How To Download Videos From Hulu The Easy Way

14906 hulu graphic   How To Download Videos From Hulu The Easy WayEvery once in a while, you come across a video that you think is so great that adding it to your favorites just isn’t good enough, so you seek to download it. This is relatively easy if you’re on YouTube. There are dozens of apps out there capable of getting the job done (YouTube Downloader is my personal favorite). A lot of the time, all you need is the URL of the video you want.

Hulu‘s an entirely different story. They’ve gone to great lengths to protect their videos from downloaders, primarily because Hulu is home to a lot of television episodes and clips, rather than user-uploaded content. Is it impossible to download videos from Hulu? No, but a lot of the time,  it’s just frustrating enough to cause you to give up prematurely – until now at least.

How to Download Videos from Hulu

You’re going to need two programs to start downloading and watching Hulu videos on your computer. The first is StreamTransport, the program you will use to locate, capture, and download the videos you’re looking for. The second, which you should have anyway, is [NO LONGER WORKS] VLC Player, because, well, it plays everything. There are other programs out there that will be able to play your downloaded videos, but this one is simply the best.

Now that you have those programs installed, I can walk you through the process of snaking Hulu videos.

How To Download Videos From Hulu

The first thing you’re going to want to do is run StreamTransport. We’ll be using the program’s built-in browser to locate the videos you’re interested in on Hulu.

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Open the program and click on the button at the very top that says Visit Hulu. The top half, browser part of the application will take you to Hulu’s homepage. From there, navigate to the video you would like to capture and play it. Take note of how long the video is because you’re going to need that information in a second.

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Once your video starts playing, you will see a list of items in the bottom half of the app. This can vary from video to video, but at least one of the items should be listed as the same duration as the video you’re playing. Click an item that meets that criteria and click the Download button to start downloading the video. If your video doesn’t start downloading in a few seconds, you may need to try one of the other items.

Your download will start in a new window, leaving you free to go back and add more videos to your download queue. Multiple videos can download simultaneously.

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After a download is finished, click on the Locate button and you will be taken directly to the folder with your downloaded files. As I alluded to earlier, videos will be in the FLV format, but you should have no problem playing them with an app like VLC player.

Conclusion

While this method still doesn’t compare to the various strategies you could invoke to easily download videos off YouTube, it is fairly straight forward and pretty simple to execute. StreamTransport certainly makes the whole process easier, especially since it has a built-in browser.

Do you have any tips to add? What do you think of this method?

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ankit

can we use in countries where it is not allowed??

Rga Dawg

You have to use something like Quick Hide IP, mask your IP as from US

Steve Campbell

Nice response, Rga. Thanks!

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Ceo

Seems to work in US fine. Having issues getting some of the higher resolution versions of the video to play, so its not exactly HD, but then Hulu never was. CBS.com works fine, too.

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Ceo

Seems to work in US fine. Having issues getting some of the higher resolution versions of the video to play, so its not exactly HD, but then Hulu never was. CBS.com works fine, too.

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Whateveryouwant

Used to ne much more useful. More and more videos from Hulu won’t download completely, and the software hasn’t been updated in ages.

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BadaBing

nope you can’t

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Supermanflies

doesn’t seem to work on a Mac

Steve Campbell

Sorry to hear that. Unfortunately I didn’t have a Mac to test it on. If anyone knows of a good substitute for Mac users please share.

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Rga Dawg

Sadly, I think StreamTrasport is out of development, but it still works. Sometimes you have to mess with it, exit, restart, etc., try messing around in the app, then back to the videos. You can’t get anything higher than 720 x 480, which is not bad on a 24″ screen, and you need a subscription to get that. It’s probably just a matter of time before Hulu catches up with it. Then, there is really nothing else out there that can grab Hulu. I’ve looked at everything. ST is the only one that can do it.

Steve Campbell

You’re right about that. I too have looked at everything and unfortunately this is the best we’ve got. It takes a bit of messing with at times, but I’ve had a high success rate with it.

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Steve Campbell

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Steve Campbell

Aibek

got it!

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Plibby

FoxReal YouTube FLV Downloader Pro will download Hulu videos, but it is not free. There is a free version, although I’m not sure if it works as well as the pro version. I got the pro version from the Giveaway of the day website at the end of last year.

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457m

What about a simple screen capture utility? Granted, one has to babysit it, but it works for everything. There is a very good one, that allows for picking the size of captured frame and of course it grabs audio to. Free for private use, called BB FlashBack Express.

Aibek

Can you confirm that it works for Hulu

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Wisco

Stream Transport is broken now.

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Alex

after mtv.com changed their flash player a month ago, I can’t download anything. it ends up crashing in the streamtransport browser while the videos play fine on IE and firefox.

also, I’ve experienced a few hulu videos that streamtransport doesn’t even detect, and its always the same ones no matter how often I restart.

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Alex

after mtv.com changed their flash player a month ago, I can’t download anything. it ends up crashing in the streamtransport browser while the videos play fine on IE and firefox.

also, I’ve experienced a few hulu videos that streamtransport doesn’t even detect, and its always the same ones no matter how often I restart.

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Wloudermilk

I CANT GET ANYTHING IN STREAMTRANSPORT TO SHOW THE DURATION TIME WONT WORK FOR ME

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guest

I used StreamTransport for about a year and LOVED it. But in the last 5 months or so, Hulu has changed it’s links and encoding so that StreamTransport can no longer capture them. And it appears the program is no longer updated, so . . . other options?

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