YouTube has become such an online juggernaut that it presently counts more than 2.1 billion users worldwide, which is approximately 26% of the entire world population today!
That means that 1 out of every 4 people on earth is a YouTube user. In November 2022 alone, a total of 74.8 billion people visited YouTube, ranking it the second most popular website worldwide, just behind Google. Mind. Blown.
Considering the tremendous popularity of YouTube, it is no wonder that many of its users would like the option to download and save videos in MP4 format.
The best way to do that is to use an MP4 converter, a tool which allows you to download HD videos from YouTube, and then save and store them in high-quality and relatively small file sizes.
Most YouTube to MP4 converters work similarly - the first step is to copy the link to a YouTube video of your choice, set the MP4 format, and let the software download and convert the video.
There are so many converters available out there that it may be difficult to choose the perfect one, especially because many of them tend to be shady or even downright dangerous to your computer security and privacy.
So, here are some of the best options to convert videos to MP4 without compromising your online safety.
Subly is an easy-to-use tool that offers YouTube downloads in various formats that are social-media ready, so you can pick whichever aspect ratio you need for a social media platform of your choice.
Conveniently, you can also download your videos directly to Google Drive instead of downloading them on your desktop and then having to upload them to Google Drive.
Another great feature of Subly is a snippet tool that you can use to edit or shorten your videos, as well as create teasers that you can upload to social media.
You can also add text over video and use Subly to generate accurate captions and subtitles in a whole range of formats, as well as translate your videos into a truly astonishing number of languages.
To put it simply, when it comes to converting YouTube videos to MP4, there is no better choice than Subly. And it’s not just because we made it and we really, really love it. OK it is a bit. But, it’s mainly because we truly believe in it.
Snap Downloader features an easy-to-use interface. It supports both Windows and Mac operating systems, allows downloads from YouTube and Dailymotion and offers video quality ranging from 144p all the way to 8K.
In addition, it makes bulk downloads of YouTube playlists and specific channels easy, so you can download as many files as you want at the same time.
With Snap Downloader’s proxy configuration options, you can get around geo-restrictions and you can even schedule downloads for whatever time is convenient for you.
However, a free trial is available only for 24 hours. If you want to keep using this converter, you will have to purchase a license that starts at $7.99 a month for one computer. The best deal may be to get a lifetime license for $39.99 which is limited to one computer but is fortunately transferable.
Another video converter that rates high in customer satisfaction is iTubeGo, which is available in over 200 countries. One of its best features is a built-in browser that enables quick access to various video streaming services (more than 10,000 websites in total). Besides Windows and Mac operating systems, iTubeGo is also available for Android users.
Its turbo-fast feature helps users convert audio and videos in milliseconds. It also offers an option to edit out some portions of the video, as well as add music and dubbing. As far as security, iTubeGo includes SSL encryption that protects your data so you can download with peace of mind.
Unfortunately, the free version only supports a minimal number of functions. If you want to make use of all of its features, you will have to spring for a subscription plan that starts at $9.95 a month for one PC. You may catch a bundle deal (for example, one for Windows and Android) that offers considerable savings.
4K Video Downloader
4K Video Downloader is particularly known for its efficient performance and many helpful features, including downloads in 4K and 8K and an in-app proxy setup that you can use to download without any limitations.
That means you can also download private YouTube videos and playlists, as well as 3D YouTube videos in MP4, 3GP, FLV, and many other formats.
Similarly to Snap Downloader, free trial is limited and you will have to pay for most of the features. Even worse, once you open the account, the converter will spam you with numerous ads making the free trial practically pointless.
Plans go from €10 a year for a Lite license, which gives you access to the main features. To unlock all features, a Pro license will set you back €36 per year, which is a business-friendly option.
If you’re looking for a completely free converter, then YTMP3 is right for you. You can use YTMP3 to quickly and simply convert any YouTube video to MP3 (audio) or MP4 (video) and download it for free to your desktop, tablet and mobile devices. YTMP3 does not require any additional software or app, it is strictly web-based.
The downside of YTMP3 is that you can only convert one video at a time and only those that are up to 90 minutes in length. So, if you need to do bulk conversions or conversions for videos longer than 90 minutes, you will have to look for other options.
There have also been reports of issues with sound after conversion, so you will also have to thoroughly check your converted videos to ensure consistent audio quality. Still, this is the best free converter option available at the moment.
There are many other YouTube to MP4 converters out there, but these are the best, most reliable, and safest ones available. Finally, if you are concerned about the legality of downloading and converting videos from YouTube, you should keep the following in mind. If you are downloading videos for your personal use, you are legally in the clear. However, if you plan to monetize these videos in any way, you will have to get the legal rights to do so.
Now, go ahead, download, and convert away so you can save, store, and enjoy your favourite videos anytime, anywhere, and without the need for an internet connection. After all, if you download YouTube videos to MP4, they can really help you with your social media efforts. But, that’s a different story.