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4K video is all the rage and YouTube is a great place to watch them. Streaming 4K video can be too bandwidth-intensive, so a better option is to save and play them with 4K Video Downloader.
Right now, it might be best to avoid 4K TVs. But if you have one or bought a high-resolution monitor, then you need 4K content. YouTube has several high-quality 4K videos like this mesmerizing video of the night sky.
Unfortunately, online YouTube downloaders don’t have the capacity to let you download and convert videos in 4K. In that case, 4K Video Downloader is a great option to turn to, whether you’re on Windows, Mac or Linux. And it’s got a lot more than just downloading videos.
As Simple As It Gets
You can’t get a video download interface that’s simpler than 4K Video Downloader. All you have to do is copy the URL of the video, open the program and paste. That’s it. The software analyzes the video and gives you a few options:
- Download Video or Extract Audio: For songs or TED talks, you could just grab the audio instead of the full video and listen to them on the go. The available file formats are MP4, FLV, MKV, 3GP, MP3, OGG, M4A.
- Choose Quality: From 4K all the way down to QCIF (144p), the lowest resolution available on YouTube, you can pick the quality of your downloaded video.
- Choose Folder: Point to the folder where you want the video to be saved and you’re ready to go!
Subtitles, 3D and Easy URL Capture
Along with those settings, 4K Video Downloader has two other features that set it apart. First, if the video has captions or subtitles, the program will grab those too and convert them into an SRT file. In fact, in the Preferences section, you can choose to embed those subtitles directly into the video.
Second, the software has the ability to download 3D videos as well. After all, if you’ve bought a high-end TV that can display those 4K resolutions, why not make it more realistic? Here’s how to find 3D YouTube videos.
Finally, YouTube videos are often embedded in various websites. Well, you can grab the website URL directly and paste it into 4K Video Downloader. The program is smart enough to find the YouTube clips in the page and offer to download those!
Smart Mode, Fast Mode
The coolest part about 4K Video Downloader is how fast it can make the whole process of grabbing a video. In Smart Mode, you can set up your preferences for the above settings to just how you want them; like always download at Original resolution, converting the clips to MKV and saving it in your preferred folder.
If you have Smart Mode set up, downloading a video from YouTube is as simple as copying and pasting the URL, forgetting about it.
Playlists, Channels & VEVO support
YouTube lets users make playlists which can very useful, like these 14 playlists to learn programming. If you want to download all of them using 4K Video Downloader, it’s simple: grab the playlist URL and paste it in, and the program will parse through the videos.
The next window lets you choose which videos you want to download, along with the video settings described above. Choose what you want and let it rip!
4K Video Downloader works the exact same way with YouTube channels. Say, you want to download these 10 amazing channels to subscribe to, just copy and paste the channel URL!
Saving videos from VEVO can be a bit tricky as YouTube has a restriction which stops you from downloading more than 3 times per week. But 4K Video Downloader fixes this behind the scenes so you never face any such restriction.
The free version of 4K Video Downloader will let you download 25 videos from any playlist, but you will have to pay for more.
Digging Through More Settings
The “Preferences” tab of the program has even more options, including the “intensity” to select the number of videos you want to be able to download at any time. It’s best to set this low so that YouTube doesn’t ban your IP address.
Plus, you can auto-create subdirectories, generate playlist files, add numeration to file names in playlists, and auto-add the resulting video and audio to iTunes. Indeed, 4K Video Downloader does its best to stay out of the way and get the job done. Now isn’t that what you want from smart software?
Try 4K Video Downloader, it works on Windows, Mac and Linux.