How to Download YouTube Videos Into MP4 Format

By Mitchell White

YouTube videos are "streamed" to your computer which means that after you close the browser window, you don't have access to the video anymore. This can be an issue if you want to watch the YouTube videos later on your MP4 player. You can remedy the situation by downloading some software that can download and convert your YouTube videos to a file in the MP4 format.

Step 1

Download and install some YouTube capture and convert software, like YouTube Downloader or YouTube Grabber.

Step 2

Copy the URL address of the YouTube video you want by highlighting it and then pressing and holding "CTRL" and "C."

Step 3

Open the YouTube program and paste the address into the appropriate textbox. Some programs will do this for you automatically once you copy the address.

Step 4

Click the button to download the file. It usually downloads in FLV format.

Step 5

Select the option to now convert the file you just downloaded. Select the output format of "MP4." Click "OK" to convert the file to MP4.