How to Convert YouTube to MOV on Mac, Windows and Online

By Cecilia Hwung | Last Update:

Watching YouTube videos online is convenient with a fast network, but sometimes, we do prefer to save videos, either for watching later offline or for video editing. And if you frequently sync YouTube videos to your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, you must notice that MOV (a QuickTime file format) is the most widely supported format in the Apple ecosystem. Also, other users choose to save videos as .mov it for its compression efficiency.

To help you save any preferred YouTube video in the format of MOV with ease, today, we are going to pick up the top 3 YouTube to MOV converters from YouTube converters in the market, as well as detailed guides on how to convert YouTube videos to MOV on desktop, online, and for free.

How to Convert YouTube to MOV on Mac/Windows

Online tools are handy to use for small size videos. However, most of these sites come and go quickly, or undergone sporadic issues with YouTube videos. For stable and high-quality video conversion, you should consider a decent piece of desktop video converter software, VideoProc. It runs smoothly on all recent computers with macOS and Windows.

VideoProc - Best YouTube to MOV Converter on Mac & Windows

  • Large repository of 420+ compatible video formats and codecs.
  • Robust built-in download engine to save videos from 1000+ sites.
  • Batch download and convert to save much of your time.
  • 47 times real-time faster to convert videos/audio with full GPU acceleration.
  • Easy yet powerful UHD/HD video processing: cut, crop, effect, watermark, subtitle, etc.

Step 1. Fetch a YouTube video and save it on your PC.

> Launch VideoProc. Choose "Downloader" on its home page.
> Click "+Video" to paste the URL of the YTB video you want to convert.
> Hit "Analysis" and wait for it to process. Once it done, choose HD 1080p in the quality option to save an HD video.
> Hit "Download Selected Videos" to start downloading the YouTube video.

Download video - VideoProc
Save YouTube Video to Your Computer

Disclaimer: We do not advocate downloading or converting authorized or copy-protected media content for any commercial use.

Step 2. Add the downloaded YouTube video to VideoProc.

When the video is saved on your PC, go back to the home page of VideoProc, and choose "Video" this time. Click "+Video" to load this YouTube video. Drag-and-drop also works.

Step 3. Set MOV as the output format.

Click "Video" on the lower side and choose "MOV" as the target format. Double-click on this format icon will guide you to specific settings including frame rate, resolution, aspect ratio, bitrate, etc.

Add video to VideoProc
Convert YouTube to MOV - VideoProc


MOV is just a digital container. Videos stored in it are compressed in different ways that you can tell from the codecs (MPEG-4, H.264, and ProRes). Thus MOV files vary from each other even though we simply name them all as MOV.

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Sorry to get you confused about such an issue. But don't worry. VideoProc has preset all these things for you. Just search MOV in the box of "Target Format", then choose one according to your specific need, e.g. Apple QuickTime (H246 + AAC), Facebook (MPEG + AAC), and Final Cut Pro (ProRes + AAC).

Output format - VideoProc
MOV Preset Profiles - VideoProc

Step 4. Convert this video to MOV.

Choose an output folder to save the converted MOV video. Check Hardware Acceleration and Use High Quality Engine, then hit "Run" to convert YouTube to MOV.

How to Convert YouTube to MOV Online

For users on the lookout for online YouTube to MOV converters, we have done a survey and found that quite a few online tools are not authorized to convert YouTube videos or not support HD MOV videos. But finally, Clip Converter won the best online YouTube converter on our list for its powerful capabilities of downloading and converting YTB videos. You can easily download a YouTube video in the format of MOV with the Clip Converter tutorial below.

YouTube to MOV - Clip Converter
YouTube to MOV - Clip Converter

Step 1. Go to Paste the URL of a YouTube video, and hit the Continue button.

Step 2. Then you'll be landed on another page. Just close it and go back to the conversion page.

Step 3. Choose video quality. Set the conversion format to MOV.

Step 4. Hit start and wait for a while.

Step 5. Once it done, hit Download to save the converted MOV video to your computer.


  • No registration required.
  • You can download and convert a certain part by setting the start and end time.


  • An ad window will open automatically while converting.
  • The conversion is slow and depends much on the internet connection.

How to Convert YouTube to MOV for Free

If you do not want to pay for any converter, macXvideo can be your good assistant. It is the first free video processing tool for 4K UHD videos. With a professional-grade video converter built in, macXvideo lets you convert YouTube videos to formats more than MOV. Besides format conversion, it features versatile post-editing functions, trim, crop, subtitle, effect, etc.

Convert YouTube to MOV for Free - macXvideo
Convert YouTube to MOV for Free - macXvideo

Step 1. Open this software, and click +Video to import a downloaded YouTube video or videos to it.

Step 2. Go to the format column in the lower side, and choose MOV.

Step 3. Tick the box under Hardware acceleration engine. Select an output folder.

Step 4. Hit RUN to start the conversion from YouTube to MOV.


  • 100% free and easy to use.
  • Hardware acceleration to convert HD videos in a fast manner.
  • Preserve the quality of the original file.


  • Cannot download YouTube videos.
  • Only available for macOS.


After testing the 3 methods above, we found that all these converters can help you convert YouTube videos to MOV files. The differences lie in their performances, like say the conversion speed, ease of use, and extra functions, etc. Ultimately, VideoProc turns to be the best software to download and convert YouTube videos to MOV files for the reasons below:

- Safer than online tools. When the conversion is complete, you have to download the converted MOV file from the online tool. And this might put your computer at risk of being infected by viruses. While desktop application downloaded from the official website is always secure.

- Well-rounded preset profiles. The output quality of a video largely depends on the codec settings. It's a hard work for the less techie crowd to manually tweak with parameters. But VideoProc has readily taken the guesswork of selecting the optimal bitrate, codec, and compression algorithm to convert YouTube videos in high quality.

- Versatile toolkit. Online converters are designed for media conversion exclusively. But what you need tends to be more than conversion. VideoProc is a piece of multifunctional software that downloads, converts and edits videos in one-stop. Free download and install VideoProc to convert any YouTube videos to MOV and do more things as you like now.

Free download and install VideoProc to convert any YouTube videos to MOV and do more things as you like now.

About The Author

Cecilia Hwung is the marketing manager of Digiarty Software and the editor-in-chief of VideoProc team. She pursues common progress with her team and expects to share more creative content and useful information to readers. She has strong interest in copywriting and rich experience in video editing tips.

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