How do people download 4k Youtube videos in 2021?

1 Name: Anonymous 2021-03-25 19:23
Can't even Google it anymore without getting sent to shitty proprietary malware downloads.
2 Name: Anonymous 2021-03-25 19:25
Never tried it on a 4k vid, but I use the videodownload help extension on firefox all the time.
3 Name: Anonymous 2021-03-25 19:27
You're welcome
4 Name: Anonymous 2021-03-25 19:29
youtube-dl is by FAR the best tool to use:

A quick tutorial and installation:

Example of listing all possible download formats:
youtube-dl -F

[youtube] 2b2gJu-g3qE: Downloading webpage
[info] Available formats for 2b2gJu-g3qE:
format code extension resolution note
249 webm audio only tiny 53k , webm_dash container, opus @ 53k (48000Hz), 23.09MiB
250 webm audio only tiny 71k , webm_dash container, opus @ 71k (48000Hz), 30.86MiB
140 m4a audio only tiny 129k , m4a_dash container, [email protected] (44100Hz), 56.24MiB
251 webm audio only tiny 138k , webm_dash container, opus @138k (48000Hz), 60.12MiB
399 mp4 1920x1080 1080p 1715k , mp4_dash container, [email protected], 30fps, video only, 744.91MiB
248 webm 1920x1080 1080p 2326k , webm_dash container, [email protected], 30fps, video only, 1010.64MiB
137 mp4 1920x1080 1080p 3167k , mp4_dash container, [email protected], 30fps, video only, 1.34GiB
400 mp4 2560x1440 1440p 5958k , mp4_dash container, [email protected], 30fps, video only, 2.53GiB
271 webm 2560x1440 1440p 7557k , webm_dash container, [email protected], 30fps, video only, 3.21GiB
401 mp4 3840x2160 2160p 12870k , mp4_dash container, [email protected], 30fps, video only, 5.46GiB
313 webm 3840x2160 2160p 17026k , webm_dash container, [email protected], 30fps, video only, 7.22GiB
18 mp4 640x360 360p 662k , avc1.42001E, 30fps, mp4a.40.2 (44100Hz), 287.89MiB
22 mp4 1280x720 720p 772k , avc1.64001F, 30fps, mp4a.40.2 (44100Hz) (best)

Then just pick one:
youtube-dl -f 22

or pick audio only and video only streams to merge:
youtube-dl -f 313+251
5 Name: Anonymous 2021-03-25 19:31
And presto, you have your video/audio file in the exact quality you want.

Yes you have to used the command prompt. Get over it. That's the cost of perfection!

Also, you may have to install ffmpeg to get the streams to merge. I don't know if it comes with it, I don't use Windows. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
6 Name: Anonymous 2021-03-25 19:32
firefox extension
7 Name: Anonymous 2021-03-25 19:34
Wow thanks

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