How to record streaming videos on PC or Mac for Free?

Do you have any online live videos want to save to your PC or Mac computer for watching later even when you are offline? There are a great many video content on the web we might like to download and save for the future, such as movies, TV shows, music videos, sports event, live broadcast, interviews, website tutorials, etc. There are mainly two ways you can do that, you can either download videos from websites to your computer or record streaming videos and save to your computer. You can refer to this guide to download online videos to computer, a lot of online videos from Youtube, Vimeo and many others can be downloaded offline following this guide. Today we will share with you another way to save online videos to local computer: recording streaming videos.

How to record screen videos on your Windows PC?

Go to get this screen video recording software and install it on your computer. Launch the screen video recorder, you will see the two recording modes from its home screen: Screen Video Recording VS Audio Recording. Choose the first option to open the video recording window as following.

record screen videos on Windows pc

The UI of the software is self-explanatory. Drag and drop the recording window to select any area on your computer desktop that you like to capture. Hit the red Rec button to start recording and hit it again to stop. You can find more details from this tutorial to capture screen videos on Windows computer.

How to record streaming videos on PC or Mac for free?

Many other video recording software are not free. This movie recording solution however comes with both free and paid versions. The free version allows you to record unlimited amount of videos as you like. The screen recording method can help you easily record streaming videos such as Dailymotion videos, Amazon videos, Youtube videos, Vimeo videos, online conference calls, online presentations, Fox news, Netflix, Hulu videos, CBS, WWE videos, UStream, and so on.

Firstly go to download the free version of the video converter and recorder on to your Windows PC or Mac. The main software is the video converter, video recorder is a built-in tool in the main program.

Download and install the video converter on to your computer, then run the program. It defaults to the video converting tab as shown below. Go to its menu from the top right corner, then choose Video Recorder from the drop-down menu, see below screenshot.
start video recorder on your computer
Now the Video Recorder runs on your PC or Mac. Open your web browser to play the video you like to record, and drag the video recording window to the video player within your web browser. Drag the dashed border of the Video Recorder to capture only the video playing region. If you like to record the whole screen, simply click the Full Screen button at the top of the video recording window. Now click the Rec button from the top left corner of the Video Recorder to start recording streaming videos on PC or Mac.
record streaming videos on pc or mac for free
When you are recording streaming videos on Mac or PC, you can’t change the recording screen size or region, the dashed border of video recording area become solid border, you will see the timing of video recording as well. Click the Rec button again or click the close button to stop recording, the recorded streaming video will be saved to the output folder of the Video Recorder.

The Video Recorder for Windows will save recorded videos as WMV file format. If need, you can add the recorded streaming videos into the main video converter software to convert them to any other video formats you like. For example, you can refer to this guide to convert any videos to iPhone format. Using a Samsung Galaxy phone? Here is the tutorial you can check: how to convert videos to Samsung mobile phones? If you have saved a series of video clips, you can also converge them into a single file to be converted, burned, transferred, shared. If the streaming video recorded is too long, you can also trim long video into short clips. If like, you can burn videos to DVD for playback on standard DVD player and TV sets using this media software. Publishing videos to social network, such as Facebook, to share with family and friends is also a lot of fun.

Except video converting, video recording, this media software can also help you download streaming videos from internet, burn videos to DVD disks, streaming videos from computer to TV or any other supported devices. No matter you need a free video recorder, a video converter or burner, Video Converter Ultimate is your best option.

Update Jan 2018: this guide was originally published in 2015 and has since been updated. In this update, the new screen video recording method was added. The new screen video recorder is both easy to use and powerful. It is your best choice to record screen videos, webcam videos, system sounds and sounds from microphone.