Downloading, Recording, or Copying Video From Web Pages Including Streaming Video and FLV Files

21 May 2010


Technology > Video

Summary. Various programs make it possible to capture video from web pages.

Programs such as Camtasia Studio (Windows) or iShowU HD (Apple) record the audio and screen video in realtime while you wait.

Some programs, such as Real Player, can identify the video file and download it directly. This saves time and can result in better quality downloaded video.

With Apple computers, it’s possible to use the Safari browser to download Google YouTube and Flash Video FLV in Safari.

Some web pages have what appears to be video, but it is actually animation or web programming that, in some cases, relies upon user input. To capture this kind of media, it’s necessary to record the screen and audio. This is also true with streaming video.


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