How to Record YouTube Live Streaming Video

Last updated on January 29, 2020 by Trafalgar Law

YouTube Live is an excellent live streaming service that allows anyone to create a live feed. This is great for people to watch their favorite YouTubers, sports streams, video gaming, and people showing tutorials on how to do certain things you wish to learn. Due to the increasing popularity of live streaming on YouTube, there is also a growing need to record YouTube live streams so that you can go back to your favorite live videos without needing an Internet connection. In this post, we’re going to discuss several effective ways to capture live streams from YouTube using your desktop and mobile phones with no hassles at all.

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AceThinker Screen Grabber Pro

small logo of screen grabber proScreen Grabber Pro is an excellent service from AceThinker that allows the user to download a program for all of their screen recording needs. Not only does this program offer the function to enable the user to record their full screen, but it also allows for the recording of specific regions. With the live videos being rather long, this program has an editing function that can help reduce the size. Not only can you annotate the video during the recording process, but this program also allows you to trim the video only to contain the parts you need. Below are the steps to learn how you can use Screen Grabber Pro to record Youtube live streams.

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Step1 Install AceThinker Screen Grabber Pro

Check for the downloads of AceThinker Screen Grabber Pro and click to install it. Now to use it on your device, install the application. Now, keep on following the instructions for using the app. The installation process will take a few seconds. After it finishes, wait for a few more seconds till the main screen of the AceThinker Screen Grabber Pro appears.

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Step2 Configure the Initial Settings

Before proceeding to the actual recording, you can configure the recording settings first. If you want to record a video with the audio in it, then click the “Audio Input” tab and then select “System Sound.” On the other hand, if you want to record your voice alone and incorporate it to the recording, then choose “Microphone” from the other options. However, you can include both system and microphone sounds into the recording by selecting the “System Sound and Microphone” setting.


Step3 Select the Recording Mode

Once you have installed the application and it is ready to use, you have to adjust the settings for your recording now. Search for YouTube and then find a live streaming video. Now open the application, and from the given options, click on “Record.” There is a variety of modes you can select. If you want to make a recording of the whole screen, then click on “Full Screen.” If you’re going to make a recording of some part of the screen, click on “Region.” When you select the recording mode you want, there will appear the recording toolbar.

select the recording mode

Step4 Annotate While Recording

From the recording toolbar, you can click the “Pen” icon and a small editing panel will appear. You can use the options from the editing panel, and add them to the video. This is a great way to add notes during a livestream event, since there are no do-overs once a livestream ends. Once the livestream is over, you can end the recording by clicking the “Stop” button, and the video will be then saved.

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Step5 Play the Video

The recorded video will be then added to the preview panel of Screen Grabber Pro. To watch the video, select it and then right-click on it. From the menu that will appear, select “Preview” and the video playback window will appear.

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Free Screen Recorder Online

free screen recorderAceThinker’s Free Screen Recorder Online is a web-based screen recorder, which means that it does not need any installation. Since the tool is web-based, the only requirement to use it is by being connected to the internet. The tool can perform like any other screen recorder, despite being an online tool. It is packed with multiple functions that help to enhance the video that is being recorded. Indeed, it is a robust tool that you can use to record Youtube videos. Follow the steps below to be able to use it.

Step1 Launch the Online Screen Recorder

To start, launch the webpage of AceThinker Free Screen Recorder, by clicking the link here. From the homepage of the website, click the “Start Recording” button to launch the tool. First time users will be asked to install the launcher of the tool first after clicking the “Start Recording” button, which will not take two minutes to do.

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Step2 Set the Audio Source

Once the recorder appear, click the “Microphone” icon, and select the audio input that you want to use for recording. Similar to the first tool, each option has their own purpose and you should use the one that fits the situation.

select the audio input

Step3 Start Recording the Livestream

First, you have to open up the Live stream video on YouTube you want to record in your device. Now, adjust the frame and size of the screen you want to include in your video. After making all the adjustments and changing the settings, from the recording toolbar, click on “Record”.

This time, open the YouTube livestream that you want to record. Next, fit the recording frame to cover the parts of the screen that you want to include to the video. Once this is done, click the “Record” button from the recording toolbar to start.

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Step4 Add Annotations

You have a great option to add text or comments in the video you are recording. We call these annotations, which means to explain your videos with the help of text further. For this, open the recording toolbar and press the “Pen” button. After this, choose the annotations you want to include in your video. Once you have added all the annotations from the recording toolbar, click “Stop” to finish your recording.

add annotations

Step5 Save the Video

When you click on the “Stop” button, you can watch the video from the files stored in your local drive.

save the video

Icecream Screen Recorder

icecream screen recorder Next on the list of screen recorders to be reviewed is Icecream Screen Recorder. This YouTube live recording software is another great program to use to record your YouTube activities. It comes as a free version and also a pro version with the latter having a lot more features than the free product. With the free version, your options are very limited to what you can do, but with the pro version, there are a lot more features that allow you to create a movie with editing and drawing annotations. Additionally, it features an easy-to-use interface that allows users to record any part of your screen area and save it as a screenshot quickly.

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OBS Studio

OBS Studio Next on the list, is OBS Studio. This YouTube live stream screen recorder is an open source software, which is a top choice among its fellow adversaries. The tool has been in the market for many years, and it has gathered popularity because of the excellent quality videos it produces. Additionally, the program is sponsored by Twitch which is one of the most popular live streaming platform for gamers. Moreover, it features high performance and real-time video and audio capturing and mixing. The only downside of it is its intimidating interface, which is not user-friendly, especially if you are an amateur. Though with a few practices, it will prove to be an indispensable recorder to have.

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VLC Player

vlc player3 We are all familiar that VLC Player is a free and open-source media player that can access almost all multimedia formats like MP4, AVI, and more. But due to its recent update, it also now features a simple recording tool that can also capture your screen activity. VLC is an excellent alternative for other live screen recorders for YouTube in case you would not want to download any additional software and conserve your device’s memory. Aside from that, this is free software so you can enjoy all of its features worry-free. However, one drawback of it is that users cannot record their voice while recording.

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How to Record YouTube videos using VLC

  • First, download VLC Player to get a copy of the media player. Then, run the installation process and launch it afterward.
  • Before we set-up VLC, open your web browser first to access YouTube. Browse and select the video you want record. Once selected, let it load for the meantime, but don’t play it yet.
  • From the main interface of VLC, click the “Media” tab then select “Open Capture Device”. Then, change the Capture Mode into “Desktop”. And also put “10 fps” for the desired frame rate.
  • Now, click “Play” to start the recording. Minimize the VLC Player immediately then go back to the YouTube video. Play YouTube video in VLC and then it will be recorded automatically.
  • Once done, go back to the VLC Player to click the “Stop” button. Then, go to your local folder to check the recorded YouTube video.


YouTube live streams are very random; that is why it is essential to have a reliable screen recording tool whenever one appears. This is true, especially if its someone that you regularly follow on social media. With the tools mentioned above, there won’t be any problems whenever you need to record Youtube live streams. For a more professional approach, you can use Acethinker Screen Grabber Pro. This tool is best suited for its advanced features and HD quality recording functions.

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