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YouTube Stream Downloader – How to Download YouTube Live Streams

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Updated on Jan 30, 2024

Apart from watching YouTube streams online, many people also wonder how to download YouTube live streams in real time. So this article introduces a good tool to help save live streams from the beginning to the end.

Before start-up, please download and install the YouTube stream downloader here to be prepared:

It's not legal to download any copyrighted content and use them for commercial purposes. Before you download any content from YouTube, please check out whether the sources are copyrighted.

YouTube's live streaming feature allows individuals and groups to stream videos in real time and audiences are able to access more live streaming content like live gaming, live music, live sports, live news, live courses and so forth. Some live streams will not be publicly available after streaming in real time so some people may want to record these live streams for later viewing. Besides, many people also like to download live music or courses for offline playback. Nevertheless, YouTube doesn't offer the option to download live streams and most YouTube video downloaders won't work for downloading YouTube live streams. Don't worry! Today we will introduce an effective YouTube stream downloader to you for downloading either past broadcasts or real-time live streams.

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WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro is a highly acclaimed multiple-purpose program that combines video converter, recorder, downloader, editor, and more into one, offering overall solutions to video/audio incompatibility issues and online video download. For YouTube live download, there are two effective and common ways – Download and Record. Unlike other live streaming capture tools that only focus on recording, WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro can serve as either a YouTube stream downloader or a screen recorder to help you grab live streams with ease. Besides, it's easy to handle and can perform at lightning speed. Free downloadFree download it and see how to download YouTube live streams in two ways.

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Method 1: Download YouTube Live Streams (Past Broadcasts)

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Before start, please free downloadfree download and install the software on your PC.

Step 1. Copy the Live Stream URL

Open the webpage of the past YouTube live stream you want to download, and copy the URL from your browser address bar.

Step 2. Open the YouTube Stream Downloader

Launch WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro, open Downloader module, click on +New Download button, and a new window will appear.

How to Save YouTube Live Stream

Step 3. Paste and Analyze the URL

Click on the Paste and Analyze button and wait for the analysis process.

Step 4. Download YouTube Live Stream

It will soon display all resolutions and formats options for download. Choose the needed option, then click OK to add it to download list. Specify an output folder and hit "Download All" button for past YouTube streams download.

In this way, you can download a YouTube live stream that has ended or download live streams that are in progress. Please note that if you download an ongoing live stream, the video will start from the the point where you copy the live stream URL. So how to download YouTube live streams completely? Let's move to the next method.   

Method 2: Record YouTube Live Stream

How to Record a YouTube Live Stream

Before start, please free downloadfree download and install the software on your PC.

Step 1. Open the YouTube Stream Recorder

After you open the program, select Recorder on the main interface, and the Screen Recorder window will pop up.

Customize the Record Settings

Step 2. Customize the Record Settings

First, choose a recording mode. You can choose the Custom mode to freely select the recording area or the Full-Screen mode to record the entire screen. Click OK to confirm the recording region.

Second, move down to select the recording format, quality, and frame rate, and turn on/off GPU acceleration. You can also leave them as default.

Then, select the sound source you want to record. "Desktop" refers to the internal sound, and "Microphone" refers to the vocal voice. You can only choose the Desktop to record the screen without noise.

Don't forget to define an output path for the recorded videos. (Press the bottom inverted triangle button to set the output path.)

Record YouTube Live Video

Step 3. Record YouTube Live Stream

Open the YouTube live stream and click on the red REC button to start the recording process on a countdown from 5 to 1. To cease recording, click on the record button on the top of the record region or press Ctrl+F1. After finishing the record, you can click on the folder icon on the lower-right of the Screen Recorder to check the recorded video.  

In Summary

With the help of YouTube stream downloader and recorder of WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro, you're able to watch YouTube stream videos offline easily. If you find this article useful to you, please share it with more friends.

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