Although AfreecaTV is a video streaming website mainly geared towards Korean, it also grabs the attentions from the globe who are addicted to Korean wave. You can even find more and more global streamers on AfreecaTV. If you already have your favorite streamers, in addition to the LIVE streaming, you may want to watch their VODs, including Highlights, Replays, Fan VODs, Uploaded VODs, Uploaded Clips, User Clips. In case those VODs are expired or the streamers remove them, it's recommended to download AfreecaTV VODs for convenient archive and playback on different devices. To implement this job, I'll introduce three free AfreecaTV downloaders in the following paragraph.
Disclaimer: The following tutorials are demonstrated for instructional purpose and personal fair-use ONLY. DO NOT download copy-righted AfreecaTV videos for illegal sale, distribution and other commercial intentions. Do it at your own risk!
Free HD Video Converter Factory is a free desktop video downloader & converter that allows you to download AfreecaTV VODs and convert to any mainstream format. Besides AfreecaTV, it also supports downloading video/music from YouTube, Twitch, SoudCloud and 300+ websites. Without further ado, download and install this program, then stay close to the guide below.
Double click Free HD Video Converter Factory icon on your desktop, you'll see Converter and Downloader options on the main interface. Open "Downloader" and click "New Download" button to create your first download task.
Visit http://vod.afreecatv.com/HOME or find the preferred VOD you want to download, copy the whole video URL from your browser address bar. Go back to Free HD Video Converter Factory and press "Paste and Analyze" button to parse the URL. All available MP4 videos in different resolutions will be listed below. Select one option and click OK to add it to the download list. With the same steps, you're able to add multiple videos for downloading in bulk.
Assign an output directory on the bottom to save your downloaded videos, lastly, hit "Download All" button for AfreecaTV videos download.
You may be familiar with Video DownloadHelper extension, but it only works with a companion APP installed on your computer, because AfreecaTV delivers HLS videos. Instead, I would recommend HLS Downloader for AfreecaTV VOD download.
Go to https://github.com/puemos/hls-downloader-web-extension, scroll down the page, download and install the extension to your Chrome, Firefox or Edge.
After done, find and play your desired AfreecaTV VOD, then there would be a red dot appearing on the HLS Downloader icon, which means it has captured HTTP Live streams. Click the extension icon, choose a playlist and press the arrow icon to proceed.
It will show all available video resolutions, click on the download icon of your desired quality, and it will start to download AfreecaTV VODs. When the process is complete, you'll be prompted to give a name to video file and choose a directory to save it on the local hard drive.
However, the only drawback is that the downloaded AfreecaTV video will be saved in .ts format. If it's not your taste, try to change video format with Free HD Video Converter Factory mentioned in Method 1.
I bet most people would prefer the online AfreecaTV downloader. Indeed, that's more convenient with the online solution. Many services claim that they can do this job, however, you have to admit a fact that only few websites are qualified for AfreecaTV VOD download or you'll be misled to an ad page.
Unfortunately, 9XBUDDY is the only website I found that worked till I published this post. Just visit https://9xbuddy.org/sites/afreecatv, paste the VOD link and press "DOWNLOAD" button. After a short while, scroll down the page and hit "DOWNLOAD NOW" button to save AfreecaTV VOD.
Sincerely hope this post is more helpful to you. In practice, after getting the hang of the three downloaders, you'll find they also work for downloading videos from other popular websites. And if you have a better and simpler solution, don't hesitate to share with me for update. Thanks for your reading.