With the millions of live streams flowing like rivers across the web, it is indeed nearly impossible to watch in real time everything we are interested in. We’ve got lots of important duties and often very little time. Some sessions might even be happening during our sleep. Luckily, there are some easy options to help us catch everything we want. Both viewers and streamers can record live streams to watch or repurpose the content later.
Similarly to the old series and shows we used to record on our TVs, you can record unpausable live streams. You have several viable options, depending on your needs and preferences. But don’t worry! Regardless of the choice you make, 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 streaming videos
To put things short, there are three main ways to record live streaming videos:
- via streaming video capture software
- with the help of built-in screen capture tools
- and via a streaming service like Restream
We will describe all these options so you can make a choice for yourself 😉
⚙️ Live stream screen recorders
You can find lots of different cool recorders online. However, they all work pretty similarly. These applications capture the activity that happens on your screen or in any window for that matter. Software like Camtasia, Movavi, Flashback Pro, and of course, OBS Studio can surely meet your needs.
Important Note: Although most of such programs are free (or rather freemium) and safe, some may try to install unnecessary and even potentially harmful additional software or harvest and sell your personal data.
After you download, install, and launch your screen recorder, you will be able to adjust important settings. Most of the software allows you to capture images or videos with the sound enabled or disabled. You can also choose the recording video format. Typically, it would be .mp4 or .avi — two of the most popular ones that combine both good quality and compression. Finally, you can select the recording area and start recording your live stream.
🖥 Built-in screen capture tools
The latest versions of Windows and Mac OS 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 a short and simple instruction on how to use such applications.
For Windows 10 users:
- Open a 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.
For Mac OS users:
- 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 on the bottom right to jump to your video file.
🤩 Recording live streams with Restream
Restream is a go-to streaming solution, which allows streamers to easily start broadcasting and share their live content across multiple streaming platforms. Restream users can now easily record and download their streams to repurpose them later and transform them into podcasts, teasers, or highlights to post on social media. This way you as a streamer can share the best moments with your audience and attract new viewers.
Unlike the methods mentioned above in this article, you don’t even have to perform any actions when recording with Restream. Simply start a live stream via your Restream Studio and we will automatically record it. After you are done streaming, three options will be available for you in the Recordings section on your Restream dashboard:
- Downloading only the audio
- Downloading the full MP4 video
- Play your video directly inside Restream
You can record up to 20 hours per one stream session, and your recordings are stored 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!
Although many end platforms allow you to save your live streams after the session is over, you would still need to somehow manually extract them. Luckily, more convenient options exist if you are pursuing more control over the content. Let’s quickly recap the described way to record a live stream:
- Download a third-party software, like Movavi, Camtasia, or OBS Studio.
- Use the built-in software available on your OS.
- Record your live streams automatically with Restream.
For more info on how to record your live streams with Restream, you can visit our Help Center or write to us directly via Live Chat.