Overview on Capturing Streaming Video

Streaming Video doesn't work like other types of internet media - usually you can right click on a link or an image, and save it as a file to your PC. Streaming was invented as a way to deliver multimedia (audio and video) over the internet without overloading the web server. It also had the advantage of being hard to capture, making media pseudo-copy protected.

Today, there are a few wonderful tools that can capture all kinds of streaming video. The articles on this site tell you how to use the best software for capturing streaming audio and video.

Streaming video comes in four major flavors: Windows Media, Real, Flash and QuickTime. Below are guides for capturing these formats:

If you're looking for one software program to capture as many of these formats as possible, check out Replay A/V. This handy software can also capture audio, and it will even convert video and audio files to all the popular output formats, including iPod.

Recording DRM Video

Some streaming formats are copy protected using DRM (Digital Rights Management). This means that stream capture programs won't work. However, you can make screen capture videos of almost anything that appears on your PCs display, including any kind of streaming video. The playback quality might not be as good as the original, but you will be able to capture whet you see.

See this article: How to Make Screen Capture Videos for more details.