How to Record a Web Video with RealPlayer

by Theodora Pennypacker

RealPlayer is not limited to simply opening audio and video tracks. In fact, you can use the free application to record Web video. RealPlayer Downloader is an Web browser plug-in that can grab the source files behind streaming media and save them to your computer. Although RealPlayer comes bundled with RealPlayer Downloader, you will need to manually activate the Internet browser plug-in before you can take advantage of its capability. RealPlayer Downloader can be a cost-effective tool for professionals who need to save Web videos of business presentations, corporate announcements, product demonstrations or customer testimonials.

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Download and install RealPlayer. Obtain the setup file directly from the software developer website (see the link in Resources).

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Launch RealPlayer. Click the “RealPlayer” tab and select “Preferences.” The “Preferences” window loads. Click the “Download & Recording” tab under the “Category” pane.

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Click the “Browse” button alongside the “Save Files To” field; a folder browser window opens. Select a location to save all downloaded media and click "OK."

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Check the "Enable Web Downloading & Recording" box on the “Preferences” window and click "OK."

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Launch an Internet browser and go to a Web page with a streaming video. Once the media loads, a "Download This Video" overlay appears on top of the viewing area.

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Click the "Download This Video" overlay; the "RealPlayer Download & Recording Manger" opens. RealPlayer shows a confirmation message when the streaming video is downloaded. The media is saved in the location you selected earlier.

Tip

  • check You don't have to watch the entire video for it to download.

Warning

  • close Do not download pirated movies

About the Author

Based in New York City, I am an online video producer who has more than five years of experience working in digital media. I specialize in video compression and distribution, video software, online video sharing and portable device use. I received my B.A. in Film Studies in 2005 from Vassar College.