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How to Record Live Streaming Video with Ease

Last updated on July 6, 2019 by Cindy Smith

We are occupied with live videos like TV shows, educational tutorials, special events, game matches, episodes, broadcasts and more from Facebook platform, live webinars, YouTube streaming, etc. How can we effectively process everything at once, especially when everything is happening so fast? More importantly, is how you can record live streaming video so that everything is not lost within the internet void. The internet should not be the one running your schedule. You could record or capture live videos and have them shared with friends, colleagues or even save them for viewing later on. It is easy, fast and it will ensure order to a media landscape that is supposed to be chaotic. Scroll down to find out the best apps and tools to record live streams using your desktop or mobile devices.

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AceThinker Screen Grabber Pro

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There are numerous live stream recorders that can help you achieve the live video recording task. However, some of them make it a little tricky to operate. Here AceThinker Screen Grabber Pro is considered as the best live stream recorder that allows you to capture and save live streams from YouTube, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon on Demand and more easily. Simply download and install the program on your computer (both Windows and Mac version are available), then follow the steps below to record live stream with no hassles.

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Step1 Adjust recording settings

Once you’ve got your recorder, you should load it up as well as familiarize yourself with the various settings. We equally suggest you have your audio tested. AceThinker Screen Grabber Pro can record the sound from your system provided you have selected the right audio source. Choose your preferred audio source you intend capturing, and have it tested to ensure it records accurately. After you have selected the area you intend recording, the record toolbar at the screen appears beneath the chosen area. You could choose to record system audio or mic audio alongside your video recording process.

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If your aim is to have online videos recorded, you will probably need both the audio and video part of your video streaming. Hence, ensure you begin recording the system’ audio.

System audio represents the sound coming from your system like application alerts, audio coming out from speakers, etc.

For recording of system audio to be successful, click on the System’s Audio button which is located on its video recording toolbar. The moment the button turns green, system audio is automatically enabled.

Step2 Select a region to record

Click on Capture button and choose your whole screen, a specific window, or custom region. This represents an instance of one live streaming which I recorded earlier: rather than select the whole browser window, I just captured the section where the video streaming was happening.

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Step3 Start the recording

When you are done selecting, click on OK button in order to activate.

As you record, pause and then start any time, use the different webcams as well as screen recordings with the said webcam button, then alter audio settings.

When you are through with recording, hit stop button for you to actually halt recording.

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Step4 Save and upload the video

When your video is ready, you could have it saved to the format you’ve set, and save it on your system or have it uploaded so you can share with loved ones.

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camstudio icon To record live video stream for free, the top choice can be CamStudio – a screen recording tool from TechSmith. It’s designed with the ability to record anything that is shown on your screen so that you can record any streaming video, TV Series, episodes. Just keep the live streaming video playing and you will get exactly the content you want. Regional and full-screen recording modes are provided for convenient screencast making. You can also adjust the frame rate, resolution, sound volume and others to achieve the best results. In addition, it records camera as well, meaning that you can easily add your demonstration to the video for explaining things being recorded. But for this free tool, the interface is a little obsolete and real-time editing functions are not available.

Free Online Video Downloader

free screen recorderAnother alternative to capture live streaming video is to use a free screen recorder that allows you to record what display on your computer. It doesn’t require any installation of Java Applet only that you will need to install a launcher if you’re using it for the first time. What you need to do is to click the Start Recording button, choose the recording mode and start recording the live videos. You can not only record video and audio simultaneously with this free tool, but also add webcam in your recording in case you’re creating videos for instruction. In addition, some editing features, including annotating the videos with line, callouts, texts, highlights, etc., are provided to meet your editing needs during the recording process.


camtasiaCamtasia has some premium features for you when it comes to screen recording. It is considered by many, to be the No. 1 choice in its category, in the market. Just define which part of the screen you wish to capture and edit the finished video with Camtasia’s cool editing features. Having saved the screencast, you may share it or save it in the online cloud easily. These, among many other useful tools become available once you have purchased Camtasia. The price might look premium at first glance but for those interested in video recording or do it on a daily basis a good product can be a long-time investment. And you can always decide after trying the full program at a free trial period.

BB Flashback Express

bb flashback expressWhen it comes to screen recording, another good tool is BB Flashback Express. The program itself is free of charge and still, it offers most of the basic features one might need. Whether you want to record the whole screen or just a part of it BB FlashBack Express is a good tool to get the business done. Add audio from your computer or record sound simultaneously with your video capturing process, using your microphone. You may crop or trim your video using the paid version of the software and once you are ready with your video you may upload it to YouTube, Viddler, Revver, etc… But note that BB FlashBack Express is only compatible with Windows and with it is only possible to record in Flash and AVI.

Screen Recording on Android

On Android devices, you will need to enable to screen recorder before it can be used. This can be done from the “Developer Options” in the Settings menu. The “Developer option” is hidden on most Android devices, read how to unlock it below;

Step1 Enable developer options

Open “Settings” select “About Phone” next touch the “Build Number” 7 times in quick succession. You can find the “Build Number” at the bottom of the menu. Next, enter your lock screen password after the prompt, to unlock, you may need to use a gesture or PIN if this you have previously chosen these lock option. If your unlock method is successful you will see this message – “You are now a developer” go back to “System” under settings, select “Advanced” to view more options, now you should see “Developer options” on the list.

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Step2 Activate the screen recorder

From “Developer options” on the menu, select “Feature Flags” from the Debugging section. Next, select the “settings_screenrecord_long_press” icon and slide the button to activate the Screen Recorder.

Step3 Activate the screen recorder

After activating your “Screen Recorder” you can access the “Start Recording” button with a long-press on the power button, the “Start Recording” tab will appear on a pop-up menu with a message that says all the content on your screen will be captured. Touch “Start Recording” to continue. Taking a screenshot while recording will cause gaps in the video.

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Step4 Stop the recording

After recording your screen, touch the “Stop” button, the recorded clip is automatically saved in a folder named “Capture” in the gallery. You also have options to share or delete the file.

You can control Screen Recording with the controls on the menu; you will see buttons for “Stop,” “Pause,” and “Cancel.” Access these functions by pulling down the tray menu with a downward swipe, from the top of your screen.

ApowerREC for iPhone/iPad

app icon apowerrecFor iOS users, ApowerREC is one of the best screen recording app that you can find. This app is applicable for iOS 10 and higher. ApowerREC allows users to record their screen activity full screen without leaving any watermarks. It has a user-friendly interface that enables users to record their screen without any hassle. Another is, the screen record that users can do has no time limits, so this is beneficial, especially if users are trying to record a live stream.

Screen Recording on iOS without 3rd party apps

The following steps will guide you on how to record iOS screen using default settings.

Step1 Set up the App

Open the Control Center from the Settings, select ‘Customize Controls’ and tap the ‘+’ icon by ‘Screen Recording’ icon. For the latest iPhone models (iPhone X and above) swipe up from the bottom of your screen, on older iPhone models with the home button, you will need to swipe down from the upper-right corner of your screen.

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Step2 Enable Audio

Press and hold the “Record” button then tap the Microphone icon.

Step3 Start Recording

To begin capturing tap “Start Recording” there will be a three-second countdown before recording starts.

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Step4 Check the video

To stop recording open your Control Centre and tap the record icon . Alternatively, the red status bar at the top of your screen and touch Stop. To view the recorded video clip, open the “Photos App” and select the file you have just recorded.


As there are many workable live stream video recorders, saving streaming videos from most popular video sharing sites will no more be a problem. You can just choose one you like for your video streaming online. When you are recording streaming media, just be aware that some streamed content is copyrighted, which means that the recording may violate the copyright laws. So it’s recommended that you only record non-copyright material.

It’s up to you which way is the best to capture live streams from online. I’m writing to help you narrow down the options. If any better solution is not listed here, please let me know by dropping a message in the comment area.

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