Friday, June 10, 2011

capture streaming videos from the Internet

This article is about How to capture streaming videos from the Internet.

Many websites like YouTube use a Flash Video format that enables highly-compressed streaming video to effectively play in most browsers. However, the inconvenience with this type of format is that you will not be able to download it by using your Save target option.

There are three common ways available to download/capture/save streaming videos online to your computer:

1. Using download-helper websites
2. Capture the video using a Firefox extension
3. Save the video by using commercial softwares.
Download-helper Websites

KeepVid and YouTube Downloader are download-helper websites that allow users to provide them with the video links. These videos will hence be catalogued and uploaded to the site. They are not video hosting websites like YouTube or Dailymotion; they provide a browser-based service from as the user only has to enter the video's URL in the field provided and choose its source from the list. The file formats in FLV can be converted into Mpeg video formats on Keepvid.

Download Links:

Youtube Downloader:
Firefox extension

Mozilla Firefox is a web browser that allows you to grab online videos with its additional Video Downloader extension. This application runs both on Windows and Mac OS X operating systems.

Mozilla Firefox 3.1 can be downloaded at:

Install Mozilla Firefox
• 1. Choose Save when the file download window opens and select the path where you want the set up extension to be saved in.
• 2. When the download is completed, Click Open
• 3. This will prompt theSet Up Wizard and you will be free to make all the necessary changes concerning its installation. If you do not want to make any changes to the installation settings, check the box labeled "I agree to the terms and conditions of the program" and proceed by clicking Next until installation completes.

Install Mozilla Firefox Video Downloader

When Firefox's installation is complete, you can now download the Video Downloader extension at
• 1. When prompted to download the software extension, click Save
• 2. From the Mozilla Firefox folder in your "Program Files" save the add-on in the "Extensions" folder.
• 3. When download is complete, choose "Close"
• 4. When you will open the Mozilla Firefox browser window, it will ask you if you want to install the add-on. Click "Install Now"
• 5. After installation, the toolbar should have the icon located to the left-hand side of your address bar.
• 6. You should first load the page containing the video stream to use this option. Once you have loaded the right page, click on the down arrow next to your video downloader icon and choose the format you want to save the video. By default it will save it as an FLV format file.
• 7. Choose the path where you want the video to be saved to.

Note: Winamp's latest versions can play FLV format files. You can download the program at:
Commercial softwares

There are available commercial softwares online that require installation. They can be used to download the streaming videos to your computer. Some have the option to convert your FLV format files into Mpeg or AVI files.

Download Link:
Type: Free

Replay AV
Download Link:
Type: Trial version

WM Recorder
Download Link:
Type: Trial version

If you regularly watch video from YouTube, the easiest way to download videos from this website is to make use of Real player:
• Download and install a free version of Real player.
• A folder named Real Player downloads will be automatically created in / My Documents /Video
• Launch a video on Youtube
• A small option should be present at the top of the video ....Download video
• Click on it and the video will be saved on your Hard Drive


  1. Hi,

    Streaming video is similar in concept to broadcasting. Radio or TV broadcasts work by sending out an audio or video signal from a central broadcast tower or cable company and anyone with a TV or radio receiver can enjoy that broadcast. Streaming video works in almost the same way. Streaming can be done in real time just like a broadcast, but it can also be used to transmit stored material that can be viewed at any time. Thanks...

    Streaming Provider

  2. Thanks for sharing. and are both good tricks I often use to download Youtube videos. Nice article!

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