Record Live Video Streams and Broadcasts!
Capture live video streams and broadcasts from live events, news websites, webcams, and other online resources!
Record live news, TV channel online broadcasts and shows, sport events, webcams, radio broadcasts, and all kinds of live video feeds from various websites like CNN, BBC, and many others!
Capture Live and Record Webcam Videos!
Record live videos from webcams! Streaming Video Downloader allows you to capture live video feeds from sites like EarthCam and many others, where video content is coming from webcams and video cameras in real time.
Save Flash, Silverlight, WebM, and other Videos!
Nowadays the most popular video format on the Web is Flash Video served as FLV/MP4, however other types of videos are also common, including: Microsoft Silverlight served as Windows Media Video - WMV, Apple QuickTime served as MOV, and RealMedia served as RM/RAM. Streaming Video Downloader lets you save all these types of videos*!
Streaming Video Downloader 5 was the first downloader to offer support for the emerging HTML5 video standard - WebM.
Integrated YouTube Video Downloader!
With integrated YouTube Video Downloader you can download multiple videos in one batch! You can also download entire playlists and courses.
Videos can be downloaded in desired format (MP4 vs FLV) and quality (720p or 1080p vs 360p for example). In addition, if a video you want to save has 3D content available, you can instruct the program to download the version with 3D content.
When downloading playlists, you can specify the starting and ending video indices, so that only specific videos from a playlist are downloaded; but you can always download the whole playlist as well.
All videos are saved with friendly names, generated from titles retrieved from YouTube. Videos that are part of a playlist are conveniently out into a single folder named after the playlist.
Save RTMP Video Streams!
You can capture and save live as well as recorded RTMP video streams. RTMP is a popular protocol to deliver streaming or live video content on the Internet used by numerous websites like BBC iPlayer.
While free tools like rtmpdump can also capture RTMP content, they can be quite difficult to use, as most of them are command-line based. RTMP capture in Streaming Video Downloader, on the other hand is super easy to use. When the program detects a new RTMP stream in your web browser, it will automatically ask you if you want to save it!
Recording RTMP video streams in Streaming Video Downloader is literally as simple as watching them in your web browser!
Better than Screen Capture or Direct Download!
Streaming Video Downloader works by automatically saving video content that your web browser has already downloaded! This is not the only approach to save videos from the Internet, but it has many advantages over the other approaches:
- The simplest approach! You really don't have to do anything: just start watching a video and the program takes care of the rest!
- No bandwidth is wasted as the content is downloaded only once by your web browser!
- Video quality stays unchanged and videos look just as good as in web browser, unlike with screen capture!
- You don't have to provide any login information, copy-paste URLs, or do other cumbersome things, like you may with direct download approach.
Save HTTP Dynamic Streaming / HDS Videos!
Adobe HTTP Dynamic Streaming (HDS) technology is being increasingly used by more and more websites to deliver high-quality on-demand videos online. Streaming Video Downloader 6 is capable of saving such videos!
HDS videos are usually served as F4F, F4P, and F4M video fragments streamed over HTTP on demand. Our Video Downloader is able to capture all these fragments and assemble them together into a playable video file - all in real time as you watch the video in your web browser!
Save High Definition (HD) Videos: 720p & 1080p
YouTube and some other video websites now offer the ability to watch videos in High Quality (HQ) / High Definition (HD) modes - 360p, 480p, 720p, and 1080p. The physical dimensions of the video, color depth, and other settings are significantly improved in HQ/HD modes and the videos look much sharper. This is why you should always save HQ/HD version of a video if it is available.
And Streaming Video Downloader is one of the few programs that lets you easily save HQ & HD videos in any of the above modes! This works exactly the same as with regular FLV videos, the only difference being that videos are being saved as MPEG-4 video files (MP4), instead of Flash video files (FLV).
Works with IE, Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera!
The program supports all modern web browsers! As long as you can watch a particular video in your browser, you can save it with Streaming Video Downloader... period! Thus, the program supports Internet Explorer 5+, Firefox 1+, Google Chrome, Opera 8+, Safari, Netscape, and other web browsers!
Doesn't Install any Drivers or Services!
The program does not require any additional drivers or services than those that already come with Microsoft Windows! So it is really light weight and does not get in your way!
Save Internet Videos with just One Click!
Don't do anything! Streaming Video Downloader automatically detects when you begin watching a video in your browser, and begins saving it immediately! At the same time it asks you whether or not you want to save a video. If you do, you just click Save; and if you don't, you click Cancel, and the program will stop downloading it. That's it! You don't have to look for URLs and paste them somewhere, like you do with other downloaders; simply watch and save simultaneously!
Watch and Save Videos without Ads!
Quite often, as you watch videos on the Internet, different ads will be shown below and even right over the videos. While many of such ads can be turned off, they are still very distractive and steal your attention from the video content you are watching! The good news is that Streamning Video Downloader will save the videos without saving any ads! So whenever you play your videos later, you will get a much better experience!
Convert Flash FLV Videos to AVI, MP4, MKV!
Streaming Video Downloader 6 provides enhanced video conversion support for Flash Videos (FLVs). FLV files, and derivative video formats such as RTMP-based and Adobe HDS videos, can be automatically converted to either MP4, AVI, or Matroska MKV video container files, which can be viewed on more video players and mobile devices like tablets than do regular FLV files.
Internet Video Downloader
Streaming Video Downloader is a small, light-weight computer program that lets you save Adobe Flash FLV, Silverlight, WebM, QuickTime, RealMedia videos, and various Live Video Streams from Internet websites like YouTube, BBC iPlayer, Fora.TV, EarthCam, and many others! It works with all modern browsers!
Video presentation above features an older version of the product, but all the shown features as well as operating mode apply to the newer version as well.
Enjoy Web Videos Anytime & Anywhere!
By saving a video from the Internet with Streaming Video Downloader, you'll be able to watch it anytime and anywhere, as you won't need to worry about video's availability, Internet connection, and a whole bunch of other issues! Streaming Video Downloader protects you from losing any of the videos you like due to their modification as well as temporary or permanent removal from the Internet!
Save Videos from Password-Protected Sites
The problem with url-based downloaders is that they simply do not work for password-protected videos and websites! That's because you have to log-in in order to watch a video, and the downloader just can't do it!
Only Streaming Video Downloader can save password-protected videos! Even more so, it can save streaming videos, or videos whose links expire too quickly! Remember, as long as you can watch a video in your browser, then Streaming Video Downloader can save it for you!
Save HTML5 WebM Videos!
Streaming Video Downloader is the first Internet video downloader to offer support for saving HTML5 WebM videos, which is the emerging new video format for the Web.
Stop Losing Videos that You Like!
Internet is such a dynamic place that it changes literally every second! Online content is not forever! It may be modified, moved, or removed altogether – at any time, and without any warning! This applies to web videos too: not only can the videos be altered and their parts cut out at any time, but lots of entire videos themselves become unavailable every day – due to their removal or changes to their geographic availability!
So, be ready for this! Don’t risk losing videos that you like! Save them with Streaming Video Downloader as soon as possible - that is - now - before they are banned, removed, deleted, or modified!
Save Videos Automatically in the Background!
Starting with version 5, you can now save all videos that you watch automatically in the background. That is: instead of displaying a dialog asking you to enter a name and chose a location for the video, the program will automatically save the video in the background to the specified folder.
While this saving mode is optional, when active it allows for more convenience and leads to a better user experience, as you won’t even notice that the program is actually running and saving all those videos automatically!
Download Multiple Videos Simultaneously!
With Streaming Video Downloader it’s possible to download more than one video at a time! You can easily save 2, 3, or more videos simultaneously - all at once!
Save Time & Money - Don't Waste Bandwidth!
Videos are usually large in size and take time to download. On slow Internet connections, like dial-up, some videos can take hours to download!
Unlike with other programs, with Streaming Video Downloader you only need to download a video once to save it, that is as you browser is loading / playing the video, Streaming Video Downloader is saving it in the background!
This way you save your time by watching the video while the program saves it in the background! And you save money too, because by saving a video as it's being loaded by your browser, Streaming Video Downloader also saves you bandwidth (you use less traffic, as a result your pay less to your ISP)!
In fact, you don't even have to watch a video to save it per se - all you really need to do is to load a page with video on it, and wait until your browser finishes the download.
Save Your Videos to Portable Devices
You can easily save videos in avi, mp4, and wmv formats, making them playable on various portable devices, including: iPods, Zune, smart phones, communicators, media players, etc.
99.9% of All Websites are Supported!
In great majority of cases, as long as the website offers videos in the video formats supported by the program, you can save it!
Does not get in your way!
The program silently runs in the background, monitoring incoming Internet traffic for the videos it can save. Yet you can easily access it either from system tray in the lower-right corner of your screen, or by using various hot-keys to control program's operation.
Very Light on System Resources!
What's really nice about this product is that it requires only very few system resources, like processing power and memory. In fact it requires so few, you won't even notice it's actually running!
How Streaming Video Downloader Works - Saving Videos from the Web
If you want to download and save a particular video from the Internet, chances are you can do it with Streaming Video Downloader! Simply follow the steps below...
1Get Streaming Video Downloader
First of all, you need to download Streaming Video Downloader, install, and start it.
2Start Watching the Video You Want to Save
Once Streaming Video Downloader is running, head to your web browser and start watching a video you wish to save. It is important that you start from the beginning. Preferably, refresh the web page if it was open before Streaming Video Downloader was launched.
3Streaming Video Downloader Automatically Detects and Saves the Video!
At this point, the program should automatically detect the video and display the Save Video dialog like the one shown below:
Save Video Dialog is displayed whenever the program detects a new video being watched in your web browser.
If you want to keep the video, select the folder and a file name and click Save. If you do not want to save the video, click Cancel and the program will stop recording it.
Save Video Dialog highlights:
- Automatically suggested intelligent file name based on the title of a video you are watching
- Information about the type of a video is clearly displayed
- Option to automatically save all future videos in the program session is always present
- If the video being saved is actually a live stream being broadcasted, it also displays an option to automatically stop capturing it after a set amount of time
4Keep Browser Tab/Window with Video Open
As long as you want the video to be saved (captured) by Streaming Video Downloader, you should keep the browser tab or window with the video open. You can however mute the volume, or switch to a different tab, window, or program. Simply do not close the window that has the video being played! Also, it is recommended NOT to pause video playback either as this may interfere with download.
Streaming Video Downloader operates by scanning Internet traffic for incoming video content. When it sees that there is an incoming video content, it will prompt you to save that video. You can save videos in various formats: FLV, AVI, MP4, MKV for Flash videos; WMV for Silverlight Videos; MOV for QuickTime videos; RM for RealMedia videos; WEBM for WebM videos. It is also possible to convert video from one format to another once it was saved.
You Are Done! That's It! The Video is Saved!
Whenever you begin watching a video in your browser, the program will automatically start saving it in the background, at the same time asking you if you want to keep the video. If you do want to keep the video, you can simply enter a file name and click Save. If you don't want to keep the video, you can click Cancel, and the already saved part will be deleted.
So, saving videos is super-easy: simply start watching one, and click Save - no need to find and paste URLs - everything is done automatically! And you can save videos in various formats: FLV, AVI, MP4 for Flash videos; WMV for Silverlight videos; WEBM for WebM videos; MOV for QuickTime videos; and RM for RealMedia videos.
Saving Videos Automatically, without Prompt
Version 5 added automatic saving mode, where no prompt to save the video is shown, and the video is saved automatically to a specified folder with specified file name. In this mode, you won't even notice the program is actually running and saving the videos in the background automatically while you are watching them in your browser!
You can activate autosave mode either for one session or permanently until turned off. It can be further configured in program options.
Saving Only the Videos You Need and Skipping Others
Streaming Video Downloader is intelligent enough not to ask you about saving every single video! Some videos may be ads, others may be too short or too small. For these cases, there are predefined video filters that you can customize, preventing the program from saving unwanted videos.
In addition, Streaming Video Downloader can detect duplicate video downloads, and will not ask you to save videos that have already been detected previously. This option can be turned off any time.
You can also always temporarily prevent Streaming Video Downloader from detecting new videos, while letting it continue download already active videos. This can be accomplished by toggling Skip Mode by either a hot key or a toolbar button.
Not only can Streaming Video Downloader save all kinds of videos from the web, but it will save only the ones you actually want!
You can learn more about program operation and options in the Online User Guide.
Streaming Video Downloader is Different and is Much Better!
Why is Streaming Video Downloader better than screen capture?
Videos from the Internet can of course be saved in other ways. For example, you can use screen capture and screencasting programs to record video as it is being played on the screen, at the same time capturing audio output from your speakers.
Screen Capture Disadvantages
- Window or tab with the video has to be on top, and you cannot visit other web pages or use other programs while the recording takes place
- Resulting file size will probably be much bigger than the actual data you received from the web, as all the video and audio content is being re-encoded
- Resulting video quality may be lower, because video content is re-encoded
- You may accidentally record mouse movements, content outside video frame, system sounds, and other unwanted data
- CPU and other system resources are being heavily used because screen video recording process can be quite taxing on system resources
- The whole procedure is more complicated as you have to start recording manually and synchronously with video playback and take care of a lot of things during the recording
Streaming Video Downloader Advantages
- You can access other windows and tabs, browse the web,m and use other programs while the video is being saved in the background!
- Resulting file size will exactly equal the number of bytes that were received; there will be no overhead!
- Resulting video quality will be on top - exactly the same as it was played in the browser!
- Only relevant video content is saved! You do not have to worry about moving your mouse over a video and other little nuances you have to keep in mind if doing a screen capture.
- Your CPU is free to do other stuff, as Streaming Video Downloader typically uses no more than 1% to 2% of CPU while its running!
- Saving a video from the Internet with Streaming Video Downloader couldn't be simpler - simply start watching one ion your browser and the program takes care of the rest!
Why is Streaming Video Downloader better than direct downloads?
Another method to save videos from the web is to whenever possible download them directly. This is a preferred method if a website featuring a video you wish to save provides an easy way to do it or you know the working URL to a video file.
Most often, however, websites do not provide a way to save videos they feature. And rarely will you actually have a working URL to a video file for a number of reasons: URLs may change from time to time, URL may point only to the first video fragment and not the whole video, you may need to have special permission to access a given URL.
Streaming Video Downloader works differently! It does not require you to know or copy a video URL. It simply sits in the background waiting for when you start playing a video in your web browser, and when it detects it, it automatically alerts you and asks if the video should be saved! It cannot be simpler!
Save Videos from YouTube with YouTube Downloader New in Version 6!
In addition to saving videos simply by having them played out in your web browser; you can save YouTube videos directly with integrated YouTube Video Downloader!
Downloading YouTube videos directly with integrated downloader, as opposed to capturing them from your web browser has several advantages:
- You can save multiple videos in one batch
- You can download entire playlists and courses from various channels
- You can specify the quality and format you prefer
- Videos with 3D content can be saved
- Videos are saved using friendly file names based on titles retrieved from YouTube
- Downloads can be automatically resumed in case of timeouts
What's new in Streaming Video Downloader 6
Here you will find how Streaming Video Downloader improved over time.
This is the biggest update we have done! Virtually whole product got overwritten for the better. Checkout improvements below, and be sure to download FREE version to try it out yourself!
- Added support for saving live video streams and broadcasts
- Added support for Adobe RTMP flash streaming video
- Added support for Adobe HTTP Dynamic Streaming video (f4f and f4p video files)
- Added YouTube Video Downloader that allows you to save multiple YouTube videos in one batch and download entire playlists - all with friendly names and in the video format of your choice
- Support for 3D YouTube videos (mp4 and webm formats)
- Improved save video dialog that clearly shows video type and several options
- Automatically suggested video titles based on active browser tab or window: instead of "Video #3" an actual meaningful video title is suggested as the file name
- Improved autosave. You can now toggle auto save functionality from the toolbar or by pressing hotkey combination. When enabled, you will not see video prompts, and all videos will be saved automatically to the folder of your choice.
- Improved video conversion. It is now possible to automatically convert Flash flv videos to either AVI, MP4, or Matroska MKV video file formats when the download finishes.
- Improved User Interface
- Numerous additional options
- Improved performance and video detection rates
- Windows 10 & Windows 8.1 support (previous versions may not work properly with Windows 8)
- Added support for saving WebM videos as WEBMs
- Added ability to automatically save all videos to a specified folder without displaying prompt
- Various performance optimizations
- UI tweaks
- More options
- Added support for saving Silverlight videos as WMVs
- Added support for saving Apple QuickTime videos as MOVs
- Added support for saving RealMedia videos as RMs/RAMs
- Added support for video filtering based on file size
- Added German as one of User Interface languages
- Product renamed to Streaming Video Downloader
- Various performance optimizations
- UI tweaks
- More options
- Added support for saving High Quality (HQ) videos from YouTube and other sites as MPEG-4 videos (mp4 files)
- Added ability to filter-out unwanted flv videos based on their length and size, so they are not saved
- Numerous performance improvements
- Several UI tweaks
- More options
- Performance improved
- Minor UI tweaks
Tips for Saving Videos from the Web
Why Bother Saving Videos from the Internet?
It is always a good idea to save web content that you like on your computer, as it may not be available in the future. This includes web videos. Below are some of the reasons why you may consider saving videos on your computer:
- You can access saved videos later at any time, even if you are not connected to the Internet
- The video might be removed from the web in the future
- You may want to put a video on your mobile phone or a media player
- The video might be edited, with the content you liked taken out or changed
- You may want to use video content in your own presentations or videos
- You may want to convert the video to another format
- Many other reasons!
So, it's always a good idea to save videos that you like or which are important to you on your hard disk, flash, or other media, so you can always access it later no matter what might happen to the original publication. Streaming Video Downloader is the only tool you'll ever need to save videos!
Customize Streaming Video Downloader to suit your needs
Be sure to check out program options to customize various aspects of program's functionality. In particular:
- Verify the program is using proper Internet connection
- Check the timeout settings
- Configure User Interface elements
- Specify which videos should be saved
- Set preferences for saving videos, such as default suggested name, autosave location, preferred format, and others.
Note that certain options apply to live videos only.
You can learn more about these options in the User Guide.
Are there any shortcuts in the program?
The following shortcuts and hot keys are available:
In the main window:
- Double-click on the completed download to open the corresponding video file in your default media player to watch it.
- Alt-F4 - immediately stop all downloads and exit the program.
System Tray Icon:
- Double-click on the system tray icon to show/hide the main window.
System-wide (you do not have to be in the program’s interface for these shortcuts to work):
- Ctrl-F1 - show YouTube Downloader.
- Ctrl-F5 - skip all videos the program detects. All videos the program will come across will be skipped, and you will not get prompts to save them. Normally you would press this combination before you are about to begin watching a video or videos you know you wouldn’t want to save. This has no effect on the already active downloads.
- Ctrl-F10 - stop monitoring your default Internet connection, so that the program will never ask you to save videos.
What is Flash Video?
Flash Video is a very popular video format on the Internet. More and more videos are made available on the Internet in this format every day on many popular websites such as YouTube, Google Video, and many other websites, blogs, news websites, portals, media-related websites, website that feature video reviews (CNet), etc!
What is WebM Video?
WebM is an emerging video format designed to provide royalty free high quality video compression in an open format for use with HTML5 video on the Internet. The project's development is sponsored by Google. A WebM file consists of VP8 video and Vorbis audio streams, in a container based on a profile of Matroska. The project releases WebM related software under a BSD License and all users are granted a worldwide, non-exclusive, no-charge, royalty-free patent license.
Some useful links
- Streaming Video Downloader User Guide
- YouTube - very popular video sharing resource - http://www.youtube.com
- Google Video - another popular video sharing site - http://video.google.com
- EarthCam.com – Live webcams from all over the world – http://www.earthcam.com
- Dailymotion – Online Videos, Music, and Movies. Watch a Video Today! – http://www.dailymotion.com
- Hulu – Watch your favorites. Anytime. For free. – http://www.hulu.com
Please note that the product does not currently support RTP and UDP protocols, and videos streamed in these protocols will not be detected or saved. In addition, RTMPS, RTMPE, and RTMPT variants of RTMP protocol are not currently supported. Support for these protocols is planned for future versions.
Video conversion is available for FLV video format only. While in most cases converted videos can be played on modern portable devices, there is no 100% guarantee that converted videos will be playable on such portable devices, as different devices have varying support for video and audio codecs.
Product is not guaranteed to work correctly if any file sharing applications, other downloaders, or network/bandwidth monitoring tools are running at the same time; or if the product is running in a virtual environment (under a VM).
Occasional timeouts may occur for a number of reasons: the connection to a website from which video is being saved is slow or unreliable; the CPU usage is consistently high; network monitoring tools are running; etc.