How to record streaming video?

August 26, 2022

Due to the explosion of COVID-19, the demand for live video streaming market has grown exponentially due to the increasing adoption of smartphones, high global internet penetration, growing use of artificial intelligence in video streaming, and increasing number of viewers as consumers stay indoors amidst blocking restrictions.

During this period, the adoption of OTT platforms or streaming services such as, for example, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, and others soared. Millions of individuals have chosen entertainment options such as live video streaming.

While all video streaming services does allow offline playback, they are restricted to a select few types of devices like phone and tablet. Laptops, desktops, and Chromebooks aren’t on that list, so offline playback won’t be possible. Some even requires higher ad-free plan, like Hulu, HBO Max. If you subscribe to one of the above music streaming services, you can download moves and TV shows to watch on phone or tablet. However, once you cancel the subscription, the downloaded content become inaccessible. Besides, a bunch of new content are added to the library every month. But to make room for the newbies, some of the shows and movies you always wanted to watch—and had in your My List for months or years – suddenly disappear. To save your favorite TV shows and movies from video streaming service forever, some people may want to record the video. Here we will show you several tools.

1. QuickTime Player

  1. Launch QuickTime Player, click File – New Screen Recording.
  2. Play the video you want to record.
  3. Click the red record icon.

2. is a free online screen recorder that allows you to record streaming video for free. Supported browsers: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Opera.

  • Open in supported browser.
  • Play the streaming video you want to record.
  • Click Start Recording and choose what to record: Entire screen or Window or Chrome Tab.
  • Select the video player window and start recording.

3. Movavi Screen Recorder for Chrome

Movavi Screen Recorder for Chrome is a Google Chrome extension that allows you to record streaming video.

1. Go to and click Add to Chrome.

2. Click the extension icon on the top right corner and choose Movavi Screen Recorder. You can also pin it.

3. Play the video you want to record in Chrome browser. Click Movavi Screen Recorder icon on the top right corner and choose Current Tab. Then click Start Recording.

4. Click the green icon again to stop recording. Then download the recorded video.

How to download streaming videos?

Screen recording tools to easy to use when you just want to record a favorite segment of the video. However, if you want to record a complete movie or TV show, that will be very time-consuming. The best way to save streaming videos is to use the professional streaming video downloader for each streaming services, such as:

Here we will take Pazu Hulu Video Downloader as example. Pazu Hulu Video Downloader is able to:

  1. Download Hulu movies and TV shows on Mac and Windows without Hulu app.
  2. Download Hulu movies and TV shows with ad-supported plan.
  3. Download shows and movies from Premium Add-ons and additional on-demand content that comes with a Live TV subscription.
  4. Watch unlimited downloaded videos on as many devices as you want, including TV, computer, etc.
  5. Downloads will never expire. No 30 days/48 hours limit. Access downloads whenever you want. 
  6. Access downloads even after cancelling your subscription.
  7. Watch downloads offline on any device without Hulu app.
  8. Downloaded videos are not affected if you log out of Hulu.

Pazu Hulu Video Downloader lets users download various movies or TV shows or Hulu original series from Hulu to MP4 or MKV format with excellent quality and fast speed. The downloaded movies and TV shows are still playable even after you cancelling your Hulu account or Spotify premium student subscription.

Step 1. Run Pazu Hulu Video Downloader on your Mac or Windows.

Download, install and launch Pazu Hulu Video Downloader on your Mac or Windows. Log in your Hulu account and choose, or

Select a profile.

Step 2. Search Hulu movies/TV shows to download.

Enter the movie/TV show title in the search field.

Or copy&paste the link of the movie/TV show from  Hulu website. Then click the Search icon.

Step 3. Choose video format/quality

Click Settings icon to change:

  • Video format: MP4 or MKV
  • Video codec: H264 or H265
  • Audio language: English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese
  • Subtitle language: English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese
  • Subtitle type: Embedded subtitles, Independent subtitles, Hardcoded subtitles
  • Interface languages: English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese

Step 4. Start to download Hulu videos

If your selection is a movie, click the download icon next to it and the downloading begins.

After the movie is downloaded, click History button to quickly locate it. 

If your selection is a TV show, click download icon next to it to select episodes you want to download. Then click Download button.