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How to Record Live Stream Video from YouTube

feature record youtube live streamYouTube Live is an excellent live streaming service that allows anyone to create a live feed. This is great for people to watch their favorite YouTubers, sports streams, video gaming, and people showing tutorials on how to do certain things you wish to learn. Due to the increasing popularity of live streaming on YouTube, there is also a growing need to record YouTube live stream so that you can go back to your favorite live videos without needing an internet connection. In this post, we're going to discuss several effective ways to capture live streams from YouTube with no hassles.

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The Best Way to Capture YouTube Live Stream Video

AceThinker Screen Grabber Premium is an excellent live screen recorder for YouTube that allows users to record any video from YouTube and other websites. Not only does this program offer the function to enable the user to record their full screen, but it also allows for the recording of specific regions. Another good thing about this tool is it can put annotations such as shapes, lines, texts, and arrows on the video. Besides, you can take screenshots while recording. To know how to use this tool, follow the steps below.

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Step 1 Install the YouTube Live Recorder

Download and install the right version of this YouTube stream recorder on your computer following the wizard. Run the program and select "Video Recorder" for YouTube live video recording. If needed, you can click the Gear icon to set the recording format, cursor style, etc.

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Step 2 Record Live Stream from YouTube

You can then adjust the recording area. To record YouTube live streaming video, you can select Custom and then hover over the video you wish to record. Then, play the YouTube video and click the "REC" button on the right side of the tool to start to record YouTube live video.

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Step 3 Watch the Recorded YouTbe Live Video

When the recording is done, click the Stop button and you can then have a preview of the recorded video to see whether it's OK. If you're satisfied with it, click Save to save the recording to your computer and enjoy it right away.

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How to Record YouTube Live Stream Online for Free

AceThinker's Free Screen Recorder Online is a web-based YouTube live video recorder that does not need any installation. Since the tool is web-based, the only requirement to use it is to connect to the internet. The tool can perform like any other screen recorder, despite being an online tool. It is packed with multiple functions that help to enhance the video that is being recorded. Indeed, it is a robust tool that you can use to record Youtube videos. Follow the steps below to be able to use this free online YouTube live screen capture.

Step 1 Launch the Online Screen Recorder

To start, launch the webpage of AceThinker Free Screen Recorder, by clicking the link here. From the homepage of the website, click the "Start Recording" button to launch the tool. First-time users will be asked to install the tool's launcher after clicking the "Start Recording" button, which will not take two minutes to do.

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Step 2 Set the Audio Source

Once the recorder appears, click the "Microphone" icon, and select the audio input that you want to use for recording. Like the first tool, each option has its own purpose, and you should use the one that fits the situation.

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Step 3 Start Recording the YouTube Live Stream

First, you have to open up the Live stream video on YouTube you want to record on your device. Now, adjust the frame and size of the screen you want to include in your video. After making all the adjustments and changing the settings, from the recording toolbar, click on "Record".

This time, open the YouTube live stream that you want to record. Next, fit the recording frame to cover the parts of the screen that you want to include in the video. Once this is done, click the "Record" button from the recording toolbar to start.

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Step 4 Add Annotations

You have a great option to add text or comments in the video you are recording. We call these annotations, which means to explain your videos with the help of text further. For this, open the recording toolbar and press the "Pen" button. After this, choose the annotations you want to include in your video. Once you have added all the annotations from the recording toolbar, click "Stop" to finish your recording.

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Step 5 Save the Video

When you click on the "Stop" button, you can watch the video from the files stored in your local drive.

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How to Download Past YouTube Live Video

If you are looking for a YouTube live stream downloader, that might not be possible since it is hard to get the code for an on-going video. In that case, it is best to wait until the live stream is finished since that is the perfect time you can download it. So, when it comes to downloading past YouTube live videos, you can rely on AceThinker Free Online Downloader. Aside from YouTube, it can also grab videos from other streaming sites such as Vimeo, Facebook, and more. Moreover, you can save the video in high quality for up to 1080p resolution or more. So if you want to download them, follow the steps provided here.

Step 1 Access the Tool

Click the link provided in the description above and it will automatically open a new tab to access the online solution. From here you can see the download box wherein you need to paste the YouTube video link. As a tip, you may bookmark the website so you can access it quicker anytime you want.

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Step 2 Copy the YouTube Link

Open a new tab and visit the official website of YouTube. Then search for the past YouTube live video you want to download. Copy the URL of the video then go back to the tool to paste it on the download box. Next, hit the "Download" button right beside the bar to analyze the link.

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Step 3 Download the Video

Choose the format and quality you prefer then right-click on the "Download" button and select "Save link as" to save it. Wait for a few moments until the video is downloaded. Once done, open the output folder to find it there and play the video.

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YouTube live streams are very random; that is why it is essential to have a reliable screen recording tool whenever one appears. This is true, especially if it's someone that you regularly follow on social media. With the tools mentioned above, there won't be any problems whenever you need to save YouTube live streams. For a more professional approach, you can use Acethinker Screen Grabber Pro. This tool is best suited for its advanced features and HD quality recording functions.

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FAQs about YouTube Live Stream

Can you download a YouTube live stream video?

Although you can't do it directly on YouTube, there are many YouTube downloaders available to let you do this. All you have to do is to find the one that is easy and safe to use. One of AceThinker Video Keeper allows you to get that live stream by copying and pasting the URL. The downloaded video will then in the quality same as the original video.

How to record YouTube livestream with VLC?

Get the live stream's URL and go to VLC. Then, click Media, and on the menu click "Stream." Next, choose "Network" and paste the link on the URL field. After that, select "Stream" on the button below. Consequently, click "Next" on the dialogue box for Source, Destination Setup, and Transcoding Option. Finally, click "Stream," and the video will play automatically after that.

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Posted by Trafalgar Law on June 1, 2019 to Screen Grabber Pro

Last updated on March 2, 2021

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