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Looking for an easy tool to download online audio and videos right from your desktop? Maybe you’ve been wanting to download entire playlists from YouTube but didn’t want to spend hours downloading each video one by one.
4K Video Downloader is a simple application for Windows, Mac, and Ubuntu that can do this for you in just a few clicks. In a nutshell it can download high-quality video, audio, and subtitles from a variety of online websites like YouTube and Soundcloud as fast as your Internet connection will allow.
For this review I’ve used the Ubuntu version.
Installing 4K Video Downloader
When you visit the 4K Video Downloader website, it will automatically detect your operating system and provide the appropriate download link. For Ubuntu I was able to download a .deb file.
Installation is very quick, and upon opening the program for the first time, a “Thank You” page will also open as a new tab in your browser.
Downloading YouTube Videos and Playlists
Downloading videos and playlists from YouTube is really easy – even a novice can do it. To download a YouTube playlist, go to YouTube and find something that you want to download. For this example I’ll be downloading Make Tech Easier’s “Mac OS X Tips & Tricks” playlist on YouTube.
Next, copy the link, open 4K Video Downloader (if you haven’t already) and click on the “Paste Link” button at the top-left corner of the application window.
4K Video Downloader will recognize the link as a playlist and ask if you’d like to download the whole playlist or just the clip.
Since the link I selected was for a playlist, I wasn’t sure what “clip” it was referring to, so I first clicked on “Download Clip” to see what would happen. A file was parsed, and a window popped up allowing me to download a single clip which turned out to be the first video in the playlist; you can download videos in six common resolutions.
If you click on “Download Playlist,” though, it will instead parse each video on the playlist and prompt you to download them all instead. There are checkboxes next to each video, so if there are some that you don’t want, you can simply uncheck them. You can choose MP4, MKV, or 3GP format. You can also choose to download the videos or just extract the audio from them instead.
There are three video formats: MP4, MKV, and 3GP. You can also choose to just extract the audio from them instead if you don’t want the video footage. If the videos have subtitles, there’s a box that you can check to include those with your download as well as a language box if there happens to be other versions available.
Be sure that you have the proper location selected at the bottom of the window because once you click on “Download” they will all be downloaded and saved there.
When it comes to the video quality, I’m very happy with how it looks and sounds on my computer. I’m also impressed with how quick and smooth the entire process is. You would think it would take a bit of time to download an entire playlist, but it only took a minute to do so.
Downloading from Other Sources
You can also download audio and videos from other websites including Facebook, Soundcloud, Vimeo, Flickr, Vevo, Tumblr, and more (even adult sites). All you have to do is copy the media link and click on “Paste Link.” Again, 4K Video Downloader will automatically detect the link along with the associated content.
For instance, here is a free song available for download on Soundcloud that I instead downloaded via 4K Video Downloader.
Since it’s audio, there are obviously different quality types: 128k, 256k, 320k, and original. You can also choose to download it in MP3, MP4, or OGG format. Again, everything is quick and easy since 4K Video Downloader does most of the work for you.
Activate Smart Mode for Faster Downloading
One cool thing about 4K Video Downloader is the “Smart Mode” feature. With this you can download any video(s) in just one click. You simply choose your desired format, quality, and output directory. Using this info, the program will apply these settings to all future downloads.
Just check the “Enable Smart Mode” box to enable it, click on “OK,” and you’re good to go.
The next time you click on “Paste Link” (e.g. a YouTube playlist), you’ll bypass the step where you choose the format, quality, etc. Instead, the videos will start to download immediately and will be saved to your chosen location.
Subscribe to YouTube Channels
Another cool feature is the ability to subscribe to YouTube channels for automatic downloads. Imagine having videos from your favorite YouTubers right on your computer, soon after they’re uploaded to YouTube. If you choose to save them to a cloud service like Dropbox, for instance, you can even access them on your mobile device.
While this is a very cool and impressive feature, it does require a license for 4K Video Downloader. You’ll be prompted to activate the software for a small fee (currently $9.95 for a lifetime license that can be used on up to three computers).
I’m pretty cheap when it comes to purchasing software licenses, but this is one that I can actually see myself splurging for.
4K Video Downloader is a breath of fresh air when it comes to downloading videos and audio individually and in bulk. It’s really easy to use and also works quickly to deliver high-quality results. Plus, all of its features are extremely useful, and there’s no extra effort needed. I couldn’t be happier.