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How much online video content do you consume? Judging by YouTube’s popularity I’d say a lot, but YouTube isn’t the only site out there with streaming video content. More and more sites are featuring videos every day.

Every once in a while you come across a video you would like to save. Whether it be for educational purposes, work-related, or for entertainment, it would be nice to save these files to our hard drives so we can easily access them. Sometimes bookmarking just isn’t a viable solution. Sometimes we need to download.

There are a lot of different services and tools you can use to capture streaming video. In this article, I will show you some of the best ones, so you’ll be filling your hard drive with streaming content in no time.

A Little About Streaming Video

The vast majority of streaming video content on the Internet is in the Flash Video – or FLV – format. Flash Video allows for highly compressed streaming video, and many websites use it because it saves space, loads quickly, and displays nicely in web browsers.

FLV files are what we will be looking for with the tools I’m about to show you. If you aren’t privy to the FLV format it is fairly simple to convert files FLV Converter - A Freeware to Convert FLV Videos to AVI FLV Converter - A Freeware to Convert FLV Videos to AVI Read More over to other formats, like the more popular AVI, but you don’t have to do this if you don’t want to. The FLV format is supported by many different video players, including the popular [NO LONGER WORKS] VLC Player, which is recommended.

KeepVid

capture streaming video

The first website that can be used to catch streaming video is KeepVid. KeepVid (directory post) has a very simple concept behind it. Just visit the site and enter in the URL of the video page you would like to download. Click Download and KeepVid will search the page for videos.

Then it will display links for you to download the video in 3GP, FLV, or MP4 format.

KeepVid also has a bookmarklet that you can drag up to your bookmarks bar. Just click the Keep It! button whenever you’re on a website with streaming video and you will be taken straight to the KeepVid download page for that video.

Flash Video Downloader

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Flash Video Downloader is another website like KeepVid. In the event one method fails, however unlikely that may be, it is always good to have a backup solution.

FVD supports a wide range of websites. It is constantly adapting to the ever-changing tactics that websites undergo in the way of preventing their video content from being easily downloaded. Just enter your URL, click Download, and you are taken to your download link page.

File2HD

record streaming video

File2HD (directory post) is more of an all-in-one capture website, but it can be used for the same purposes as the 2 sites previously mentioned. To use it to catch streaming video, just select Movies as your filter, type in your URL, and click Get Files.

What’s great about File2HD is that it brings up multiple options for your videos. For instance, when I pasted in the URL of a YouTube video, it gave me the option to download the file in low quality, high, or standard, as well as convert it. Very simple.

[NO LONGER WORKS] Orbit Downloader

record streaming video

If you prefer a cross-browser desktop application, Orbit Downloader is one of the best out there. You can use this app to capture streaming video and download almost anything on the Internet, as detailed here Orbit Download Manager Lets You Download Streaming Media and more Orbit Download Manager Lets You Download Streaming Media and more Read More .

To capture streaming video, run Orbit and enable its Grab++ feature. Once it’s running, refresh/reload the page you are on or open up a new browser window to start using it. Orbit will begin catching files from every page you visit, which you can then download from the application.

You can also click the yellow pin icon on Grab++ to keep it on top of other windows while you’re surfing the web, which is a nice feature.

Download Helper [Firefox]

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If you’re using Firefox, Download Helper is a simple extension for you to use. Once installed, it’s just a little icon that sits next to your home button in Firefox. When you’re on a website with streaming content, the little icon will light up. Click on it to download – and convert – your file.

A more detailed article on how to utilize Download Helper can be found here How To Download Streaming Video with DownloadHelper How To Download Streaming Video with DownloadHelper Read More .

Conclusion

Like I stated before, it isn’t that difficult to find a way to save your streaming video content. If one method doesn’t work you can search for another and find a good application relatively easily. Be sure to exhaust all of your resources before giving up when attempting to download streaming content.

Do you download streaming content? What tools do you use? Leave your thoughts, ideas, and comments below!

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  5. ajay
    November 16, 2015 at 4:29 am

    use 'video downloader professional, 'eagle get', or 'vGet'. All these are available as chrome extensions. Eagle get is super cool. hope this helps.

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    May 2, 2015 at 12:09 pm

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    • ajay
      November 16, 2015 at 4:31 am

      Use vGet extension in chrome browser. It worked.

  7. Citizenearth
    November 27, 2010 at 7:23 am

    Alas, all these video downloader don't work on websites that stream their videos using RTMP protocol.

  8. Citizenearth
    November 27, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Alas, all these video downloader don't work on websites that stream their videos using RTMP protocol. For example: 4tube.com, Nuts.co.uk.

  9. Streaming Video Capture
    November 1, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Recording Or capturing online videos using webcam recorder and streaming video capture is a faster and cheaper way of producing own video content.

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    October 2, 2010 at 2:27 pm

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  11. Pretush
    September 30, 2010 at 11:00 am

    download helper is the best one

  12. Steve Campbell
    September 29, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Glad to see everyone has their own opinions regarding capturing streaming videos. Maybe these video sites should start integrating this feature?

  13. Andre
    September 29, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    any video converter is the best!!!

  14. d.g.
    September 29, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Each of these sites is linked from deturl.com, which is sort of a meta-downloader-tool.

    It combines a traditional downloading links + a download bookmarklet (direct downloading, not simple redirection) + redirection bookmarklet + links to other downloading services.

    By using its bookmarklet on any video page from MANY different video streaming sites, you will either be given a direct link to download the file from the actual video page, or you will be redirect to deturl.com and given multiple different choices for downloading the video, such as links to the sites above.

    For some sites, especially random sites that have some sort of embedded video, or even simply links to video files, such as mpg files and avi files, it will provide links directly. It depends on the site and what works best. It works on FaceBook and many adult websites such as RedTube, PornHub, XXXBunker, Tube8, XVideos, and more.

    Not only does it help you download, but it helps you convert YouTube videos to MP3, AVI, and many other formats. It also links you directly to other useful services, such as youtubeproxy, synchtube, youtubesocial, endlessyoutube, tubechop, youtubedoubler, etc.

    Deturl first launched as PwnYouTube.com, and still you can insert "PWN' into the url of any youtube video to get download links. This is a nice way to also bypass YouTube's request to login to see age restricted videos.

    Honestly, I'd love to see a separate article about Deturl.

  15. Brightico
    September 29, 2010 at 8:50 am

    I use download helper and cam studio

  16. Bob
    September 29, 2010 at 10:10 am

    If you have watched the entire video on your machine you may be able to pick it up using videocacheview from nir sofer, small, good and best of all free

    http://www.softpedia.com/get/I...

  17. Bob
    September 29, 2010 at 8:10 am

    If you have watched the entire video on your machine you may be able to pick it up using videocacheview from nir sofer, small, good and best of all free

    http://www.softpedia.com/get/Internet/Download-Managers/VideoCacheView.shtml

  18. Anonymous
    September 29, 2010 at 4:02 am

    Ubuntu downloads streaming videos automatically for some sites (youtube, vimeo, dailymotion work). It stores the vids in /tmp you just have to browse the folder and look for the flash"___" (some crazy thing here) file and paste it wherever you want (and rename it).

    • FB
      October 2, 2010 at 4:53 am

      it's pretty much the same for windows. if you have "unlocker" installed, just browse for /local settings/temp folder and look for fla**.tmp file. Use unlocker by right-clicking it, copy, rename it, change extension to .mp4 (720p) or .flv (360p or 480p).

      • Aibek
        October 2, 2010 at 12:26 pm

        I guess we can say it's pretty much the same for all operating systems. The streaming video files are stored somewhere in the temp folders.

  19. vietvet52
    September 29, 2010 at 5:52 am

    should of looked at that comment before i posted it

    been using download helper since it first came out nice app , i uses
    Realplayer , download all so , that one works on Firefox and e and chrome ,

  20. vietvet52
    September 29, 2010 at 3:52 am

    should of looked at that comment before i posted it

    been using download helper since it first came out nice app , i uses
    Realplayer , download all so , that one works on Firefox and e and chrome ,

  21. vietvet52
    September 29, 2010 at 3:47 am

    been using downloaded, since came out, all uses realplayers down-loader works good ,.

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