YouTube is arguably the most informative and popular platform. It provides millions of videos that are almost every imaginable topic. You may want to download YouTube videos for editing and using them as short movies, advertisements, and promos. This article will go over how to download and convert YouTube to AVI on Mac and Windows.
As one of the most common-used video downloader, Cisdem Video Converter for Mac gives you the opportunity to download 8k, 5k, 4k, 1080p, etc. videos from YouTube and other video-sharing websites.
As its name says, it’s also a media converter with the ability to convert video/audio files to different formats, such as YouTube to AVI, Vimeo to MP4, FLV to MP4, MP4 to MP3, WMV to AVI, and so on.
Step 1. Run Cisdem YouTube to AVI converter on your Mac. Click on icon to go to "download" interface.
Step 2. Copy YouTube video URL
Find out the video from YouTube that you desire to convert to AVI format. Copy its URL.
Step 3. Download YouTube videos
Back to Cisdem, paste the URL to the address box at the bottom.
Click icon to start downloading YouTube video on Mac.
Step 1. Click the button to locate videos you have previously downloaded. Drag-n-drop them to the “convert” interface.
Step 2. Set AVI as Output Format
Open the format panel by clicking the icon like “mp4”, and select “AVI Video” as output format.
Step 3. Modify video parameters (Optional)
Click the gearwheel icon alongside “AVI Video”. 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.
For example, you can change AVI video codec to Xvid, DivX, or MPEG4.
Step 4. Hit button to convert videos to AVI
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.
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 videos to AVI converters for your reference.
ClipConverter.cc is a sought-after 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.
But this free YT to AVI downloader only offers few limited output formats, and can’t download YouTube videos containing music.
FLVTO is another web-based service that allows you to download & convert YouTube to AVI, HD AVI, MP4, HD MP4, and MP3.
In addition to fetching videos from YouTube, the video-hosting sites like Vimeo, Dailymotion, Metacafe, Facebook, etc. are also supported.
However, the converting speed is so slow, and sometimes the computer will get stuck. Plus, you will notice tons of advertisements bothering you.
You should apply two command line toolboxes - youtube-dl and FFmpeg (or avconv) to download YouTube as AVI.
youtube-dl merely lets you download video from YouTube to MP4, WebM, and M4A (available formats for YouTube video). Although some experienced users suggested inserting commands, e.g., merge-output-format avi or --recode-video avi to export YouTube as AVI, I failed.
If you are not familiar with the code, you'd better download YouTube video to MP4 first, and then convert it to AVI.
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.
The default Mac media player - QuickTime can't play AVI videos, as it doesn’t recognize the Cinepak, ALaw 2:1, Indeo, etc. 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 try an alternative video player like Cisdem Video Player to play videos and audios in any format for free.
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.
Most online YouTube to AVI converters help you download and convert videos, but they always have kinds of problems. Bad quality, slow speed, even can’t edit the videos, etc. As for command-line tools, they are not easy to understand for non-programmers.
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 recommended.
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