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How to Capture Streaming Video on macOS in High Quality

This tutorial centers on resolving the issues below from MacRumors:
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

With the built-in streaming video capture software for Mac, QuickTime is limited to full screen, which will increase space of the recorded video, and will record both the sound from the Mac speaker and any background noise from your room.

That's why there is an increasing demand for easier ways to reach this goal. The following tutorial will share top three ways to download online video on Mac using YouTube downloader and streaming video capture software under macOS.

Solution 1: Download Live Streaming Videos

MacX YouTube Downloader is highly recommended as it supports downloading 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 the best free YouTube downloader software for macOS 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.

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

how to capture streaming video on mac
how to capture streaming video on mac

Solution 2: Use Screen Recorder to Record Streaming Video on Mac

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 activity taking place on Mac. 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.

capture streaming video on mac
capture streaming video on mac

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.

Solution 3: Capture Streaming Video on macOS with VLC

VLC is a free media player. 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.

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