Maybe you spend your spare time watching videos on YouTube.com, the biggest streaming video site in the world. Yes, YouTube really enriches your life with a vast number of videos to choose from. The only fault you may find with it may be that it doesn’t provide easy download service. So it happens to the best of us to search around for a free but easy way to copy videos off the website. You can find the downloadhelper extension for Firefox, or just some websites which can help download videos. But you may always meet problems with the methods and what you really need may be a free program at hand which can be easy to handle and get around all the downloading problems. Here is a good option for you--Wondershare free youtube downloader (free youtube downloader for Mac). It can automatically detect YouTube videos and download them for free. Now let’s check how the free video downloader works below.
Download the program and get it installed. This program has two versions and we will take the windows version for an example. To learn how to use the free video downloader for Mac which is almost the same, please check its user guide.
1 Find the video you like
Launch your browser and go to YouTube.com. Navigate to find the video and click it to play.
Note: The program supports the big three browsers as IE, Firefox and Chrome.
2 Download the video with the free video downloader
When the video starts loading, you can find a Download button on the upper right of the video screen. Click it and the video will start downloading.
Or you can copy the url of the video and go to the program to click Paste Url button. You can get the same result.
This is the end of downloading a video from YouTube with the free video downloader. You can keep searching for more videos to download while letting the program work in the background.
3 Convert the downloaded videos (only after updated)
The videos downloaded from YouTube are always in the flash format. If you want to play on portable devices, you have to get them converted. The convert function becomes workable when you get the program updated. When you click Convert button on the right of the video item in the Downloaded category and choose the output format, then click OK, a pop-up window will appear to ask you to upgrade. We strongly suggest you to get it updated because you can get more functions. For example, you can download videos from almost all the common video sites other than YouTube, and what matters more is you can convert the videos and get them to play on your portable devices. Just have a try and you will get more surprises.