The Internet has a wealth of videos for education, do-it-yourself, sports, entertainment, and news to name a few. But to watch these videos, the user typically must be online. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could download those videos to watch later when possibly not online or when on a metered connection? Well, I found myself in that situation many times. So, I searched out and tried a number of these “YouTube download” programs until I finally settled upon my now favorite program, the “4K Download” application for Windows. Downloading YouTube videos could not be easier. Just start watching a video, click the “share” icon, the click “copy” in the popup window. This will place the link to the video into the Windows clipboard. Next, open the “4K Download” application and click the “Paste Link” icon, then choose the video resolution of the video you wish to save. The program allows saving as MP4 or as MKV file formats which later can be played in any video player, such as the popular “VLC Player”. Best of all, “4K Video Downloader” even supports 4K videos and is FREE. The program development is supported by small pop-up ads that usually support other fine software. If you opt for the subscription, multiple videos can be downloaded at once and no limit to the number of downloads per day. However, for casual use, this program cannot be beat.
My studio “Cheese Grater” MacPro5,1 has recently completed some upgrade work. The firmware has been upgraded to 144. I am now running macos Catalina (10.15, using OCLP) and storage has been upgraded. My system boot disc is now a NVMe 2TB SSD 3×4 on a 4xPCIe card and my download/project disk is a 2TB SATA SSD. My TimeMachine continues to run on a 4TB 3.5″ SATA spinning drive. I removed 2 RAM sticks, dropping from 64G to 48G, but now running tri-channel RAM access. My RX Vega56 is starting to age, and I’m looking to get an RX6600 XT 8G in the near future. However, to run the 6600, my OS needs to move to Monterey (macos 12), which will natively support the RX6600. I also just took possession of a pair of X5690 6-core 3.46GHz CPUs. Because they are more power hungry than my current X5675 6-core 3.06GHz processors, I will most likely wait until I swap the display card, as the RX6600 XT is not as power hungry as the RX Vega56. The system is stable at present, just working on old projects and started a new one. Performance is good, display on my 4K monitor is a little sluggish though.