People often want to download online videos from sites like YouTube to watch offline or edit. ClipGrab for Mac claims to allow users to save Internet videos to their desktop, but ultimately doesn't deliver.
ClipGrab for Mac is available as freeware without any restrictions. The program is small and installed easily after a quick download. After installation, the program starts quickly, but there are no instructions, and product support appears minimal. While sparse, the interface is fairly intuitive. Menus allow the user to paste a link with a video directly into the program or search directly in YouTube from the program. The interface and search features work well and return YouTube's results, but that is where the functionality ends. During testing, when clicking on YouTube links, the program went to the conversion menu, but error messages were returned about half the time saying the pages were not available. When they did load and the conversion was selected, an additional error message came back stopping the process. None of the YouTube videos we tried even started converting. While the program downloaded, installed, and started up as expected, it simply did not perform its functions.
While available for free, ClipGrab for Mac did not work as intended, and those seeking to save online videos to their desktop should look elsewhere.
ClipGrab is an open source downloader and converter for online videos. It currently supports, among others, YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion. Many other sites are supported via the heuristics filter (e.g. several adult sites and many many generic sites). ClipGrab can convert the downloaded videos to MPEG4, WMV, OGG Theora, MP3 and OGG Vorbis - or simply store the videos in their original format. ClipGrab can download videos in HD from sites where this quality standard is available. Since 3.0.7, ClipGrab can also add ID3 metadata to MP3 files.
This is a program uploaded to discourage downloading youtbue videos and audio, IMO. Someone doesn't want people downloading content from YouTube. Don't let this deter you, there are good programs available here on Download.com that do work. Just be careful, there are some programs that don't work, some that work but want personal information in return, and some that are not easy to use. I suggest FVLTO Downloader, but I am not affiliated with that program in any way, I just appreciate good free programs.
IMO, the writer of this program works for someone who doesn't want people to download stuff from YouTube.
Works well for YouTube and Vimeo (except password-protected videos). Clean interface.
During install, be sure to uncheck "Express Installation" and check "Custom Installation". Then uncheck all of the junkware it wants to install (re-setting your browser's homepage, adding affiliate-marketing extensions for Amazon, etc.)
Note: ClipGrab cannot download password-protected videos from Vimeo.