1080p used to be the ceiling of video resolution – it’s the default “HD” video size. But now 4K Ultra High-Definition, or UHD, is the new standard for high quality videos.

You’ll see the 4K tag on all sorts of videos on YouTube, meaning that you can stream them in 4K UHD, or an aspect ratio of 3840x2160 pixels, standard for Ultra HD videos. I recommend using Kapwing to download these videos to your computer or phone – it works for free in any browser, no downloads required. Here’s how:

  1. Open the 4K Video Downloader Template
  2. Paste your video’s link
  3. Export & download

Step 1: Open the 4K Video Downloader Template

A screenshot of the 4K Video Downloader template in the Kapwing Studio.

Begin by opening Kapwing’s 4K Video Downloader Template, which will allow you to save your 4K videos from any location at full resolution.

A screenshot showing how to upload videos to the Kapwing Studio by pasting a link.

Once you’ve opened the template and are in the Kapwing Studio, select the Upload button at the top of the screen and paste any video link into the URL field – most likely, you’ll be using a link from a platform that support UHD videos, like YouTube, Vimeo, or DailyMotion. Give the video a while to upload to the Studio – for longer videos, this may take a minute or so.

A screenshot of a 4K video being edited in the Kapwing Studio.

Click anywhere outside the video and make sure "Custom Size – 3840 x 2160" is displayed on the right. If it displays anything else, click Custom Size and select Original Image – 3840 x 2160.

Step 3: Export & Download

Once your 4K HD video is fully uploaded to the Studio canvas, you can make any edits you want. You can trim it down to just a portion, add some relaxing music, mute the audio, add custom text, animations, effects, overlays, and more.

A screenshot of the Kapwing 4K video downloader page.

To download the video directly, select the green Export Video button in the upper right corner and give Kapwing some time to process your video – for longer 4K videos, this will probably take a few minutes. When it’s finished processing, click Download to save your 4K video straight to your files.

I hope this article helps you download the most high-quality videos you come across online! For more tips and tutorials on creating great digital content in 2021, check out the Kapwing YouTube channel or take a look at some related content on saving and creating high-quality files:

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