How to Record a Web Cast on a Personal Computer

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You can record a webcast to your personal computer.
You can record a webcast to your personal computer. (Image: computer image by blaine stiger from Fotolia.com)

Recording a webcast from the Internet to your computer is possible using third-party software. You have two options, depending on the type of webcast. Some webcasts use systems that don't provide a direct address to the webcast, instead relying on a proprietary reader that loads in your Web browser. Other webcasts provide you with a direct link.

Install VLC

Download VLC, an advanced video viewer that has recording capabilities.

Double-click on the “vlc-XXX-win32.exe” file, where XXX is the current version of VLC. Follow the onscreen instructions to install VLC.

Double-click on the VLC desktop icon that was created during the installation process to launch it.

Without Link

Open VLC, click on “Media” and select “Open Capture Device.”

Select “Desktop” on the top drop-down menu.

Select the “Desired frame rate for the capture,” 5fps for slides and 24fps for webcasts featuring people or video.

Click on the arrow next to the “Play” icon, select “Stream” and click on the “Next” button in the new window.

Click on the “Add” then “Browse” buttons and name the stream. Click “Save.” Click “Stream” to record your stream.

Tips & Warnings

  • Recording at 24fps requires a large amount of resources. Close all unnecessary programs to ensure smooth recording.
  • Make sure you have at least 1Gb of storage available before recording a webcast.
  • Make sure you have the webcast owner's authorization before recording.

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