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VLC Media Player Tutorial #14 – How to Record Live Feeds
If you were searching for a media player that can play all kinds of audio and video files in high quality at low resources consumption and over all it is Free, then, search no more because VLC Media Player can do that and much more, is extraordinary streaming capabilities allow its users to perform different tasks, and one of them is that you can record any live feed you can find on the internet, in today's tutorial I'm going to show you how to do that.
All you need to get started is to have VLC Media Player installed on your computer. Chances are that you still don't have it, but do not worry, just click on the “Download” button above and in a matter of seconds you'll have it up and ready, the InstallIQTM manager will guide you through the setup process.
The first step is to get the URL of the video feed by opening the live feed you want to record with your web browser (i.e. Firefox, Chrome, Safari, etc).
Right-click on the video and from the Properties dialog copy the URL you can find at “Location”.
Now open VLC and go to Media → Open Network Stream... The Open Media dialog will open, paste the URL you've just copied in the URL box.
Unfold the “Play” button and click on the Convert option. You can also do this by pressing Alt+C in your keyboard.
In the Convert dialog you will have to select the location and type of the destination file. Click the Browse button and in the explorer like window you can browse your folders and give a name and extension to the output file.
Click OK and you are back to the Convert dialog, here you will be able to select if you want to view the output while recording and the profile. For this example I selected the default Video – H.264 + AAC (MP4) but you can choose the one that best fits your needs.
Click start and after a few seconds of buffering the live feed video will start being recorded.
To end the recording just click the Stop button and to play the output file all you have to do is go to the containing folder and double click on it. Depending on the file type you selected and your system configuration it will be played on different players.
Now you can start recording all those live feeds you've always wanted to save for later viewing or to share with your friends and family. VLC media player makes it easy and simple for you. Enjoy this fabulous free media player, get your free full copy by clicking on the “Download Now” link below.