Using a Mac has certain rewards and risks. The former comes by way of excellent applications which do what they do with elegance, as if they’re a part of the Mac itself. The latter is what happens when you try a new or different app and it fails to live up to expectations.
Stuff happens. But not today.
For every Mac user who’s browsed the web and wanted to collect and save videos from YouTube, Vimeo or hundreds of other sites, here’s the way to do it right. The app you need is called Downie. It downloads videos from websites, including YouTube and over three hundred other video centric sites.
This app is best of class. Here’s why.
Great Mac apps have a balance of usability and functionality. In other words, easy to use, modest learning curve, but with most of the additional features you may want or need within easy reach; a click or two.
Want a video from YouTube? Drag and drop the video’s URL from Safari onto Downie.
Downie finds the video and begins the process to download the video to your Mac. Monitor the progress from the download page.
That simple process makes Downie about as easy to use as is possible short of someone sending you every video you want. Downie supports more than 300 different websites including YouTube and Vimeo, including HD videos, and up to 4K from YouTube. That’s right. 4K videos.
Downie can be setup to store the video in iTunes automatically. Just want the audio track and not the video? Can do. Not sure where to go to find sites with videos you can download? Downie handles that, too, with a click to the Preferences and Sites tab.
If Apple decided to create an app for video downloads it would probably look, feel, and function much like Downie. A user once called Downie the 1Password of video downloads. That description fits. Unfortunately, you won’t find Downie on Apple’s Mac App Store. In deference to Google, the internet thief, Apple doesn’t allow apps which download videos from YouTube.