November 24, 2020

How to Record a Video from a Website

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There are many reasons you may want to record a video from a website. It can be a great way to record webinars or virtual classes and meetings that you'd like to be able to refer to later. In this post, we'll take a look at eight different ways you can accomplish that task. There are options for everything from desktop to mobile, native, and web-based, so you are sure to find one that fits your needs.

How to Record a Video from a Website Using Movavi Screen Recorder

Movavi Screen Recorder is designed to be as easy to use as possible, while still packing in a ton of great features. It will allow you to schedule your recordings to start at a specific time, which is a great feature for recording live-streaming events. When it is time to save your recording to a more common format, the SuperSpeed tool will allow them to convert quickly. Movavi Screen Recorder can grab the audio and video streams separately to make editing them easier. Let's look at how to record a video from a website using Movavi Screen Recorder.

Step 1. Download and Install the Program

Download the installation file. The software is available for both Windows and Mac computers. The installation process will depend on which operating system you are using. After the software is done installing, run it. When the program runs, you'll see a widget pop up that lets you control the recordings.

Step 2. Navigate to the Website You Wish to Record

The program will be recording whatever is on your screen, so you'll need to bring the web video up in your web browser and make sure that it doesn't get blocked by any other windows during the recording process. Do not press play on the video yet, as you have not started recording.

Step 3. Click the Screen Recording Button

The Screen Recording button in Movavi Screen Recorder is located on the widget that popped up when you opened the software. You'll see one button with an icon of a still camera on it and another with an icon of a movie camera. Click on the icon of the movie camera to begin the preparations to record.

Step 4. Set Audio and Display Options

You will now have the option to click and drag a box over the area that you'd like to record. You can choose to drag it only around the video frame for a clean, cropped look, or you can extend the box beyond the video frame to capture other important information that may be on the website containing the video.

After you finish dragging the box, some new controls will pop up. You'll see the red record button on one of them. Don't click that yet, we still have some things to set up. Next to that button, you'll see an icon of a microphone and a speaker. These determine whether Movavi Screen Recorder will capture audio from the microphone and speaker, respectively. Set them to your liking.

If you'd like, Movavi Screen Recorder can show when the mouse is clicked, the location of the mouse cursor, and any keystrokes that are made while you are recording the video. If you'd like to use any of those features, enable them in the options box near the one with the record button on it.

Step 5. Record the Video

Now you are ready to record video from a website. Press the REC button to start the screen recording. A countdown will appear letting you know when the recording will start. Once the recording has started, you can press play on your web video. Capture will continue until you stop it. When your web video has finished playing, you can press the Stop button in the Movavi Screen Recorder interface.

Step 6. Edit the Video (Optional)

When you stop the recording, a new window will pop up with the recorded video in it. This window will allow you to do very basic editing tasks, such as trimming the video. Many people like to trim away the beginning and ends of the recording when the video playing in the browser was stopped and nothing important was being recorded.

Step 7. Export the Video

To save the video to disk, click on the Export button in the bottom right corner of the edit window. A new dialog will pop up, prompting you for a filename and a save location. Set those, select your export options from the section below that, and press the Save button to begin saving the file. Be sure to keep the checkbox marked SuperSpeed turned on. SuperSpeed allows your conversion to go much faster so the exported file will finish quicker.

Movavi Screen Recorder has an average of 4.5 stars across 44 reviews on G2. To read them, click the link below:

Movavi Screen Recorder reviews on G2

Disclaimer: Please be aware that Movavi Screen Recorder does not allow capture of copy-protected video and audio streams. Learn more

How to Perform a Web Video Capture with Game Bar for Windows

With Windows 10, Microsoft merged Xbox and Windows ecosystems in some exciting ways. Some software will run on both systems because Xbox uses Windows 10 under the hood. They also brought some Xbox functionality over to their desktop OS. One such feature is the Xbox Game Bar, also called the Windows 10 Game Bar. The game bar gives you access to performance readouts, social media tabs, and even a Spotify controller. But what we are interested in is its ability to record video. There is a catch here though, the Game Bar was designed to work with applications that will also work with Xbox. So it might not work with every browser. It should work with any browser from the Microsoft Store and any of them compiled as a Universal Windows Platform app. For best results, you should record video from a website using Microsoft's own Edge browser. Here's how to capture video from a website with Game Bar.

Step 1. Enable the Windows 10 Game Bar

The Windows 10 Game Bar comes with the operating system, so you don't have anything to download and install, but you do need to make sure it is activated. Go to your Windows 10 settings screen and look for the Gaming tab. From there, navigate to Game Bar and make sure that it is turned on.

Step 2. Set the Default Save Location

While you are in the Gaming settings screen, go to the Captures section and adjust the recording settings if needed. You can set the maximum recording length, change the audio quality and volume, and set the FPS rate.

Step 3. Open the Website You Want to Record

To ensure compatibility with the Game Bar, open Edge as your browser and navigate to the web page that contains the web video you want to capture. Remember not to press play on the video until after you have started recording the screen.

Step 4. Open the Windows 10 Game Bar

There are two ways to open the Windows 10 Game Bar's overlay. The most useful for capturing a video from a website is to press the Windows key and the G key at the same time. If you decide you'd also like to use this functionality for capturing games, you only need to hit the Xbox button on an Xbox controller connected to your PC.

Step 5. Record the Video

Press the Record button on the Game Bar overlay to begin recording the screen. Once you are recording, press play on your browser to begin playing the video. After the video stops playing and you are done recording, press the Stop button in the Game Bar overlay.

For an in-depth review of the Windows 10 Game Bar, follow the link below:

PCWorld review of Windows 10 Game Bar

How to Capture a Video from a Website Using Keyboard Shortcuts on a Mac

You can capture your screen using QuickTime on a Mac, but there is a much faster way to do it. Be aware, though, that both of these capture methods are incapable of recording audio, limiting their utility. Here's how to record a video from a website using Mac keyboard shortcuts.

Step 1. Activate the Screen Recorder

As long as you are using macOS Mojave or later, you have this functionality built into your Mac. When you are ready to record, simply press the Shift, Command, and 5 keys together. The capture tool will appear along the bottom of your screen.

Step 2. Load the Video You Want to Record

Unlike the Windows 10 Game Bar, the Mac screen capture utility will work with any software, so you can open whichever browser you'd like to load up your video.

Step 3. Decide How Much of the Screen to Record

You can choose to record the whole screen by clicking on the picture of a screen with a record button on it. You can also choose to record only part of the screen by clicking on the icon with a dotted box that has a Record button on it. If you choose to record only part of the screen, you'll need to drag the box out to cover the area of the web browser that you'd like to record.

Step 4. Record the Screen

To begin recording, click on the Record button in the onscreen controls. It is now safe to begin playing your web video without fear of the beginning being cut off. When you are done recording, press the Stop button. The video will be saved to your desktop.

How to Perform a Video Capture from a Website with QuickTime Player

Another option to perform a web video capture is to use QuickTime Player. This app can not only play your media files but also record screen activities. The program is available free of charge and doesn’t have any video length limitations. It also has a very simple interface that’s easy to navigate. It’s especially handy to use for Mac users since the app is already installed on Mac computers. QuickTime Player has one major downside, though – it can only capture video without audio. So if you want to record a video with sound, you will need to install additional software, such as Soundflower. Follow the steps below to learn how to record a video from a website using QuickTime Player.

Step 1. Open QuickTime Player

Launch the app on your computer. If it’s not installed on your PC or Mac, follow the link below to download the installation file.

Download Quicktime Player

Step 2. Open the Website with a Video for Recording

First, you need to go to the website you want to record a video from. Remember not to press play on the video yet.

Step 3. Specify the Recording Settings

Open QuickTime Player and open the File menu. Select the New Screen Recording option from the list. In the tab that appears in the lower part of the screen, specify the recording settings. You can choose which part of the screen to capture. Next, open the Options list and specify the following settings: choose the output folder for your video and set the timer if needed. You can also choose to show a floating thumbnail and mouse clicks.

Step 4. Start Capturing a Video

To start your recording, click the Record button on the tab in the lower part of the screen. Click Stop in the menu bar to stop recording. You will find the recorded video in the folder you have specified before.

How to Record a Video with Apowersoft Free Online Screen Recorder

Apowersoft is a video capture website. It will allow you to use your web browser to capture a recording of your screen. Well, almost. Although it works in the browser, Apowersoft does require you to download and install a small help application for it to do its job. Like its desktop counterparts, Apowersoft allows you to choose which area of the screen you'd like to record. When you are done recording, you can save the file to disk or upload to popular video sites. If you'd prefer not to download anything, you can try another online video capture website called screencapture.com. There, you can record a screen without having to download a helper application.

Step 1. Download the Launcher

Go to the Apowersoft website by following the link below.

The Apowersoft website

Once there, you'll see the Start Recording button. Click it and choose Download Launcher. Click on the button to download the launcher and install it when it finishes downloading. You won't need to download it again.

Step 2. Open Your Browser to Both Sites

When you are ready to record a video from a website, open your browser to the website that contains the video and another tab to the Apowersoft site. Alternatively, you can open the Apowersoft site first and browse to the video site after you've started the recorder.

Step 3. Set Your Preferences

Launch the free screen recorder by pushing the Start Recording button on the website. The program will open up just like a desktop application would. From the window that pops up, click on the cogwheel icon to change your preferences. Tell the program which file formats you'd like to save in and where you'd like saved files to go.

Step 4. Setup the Capture

In the software window, you'll see a screen that lets you choose a capture mode. You can choose to take a screenshot or to record a full video. Tell the program that you'd like to record a video and then position the box around the frame of the video that you'd like to record.

Step 5. Record the Video from the Website

Press the Record button on the Apowersoft application window and your video will begin recording. An interface will come up that will allow you to make simple annotations while the screen is recording. When the video you are recording is done playing, press the Stop button.

Step 6. Save the Video

On the bottom left of the application window is a Share icon. This icon also allows you to save the file to your local disk. Click on it and a menu will open up asking you whether you want to save the file or upload it to a cloud service like YouTube or Google Drive. Choose to save it locally and wait for it to export.

You can read more about Apowersoft's free screen recorder in the link below:

TechRadar review of Apowersoft

How to Use Loom to Capture a Video from a Website

Loom is an extension for the Chrome web browser. It was primarily designed for recording short messages to send to friends or business relationships, but it is capable of recording your screen and will be a suitable solution for smaller videos. Because Loom automatically uploads a video, you'll have to download it if you want a local copy. Because of this, you may find the bandwidth limitations too much if you have slower internet and are recording larger files. Here's how to record a video from a website using Loom.

Step 1. Install Loom into Chrome

From the Chrome web store, search for Loom Video Recorder. When you find the page, click on the Add to Chrome button to install the extension into your browser. An icon for the add-on will appear in the toolbar.

Step 2. Set the Settings to Record the Screen

Click the icon in the toolbar to start the program. A dropdown will come up with a few simple options that you can set. The first thing you'll need to do is choose a video source. You can choose to record your screen, your webcam, or both. For recording a video from a website, you most likely want to set it to record the screen only.

You can choose to record the full desktop or the current tab. By choosing the current tab, you will ensure that any windows you pull in front of the browser will not block your recording.

Step 3. Record the Video

Browse to the site with the video you want to record and press the Start Recording button on the extension. When you are done recording, press the Finish Recording button to end the session.

Step 4. Save and Download the Video

When the recording stops, a dialog will pop up. Clicking on the green checkmark icon will let the program know that you are done recording and want to accept the results. You will be taken to the Loom website. Wait for your video to begin uploading, and you can click on the download link on the bottom left of the video player to download it.

Loom has over 4 million users and nearly 5 stars in reviews. You can find the extension in the link below:

Loom for Google Chrome

How to Use the iOS Native Screen Recorder

iOS devices have built-in functionality to record your screen since iOS 11. The option likely isn't enabled, so you'll need to go into settings and enable it first. This option works on all iOS devices.

Step 1. Enable Screen Recording

Open the Settings app and go to the Control Center section. You'll see an option to customize controls. Tap on it and find Screen Recording on the list. Tap on the green plus sign to add the functionality to the control center.

Step 2. Record the Video

For devices with a Home button, Control Center is accessed by swiping up from the bottom of any screen. Devices without a Home button access Control Center by swiping down from the top-right corner of the screen.

Tap the Screen Recording button in Control Center to begin recording your screen. Once the countdown is finished and recording has started, play the video you want to record from the web in your browser of choice. Make the video full screen to take up the whole area of the recorded video. To stop the video, open Control Center and tap on the Screen Recorder icon again. The video will be saved in your Camera Roll.

How to Use the Android Native Screen Recorder

Google took a long time to bring this feature to Android, but native screen recording has finally arrived in Android 11. The feature is very basic for now but will allow you to record videos from websites without problem. To do so, follow the steps below.

Step 1. Start the Recorder

The screen recorder is hidden in the quick toggles menu. Swipe down from the top of the phone to pull down the quick toggles buttons. You'll only see the first row by default. Swipe down again to show all of them. There, you'll find the Screen recorder button.

Tap it to open the screen recorder. A dialog will pop up warning you that everything on your screen will be recorded and asking if you want to proceed. Confirm.

Step 2. Play Your Video

Navigate to the website with the video you want and begin playing it. Because the screen recorder cannot select a portion of the screen, you'll probably want to play the video in full-screen mode to ensure that you get a good crop of it.

Step 3. Stop the Recorder

To stop the recorder, swipe the quick toggle menu down again and tap on the Screen recorder button again. The video will be saved to your gallery.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best programs for recording videos from websites?

If you want to record a video from a website, all of the programs on this list will do the job. Depending on your needs, you may prefer to use a program such as Movavi Screen Recorder or Apowersoft, as these allow you to adjust the area that will be recorded.

How can I rip a video from any site with Android?

Some mobile browsers let you download embedded videos. If your current browser lacks this function but you don’t want to change browsers, you can install a video-downloading app from the Play Market. Another option is to perform a web video capture using a built-in screen recorder.

How to capture embedded videos without a program?

There are several ways of downloading videos straight from your browser without installing any software. One is to use a browser extension as described earlier in the article. You can also use web apps such as Clip Converter. With online services like this, you don’t need to install anything – just copy and paste the video URL, then download the video to your computer.

How to download a video from a website with its URL?

A wide range of online services is available that allow you to download any video not subject to copyright. Just copy and paste the video URL into the web app. You can click on the link below to learn how to download videos from websites.

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Disclaimer: Please be aware that Movavi Screen Recorder does not allow capture of copy-protected video and audio streams. Learn more

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