"Hi, does YouTube allow viewers to download the video on it? I couldn't find the option for downloading. If it doesn't, is there a way around? I found a video I really like and want to download and put it in my iPhone, so it'd be great that the downloaded file is in MP4 format.

Currently YouTube doesn't provide users with the option to download videos from it. But this problem is not unsolvable. There are a lot of programs designed for online video downloading, especially for downloading videos from YouTube. This post would present to you several ways to download videos from YouTube to MP4 format video directly.

Part 1: Download Video from YouTube to MP4 Format Video with Professional Video Downloader

Leawo Video Downloader is a practical online video downloader that can download videos from online video sharing websites like YouTube, Vimeo, dailymotion and facebook, etc. Most importantly, it provides you with the option to download videos from YouTube to MP4 directly without the need of further video processing.

Advantages of Leawo Video Downloader:

  • Capable of downloading videos from online video sharing websites like YouTube, Dailymotion, facebook and Vimeo, etc.
  • Download MP4 from YouTube directly.
  • Built-in web browser for online video watching.
  • Built-in video player for playback of the downloaded videos.
  • Lightning-fast video downloading speed.
  • Easy to manage downloaded videos.


If you feel like needing some instructions to use the program, please check out the instructions below to see how to use this online video downloader to download MP4 from YouTube:

Open Leawo Video Downloader

Step 1: To start with, you need to download and install the program to your computer. It's included in a software bundle named Prof. Media. Open Prof. Media and click on the Video Downloader tab to enter the video downloader.

Video Downloader

Step 2: By default, when you open the video downloader, the built-in web browser would open youtube.com, but you can change it in the settings. If you already have the video link copied, just paste it on the address bar and hit the Arrow button to open the link.

Download video

Step 3: The program would automatically detect the downloadable video source and present them to you on the sidebar on the right. If you can't find the sidebar on the right, click the button in the middle of the scroll bar on the right with a green triangle on it to call it out. To download the desired video, just click the Download button.


Step 4:The ongoing download tasks would be listed in the Downloading tab. And you can find the downloaded files under Downloaded tab. Move your mouse over to one of the videos and hit Play in the middle to play the video with the built-in video player. To go back to the web browser, just click the address bar.

Here's the video guide of the Leawo Video Downloader for your reference.

Leawo Video Converter could then help you convert files between all popular formats like FLV, AVI, MP4, MOV, MP3, AAC, FLAC, etc., including converting downloaded YouTube videos to MP4 files. This all-in-one software is an amazing converter which not only enables users to convert between tons of formats, but also offers powerful editing features to add special effects, watermarks, etc.

For converting YouTube video to MP4, you can follow the steps below.

Step 1: Download and install a latest Leawo video converter to convert YouTube to MP4 by clicking the buttons below.


Step 2: Drag the YouTube file or click Add Video to put the YouTube file to the Convert page. To convert multiple YouTube videos to MP4 at a time, click Add Video Folder to put files to convert.

Step 3: Click Change on the drop-down window on the left hand of Convert button to change YouTube videos to MP4 format.

Step 4: Click Edit to customize the video by setting parameters such as video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, etc.

Step 5: Click the green button Convert to change YouTube video to MP4. Keep in mind that you can set the directory to save the converted YouTube file.

Part 2: Download Video from YouTube to MP4 Format Video with Video Downloader online

For people who download videos from YouTube occasionally, there's a better choice: online video downloading websites. This kind of online video downloaders offer you the choice to download video from online video sharing sebsites for free.

Here are 3 online video downloading websites you can use to download video from YouTube to MP4 format.

Website Address
Online YouTube Downloader onlinevideoconverter.com
Online YouTube Downloader yoodownload.com
Online YouTube Downloader clipconverter.cc

To make things easier for new users to download YouTube videos as MP4 format using this kind of online video downloader, instructions of the YouTube MP4 downloading process with the said YouTube to MP4 video downloader would be posted below.


Step 1: Let's take onlinevideoconverter.com as an example to to guide you through the whole YouTube MP4 downloading process. First thing first, open onlinevideoconverter.com with your browser, on the home page there are 3 tabs. Click the left one to open the online video downloading page.

Paste video link

Step 2: Paste the video link in the link box. This online video downloader provides you with the option to directly download the video in MP4 format. Click the Format box and choose MP4 as the output format. Click More Settings to choose the ideal quality of the video. When you are done with the above steps, click Start button and the website would start analyzing the link and prepare the output file for you.

Download video

Step 3: After a while it would open the download page of the video. Now click the Download button to download the video.

Part 3: Brief Comparison between Leawo Video Converter and online video converter

Both Leawo and OnlineVideoConverter provide a competitive solution to convert YouTube videos to MP4. Based on personal experience, I made a brief comparison between these two converters in terms of changing YouTube videos to MP4.

Strength Weakness
Leawo Video Converter
  • fast conversion speed;
  • quality assurance;
  • rich formats for conversion;
  • user-friendly user interface;
  • safety guarantee for privacy;
  • abundant video editing features;
  • internal video player;
  • easy downloading of YouTube videos;
  • installation size;
  • full version is charged
  • rich formats
  • no need for software installation;
  • easy use;
  • limited features;
  • slow conversion speed;
  • risk of privacy leakage

Speaking of video/audio quality, Leawo Video Converter is much better than online video converter tools. It offers superb higher YouTube video to MP4 conversion, and it also allows users to convert YouTube videos to MP4 in batches. You don't need to make any sacrifice on quality after converting YouTube videos to MP4. In addition, with Leawo Video Converter, you could not only convert YouTube videos to MP4 files, but also edit downloaded YouTube videos like adding watermark and applying 3D effect. You could even select subtitles and audio tracks from source YouTube videos for output MP4 files. Though it's a paid shareware tool, Leawo Video Converter provides more useful features than online free video converters do.