“Can I directly download YouTube video to MKV format? Or should I use YouTube to MKV converter to convert downloaded YouTube videos to MKV format? Please show me how to download YouTube videos to MKV format in detail.”

This guide is about YouTube to MKV conversion. It would show you how to download YouTube videos and then convert YouTube videos to MKV format in detail.

Part 1: Brief Introduction to YouTube and MKV Format

Let’s firstly get a brief look on YouTube and MKV before we start to download YouTube to MKV. Founded in 2005, YouTube is one of the most popular video sites on the Web today. Millions of videos have been uploaded and shared here, ranging from movie trailers to amateur videos of cats – and everything in between. People could watch, upload, comment, like/dislike and download videos on YouTube. YouTube offers users various background music to apply for video uploading and publishing. Generally speaking, YouTube accepts videos in MOV, MP4, AVI, WMV, FLV, 3GP, MPEGPS, and WebM formats. Therefore, the YouTube videos you want to download might be in these formats.

Video Toolbox

On the other hand, aka Matroska, MKV is a file extension and a video container much like MOV and AVI, but also supports an unlimited number of audio, picture and subtitle tracks (like SRT or USF). This format is often seen as the carrier for high-definition online video because it supports descriptions, ratings, cover art and even chapter points—which is why MKV was chosen as the default video container format for the popular DivX Plus software.

Sometime we need to turn videos to MKV format for convenient editing or sharing.

Part 2: How to Download YouTube Videos with YouTube Video Downloader

To convert YouTube video to MKV format, you firstly need to download YouTube videos. You need a 3rd-party YouTube video downloader program since YouTube itself doesn’t provide any download feature for you. Online YouTube video downloader would be a wonderful choice, even though it’s not stable and highly depends on Internet connection performance. To get more stable and more enjoyable YouTube video downloading experience, we would like to recommend you Leawo Video Downloader, a desktop online video downloader program.

 Leawo Video Downloader, a professional online video downloader program that could download video from 1000+ sites, could perform as a perfect YouTube video downloader to download YouTube videos without any quality loss. It provides target YouTube video in different resolutions, quality and formats for you to download.

Download and install this video downloader program on your computer and then launch it. Follow the below steps to learn how to download YouTube videos to computer.

Step 1: Set output directory

Launch the downloaded and installed Leawo Video Downloader (a module built in Leawo Prof. Media). Click the wheel icon on the top-right corner and then navigate to the “Downloader” tab to set output directory in the “Save videos to” box. Make sure you’ve selected a drive with enough space.

 Set downloading path

Step 2: Find target video

Open the “Download” module and then copy and paste the URL of target YouTube video you want to download into the browser address bar. Hit Enter key to call out target YouTube video page.

Find target video

Step 3: Choose proper video to download

On the right sidebar, you could see multiple download options, which are in different resolutions, quality and formats. Choose the one you want to download. Note: There are audio-only files. So make the selection carefully.

Choose video to download

Step 4: Download YouTube video

Then, after selecting the target video to download, click the download icon to start downloading YouTube video.

Choose video to download

The downloading videos could be viewed under the “Downloading” tab, while downloaded videos could be viewed under the “Downloaded” tab.

Part 3: How to Convert Downloaded Videos to MKV with Video Converter

Now, with YouTube videos downloaded by Leawo Video Downloader, you need to convert downloaded YouTube videos to MKV format with the help of the “Convert” module built in Leawo Prof. Media. The Convert module is actually Leawo’s Video Converter, a professional video converter program that could enable you to convert YouTube to Apple TV, make iPhone ringtones from YouTube video, convert YouTube to MP3, etc. It could convert video files between hundreds of video formats like FLV to MKV, MP4 to MKV, MP4 to AVI, AVI to MKV, etc.

The below step-by-step guide would show you how to convert YouTube to MKV with Leawo Video Converter in detail.

Step 1: Add downloaded YouTube videos to “Convert” module

Under the “Downloaded” tab, right click downloaded videos and then choose “Add to Convert” option to add downloaded YouTube videos to Convert module. Or, you could directly click the “Add Video” button under the “Convert” module to browse and add YouTube videos you’ve just downloaded from YouTube.

Add  files

Step 2: Choose MKV Video as output format

Click the button next to “Add Photo” button and then choose “Change” option to enter the Profile panel. Then, successively open “Format > Common Video” group to choose MKV Video as output format.

MKV Video as output format

Step 3: Set output directory

After setting output format, click the big green “Convert” button. On the popup sidebar, set output directory in the “Save to” box.

set output directory

After setting output directory, move mouse to the bottom of the sidebar and then click the bottom “Convert” button to start converting YouTube to MKV format. When the conversion finishes, go to the folder you’ve set as output directory to get the converted YouTube videos. Now these YouTube videos have been in MKV format.

As a professional video converter software program, Leawo Video Converter performs far more than a simple video converter program. It also enables you to edit videos like adding watermark and 3D effect, adding subtitles, snapping screenshot, etc.