Nowadays, more and more YouTube fans find a new resolution which can provide even higher quality, more detailed image and better visible enjoyment than 1080P. That is 4K resolution, a new term exist in present media entertainment and still unclear to many people. This new resolution standard can be applied to digital cinema and computer graphics. Under 4K, videos will be played at a resolution of 4096 pixels, which is called as “Quad HD” as it is nearly four times of resolution 1080P HD. Furthermore, the abbreviation of 4K was named due to the same reason that it has 4000 pixels horizontal resolution approximately.

As we know that watching 4K video online requires adequate bandwidth speed, poor internet connection makes it impossible to watch the ultra HD video smoothly. Under this circumstance, it is really a good solution to download 4K video from YouTube for future playback or offline enjoyment. Well, how to download? This article will give some instructions to satisfy these people’s needs, helping them to feast their eyes by the ultra-high quality display.

How to Download 4K video

1. Commonly used method for Windows
2. Exclusive method for Mac
3. Free method without any cost

Video Download Capture (Windows way)

To keep 4k video in your local disk permanently, it is very convenient to use Video Download Capture. This is an all-in-one program, which allows users to download video, record screen action and convert video to other video or audio format only with some clicks. It lets you download videos in 4k resolution in two modes – both automatic and manual downloading paths.



Download clips via Video-detector

You should download and install the software first and then launch it. You‘ll find the auto-detector is activated by default when you run the program. Soon, the software succeeds capturing a video clip which is being played and you can choose resolution from the pop-up window to save in, including 4K, 1080P, 720P, 480P, 360P, 240P, 144P, etc. In the meantime, it allows you to choose format such as MP4, WEBM, FLV, 3GP, 3D, etc. Select 4k, click “OK” and then it will start to download 4K video automatically. Select 4k, click “OK” and then it will start to download videos in the highest quality.

Download automatically


Download a 4K video via URL

Open the software and you will see an URL field on the top and a download list under it. Just enter the video link in the URL bar and click “Add to Download” button. Soon, it will pop up the same dialogue as instructed in step 1, letting you choose from various video standards. Just choose 4K and click “OK” to make it done.

Apowersoft Video Downloader for Mac (Mac way)

This tool is designated for Mac users to download nearly any videos from tons of websites at an accelerated speed.


It is easy to operate that you only need to copy the video URL and then click on the “Paste URL” button. Then you’ll see a window for resolution selection just like the Windows solutions. Choose resolution 4K, click “OK” and then it will start to download. If you want to download 4K video sample from YouTube, this software makes it possible with only one click. It is very convenient that there is no other manual operations needed.

Mac downloader

4K Video Downloader (Free way)

The process of using this tool is similar as the above two software. Open the software, copy the video URL and then click “Paste URL” icon. Then it will start to download. You should be careful when you download this software because this program contains many plugins, add-ons and adware. If you download them carelessly, you will find them very difficult to uninstall. Moreover, the program constantly pops up window asking for donation, which bothers many users when they are immersed in the video. Compared with those traits, you don’t need to worry about plugins, add-ons, adware and donation requirements when use Video Download Capture and Apowersoft Video Downloader. The merits of these two software are their powerful and comprehensive functions and no-interrupt mode when you use it. Have a try and you’ll like it.

Free way

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