How to Record Streaming Video

By Jasmine Carpenter

Updated September 28, 2017

You can use a third-party software tool to record streaming video from the Internet. Look for shareware and freeware that's capable of recording all kinds of streaming video. For example, if you want to record a video from YouTube, use free video capturing software tools like Freerecorder 5, Debut Video and CamStudio. You'll be able to save your recorded video in various file formats and play it on a smartphone, MP3 player or tablet PC.

Download and install a video capturing software tool from the Internet. Free video capturing tools are available at:, and that you can use to record a streaming video on your computer. Double-click on the executable icon and follow the installation wizard instructions. Double-click on the video capturing software tool to launch the program.

Go to a streaming video website that you want to use to record a video file. For example, if you want to record a video file from YouTube or a similar website, use the search field on the Web page to locate the video file that you want to record. Type in a keyword or a video file name and then press the “Search” button. When the Web page loads on your browser, click the “Pause” button if the video automatically starts playing.

Return to the video capturing software tool and look for the “Open Recording Wizard” on the interface window. Click on the option “Record Something Right Now” from the menu. Select the option “Capture a Video Clip or Audio Archive from the Internet." Keep in mind that various types of video capturing tools have varying instructions.

Go back to the streaming video website and press the “Play” button to playback the video. In a few moments the URL address for the streaming video will appear in the video capturing software tool's interface window. Move your mouse cursor over the URL address and left-click on it to highlight the address. Click the “Add Selection As New Recording” button. Click the “Done” button.

Select a video option from the “After Recording, Convert To:” menu list. For example, if you want to convert the video file format, so that you can play it on your iPod, choose “Video-iPod” from the menu list. Press the “Output” tab. Click on the check box that's located next to the option, “Add To iTunes Library” and then press the “OK” button. Wait until the video capturing software tool finishes converting and importing the video file on your computer.


To avoid the possibility of copyright infringement, make sure the video that you want to record does not stipulate that it is copyrighted material. You may also need to obtain the original owner's permission to make a copy the video file.