How to Use our Video Grabber

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  1. DownloadDownload Movavi Screen Recorder
  2. Adjust the recording settings
  3. Record your screen
  4. Save the video on your computer

How to Grab a Video with Movavi

Do you want to create a video software tutorial or demo presentation to promote a project or website? Maybe you’d like to make a short video using webcam input. Or perhaps you just want to save your favorite online movie to your hard drive.

When it comes to saving online videos, the two main ways to do this are using screen recording software or an online video grabber. The latter lets you download clips via URL, which seems to be pretty easy. However, this option does have some drawbacks: you can grab videos from websites only and the quality of downloaded files can sometims be pretty low.

We recommend instead you use Movavi Screen Recorder – a safe alternative to online video recorders. In addition to grabbing videos from websites, this app lets you record any screen activities to create video clips while browsing the web, watching online videos, chatting via Skype, or working with a new application.

Download Screen Recorder right now and read this guide to learn how to use Movavi’s ultimate video grabbing software.

  • Step 1. Install and Run the Video Grabber

    Once you’ve downloaded the appapp, install it according to the on-screen instructions.

  • Step 2. Set the Recording Parameters

    First, click on the Recording icon and designate the capture area by drawing the capture frame with your mouse. You can also adjust the size of the capture area later by pulling on the edges of the frame.

    Now set the audio preferences. By default, the program captures sound from your output sound device. If you also want to use an input device (microphone or other), click the Microphone icon to activate input device sound capture. Make sure you have your microphone plugged in. If you connect more than one input device, you’ll need to open the drop-down list above the microphone icon and pick the name of the other device(s) from the list.

    You can even add webcam video to your screen recording. To do this, click on the Webcam button  – it should turn green.

    For a more informative video, you can configure the program to memorize keyboard and mouse actions. To do this, go to the Effects menu and set up the Keystroke Recording or Cursor Effects.

  • Step 3. Grab Your Video

    Now click REC on your screen to grab a video. You can manage the process by clicking the appropriate buttons on the program’s control panel, or use hotkeys: in Windows, press F9 to pause/resume the process and F10 to complete it. To take a screenshot, hit F8. If you're a Mac user, press ⌥ ⌘ 1, ⌥ ⌘ 2 and ⌥ ⌘ 3 respectively.

  • Step 4. Trim and Convert the Footage (Optional)

    After you’ve finished grabbing your footage, it will be automatically saved in MKV, so if you don't need any editing or format changes, you can simply check your recording in the preview window. If there are any segments you'd like to cut out, use the Scissors tool to mark the beginning and end of the unwanted fragment, then select it with the left mouse click and remove it using the Trash Can button.

    Click Save As to apply any changes you've made, an export dialog will open. Here, you can choose a new format for your recording. Finally, hit Save and wait for the clip grabber to finish processing your video. Screen Recorder is the best tool that will help you save any video to your hard disk!


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

Movavi Screen Recorder

  • Capture video from your computer screen
  • Grab sound from multiple sources
  • Use the simple editing tools to make your recording perfect
  • Save videos in any popular format

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

How to Use a Free Video Grabber

If you rarely use screen recorders and need to just do a single capture, consider using a freeware program like Free Screen Recorder. It lacks some of the options shareware screen recording programs offer but is still handy for video capturing purposes. First, download the program from its official website (note that the program is available for Windows only).

  • Step 1. Install the Program and Set the Recording Parameters

    Double-click the installation file and follow the on-screen instructions. Launch the Free Screen Recorder program. In the main window, choose the area to record: full screen or a specific area. By default, the program records system sounds, but you can switch this option off if you want. Note that this app can’t capture your voice.

    Choose the folder where you want to save your video after recording. The clip will be saved automatically so remember this folder and find the recording manually in the output folder. Now you’re ready to grab your video!

  • Step 2. Capture the Video

    To capture the clip, click the Record button at the bottom of the program window. By default, the recording will begin immediately, but you can set the countdown in the Record drop-down menu. After you start recording, the program will be minimized to the systray. You can use hotkeys to control the capturing process: Ctrl + Alt + 3 to pause and Ctrl + Alt + 4 to stop. To get access to the buttons, maximize the program from the systray. After you click Stop, your video will be saved in FLV format. Note that you won’t be able to trim the video after you’ve captured it.