YouTube videos. Every student, every faculty members, and every staff member I know has YouTube installed and devotes perhaps too much time to checking out the latest trending videos. What if you want to capture and save a video?
Friday Is Free
For many years Mac360 had a weekly feature called Friday Freebies. Free Mac apps once were all the rage but thanks to the Mac’s customer growth through the years, the Mac App Store, and the new subscription app model, Friday Freebies were fewer and farther between.
ClipGrab is a blast from the past, a Mac donationware app that lets you download and save YouTube videos.
What you see is what you get.
ClipGrab is simple to setup and use. You don’t even have to fire up Safari or Chrome to browse for YouTube videos. Just enter the search keywords and ClipGrab does the deed. Find a video you want to save and ClipGrab does everything you need, including converting the video so it runs OK on your Mac.
ClipGrab’s user interface is drop dead simple.
Enter search keyboards to find a video. Select where on your Mac you want to save the video once it has been downloaded and converted. That makes it simple to create a collection of YouTube videos and organize them on your Mac.
ClipGrab does YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook and other sites with standard videos.
It even handles most modern video formats, including MPEG4, MP3 (audio), WMV (Windows Media), plus OGG Vorbis and OGG Theora (geeky). You can also choose to keep the video in its original format so no conversion takes place. MPEG4 videos can even be saved to run on iPhone and iPad.
The app has been around a few years and adopted donationware status but that’s close enough to run on Friday Freebies.