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How to Convert & Download YT Video to MOV

David James
Updated on Aug 29, 2023

This article will include two parts: 1) Convert downloaded YouTube videos to MOV, 2) Download YouTube videos and convert to QuickTime .mov file.

In a few short years after acquired by Google, YouTube has managed to become the world's most popular online video site. Users around the world who have Google Account can access YouTube with many features like make Like, Subscribe, Watch Later, and Watch History. Creating a YouTube channel on your account even allows users to upload videos to share with friends, create playlists, or leave comments for the interesting videos.

What if you've some favorite videos grabbed from YouTube and want to save as .mov file on Mac machine? It used to be that YouTube videos you downloaded were in .flv format, and those flash-based videos tend to be hard to work with your Mac applications (QuickTime, FCP, iMovie) and iOS devices. Even though today's YouTube videos will most likely be in MPEG-4 format, there is still a need to transfer those downloaded YouTube videos to editable MOV files on a Mac when you try to import them into your Final Cut Pro project, for example.

MOV is Apple's video container file format and works on every Mac. In order to convert the videos downloaded from YouTube to a MOV format, a great YouTube converter is necessary if you want faster conversion speed and better conversion results.

As for video conversion, we've come to trust Video Converter. It's quite easy to use and gets the jobs done in a manner way. The software converts movie collections located on your computer as well as video clips downloaded from YouTube to MOV video file, and to other formats you desire such as YouTube to MP3 audio. The software even gives you flexibility to control over the quality and other parameters for the output.

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Below are the steps required for converting a YouTube video to a MOV format on your Mac's or PCs.

Part 1: How to convert downloaded YouTube video into MOV file

Stage 1 – Install this YouTube to MOV converter

Once you have downloaded the installation package from the link above, click it and follow the prompts on screen to complete the installation process.

Launch it. The program's interface is well designed, with easy-to-recognize buttons for the most commonly used functions like adding source files, choosing the output format and converting with a click.

Stage 2 – Importing YouTube video(s) into the program

Click on the "Add File" button on the left side and select the downloaded YouTube video file(s) on your computer's hard drive.

After the file(s) loaded, you will see the interface like this:

Stage 3 – Setting up the output File

Since we need to convert the YouTube to Mac MOV format, in this step, we'll choose the output to MOV.

Click the "Profile" drop-down menu, this operation will bring up a new panel where a library of output profile you can choose from.

In our case, we simply find MOV Video from "General Video" category, click to pick it.

Stage 3.1 – Encoding Settings (optional)

You can adjust the quality and other parameters of the output results by click the "Settings" option next to "Profile", if you are an experienced user, but this is optional as the default is fine.

Stage 3.2 – using presets

This YouTube to MOV converter for Mac & PC has several presets designed for portable devices. If you want to convert YouTube videos to make them the same resolution as your mobile device like iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire, you can choose to select those preset profiles, instead.

Stage 4 – Editing the video (optional)

The application even carries out basic editing operations.

In main screen, you can click the EDIT icon on toolbar to enter editing window.

Stage 5 – Convert YouTube video to MOV in Mac or Windows

When you're ready, you start converting the downloaded YouTube video files to MOV file format on Mac & PC with a click of "Convert" button on the lower right corner of screen.

A small progress bar will appear under the file item, giving you process information about the converting.

That's it!

Part 2: How to download videos from YouTube and convert to MOV

There are lots of interesting & hot videos on YouTube. If you have no YouTube video downloading tool in hand but want to grab videos off the site, fortunately, AllMyTube is exactly what you want. It works on both Windows and Mac operating system, and is capable of downloading videos from YouTube and 1000+ online sites including Metacafe, Break, Dailymotion, VEVO, Vimeo, and converting into MOV, MP4, MKV, AVI, WMV, Xvid, DivX, MP3, WMA, M4A, AAC, OGG in one go.

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Below we'll take downloading videos off YouTube and converting to MOV on Mac for example.

1. Open up the program. Head to www.youtube.com, find a video you want to download and play it.

Next, Copy the URL from your browsers address bar (we're using Safari here) and paste in "Paste URL" field on the top left side of program window to start downloading video. Alternatively, simply click the DOWNLOAD button appearing on the upper right corner of the playing video.

2. Switch the category from Downloading to Downloaded on the left section. You will see all of downloaded YouTube videos listed well on there with related information such as length, file size, original format and resolution.

3. Next, click the "Convert" button on the right side, in the pop-up window, choose MOV as output format from "Format" tab.

At last, click the OK button on the bottom to close the panel and begin converting YouTube to MOV video format on Mac computer.

About David James
Transfer music, photos and videos to and from iPhone/ iPad without using iTunes.