2 Ways to Download and Convert YouTube to AVI (Apps & Online Tools Incl.)

Peter William
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When it comes to YouTube, what would you immediately think of?Popular, informative, content-rich, convenient, etc., anyway, the benefits are endless. You may want to convert YouTube to AVI so that you can use them in the video editor or play the video on home DVD players. How to download YouTube videos and convert them to AVI on Mac and Windows? If you are searching for the answer, here is no doubt the right place to obtain the best YouTube to AVI converters.

How to Convert YouTube to AVI with Desktop Apps?

Using Cisdem Video Converter (Mac App)

As one of the most common-used video downloader, Cisdem Video Converter for Mac gives you the opportunity to download videos from YouTube and other video-sharing websites. As its name says, it’s also a media converter tool with the ability to convert media files to different formats, including YouTube to AVI, FLV to MP4, MP4 to MP3, WMV to AVI, MKV to MP3, etc. Moreover, this YouTube to AVI converter is able to edit videos, rip DVD to videos and merge videos as well.

Step 1. Copy the YouTube URL

Find out the video from YouTube that you desire to convert to AVI format. Once you got your video, copy its URL.

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Step 2. Download YouTube Video

Run Cisdem YouTube to AVI converter on your Mac. Click on icon to go to "download" interface.

Paste the URL to the address box at the bottom and click icon to start downloading YouTube video on Mac. The file will be saved to your local directly.

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Step 3. Set AVI as Output Format

Drag YouTube video you have previously downloaded to the “convert” interface. Open the format panel by clicking the icon like “mp4”, and select “AVI Video” as output format.convert youtube to avi mac 03

Note: You can modify video parameters so as to get the best possible results. Click the gearwheel icon next to the “AVI Video” option. You will see a numbers of conversion profile options under the video and audio fields, including encoder (codec), frame rate (fps), bit rate (kbps), sample rate (hz), resolution (size), etc., for you to choose.

advanced settings

Step 4. Convert YouTube to AVI on Mac

When everything is ready, go back to the main interface and hit button. Just wait few minutes, the process of converting YouTube to AVI on Mac will be finished.

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Using HD Video Converter Factory (Windows App)

There are flooded with various YouTube to AVI converter programs for Windows users. HD Video Converter Factory is such a right tool to easily download and convert YouTube video to AVI, H264, WMV, AVC, MP3, OGG, MKA, etc. Its effective download and conversion function will assist you to get YouTube videos in AVI format step by step, and you will enjoy the fast rate and high quality.

  1. Install and launch Wonderfox HD Video Converter Factory on your Windows. There are two modules. Navigate to “Downloader”.
  2. Navigate to the YouTube website and find the video that you intend to save as an AVI file. Copy its video URL.
  3. Return to the program. Click “+ New Download” to call up a new dialog, and then click “Paste and Analyze”. convert youtube to avi windows 01
  4. Choose the format and resolution. Click "Ok" > "Download All" to save the YouTube video.
  5. Head to "Converter" module, and import the downloaded YouTube video file.
  6. Click on “Output Format” button on the right side. Choose “AVI” under “Video” category.
  7. Hit the "Run" button. convert youtube to avi windows 02

How to Convert YouTube to AVI Online Free?

If you don't want to use third-party apps very often, give a try on online service to finish the task once and for all. This way is free, convenient and quick. Now I will list two online YouTube to AVI converters for your reference.

#1 ClipConverter.cc

ClipConverter.cc is a popular YouTube to AVI converter online free. The page is available in 21 languages, such as English, German, French, Italian, Japanese, and more. Besides AVI, it also supports conversion from YouTube to AAC, MP3, M4A, MP4, 3GP, MOV, MKV. You will obtain the high quality converted YouTube video within a short time, regardless 720p, 1080p, or 4k.


  1. No need to install extra software on your device
  2. Download YouTube videos and convert YouTube to AVI for free


  1. Only supports few limited output formats
  2. Can’t download YouTube videos that contain music

youtube to avi converter online free #1

  1. Visit the Clip Converter website: http://www.clipconverter.cc/.
  2. Copy the YouTube video URL and paste it into the box on the Clip Converter screen and press "Continue".
  3. Select one of the detected media resolutions.
  4. Choose AVI as the target format.
  5. Click the "Start" button.
  6. Download YouTube video in AVI.

#2 FLVTO.biz

FLVTO is another web-based tool that allows you to download & convert YouTube to AVI and other 5 video & audio formats. In addition to downloading from YouTube, the video-hosting sites like Vimeo, Dailymotion, Metacafe, Facebook, etc. are also supported. Simply paste the URL from YouTube, and convert your video to an AVI now.


  1. Download videos from various sites
  2. Support converting YouTube to AVI HD for free
  3. No need to install other programs


  1. The converting speed is so slow that sometimes the computer will get stuck.
  2. Merely convert to MP3, MP4, and AVI
  3. Various pop-up ads

youtube to avi converter online free #2

  1. Visit http://www.flvto.biz/ to enter the FLVTO site.
  2. Copy the video address from YouTube and paste it to the input box, which says, "Enter the link to the media".
  3. Choose the output format - "AVI" or "HD AVI".
  4. Click "CONVERT TO".
  5. Download your converted AVI file.

Bottom Line

Most online YouTube to AVI converters help you download and convert videos, but they always show you kinds of problems. Bad quality, slow speed, even can’t edit the videos, etc. Considering all these facts, it is advisable to use a comprehensive and professional YouTube to AVI converter app, Cisdem Video Converter for Mac and Wonderfox for Win are sincerely recommend.


Can I upload AVI on YouTube?

Yes, you can. But the best file type is MP4. YouTube also accepts the following video formats: FLV, MOV, WMV, WebM, 3GPP, MPEG4, and MPEGPS. In addition, YouTube has restrictions on the parameters like resolution, video size, video time, bitrate, etc. of uploaded videos. AVI videos are usually large in size. If it exceeds the limit, you need to compress the AVI video before uploading. Learn more details from Best Video Format for YouTube Upload.

How to Play AVI on Mac?

The default Mac media player - QuickTime can't play AVI videos, as it doesn’t recognize the Cinepak and ALaw 2:1 codecs used in AVI. To solve the issue, you are able to install Perian - the open-source plugin for QuickTime, which is used to play AVI, MKV, FLV, DIVX, GVI, or VP6 files on Mac. But the best way I think is to install an alternative video player like Cisdem Video Player to play videos and audios in any format for free.

Is AVI Better than MP4?

Both AVI and MP4 are multimedia containers to store different video & audio codecs. However, at the same size, MP4 is of better quality than AVI, and MP4 is more compatible. You can use YouTube to MP4 converter to get the MP4 videos.

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