Every now and then I come upon a Mac app that does what it does so much better than all the rest it makes me wonder what all the rest have been doing. Such is the case with the highly touted Downie app for the Mac.
Downie downloads videos from YouTube and saves them on your Mac. But not just YouTube. It downloads videos from over Vimeo, and over 200 different websites. It downloads HD video. And, where you can find them, Downie downloads 4K video from YouTube.
The way Downie works is simple on the surface. Grab a YouTube (or any webpage with a video) and drop it on Downie.
Downie takes the URL, finds the video, and begins the download process to save the video to your Mac.
Downie also lets you manage your collection of downloaded videos, but it’s a simple stacking structure. The app can process the video and convert it to MP4 so it plays in iTunes. It can also suck out the audio track and discard the video.
Downie is not an app you’ll find on the Mac App Store, so there’s a free trial try-before-you-buy option. I’ve tried a dozen so-called video downloaders and this is the one that just works, making it worth the coin. The number of four and five star reviews tell a story.
If there’s a negative, and you’ll have to hunt to find one, it’s that Downie doesn’t manage videos very well, but, then, that’s what iTunes does well.