With millions of live streams happening across the web all the time, it is impossible to watch everything that interests us in real time. Luckily, recording live streamed video is easy for both streamers and viewers.
If you want to record your live stream and repurpose it to use later, there are more than a few ways to do it. Regardless of the recording method you choose, the process is super easy, as it requires no special knowledge. Let’s learn how to record or capture a live stream.
💾 How to record live streamed videos
There are three ways to record live streamed videos: via streaming video capture software, with the help of built-in screen capture tools, and through a streaming service like Restream. We’ll describe all these options so you can choose the best one for you.
1. Live stream screen recorders
Live stream screen recorders are applications that capture the activity happening on your screen — or in any window, for that matter. Software like Camtasia, Movavi, FlashBack Pro, and of course, OBS Studio all have decent screen recorders.
After you download, install, and launch your screen recorder, you will be able to adjust important settings. Most of the software options allow you to capture images or videos with the sound either enabled or disabled. You can also choose the recording video format, which is typically .mp4 or .avi — two of the most popular formats that combine both good quality and compression. Finally, you can select the recording area on your screen and start recording your live stream.
Important Note: Although most of these programs are free (or freemium) and safe, some may try to install unnecessary and even potentially harmful additional software on your computer. They may also harvest and sell your personal data. So always vet software before installing it, and don’t give away your personal info.
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2. Built-in screen capture tools
Windows and macOS have built-in applications that allow you to capture your screen. With the help of these tools, you can easily record live streams. Here’s how to do it.
- Open the Game Bar by pressing the Win+G combination on your keyboard.
- Click the Start Recording button to capture your screen activity. Here you can also take a screenshot and adjust the settings.
- Click the Record button on the floating bar that has appeared (instead of the Game Bar) to stop recording.
- Click the pop-up notification saying your clip was successfully recorded to jump to the video file.
Note: You must first either disable the Game Bar in Windows or reinstall the Xbox app if you’ve previously uninstalled it. The Game Bar is for capturing gameplay, so if you want to capture something else, it must be disabled.
- To open the recording app, simply press Shift-Command(⌘)-5. A small control panel will appear on the bottom screen.
- Now you can select the area you wish to capture or skip this option and start recording in full screen.
- Hit the Record button on the control panel to start recording a live stream.Press the Stop icon on the control panel to stop recording. Click on the preview in the bottom right to jump to your video file.
3. Recording live streams with Restream
Restream is a go-to streaming solution that allows streamers to easily start broadcasting and share their live content across multiple streaming platforms. Restream users have two ways to record their streams. Keep in mind that these methods are for streamers, not viewers. You cannot use Restream’s recording tools to record someone else’s live stream.
1. Restream Studio saves recordings of your streams
The first method for recording live streams with Restream is automatic — you don’t have to do anything. Whenever you go live using Restream Studio, we save a recording of your stream. After you are done streaming, four options will be available to you in the Video Storage section on your Restream dashboard:
- Download only the audio
- Download the full MP4 video
- Play your video directly inside Restream
- Export to Descript, Google Drive, or Dropbox
You can easily download these recordings to repurpose them later and transform them into podcasts, teasers, or highlights to post on social media. As a streamer, you can share the best moments with your audience and attract new viewers.
If you want to repurpose the audio from your stream as a podcast, you can also activate the split-track recording feature in Restream Studio before going live. Then, after the stream ends, you’ll see the option to download separate audio tracks for each stream participant.
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You can record up to 20 hours per stream session, and your recordings are stored for at least 15 days or up to 30 days, depending on your subscription plan. Recording and downloading your live streams is super easy with Restream!
2. Record-only mode in Restream Studio
Another useful Restream Studio feature for live content creators is the record-only mode. With this tool, you can use all of our live Studio’s awesome features, without having to broadcast on any platforms. We’ll still save your video in your Video Storage, where you have all the same download and export options as you do with recorded live streams. The record-only mode on Restream Studio lets you test drive your stream before going live to see how you look on camera, if your lighting needs adjustments, if your mic is set up properly, etc.
To launch the record-only feature, simply click the “Record only” option on your Restream dashboard.
Pro tip: You can use Restream’s record-only mode to film your video, then export and edit it to perfection. Then, upload the edited video to Restream Events and schedule it to go live on Facebook, YouTube, and more.
Although many platforms allow you to save your live streams after the session is over, you can usually only download these files if you’re the owner of the channel or stream. Luckily, more convenient options exist. These options are:
- Download a third-party live stream screen recorder, like Movavi, Camtasia, or OBS Studio.
- Use the built-in software available on your PC or Mac.
- Record your live streams with Restream.
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