How to Convert YouTube Videos to MP4 on Mac (macOS Sierra Included)

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 many 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 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 learn more.

Easily Download and Convert YouTube Videos to MP4 on Mac

To import YouTube clips to iMovie, iPad, iPhone, you need to convert YouTube video to MP4 video on Mac, 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.

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Tutorial 1. How to Convert YouTube Videos to MP4 with iSkysoft in 3 Easy Steps

Step 1. Drag and drop YouTube videos to the YouTube MP4 Converter for Mac

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

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Step 3. Hit "Convert" button to start the Mac conversion on Mac OS X

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Video tutorial of converting Youtube to MP4 on Mac

Tutorial 2. How to Download and Convert YouTube to MP4 on Mac

With iSkysoft iMedia Converter Deluxe, you can download and convert YouTube file to MP4 file in one go. To do that, the app you need is the professional YouTube downloading and converting software.

Step 1. Download YouTube videos

Launch Safari and go to The Download button will show up at the top left corner of the video when it is detected on the webpage. Click the button and let the YouTube download wizard to do the thing for you. Alternatively, you can paste URL of the YouTube videos to the program for downloading.

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Step 2. Ready to convert YouTube videos

Click "Downloaded" on the left side of the program window to view the downloaded videos on the right. For the item(s) you would like to convert, and hit the "Convert" button on the right to convert YouTube videos to MP4 for Mac.

YouTube to MP4 Converter Mac

Step 3. Choose MP4 from output format list

In the pop-up window, choose MP4 from Video category. Click "OK" to start converting YouTube toMP4 format.

If you want to import the output video to Apple devices like iPad, iPod, iPhone and more for convenient playback, you can choose according to which Apple devices you have.

Then click the "OK" and the application will do the rest for you.

YouTube to MP4 Converter

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.

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Sep 13,2016 16:06 pm / Posted by to Convert MP4

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