If in need of a simple and free tool to grab online videos to watch them offline, 4K Video Downloader is an interesting option to consider. With support for batch download, you can save a copy of as many YouTube, Vimeo, DailyMotion, Flickr, or Facebook videos in your preferred choice of format and quality.
All you have to do to start downloading is paste as many URLs as you wish to the program’s interface. It will analyze each request individually, offering you to download the selected video in any of the output formats and quality levels available on the site or to extract its audio stream as an MP3, M4A, or Ogg file. If you want to avoid going through this process every time you paste a new link, you can turn Smart Mode on. Here you can define the output folder, your favorite format, the quality (set it to “Original” for the highest one), and if you want to download any subtitles present in the original video and in what languages. From then on, all you need to do is paste the desired URL and wait for the program to grab your video according to your preferences.
Some of the most interesting features offered by 4K Video Downloader require you to purchase and activate a license key. Once your copy of the program has been registered and paid for, you will be allowed to download entire YouTube playlists and to subscribe to your favorite YouTube channels – the app will monitor those channels for you and will download to the desired folder automatically any new videos uploaded to any of those channels.
Finally, this useful free tool comes with some basic – yet worth using – tools to help you manage and organize your downloads. Thus, you can tell the program to create specific sub folders for your playlists and channels, number the file names of all the videos in a playlist, skip duplicate files (still in an experimental phase), embed subtitles when possible, or search for audio tags using the track title, among others.
4K Video Downloader is neat, easy to use, and efficient, but not perfect. It lacks some features present in similar tools, such as a resume download option or the possibility of limiting the download speed to preserve your bandwidth for other tasks. Still, if you don’t find those limitations and the need to buy a secret license key to enjoy some of its advanced features too worrying, I recommend you give it a try.
- Selectable download quality
- Downloads subtitles
- Batch download
- Support for 360º videos
- Downloads playlists
- No download speed limiter
- Can't resume broken downloads
- Extra functionality requires acquiring a license key