present in the system. It could be that the installation of the software has added the codec or it is native with the operating system.

MP4 for all other Operating Systems:

All the other operating systems existing today, such as Linux and Unix, including mobile operating systems like Android and iOS, recognize the MP4 format quite efficiently. Users claim to have little to no issues encountered while playing video files in this format using the media players that are compatible with their systems.

iSkysoft Editor
Sep 28,2017 10:40 am / Posted by to Convert MP4

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