Online videos have become an incredibly popular form of not only entertainment but online education and marketing. In today’s fast-paced world, the majority of people prefer to watch videos rather than read text-based information. Videos allow for a more creative and fun way of conveying and sharing everyday information. However, the downside of online videos is that it requires a good internet connection and thus the portability of online content is somewhat limited. To overcome this problem, online video recording tools have been developed to let you download your favorite TV shows, educational clips and tutorials and take them with you wherever you go. In this article, we have collected for you 5 different programs that will let you record high-quality videos directly from your browser and save them to your portable device. We will also briefly outline for you how each software can be used to record browser video.
Record Videos from Browser with Free Screen Recorder Online
With AceThinker’s Free Screen Recorder Online, capturing your favorite online videos is easier than ever before. Free Screen Record is a tool available for both Windows and Mac users. With this tool you will be able to record full-length videos in a variety of formats and save them directly to your system without having to go through additional and complicated steps. Free Screen Record features a clear and concise interface that is built for users of any level and through AceThinker’s official website you will have access to detailed explanations and helpful information regarding the software.
The guidelines below will help you with using Screen Recorder Online:
Step1 Selecting the video to be downloaded
In your browser open the video you wish to download. This can be from any streaming site such as YouTube or Vimeo.
Step2 Accessing Free Screen Recorder Online
Once you have your video open from your browser, in another tab open AceThinker’s official website from the following link to access its online recording tool. Press “Start” to initiate the downloading of the launcher and afterwards follow the instructions given in the installation wizard to complete the installation.
Step3 Getting familiar with the recording toolbar
If installation has been successfully completed, the recording toolbar should appear on your screen. You can use the toolbar to configure your recording. Set options related to input sound and recording frame and many more.
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Step4 Selecting the region to be recorded
This is an important step if you want to record the video opened in your browser without having any borders and unnecessary stuff around it. Highlight the area of your video player by dragging the edges of the frame so the highlighted area covers the video perfectly.
Step4 Finishing steps
While your video is running, you have the option of making real-time annotations throughout the clip to enhance it and modify it to your personal preference. Once your video is over, hit the “Stop” button to finish recording and have your video saved to your computer.
- Concise, easy to learn interface
- Wide range of editing tools
- Records video and audio simultaneously
- The free version has some limitations compared to the Pro version
EzVid: A Tool for Recording Online Videos
EzVid is a powerful editing and browser recorder tool that appeals to a wide audience. Gamers can use it record gameplay footage, Companies can use it record tutorials for their workers and everyday users can use it to record video from their browsers. EzVid is completely free, and takes no time to learn to use thanks to its simple interface. A big drawback of the software however is that it does not allow you to save your recorded video to your computer directly, instead you can upload it to one of the media sharing websites. While recording, a neat little control bar is displayed with which you can easily annotate, pause or stop your recording.
To learn more about how to use EzVid, refer to the steps below:
Step1 Downloading and configuration
Download and install EzVid as you would do with any other software. Launch the program and on the main interface click on “Capture Screen” screen icon as illustrated below.
Step2 Advanced settings
To fine-tune your recording settings to specifically match the requirements of online video recording, click the “use advanced settings” option. If you are happy with the default settings, click “start capture now” straight away.
Step3 Finishing touches and record your browser
To select the area of the screen to be captured, click on “select capture area”. Highlight the area of your video player and hit “Capture Now” to initiate the recording process.
- Completely free
- Easy to use, clear interface
- Can be used for many different purposes
- Does not let you save your recordings to your computer
- Recording duration limited to 45 minutes
IceCream Screen Recorder for recording online videosIceCream Screen Recorder is another great tool for saving videos from online sources. Its a great web browser recorder tool that lets you capture any area of your screen which is especially useful if you want only your video to be recorded and avoid any additional distractions. IceCream Screen Recorder offers many special features that make this piece of software very versatile and highly professional. Just to mention a couple of the more unique features: built-in task scheduler, trim the recordings to your needs, add your very own watermark to your clips and many more of which you can read about on IceCream Screen Recorder’s official website.
Below you can find more information on how to use the recording tool:
Step1 Downloading and installing the tool
You can get a copy of the software for free from IceCream Screen Recorder’s official website. Once you have downloaded the program, install it by carefully following the steps described in the installation wizard.
Step2 Configuring the program
Once you have the program opened, in the bottom right corner you will find the settings menu. Here you can adjust the system, video and audio settings to match your recording needs. You can also set up hotkeys to provide quick access to certain features.
Step3 Selecting the area to be recorded
Now that you have the basic settings configured, it is time to choose what part of the screen you wish to record. You can choose from 5 different modes. For capturing online videos, either the Custom area or the Area auto detection mode is recommended.
Step4 Record browser video stream
Now you are ready to start capturing your online video. While you are recording your video, you can make real-time annotations via the “Draw” panel to add notes or simply decorate your clip.
- Captures any area of your screen
- Available for both Windows and Mac
- Trim recordings to fit your needs
- Built-in task scheduler
- The free version has some limitations
- Editing options are limited
Record Videos from Your Browser with Screencast-O-Matic
Screencast-O-Matic is a well-developed Java applet that does not require separate installation; a big advantage it has over other screen recorders on the market. It is available for both Windows and Mac. Unfortunately, the free version of this software is very limited, but the paid version is a cost effective option if you want to record videos longer than 15 minutes, be able to record in full-screen mode and do not want a watermark to be placed on your videos. The interface is very intuitive, so even a beginner will be able to figure their way out.
The easy to follow steps below will give you more help with using the software:
Step1 Launch the recorder
Visit Screencast-O-Matic’s official website and click on “Start Recording”. You will be directed to the browser screen recorder, where you can click “Launch recorder” to download the program.
Step2 Setting up the program
If you have downloaded the app and launched it, the recording toolbar should appear. Specify the section of the screen you wish to record, in the case of online videos, this should be the video player itself, and make any other necessary settings to match your preferences.
Step3 The recording process
Now you are ready to start the recording process. Hit the red “Rec” button and start playing your video from your browser. Once the video is finished playing, click “Done” to terminate your recording and have it saved to your computer.
- Straightforward, easy to use interface
- Various screen recording modes
- Pro version is very cost effective
- High-end editing tools
- Free version has very limited number of options
- Internet connection is required even for offline recording
Use OBS Studio to capture videos from your browser directlyOBS Studio is a powerful screen recorder that has been designed specifically for gamers, but if you want to record online videos from your browser, it will get the job done just as well. If you are not familiar with screen recording software in general, OBS Studio might not be the easiest to start out with. Its interface might seem a bit confusing and not so user-friendly and unfortunately there is not much help out there if you get stuck. OBS Studio is an open source software, meaning it is more secure as users can check the code behind it.
Refer to the steps below to get a basic guide on how to use the software:
Step1 Downloading and installation
You can download OBS Studio from OBS Project’s official website. Run the installer and follow the steps in the installation wizard. You might be required to download some additional runtime components that are missing from your computer. Use the Auto-Configuration wizard to optimize the installation settings to your computer.
Step2 Setting up your sources
The sources menu lets you choose from which inputs you wish to record video from. For recording online videos, you will have to select “Display Capture” as this mode records whatever is on your screen. You will get a “hall of mirrors” similar to the one displayed below.
Step3 Managing output settings
In the “Settings” menu, on the panel on the left-hand side, select “Output”. Here you will be able to set up the output folder of your recording, the quality and the file format of your recording.
If you are satisfied with all your settings, the only thing left to do is start recording. To do this, simply hit the “Start Record” button on the right-hand side of OBS Studio’s main interface and start playing your online video from your browser.
- Available for both Windows and Mac
- Open source software, meaning the program code can be viewed and edited by anyone
- Optimized for gaming
- 100% free
- Learning to use the interface may take some time for beginners
- No editing tools