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How to capture video streaming from any website

capture video streaming

Most internet traffic consists of streaming video. Only YouTube represents a big chunk of this percentage. Over 400 hours of uploaded content per minute, an average of 40 minutes watched per session and greater coverage in the 18-49 demographic compared to cable TV. And then you have to consider other video streaming sites like Vimeo, Dailymotion, Metacafe, Vine, Twitch, etc. There is a lot of video data that is provided by the network, and being able to learn about the method of capturing video streaming from any website could be useful for your work or recreational activity.

Capture video streaming from the internet

Reviewing a video streaming from the web more than once may be difficult, especially when you can't watch the video because your internet connection is interrupted continuously (or the video site doesn't work). Faced with these difficulties, the best solution is to download videos that are frequently watched on your computer. This way you can review them as many times as you want without having to search every time you need it. This is particularly useful for educational and entertainment videos, as both tend to be highly reused, but it is also good for movies and TV series.

Being able to capture video streaming from the web a great convenience, because it allows you to be able to watch an offline video in any circumstance, even when you don't have an internet connection. In proposing this guide, I searched the net for some free solutions that are at the same time effective and simple in the process to record video from the screen. Read on to discover our list of tools for capturing streaming video from the internet.

VideoGrabby (Web)

Supported sites: Facebook, Soundcloud, Vimeo, Vine, YouTube.

VideoGrabby the simplest and most direct tool in its sector. We recommend it if you want a problem-free option that requires almost no effort on your part. The compromise is the flexible minor with regards to quality and download options, but doing its job with dignity.


After searching for the video of your interest on the web, just copy the URL of the online video and paste it into the VideoGrabby search box. As soon as you enter it, the button is displayed Download. Click on this button to download the video file in MP4 format.

The quality is not exceptional but certainly passable to watch a video without great pretensions. If you scroll down to the end of the page, you can click on HQ to move on to the high quality download, but the difference is not significant.

LINK | VideoGrabby

Video DownloadHelper (Firefox, Chrome)

Supported sites: Dailymotion, Facebook, Instagram, Lynda, Twitter, Udemy, Vimeo, YouTube and hundreds of other sites.

Video DownloadHelper simply one of the most useful browser extensions you've ever installed. even easier to use than the already mentioned VideoGrabby, but the downside (if you can call it that) you have to install it on your browser, which could slow down your browser's performance.

Video DownloadHelper

However, if you have to download a lot of videos in a day, it is worth installing Video DownloadHelper, any kind of performance reduction you can detect, but in my experience, the truly negligible performance reduction.

The extension adds a button next to the browser address bar. Every time you meet an online video, you can simply click on the button to download the video file of the current page.

DOWNLOAD | Video DownloadHelper

Freemake Video Downloader (Windows)

Supported sites: Dailymotion, Facebook, Liveleak, Veoh, Vimeo, YouTube and dozens of other sites.

Freemake Video Downloader one of the most popular video download tools. completely free, easy to use and relatively flexible with regards to quality and format options. The only major disadvantage that is only available on Windows systems.

Freemake Video Downloader

Videos can only be downloaded in some formats, including AVI, FLV, MKV, MP4 and WMV. Videos can also be downloaded in MP3 format if only the audio part is desired. The download process only requires the URL of the video you want to download, just copy and paste it.

DOWNLOAD | Freemake Video Downloader

JDownloader 2 (Windows, Mac, Linux)

Supported sites: almost all sites with streaming video.

JDownloader 2 similar to the Freemake Video Downloader software but with a difference. In this case you need to download the URL of the page where the streaming video to download is, paste it into the app and it will scan the entire page and all the videos it can detect on that page. Then you choose which of the videos you want to download.

JDownloader 2

The nice thing about JDownloader 2 that you don't need the direct URL of a specific video. Take a MakeUseOf article with ten videos, for example, and all will be detected. This makes it very easy to capture several videos simultaneously.

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DOWNLOAD | JDownloader 2

Last resort to capture video online

If you encounter a video that is not supported by any of the tools we have presented above, the last resort is to play videos in full screen mode and record the screen while the video is scrolling. Not a perfect solution, but it still works. These are some resources for recording video from the computer screen:

You can also use VLC to play and record videos online simultaneously until you are able to get the direct video URL for playback.

If you have a Mac, in this guide you can find out how easy it is to record the video content that passes on the screen of your Mac, without using third-party software.