Download YouTube videos in HD

Youtube is one of the most viewed video-sharing platforms in the world. Its popularity can be estimated from the fact that 500 hours of video content is uploaded to Youtube every minute. It has the best video creators like Pewdiepie and Tseries and it continues to attract more every day. Since we all now have larger than ever screens and devices that are fast enough to decode and play High Definition videos, the availability of HD videos is becoming very common. Almost every other video one streams on Youtube has HD versions of it.

The starting days of video streaming, dating back to the mid-1990s, were being defined by the battles between Microsoft and Real Networks, Inc and then Adobe. Since most of the traffic was HTTP based and CDN’s were being used for popular content but these technologies struggled as demand for content increased.

Everything changed in 2007 when Move Networks, Inc. introduced HTTP-based adaptive streaming, adjusting the quality of a video stream according to the user’s bandwidth and CPU capacity and just after 4 years, in 2011 the MPEG-DASH format was declared a standard for Video Streaming.

What is DASH Format?

DASH stands for Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP. It is a technology designed to deliver video to the user in the most efficient way possible and in the highest usable quality for each specific user. Since different users have a different internet connection speed, DASH picks a video quality depending on the speed of the internet connection of the user. This way, a user with High-speed internet will get HD formats autoplay whereas a user with slow internet connection speed will get lower quality auto-played.

This technology works by delivering audio and video as two different files. When a video is played, these two files are played together to create the impression of a continuous video playing. Due to this DASH technology in use, it is not possible to download HD videos with audio, directly from YouTube servers. There are resources online, software and browser extensions that let you combine both audio and video and then download that on your computer. These are the tools that can download HD youtube videos.

How to Download HD Youtube Videos

You can use any of the below-mentioned methods to download high-quality videos from youtube.

Viddly ( Software )

Viddly is a computer software using which users can download HD videos from Youtube. It can be downloaded from This software is lightweight and easy to use. A search bar is integrated into the software. You simply search for a video and click the download button.
It provides Downloads for 4k and 8k video qualities as well

Users have to buy the full version of the software for that and that costs around 18$ per year or 60$ for a lifetime license.
The second drawback is that every time you wish to download a video, you’ll have to browse Youtube, copy and paste the URL of the video in the software which is super annoying.

Addoncrop’s Youtube Video Downloader (Extension)

Another way to download youtube videos is by using Addoncrop’s Youtube Video Downloader. It is an extension that allows users to download high-quality youtube videos. It is free to use the extension and gets integrated nicely into the browser and it is available for a wide range of browsers including Chrome, Edge and Opera as well.

To download with it, you simply install this extension and browse to a video. The download button appears below every video. Clicking the button opens the dropdown menu which contains the download links for the video.

The ones with “Direct Download” written in front of them are HD videos and are provided directly from Addoncrop’s servers. Other than downloading videos, it also provides the facility of converting any video in MP3 format and has the support of many major browsers including Chrome, Vivaldi and Edge.


  • Easy to Integrate into a browser
  • Free for Lifetime
  • Single-Click Downloads
  • No link Copy paste required ( simply click the Download button below any video )
Download YouTube videos in HD
Founder in AddonCrop
Mar 14, 2020

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