The video manager displays a list of your uploads, with thumbnails representing each video, and an Edit button beside them giving access to more extensive controls. Click the down-pointing arrow on the end of the Edit button to access the download options and pick ‘Download MP4’ from the menu that appears to download a backup copy to your Mac.
You can download each video up to five times a day, but to stop the service getting clogged up, you’re limited to downloading two an hour. Be aware, though, if you‘ve added one of YouTube’s pre-approved audio tracks since uploading it, you won’t be able to download it at all.
Vimeo also allows all of its users – even those on free accounts – to download MP4 versions of their videos. To do this, log into your Vimeo account and then visit the main page of the movie in question (the page on which the general public views it, rather than its entry in your Vimeo dashboard). You’ll find a Download link, below the playback window.
Paying to upgrade to a Vimeo Plus or Pro account allows you to access the original uncompressed upload, which will be more suited to editing if you later need to re-cut it.