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How to Record Live Streaming Video from Any Site

record live streaming video Live streaming has become a way to broadcast live video to viewers over the internet. Anything transmitted on social media platforms like Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter can be watched by audiences live. However, some of the live streaming videos are scheduled like games, webinars, special events, and the likes. Some viewers have a hard time catching up on the schedules of live streaming videos due to their day jobs and responsibilities. That is why we suggest using a screen recorder to watch the recorded live stream when you have free time. The question is, what are the best screen recorders to use? In this article, we will show you the best streaming video recorders with advanced features for you to record live streaming video at ease. Keep on reading below to see all of them.

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Record Live Stream Video with Screen Grabber Premium

AceThinker Screen Grabber Premium is a robust live stream screen recorder since it can record live videos to 1080p quality. This tool allows you to capture in full-screen, regional, webcam, and around the mouse. It also has a unique feature called the "Task Scheduler," which enables you to set a schedule to record a video automatically. It can help you record live stream videos, especially if you are not in front of your computer screen. Besides, you can put annotations on the video like shapes, lines, texts, and arrows to point out the vital part. You can start using this tool by following the steps that we listed below.

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Step 1 Download and Install the Streaming Video Recorder

Since this tool is available on Windows and Mac, you can refer to one of the "Download" buttons above. Once downloaded, launch it and follow the steps on installing this tool on your computer. After that, open the software to get used to its interface.

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Step 2 Configure the Recording Settings

Next, click the gear icon at the upper rightmost part of the tool to go to its "Settings". You can select your preferred format, output folder, the color of cursor, hotkeys, and more. Then, click the "OK" button to apply the changes.

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Step 3 Start to Record Streaming Video

Click the "REC" button at the rightmost part of the tool to instantly start recording your screen.

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Step 4 Watch the Recorded Video

Once done, click the "Stop" button, and the tool will show you a playback window. You can watch the recorded video from there, and you can save it on your computer. In case you are not satisfied with the recording, click the “Re-record” button to start again.

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Capture Live Streams Online with Free Screen Recorder

Another AceThinker tool that can record live stream on pc without installing any software on your computer is the Online Screen Recorder. This web-based tool allows you to record any activity on your Windows or Mac screen with one-click. Despite being an online tool, it will surely record live stream videos in HD quality like 720p and 1080p. Besides, you have the option to record in full-screen, region mode, and web camera. Aside from that, this online tool can also add annotations like shapes, lines, and arrows on the recording, just like the Screen Grabber Pro, and you can use it for free. To begin using this tool, follow the guidelines below.

Step 1 Go to the website of AceThinker Online Screen Recorder

First, visit the official website of the AceThinker Online Screen Recorder to start using it. From there, click the "Start Recording" button at the middle part of its main page, and it will ask you to install a launcher that would only take a few seconds to do. After that, the tool will show you a floating toolbar that you can use for recording.

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Step 2 Begin video recording

Next, find the live streaming video that you want to download. While streaming, go back to the tool and click the "Record" button at the toolbar's leftmost part. You can click the "Pen" icon to put shapes, lines, arrows, and texts on the video.


Step 3 Preview the video

Once done, click the "Stop" button at the leftmost part of the recording toolbar to end the recording process. Video playback will automatically appear playing the recorded video. You can save the video by clicking the "Save" icon at the lower rightmost part of the media player. You can also share it online by clicking the "Upload" icon beside the "Save" icon and choose your preferred video sharing site.


Record Live Video With Browser Extension - Screencastify

Screencastify is a Chrome browser extension that can record live stream videos quickly. It can also edit videos by doing trim, cut, crop, merge, add annotations, and more. All the videos recorded by this tool are saved to Google Drive automatically. Moreover, this tool can record in 1080p resolution, and it can embed your webcam into the recording. Besides, you can export the video to MP4, MKV, GIF, MP3, and more. Most of the users reviewed this screen recording extension as the most accessible tool to record live stream videos. As you stream a video, it will detect it and make it downloadable for you. For more understanding on how to use this tool, you can check the steps below.


User guide

  • Click the link provided above to access its official website and install this Chrome screen recorder.
  • After installing, you will find the icon of Screencastify beside the URL bar of your Chrome browser. Sign in your Google account to begin using it.
  • Now, play the live stream video, and click the Screencastify icon and press the Record button. It will start recording everything on your desktop screen, including the live stream video.
  • Once done, click the “Stop sharing” button that you will find at the bottom of your screen to end the recording process. It will bring you to a new window where you can watch the video or download it on your PC.

The Default Way to Record Live Stream Videos on Android

Using a third-party screen recorder app on your Android is sometimes dangerous because it may bring viruses to your mobile phone. With that being said, we suggest you do the default way of recording your Android screen. However, not all Android phones have a built-in screen recorder. Only phones running on Android 10 already have their screen recorder, notably Samsung and LG phones. If you are using a Samsung phone, it is so easy to access its screen recording feature. For other phones, you might have to send an ADB command (Android Debug Bridge) to access its built-screen recorder. On the other hand, we will list the steps on how to use Android's default screen recorder.


User guide

  • For Samsung and LG phones, swipe down twice on the Quick Settings menu to see the "Screen recorder" tile. Click on it to start recording your phone while the live stream video is playing.
  • For other Android 10 devices, download Google’s Platform-Tools files on your computer by clicking this link.
  • Next, connect your Android phone to your computer. Then, unhide the Developer Options menu by tapping the "Build number" seven times in a row on the "About Phone" under the "Settings" tab of your phone.
  • You will be prompted to type your lock screen password for you to enable the "You are now a developer!" option. After that, go back to "Settings" and choose "Advanced" and then choose "Developer options." It will show you a dialogue box saying "Allow USB debugging?" then select "OK" to finish.
  • Once done, long-press the "Power" button to access the power menu, and then press and hold the "Screenshot" button until the "Screen Recording" button appears. Tap on it, and a new tab will appear. On that tab, select "Start now" while watching the live stream on your Android to start recording it.

How to Capture Live Video on iOS Devices

We all know that iOS devices can take screenshots easily. But not all users know that iOS phones can do screen recording. It can record your iPhone screen in 1080p resolution and can record in full-screen view. Luckily, it is so easy to do it. As soon as you start recording, you can open different apps, or visit a website where you can watch live streaming videos. On that note, it will surely record live streaming videos for you to watch it offline. Keep in mind that you need to enable the screen recording feature by adding it to your Control Center to quickly record your phone screen. To do it, keep on reading below to see the steps on how to access it.


User guide

  • Go to “Settings,” select “Control Center,” and proceed to “Customize Controls.” From there, tap the “Plus” icon next to Screen Recording.
  • Next, swipe up from the bottom of your iOS phone screen and long-press on the “Record” icon and then tap the “Microphone” button.
  • To begin, search for the live stream video that you want to record. Then, click the “Start “Recording” button from the Control Center of your iOS phone and wait for three seconds to start recording.
  • Once done, go to the “Photos” app, and select your recorded video to play it.

FAQs about Recording Live Stream

What is the best streaming video recorder?
AceThinker Screen Grabber Premium can claim the title as the best video recorder. Why? It can record any happenings in your computer screen with audio while preserving it on high-quality output. Moreover, its user-interface is so simple that it allows you to do the process within a few clicks.
How to record streaming video on Windows 10?
You can use the built-in screen recorder for Windows 10 devices, which is the Game Bar. Here, just press the combination Win+G using your keyboard, and its interface will appear. Hit the "Record" button to start it. Once done, click the "Stop" button to save it on your Windows 10 PC.
Is there any way to record streaming TV?
Yes, you can download and install a third-party app like PlayOn to record streaming TV. The app can record all of the episodes in a series.
Can VLC recording streaming video?
Yes, it can. On VLC, go to Media, then select Open Network Stream. Paste the network URL, then hit the dropdown menu and select Stream to start.
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