How can I capture streaming video from NetFlix or similar sites?

Albee August 23, 2012

Is there a free video recording that will reliably capture video with audio? I am looking to save my favorite movies, music videos on Netflix, Metacafe, Vimeo, etc. Any Ideas?

  1. Krishna Vallabhaneni
    September 2, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Use the software on the MakeUseOf rewards page its called Audials and i've been using it for a while now and its absolutely amazing!

  2. Alessandro Ferri
    August 26, 2012 at 10:41 am

    1AVCapture is a good tool for capturing streaming video.

  3. kot_alex
    August 25, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    You can use TS Magic Player and P2P YouTube for Windows, Linux/Ubuntu, Mac.
    Version for Opera, Mozilla Firfox, Chrome
    Direct link:

    I like it, and it's realy GREAT!!!

  4. Gordon Hay
    August 25, 2012 at 9:02 am

    I use VSO Downloader ;-

    a free desktop app that automatically detects streaming video independent of the browser used. You can set it to automatically download any video detected, to just alert you to any video found so you can choose to get it, or you can simply start it for a specific video. It can also be set to convert to other formats as well.

  5. Elijah Swartz
    August 25, 2012 at 2:11 am

    If MakeUseOf manually goes through each question, why do they approve and post questions regarding doing things that are probably not legally allowed where the poster is from? Since they manually approve it, you would think it would give them some liability?

    In regards to accomplishing the task as an academic challenge, just for educational purposes, as far as I know, you can't download the streaming content from Netflix. If you are looking for a way to record video content off of your screen, you can use Camtasia(not free) or Cam Studio(free).

  6. Daniel Tanner
    August 25, 2012 at 1:34 am

    I use a program called VideoCacheView it's by:
    Under Internet Related Utilities on the homepage.

    Or the specific link:

    Happy hunting

  7. Eric Wardowski
    August 25, 2012 at 1:06 am

    I like HiDownload Platinum for the simple reason that it includes a sniffer. The sniffer detects streams of data coming into the browsers and can identify the video stream. You can find it at

  8. Tony Batty
    August 24, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    I don't know if this would be of any help, but I found this after a brief search and it may also mean that you will need to purchase the said program to use.

  9. Larry Willey
    August 24, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    YouRecorder is a screen capture program both audio and video. It is not free $39), but works well. The capture format is proprietary but the program allows conversion to .avi or .wmv.

    • Jayson
      March 4, 2013 at 3:19 am

      Everything is free if you know where to look

  10. vivien
    August 24, 2012 at 9:27 am

    If you want to record & enjoy latest video streams, TV shows, Hollywood films freely on NetFlix or other similar feed sites, you can use Any Video Recorder. It is a totally freeware to help you capture on-line streaming videos. It's available to automatically detect video area to capture videos from PC screen, record video on iTunes, Metacafe, NetFlix, Hulu and more, sync video and audio perfectly.

    • Albee
      August 27, 2012 at 5:59 am

      I downloaded and used many video recorder, your Any Video Recorder is the best one I use among the free video recorder. It can really help and work well! Now I can enjoy my favorite movies &TV shows on Hulu now. Thanks!

  11. Santo Kalayil
    August 24, 2012 at 9:01 am

    you can download a software called orbit downloader (free). after installing it start the application and select 'tools' menu and click 'grab'. then can open any video sites from internet explorer or firefox. while the website is loader and video is started to stream. just go to the grab software and you will find the link in it and can download it.

  12. April Eum
    August 24, 2012 at 2:01 am

    there isn't a very reliable extension as for browser functions, however, there is screen capture with sound recording.

    these are some freewares. compatible with windows os.

  13. Subodh Jumle
    August 23, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    If you are using google chrome then go to chrome store and search for keyword "video download".
    You will have multiple plugins with help of which you can download meadia on most of the video sites(exception is youtube).
    And if you just want to capture the streaming video then download and use camstudio, camstudio is a opensource software.

    Hope this helps

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