As you’re probably aware there are several ways to save online streaming videos – including various software, browser extensions, or online platforms. However one of the best options is to use screen recording and capture the video that you want to save while it is playing on your screen.
Part of the reason why it is such a good option is because it will let you save any online streaming video from any source. However aside from that, screen recording will also let you ensure you save the videos in the best possible quality – with the help of a few tips:
- Make sure the online streaming video playback is in the highest quality
Seeing as screen recording will be capturing the video directly from your screen, the quality of the online streaming video’s playback is important. If the quality of the video itself isn’t good, when you record it the quality will be poor as well.
Most online streaming video players have a control that will let you select the resolution, such as the quality setting on YouTube. Try to adjust it so that it is as high as possible – up to the maximum resolution of your display.
- Play and record the video in full screen
To record at the highest possible resolution, you should play the video in full screen – and record it in full screen as well. That way the screen recording video’s resolution will be the maximum resolution of your display, which is as high as it can be really.
Unless for a specific reason you should try to avoid recording the video in a smaller frame. The recorded video’s resolution will be entirely based on the resolution of the frame, so the smaller it is – the worse the quality will be.
- Increase the frame rate in the screen recorder settings
Not all screen recorders will let you adjust the frame rate that you record videos in, but if yours does – try to increase it. Videos that are recorded at a higher frame rate generally look smoother and more fluid, which makes their quality far better.
It should be noted that the frame rate of the online streaming video itself will have a part to play in the quality as well – but in most cases you won’t have control over that.
Make it a point to try out the tips described above the next time that you record streaming video on Mac or PC. For the most part you should be able to use any screen recorder that you want, though it helps if it lets you easily adjust the recording parameters. For example you could try Movavi Screen Recorder for Mac.
It is worth keeping in mind that if you want you can always intentionally record a lower quality video – possibly to reduce the file size. At the end of the day it is all up to you when you use screen recording – which is part of the beauty of it.