My in-flight entertainment usually involves movies or TV shows downloaded from iTunes. But then I thought, why not get more value out of that time and watch some programs with a little more educational value?
YouTube is loaded with videos that I have wanted to watch including TED Talks, speeches, business lectures and how-to demonstrations. But streaming those videos would require an Internet connection and my flight didn’t offer that amenity.
The solution was a program called 4K Video Downloader (https://www.4kdownload.com/). It’s a handy utility that lets you capture and download video clips from online streaming sources on the web. As the name indicates, it will download the super-resolution 4K content that is starting to appear online, but it will also handle video in other formats and resolution levels.
I downloaded the app from the 4K Video Downloader website and installed it on my Mac. When launched, the program puts a small window on your desktop to manage the downloads and it requires no technical knowledge to operate. All you have to know is how to copy the URL of of the video you want to capture from the location window in your browser.
For my first download, I selected a video that I’ve wanted to watch for, oh, maybe 10 years. It’s the commencement address that Apple CEO Steve Jobs gave at Stanford University in 2005. When I found the video on YouTube, I highlighted the URL, which put the address in my Mac clipboard, then clicked the “Paste Link” button at the top of the 4K Video Downloader window.
The next step is to choose the the format you want for the downloaded version — MP4, M4K, MKV, among others – and the level of resolution. You can stick with the original quality or choose a reduced level if you want to reduce the file size to save space. Other options let you includes subtitles, if they’re available, and designate where you want the file to land. By default, downloads are stored in the same folder where the app resides.
Next, I clicked the “Download” button and the process began. the the copying starts. In this case, a video of 111 megabytes with a 22-minute running time took a little under one minute to download. I launched the new file in QuickTime and, to my eyes, it looked exactly like the streamed version. The new MP4 file can be loaded into iTunes where you can access it from Apple TV or copy it to an iPhone or iPad.
While I only tested the program with a single YouTube video, the 4K Video Downloader website says it will also work with other online video sources such as Vimeo, SoundCloud, Flickr and Facebook. The app is free but users can purchase an upgrade version that lets you download everything that’s tagged to a playlist or published on a channel.
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