How to Download YouTube Videos in 4K for Free
You can use a free third-party app to download 4k and 8k youtube videos to your pc..
We’re rapidly entering the era of 4K as the standard resolution, and new 4K content is available on YouTube every day. Unfortunately, you can’t watch these videos offline in full resolution using YouTube’s standard options.
Youtube Premium members ($12/month) can save videos and music to play offline on their phones, but only at a maximum 1080p resolution. YouTube creators can download MP4 versions of their uploaded videos, but only at 720p resolution, max.
That doesn’t mean it’s impossible to download 4K YouTube videos to watch offline, though . There happen to be several third-party apps that let you download YouTube videos, in full, at their highest resolution possible—including 4K and 8K.
The most reliable of these apps that I’ve come across is 4K Video Downloader for desktop .
It’s free to download for Windows, Mac, and Linux, and is verified virus-free. All versions can download videos at up to 8K resolution (depending on the video’s native resolution, of course), and can extract subtitles for closed-captioned videos. You can even queue up full playlists to download.
The free version has a few limitations to be aware of, however. You can only download 30 videos per day total, only five videos per day from the same channel, and just 10 videos per playlist. It’s also ad-supported. The ads aren’t obstructive, but you’ll see constant banners for other products in the app.
Premium users unlock the ad-free app with unlimited daily downloads and can download up to three videos simultaneously for $15/month. There’s also a “Pro” tier for $45/month that increases the simultaneous download limit to seven and adds in several other features tailored for businesses. However, unless you absolutely need the increased daily allowances, I would suggest sticking with the free version of the app.
Wait, is it legal to download YouTube videos?
Before we show you how the app works, we need to mention the legality of ripping YouTube videos. While YouTube can’t necessarily tell if someone is downloading videos, it’s technically against YouTube’s terms of service to do so.
However, if you’re just making an offline backup to watch privately, you probably won’t get in trouble. YouTube and Google have yet to crack down on YouTube downloader apps and websites, and have never reprimanded or threatened legal action against the apps’ users.
What will get you in trouble is broadcasting or re-uploading a downloaded video without proper consent or proper credit, or stealing copyrighted content. The severity depends on a video’s license.
Most YouTube content is uploaded under the Standard YouTube License, which means the video is only allowed to be viewed on YouTube via the website or mobile app. You’re not allowed to download, re- upload, or rebroadcast the vast majority of YouTube content without the uploader’s consent. This applies to the vast majority of content on YouTube. However, using a short clip for someone else’s upload as footage for your own video can fall within the bounds of fair use. It’s best to ask for permission first, and, at the least, give them full credit. The original creator can still legally ask you to take down the video, however, especially if you’re monetizing a video that contains their footage.
Some YouTube channels upload their videos under the Creative Commons license that allows people to freely access, broadcast, and reproduce their content without crediting the original uploader. These videos are the safest to download. YouTube’s search filters include a Creative Commons option if you need help finding videos.
This guide has even more explanation on YouTube’s Standard license, Creative Commons, and the differences between them.
Finally, there’s a selection of premium content available on YouTube. It’s illegal to download paid copyrighted material you haven’t purchased, such as music, movies, or even YouTube Premium content—and it’s super illegal to re-upload or broadcast this content. In fact, many of these videos cannot be downloaded by third-party apps in the first place.
So, bottom line: Downloading YouTube videos to watch privately is technically against the rules, but as long as you’re not re-uploading or sharing content without consent—and you’re not stealing premium videos and music—you’re probably in the clear. Okay, with all that info covered, here’s how to use 4K Video Downloader.
How to download YouTube videos with 4K Video Downloader
- First, download and install 4K Video Downloader to your computer.
- Open YouTube in a browser. The YouTube PWA also works.
- Find the video you want to download.
- Copy the video’s link from the URL bar, or from the “Share” button on the video player controls.
- Open 4K Video Downloader and click “Paste Link.”
- The app will parse the video’s data. This usually takes just a few seconds, but can take longer depending on the size of the video.
- Select “Download Video” from the first drop-down box. You can also select “Extract audio” to download just the audio from the video .
- Select the video format and quality you want (available video quality options depend on the video’s native resolution).
- Use the “Download Subtitles” drop-down box to select subtitles if you want them.
- Click “Download.”
- Wait for the download to complete. Just like the data parsing in step 6, download time will vary on the size of the video and your internet speed. Most 1080p videos will only take a few minutes to download (depending on length), but 4K videos can require 30 minutes or longer.
Once the video is downloaded, you can click it from the download history feed to watch it. If you want to find and move the file itself, 4K Video Downloader’s download folder is located in This PC > Videos by default.
Ghost Security emerges from stealth to defend APIs and apps from attackers
Ghost Security , which its founders describe as an “app security” company, today emerged from stealth with $15 million in combined funding from 468 Capital, DNX Ventures, and Munich Re Ventures at a $50 million valuation. CEO Greg Martin said that the capital will go toward expanding the team, building Ghost’s product, and launching pilots with potential customers.
Apps and APIs are at the core of organizations. Ultimately, they’re what delivers essential info to employees and customers. But increasingly, apps and APIs have become attack vectors. Salt Security — which, to be fair, sells an API protection product — estimates that “malicious” API usage grew 681% from December 2020 to December 2021. As for apps, cybercriminals targeting mobile devices most frequently used them to break in, according to Pradeo Labs research.
Martin claims that Ghost takes a “data science” approach to security to solve challenges that other vendors cannot. While keeping the details high-level and mostly under wraps — Ghost’s product hasn’t launched yet — he said that the company’s technology delivers visibility and risk protection for apps and their dependencies, including services and APIs, in both cloud and on-premises environments.
“As an industry, we are still seeing a lot of legacy thinking around how to deal with the application, data, and microservice sprawl that large scale cloud adoption has created,” Martin said in a press release. “Existing approaches and application security solutions are now dated and losing effectiveness. At Ghost, we are completely rethinking the approach to securing modern applications from the ground up.”
Them’s fighting words for a company that’s preproduct. But Martin highlights that Ghost’s co-founders have considerable expertise in cybersecurity. Josh Larsen, CTO, was an engineering manager at Symantec before joining Check Point as an account manager and co-founding Blackfin Security Group, which Symantec acquired in 2015. Eric Cornelius, chief product officer, was the deputy director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s control systems security program and a chief product architect at BlackBerry.
Talent is only a part of the equation — and Ghost faces a slew of competition out of the gate. The aforementioned Salt Security has raised tens of millions of dollars for its tech to protect APIs from malicious abuse. Noname , another company aiming to solve API security problems, hit a $1 billion valuation after a $135 million Series C raise last December. Traceable AI , 42Crunch , and Cequence offer comprehensive API security services, too, while on the app security side, there’s vendors like Astrix Security and Enso Security .
That doesn’t faze Hiro Rio Maeda, a managing partner at DNX Ventures and an investor in Ghost. His is a meaningful investment, to be clear, given that the amount of venture capital investment for cybersecurity startups fell 35.8% this quarter on a quarter-over-quarter basis, according to Pitchbook data.
“The surge in adoption of applications, APIs, and microservices represents great growth potential for businesses but also introduces many new attack surfaces,” Maeda said in a statement. “A better approach to securing these assets is needed, and Ghost is well-positioned to address that challenge.”
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Great camera but app poor.
The camera is great, good battery life and image quality for a bike helmet cam. The app on the face of it is good. I use this on apple devices and was storing the images in the drift folder on the phone. For some reason the app has created thousands, and I mean thousands of Drift folders in Photos. These has synced across my devices clogging up iCloud etc. The real pain is they have to delegated individually and having done that it’s replaced them. This needs sorting as it’s a great product. I have contacted support who’s advice was to reset the camera but that hasn’t worked.
How are other people struggling to use this app. I’ve had no issues with it. Either you’ve got an old rubbish phone or you’re just not very technically savvy. It helps to have a fast memory card with this device. Even a 128gb 160mbs (writing speed) is cheap. If your phone is slow and struggles to generally work then upgrade your phone. When you go to review your videos in the app and they aren’t there, refresh by dragging down (with your finger) and the videos will magically appear. When you turn the device on, leave it for 30 seconds in standby mode for the device to warm up a bit so it doesn’t freeze when you start recording. There sorted, you’re welcome.
Corrupt or missing files
No real problems connecting the XL to the app but when using app as a remote to record continuously, it intermittently stops and starts on its own accord. Breaking down a few hours worth into multiple, random size clips (I don’t mean the THM clips either.) When trying to playback clips, only the first few are accessible while the others produce an error message of “files may be unsupported or corrupt”. I have had this on two separate SD cards and even after a reset and formatted card. One of the cards has stopped working in any other device now as well, it’s just not even recognised. I’ve just lost about 4 hours of video! Also the sound quality is appalling with or without the external microphone attached. Lots of ‘white noise/interference noice or very muffled and ‘clipping’!
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