ClipGrab is a multiplatform video downloader tool that also happens to provide video conversion options at the same time. Multiplatform in the sense that it can be used on popular platforms including Windows, Mac, and Linux. With it, you will be able to download any video no matter the resolution and save it in your preferred format. ClipGrab comes with a simple and overly instinctive user interface that does not prove to be mind-boggling at all not even to a first-time user.
Better yet, this top-notch program is very benevolent as it does not ask not even a single penny in order to get started although you can donate the much you can to support the project. Some of the sites from which you can grab videos from are YouTube, Vimeo, and Dailymotion although others are also supported. Actually, you will be able to enjoy top-tier support by this software and at the end of the day have the video files you want without much hassle. The video conversion is realized in the fact that you can download a video in another format different from the original one after ClipGrab has processed the file. To understand just how this app helps you achieve what it promises, this article offers you a step by step guide on how to get started with this piece of software. Let us dig in!
How To Use ClipGrab
Just as the name suggests, this software will help you download any video from just any site you can think of as indicated earlier in the introduction section. A question comes in though. How do you grab or convert video files with this tool? The answer to this question lies in the subsequent section so all you need to do is read on.
This article has gone the extra mile of not only getting you familiar with ClipGrab but also imparting you with the knowledge of getting around this app in order to realize the task at hand. Having said that, let us now look at the steps that you need to follow.
Step 1: Set Up ClipGrab
This is a very crucial step since it may be the first time you are coming across ClipGrab. In that case, you just need to navigate to the official website and download the appropriate installation package depending on the platform you are on. Since the interface is one and the same across the platforms, this article takes up the guide on the Windows platform. Once you have downloaded it, install and launch in readiness for the next step. You should be able to arrive at this interface.
By default, you will be taken to the “Search” tab with some relevant suggestions from YouTube being provided to you especially based on your location. Otherwise, you can opt to search for the video file you want here or go to the next step.
Step 2: Grab a Video Link
This step requires you to navigate to the target website in order to get a link to the video file that you are looking to download. For instance, you can open up YouTube, search for the video you are interested in, open the file to preview, and then copy the URL to the video in the address bar. On ClipGrab, click on the “Downloads” tab so that you are in the right interface to receive the link. Input the link in the marked area.
Step 3: Add the Video Link to ClipGrab
After pasting the video URL in the area marked with Label 1, ClipGrab will analyze the link and on successful analysis, the video name will be displayed as in the area with a blue background and at the same time give you some extra information regarding the video in terms of the default upload format and the quality.
Step 4: Define the Format and Quality to Download
ClipGrab gives you the freedom to download the video file in any format and quality. In fact, you will be able to pick any format among the ones available and couple it with the kind of quality that you are looking forward to. All you need is to expand the drop-down menus for both the format and quality so that you can pick the appropriate options.
Going as per the file used in this guide, you can pick one of the formats in the expanded menu as below including original video, MPEG4, WMV, OGG Theora, MP3, OGG Vorbis, and even the original audio.
On the other hand, depending on the highest quality that the video was initially uploaded in, you will be able to specifiý that as the highest quality and also get other lower ones as shown below as is the case for the test file used in this guide.
Step 5: Download/Grab the Clip
With everything set as per your preferences, it is now time to download the video file into the local storage. This is a very simple step that just needs you to click on the “Grab this clip!” button as referenced below.
The moment you click on that button, ClipGrab will ask you to define a filename for the output besides specifying the directory to save the file in. After doing that, the download process will be added to the list view and a progress bar with a percentage of completion will be shown at the end of the row as below.
Label 1 shows a variety of information regarding the file you are downloading/converting including the source, the title, the format and the overall progress of the transformation process. Label 2, on the other hand, shows some extra actions that you can take like canceling the download process or opening the saving directory.
As simple as that, you get to have a successful download and conversion process using the wonderful ClipGrab app. You will also be happy to know that this tool will also monitor the clipboard for you so that it can detect when compatible links are copied and as a result make the process more efficient.
Moreover, you also get the chance to decide whether to include metadata in the MP3 files that you download. In case you are undertaking batch conversion, ClipGrab can be set to notify you when the conversion is done for single files or after all the files are converted. You need not worry if you are on a proxied connection as this software avails proxy settings at just a click away. Without a doubt, this is a very comprehensive and reliable tool that will get the job done for you especially when you implement the guidelines provided here.