Sometimes it may not be enough to just watch a streaming video while it is broadcasted. Maybe you are in a webcam session with your colleagues or better-half and want to record it for safe keeping, or maybe, you are watching a presentation or live gaming session and want to save it to your local system so that you can re-watch it at any time and without Internet connection.
While it may be difficult to near impossible to record the stream directly, depending on which technology is used to send it to your computer, you may make use of a simpler method that works at all times and is totally independent from the streaming technology and programs used to display the contents on your computer monitor.
The ingenious method? Screen recording. Instead of tapping directly into the stream, you record what is being displayed on your monitor instead.
I'll be using Free Screen Recorder for this tutorial, as it is easy to use and yields great results.
Here are the steps that you need to undertake to record streaming video on the Internet:
When you start the recording on your system, you will notice that a new toolbar is displayed by the screen recorder. You can use it to stop the recording or pause it at any time.
Tip: Hotkeys are available so that you do not have to use the mouse at all to pause or resume (F5) or end the recording (Shift+F5).
If you did not change the video codec, the resulting video is saved in avi format on your system. The size of it depends largely on the recording size and selected codec.
I had no issues recording video streams using a PC that is two years old. Depending on your PC's performance, especially the speed of the hard drive but also processor and RAM, it may work even better for you or you may run into recording issues.
If you notice slow downs or issues, try experimenting with the available codecs or try to reduce the recording size of the video frame.
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