How Do I Download Streaming Video?

By Richard Schupp

The internet is home to many websites that make use of streaming video. These types of files are usually saved in formats such as Nullsoft Streaming Video (NSV) or Flash Video (FLV). There are a few ways to download these files. All of them are fairly simple, and they will all result in being able to watch previously streaming videos at any time on your computer.

Website Capture

Step 1

Go to a webpage of your choice that hosts streaming video and copy the URL.

Step 2

Go to the Web Site Capture page (see Resources) and paste the URL into the dialogue box that is typically located at the top of the screen.

Step 3

Click the "Download" button that will be next to the dialogue box where you just entered the URL, and specify where on your computer you would like to download the streaming video file.

Firefox Add-Ons

Step 1

Download the Video Downloader extension that will allow you to capture streaming video (see Resources for a list.)

Step 2

Open a web page that hosts streaming video. There will now be a button in the bottom-right corner of the Firefox window. When the video page is open click this button.

Step 3

Specify where on your computer you wish to save the streaming video file.

Software

Step 1

Download and install a program that will allow you to download the streaming video from the web site that hosts the video (see Resources for a list of programs.)

Step 2

Go to a webpage that hosts streaming video. At the top of the screen or in your toolbar, depending on the program you have downloaded. You will see a button or link that will allow you to save the video.

Step 3

Click the button that allows you to download the video, and specify where you would like to save the file that will be created.

Tips & Warnings

  • You will need to download a program such as an FLV Player or NSV Player to view the videos after they have been downloaded.