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How to Download YouTube Video in MKV Format

If you are trying to enjoy YouTube videos in MKV format offline on any device, this article may help you a lot. Following we will introduce the MKV format for you and teach you to download YouTube videos as MKV files with a professional third-party tool.

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Part 1: What is MKV Format?

MKV (Matroska Video File) is a new multimedia packaging format. This packaging format can package a variety of different coded videos, 16 or more pieces of audio in different formats, and subtitles in different languages into one Matroska Media file. It is also one of the open-source multimedia packaging formats. Matroska can also provide very good interactive functions at the same time, and it is more convenient and powerful than MPEG.

The biggest feature of Matroska is that it can accommodate a variety of different types of encoded video, audio, and subtitle streams, and even includes streaming media such as RealMedia and QuickTime. It can be said to be a major subversion of traditional media packaging formats! It has almost become a universal media container.

The MKV format supports H.264 AVC, which is necessary for high-quality HD playback, so MKV format has also become the recommended format for HD or Blu-ray playback.

Unfortunately, YouTube doesn’t allow users to download videos from it. Therefore, to get YouTube videos in MKV format, you need a third-party tool to help.

Part 2: Tool Required: NoteBurner YouTube Video Downloader

NoteBurner YouTube Video Downloader is a free video downloader created to download videos as MKV or MP4 files from YouTube. The program is designed to be user-friendly and with no bundled programs. You can download YouTube videos to at most 8K quality and keep the original multilingual subtitles and audio tracks of the video. (Note that the output quality of the downloaded video is consistent with the original quality of the video, which means that if the original quality is in standard definition, the quality of the downloaded video won’t exceed the original quality.) A free after-sale service is also offered and you can ask the support team for help when you encounter any problems.

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Features of YouTube Video Downloader:
  • Download any video from YouTube for free.
  • Support downloading music from YouTube.
  • Best video quality, fast speed.
  • User-friendly and intuitive interface, easy-to-use.
  • No bundled program or extra fee.
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Part 3: Tutorial: Download YouTube Video in MKV Format

NoteBurner YouTube Video Downloader is currently available on both Windows and Mac systems. Please install the latest version of NoteBurner on your computer first and then read the following tutorial.

1 Launch YouTube Video Downloader

Please launch NoteBruner YouTube Video Downloader on your computer and there will be a concise interface presenting for you.

main interface

2 Choose Output Settings

Next, you can click the Gear button in the upper right corner to customize the output settings according to your preference. You can choose the video quality (High, Medium, and Low), subtitle language, simultaneous download, output path, etc. in the window. In the simultaneous download option, you can choose the number of videos you want to download at the same time.

customize output settings

3 Search the Video

Now, you can add the YouTube video to NoteBurner. You can add it by copying and pasting the link of the video into the search box. Also, you can enter the keywords of the video to search for it.

add video

4 Customize Advanced Settings

Before you get to download the video, you can first choose the advanced download options. You can choose the video/audio format and quality in the Advanced Download window, which you have to click the advanced setting button icon on the corner to open.

If you want to download a video, you need to choose "Download as Video" in the bottom left corner. Then, you can select the audio and subtitle options in their corresponding columns. If you want to download an audio file, you should choose "Download as Audio". You cannot select options in the Video and Subtitle columns. NoteBurner also allows you to download subtitles as separate files. To do that, simply choose "Download as Subtitles".

advanced download

5 Download YouTube videos

Now it is time to download the video. You can click the download icon and the video will be automatically downloaded into the folder that you have selected in Step 2. You can click the Library icon to check the downloaded video and you can also click the File icon to locate the video.

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Part 4: Final Word

It is suggested that you can download YouTube videos as MKV files if you have enough storage room, which will provide you with better output quality. With NoteBurner YouTube Video Downloader, you can easily get YouTube videos in MKV format for free with a few clicks. After that, you can play YouTube videos offline on any device you want without restrictions. Install NoteBurner and enjoy YouTube videos in MKV format now!