If you are one of those persons who like to save local copies of YouTube videos, 4k Video Downloader might be a great tool for you. It offers a very simple way to download and convert YouTube videos, or to extract their audio stream. Besides, the program can be used to download entire playlists and channels, and to download videos from websites other than YouTube, like Vimeo and Dailymotion.
The program offers a really simple user interface with just the elements you need to download videos from YouTube and other sites. Although this may be a downside for many users, it also makes this program one of the most suitable for beginners, due to its ease of use. Basically, you just need to copy your video's URL and paste it into the program's main window, using the "Paste URL" button. A small window appears automatically and allows you to select the download quality, the output format (among MP4, FLV, MKV, and 3GP), and the output folder. Alternatively, you can also select to extract the audio from your video file, for which the supported output formats are MP3, M4A, and Ogg.
However, if you don't want to repeat this process for every single download, you can also use the "smart mode" offered by the program. It allows you to predefine an output format, a quality level and an output location for all your videos, saving you a lot of time. 4k Video Downloader also includes several extra features that are rarely present in other similar video downloaders. For example, it allows you to download subtitles from YouTube and to download YouTube videos embedded in other websites.
All in all, my final verdict would be that, despite the small number of options and supported output formats, 4k Video Downloader is an excellent tool to download videos from YouTube – or to extract their audio stream – unless you have very specific and advanced video downloading needs. Besides, the program is absolutely free, so that you have nothing to lose by giving 4k Video Downloader a try.
- Very easy to use
- Allows you to extract the audio stream from YouTube videos
- Supports downloading entire playlists and channels
- Allows you to download subtitles from YouTube
- It may be too simple for advanced users