Mac users may have noticed problems when trying to download videos using RealPlayer, a lot of which can be attributed to confusion between RealPlayer Gold and RealPlayer SP. Despite all the confusion, however, RealPlayer downloader for Mac stopped working altogether after numerous incompatible updates to the software and to Mac’s OS X. Fortunately, there are video downloading alternatives for Mac which work much better than RealPlayer to help you download videos. I’ll go through three alternatives below.
MacTubes lets you download YouTube videos onto your Mac, a function which never worked with RealPlayer downloader. MacTubes downloads YouTube video files directly to your desktop, where you can create playlists based on what you’ve downloaded or what videos you’ve searched.
If you’d rather not download Youtube videos but still want the convenience of watching them from your desktop, MacTubes also functions as a handy YouTube player that lets you create playlists and subscribe to video channels to watch directly from your desktop.
Designed specifically for Macs, MacX YouTube Download works as a separate, YouTube-only browser window. You can download YouTube videos and save them as FLV, MP4, AVI, MP3 or HD files. All you have to do is search for a video in the browser window and hit the ‘Download Now’ button in the bottom-right hand corner of the screen.
The ‘Preferences’ option in the top-left hand corner of the screen lets you specify where you want to save files, in which format you want to save them (and in HD where possible), and also checks for automatic updates.
If you plan on downloading a lot of content, Flash Video Downloader is an easy-to-use and powerful tool that downloads videos from almost any Flash streaming site, including those that require a log-in or have video advertisements. The only requirement of using the tool is that the video be set to Autoplay, meaning that the video must be streaming as its being downloaded. This tool is good if you’re really eager to download videos, as the maximum batch download rate is five videos at one time.