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How do I capture YouTube video to my computer? Most YouTube fans would like to enjoy YouTube videos on their computer or mobile devices offline at anytime. Or they might want to download their favorite YouTube videos or music videos for storage or sharing with others. You are also in the need to capture video from YouTube, here is the right place for you. This article will help you capture YouTube video to computer (Mac or Windows) and even on mobile devices like iPhone SE, iPhone 6S iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5, iPad, iPod, PSP, etc.

The Best YouTube Capture Software

We highly recommended iSkysoft Free Video Downloader for Mac (or iSkysoft Free Video Downloader for Windows) to capture any YouTube video you want. It is free software that will help you in recording your YouTube videos directly on your Mac (OS X 10.10 Yosemite, 10.11 EL Capitan, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion, and Snow Leopard) and Windows 10, 7, 8, XP and Vista. With this free YouTube downloader, you can capture YouTube HD videos and VEVO videos for free at 3X faster speed.

    See More Features of This Free YouTube Downloader:

  • One click download videos from YouTube and 1000+ more sites in high quality.
  • Download all videos in a YouTube playlist or Lynda playlist.
  • Capture YouTube videos with just the video URL.
  • Convert videos to any video/audio formats.
  • Record video from Netflix, Hulu, Hollywood movies, etc.

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Steps for captureing YouTube videos for free

This YouTube video capture software is a easy-to-use YouTube downloader. All you need to do is to download, install, and run it. This video recorder will help you to record and capture YouTube video in no time.


What You Will Need:

A Computer;
iSkysoft Free YouTube Downloader


Time Required:

Very fast (Variable depending on the video file size)




Step 1 Install and launch the program

The installation is very simple with the help of on screen prompts. After the installation process, the YouTube capture will launch automatically.

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Step 2 Capture YouTube video or music video for free

Now go to and play the video you would like to save. When the video is playing, this iSkysoft Free Video Recorder will provide you with a "Download" button to start capturing YouTube videos to your computer.

1 click capture youtube video

Alternatively, you can simply copy and paste the YouTube URL to the program to download the video. Or you can drag and drop YouTube video URL to the program to initiate YouTube video capture.

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Step 3 Capture YouTube video to iPhone or Android

You should remember that all the original YouTube videos are in FLV file format, which cannot be played on almost all portable devices. You should have to convert your captured YouTube videos first from your computer to the universal MP4 file format, and it is then ready to be transferred on any of your portable device, such as iPod, iPad, iPhone, PSP, PS3, and more.

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With iSkysoft iTube Studio for Mac (or iSkysoft iTube Studio for Windows), you can not only record and capture video from YouTube on Mac (OS X 10.10 Yosemite) with high quality and fast speed, but also can directly capture YouTube to iPad, iPhone, iPod, Android devices, or any other devices. So you can play YouTube on the go.

With powerful yet easy to use capturing and converting features of iTube Studio for Mac, you can play and watch the recorded and captured YouTube video offline everywhere you go, and share and spread them with your family and close friends. Have fun and enjoy watching your recorded videos!

Video Tutorial on Capturing Video from YouTube

You might find some online tool to capture YouTube video online. However, this online solution will come with many limitations like only 1 video can be support at a time, reduce the video quality, limit the video size, or support less output format. While iSkysoft YouTube capture will help you to download multiple videos at one time, keep the original video quality and make YouTube video playable on almost any devices and editable with video editor. See the detailed comparison chart here.

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Brian Fisher
Hi RicciTopo, for this case, maybe you can contact our tech department at, and give details about your exactly need. We will follow up the case and help you to solve it.
Can I use this software to capture a youtube video and then add it to my website as a video player or do I need to capture the video and then build it into another video player? The video I wish to capture and add to my website is my own creation. I want to be able to add it to my website so that it can not be embeded or used by others.
Hi Fred, we are sorry for any inconvenience. Would you please tell us which video site and which browser you are using? And please directly send the detailed information to our customer service team at We will focus on the case and solve the problem for you. Please do not worry.
Free Downloader fails EVERY TIME and says "Failed to obtain video info".
I've tried this software and there was no big difference between the original size and what you capture. Anyway, if you are not satisfied with the size you can always use the converter to reduce the size.
Mihalcea Andrei
You mean the inability to convert the files as you wish is a flaw because you need a third party to convert the files however you want because the .flv format is not played by most of the gadgets.
Sean Dimple
Will the size of the capture will be much bigger than if you find some YouTube video download software and download the original video straight from their website? Is it worth it to use this software instead of download the video itself?
Stan Boston
The ability to convert the files at demand is a flaw but you can use alternatives in order to do that but i'm sure they will include this feature soon enough.
Albert Smith
For me it works very well on OS X Lion now but i have another question. How can i keep the quality at the same level because it seems to fade a bit while downloading and converting to .avi ?
I believe they fixed now and you can download it for mac. It sure is an useful tool when you want to capture your screen for tutorials.

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