3 Methods to Download YouTube Video Losslessly

Posted by Nick Orin on Nov 11, 2019 6:10 PM
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Watching YouTube videos is an everyday routine for many people including me. The best time to watch YouTube videos is the commuting time since we are all busy with our life and work the rest of the time. When there is no Wi-Fi network, downloading YouTube videos offline can save you a lot of mobile data, whether you are on the bus, on a trip, or on a flight.

Another fair reason to download YouTube videos is the device problem. For example, the "mirror" feature in the newly launched TV set can mirror the YouTube video streaming on your phone to the TV screen, which gives you an unprecedented experience to enjoy your favorite YouTube video on a bigger screen and better sound system. However, for some old TV sets, there is no such "mirror" feature. So, to watch YouTube videos on an old TV, you may need to go through the old technique: save the video to local and transfer them to your TV by USB. But before that, how do we download video from YouTube?

How to Download a YouTube Video

1. Subscribe to YouTube Red

YouTube doesn't really offer any "free" way for you to download YouTube video. But with the subscription to YouTube Red, you can save the videos offline inside the YouTube app. If you are a subscribe, there are a lot more privileges and features for you to enjoy. For example, there will be no ad during your watching and you can have full access to Google and Music Play. It's just, YouTube Red cost $11.99 a month. This is relatively expensive compared to Netflix's plan.

2. Using YouTube Video Downloader

Another way to directly download YouTube video is to use the "YouTube downloader", such as 4K Video Downloader and WinX YouTube Downloader. Usually, you just need to copy and paste the URL of the videos to the programs and they can help you easily download YouTube videos.

3. Capture YouTube Video with TunesKit Screen Recorder

If you are not trying to download the all-length of the video but prefer to capture some terrific footage and edit them, if you want to download not only YouTube videos but also Vimeo videos or other web videos, TunesKit Screen Recorder is the perfect choice for you. TunesKit Screen Recorder can record everything happening on your screen whether it is video or audio. Based on that feature, it can help you record YouTube video, video calls, streaming audio, and make a video tutorial on your computer. TunesKit Screen Recorder is multi-purposed and has more flexibility to use than simply a YouTube Downloader.

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  • Caputure any videos play on your desktop, such as video calls, Twitch game video, and live streams
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How to Capture YouTube Video with TunesKit

In this section, you can learn how to capture and edit YouTube videos with TunesKit. We have both a video tutorial and a guide for you.

Step 1 Customize Size and Area to Record

Open the YouTube video that you want to record and then you need to adjust the window to Theater mode or Full screen. Also, select a higher quality to stream the YouTube video can help you get a higher-quality recording. After that, launch TunesKit Screen Recorder and click the "+" button on the left to customize the recording area.

Step 2 Change Recording Settings

adjust the settings

Click the "cog" icon to open the setting panel. For the basic record options, you can change the output folder and output format as you want. To capture lossless video, choose the format under "HD Video". In the record time options, you can use the time scheduler to set a time to begin and end the recording. This feature is very convenient and you can leave the recorder to finish everything automatically. In the cursor options setting, we suggest you uncheck all the boxes to hide the mouse if you don't want it to show in the recording.

Step 3 Capture YouTube Video

start recording

When all the settings are done, hit on the "REC" button to start capturing the YouTube video. Click the "stop" button when you finish the recording. If you set the hotkey to start/stop capture, you can press the hotkey on your keyboard to finish the whole process. After that, you can edit the recording using the built-in video editor.

The Final Thoughts

Today's passage talks about why we have the needs to download YouTube video and provides 3 solutions to download YouTube videos. As long as you don't mean to steal video or content from YouTube, it's OK to download YouTube videos for your own personal use.

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