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How to Capture Streaming Video on Mac?

This tutorial centers on resolving streaming video capture on Mac issue like explained below:

"Can someone tell me how do you record any streaming video on the Mac. I know popular sites like YouTube allow download, but most other don't. May someone help me please?" - Seasurfer

The built-in streaming video capture software QuickTime is limited to full screen, which will increase the space of recorded videos, and also will record both the sound from Mac speaker and any background noise from your room. That’s why there is an increasing demand for easier ways to reach the goal of capturing streaming video on Mac. Accordingly, this tutorial will share tops ways to help you out.

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Available to capture 1440p/1080p/720p videos in full screen, MacX Video Converter Pro is hand-picked as a top-tier Mac video recorder to record live streamings from YouTube, Netflix, Disney+, etc. at 30fps up to QuadHD (2560x1440) in high quality. Also, gameplay recording is accepted.

Method 1. Use Default Video Capture Software – QuickTime Player

QuickTime Player is definitely the direct way for Mac users to capture streaming video on Mac and record screen displays. In spite of some of its drawbacks, it lets you record the full screen or part of the screen at will. With it, you can record streaming video on Mac up to 2560x1440 at 30fps/60fps.

Step 1. Launch QuickTime Player on your Mac.

Step 2. Click on File on the menu bar on the left side of the screen, and select New Screen Recording from the drop-down menu.

Step 3. Click the caret next to the red record button to pick your audio options.

Step 4. Click on the red record button to begin capturing streaming video you are watching.

Step 5. After recording the section you need, just click the Stop button in the Menu bar on the right side of your Mac screen.

Capture Streaming Video with QuickTime
Capture Streaming Video with QuickTime


  • For full screen capture, you can click anywhere on your screen and then click the prompt. To record a part of the screen, just drag the cursor from one corner of the section to the other, and then click record when prompt.
  • QuickTime records videos at 30fps by default. If you need 60fps recordings, you can click on Apple menu icon in the upper left corner of your Mac > select System Preferences > Display > Display tab > tick the Scaled option > select Larger Text > click OK.

Method 2. Use MacX Video Converter Pro to Capture Streaming Video

Another way to capture live streaming videos on Mac can be achieved with the assistance of MacX Video Converter Pro which is a piece of handy video recording software to record any screen activities taking place on Mac computer. It can capture videos media from video-sharing websites like YouTube, Dailymotion, Yahoo, Metacafe and non-downloadable sides like Hulu, ABC and BBC without slowdowns while making the recorded video/audio quality in original high definition perfectly. Below is how to capture streaming video on Mac using its built-in screen recorder.

Step 1: Click "Screen Recorder" Button.

Free download the screen recorder on Mac (Windows version is also available) and fire it up, hit the "Screen Recorder" button.

Step 2: Adjust Capture Settings.

In this area, you can feel free to customize the screen recording area by choosing "Keep Full Screen" or "Record Region". What's more, before you record streaming video on Mac, you are allowed to choose the quality of video to be recorded, adjust the video frame rate, add sound effect to your video, and more.

Record Streaming Video on Mac with MacX Video Converter Pro
Record Streaming Video on Mac with MacX Video Converter Pro

Step 3: Choose the Destination Folder.

Click "Target Folder" button to select a destination folder and save your recorded video.

Step 4: Start Record.

Click "Start Record" button, the program will start capturing streaming video with HQ audio on the screen within a few seconds. You are free to record video game, gameplay footage, streaming movies, and much more.

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MacX Video Converter Pro integrates screen recorder, slideshow maker, YouTube downloader, video converter and editor in one tool, which means you can not only record streaming video on Mac but also convert the captured video to MP4, FLV, AVI, MPEG, MOV, etc for playback on iPhone, iPad, Android, etc with world's fastest speed due to the aids of Intel QSV hardware acceleration tech.

Method 3. Download Streaming Videos via MacX YouTube Downloader

To capture live streams on Mac, you can also use the download way. MacX YouTube Downloader is highly recommended as it supports capturing online streaming videos to MacBook Pro/iMac/Air at thunder fast speed. It's 100% free and safe, and will help free download online videos from 1000+ sites in HD/4K quality, no matter you're running on Safari, FireFox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera or others.

Step 1: Download this video capture software for Mac and get it launched. Find the online video to download, copy and paste the URL and click "analyze" to load the video details. Or you can simply click "paste & analyze" button to auto detect the video opened in browse.

Capture Streaming Video on Mac with MacX YouTube Downloader
Capture Streaming Video on Mac with MacX YouTube Downloader

Step 2: Choose video format like MP4, FLV, WebM, resolution and file size you desire.

The same also applies to screen capture Roblox gameplay video on Mac.

Method 4. Record Live Stream on Mac with VLC Media Player

VLC is a free media player but also a streaming video capture software. Seldom did user notice that it also features screen and streaming video recording knack. Some users are afraid of the operation sequence and parameter settings. Actually, VLC is not so complicated as you imagined. If you're not an expert to VLC media player, just keep its default settings and do as following steps to give it a whirl.

Step 1: Open Capture Device

Launch VLC on your macOS and click "Open Capture Device" under Media at the top banner of VLC interface.

Step 2: Choose Capture Mode

DirectShow is the default capture mode. If you don't have any other better capture mode, keep this default mode. The same also applies to the below device selection (video & audio).

Capture Streaming Video on Mac with VLC
Capture Streaming Video on Mac with VLC


"Advanced options" is available for experienced users to adjust picture aspect ratio, video input frame rate, chroma format, tuner frequency, video standard (PAL, NTSC...), etc. Leave it alone if you don't need them.

Step 3: Tap Play drop down button and select Convert option.

Step 4: Click Start button.

Opt for the destination file and name it. Select profile setting for Video + MP3 for video and audio recording and click Start button to begin capturing streaming video on Mac.