I was asked earlier to view and record a presentation being given on LiveStream.com. I figured this can’t be to hard I will just use a FireFox plugin and pull the video somehow but I couldn’t find an easy way to do it with a FireFox plugin. I finally settled on using some freeware classified as screen video capture software. This software allows you to zoom in on a specified size of the screen and capture sound, video, or both and save to an AVI file. Below are directions on how to set up and record video streams from LiveStream.com for free.
Record LiveStream Video Feeds Live or Via LiveStream On Demand:
- Download & Install CamStudio:I came across numerous screen video capture software but I settled on CamStudio because I was in a hurry and it was the first freeware screen video capture software I could find. CamStudio can be downloaded by clicking here. Once downloaded unzip the file titled Camstudio-2.0-w32.zip and then double click on the Camstudio2-0.exe file to install.
- Launch CamStudio:After installation a folder will open with shortcuts to the CamStudio software. Double click on the shortcut titled CamStudio to launch the application which will appear as shown in the below image.
- Configure CamStudio:You should familiarize yourself with some of the settings available in CamStudio such as enabling audio recording along with the video, adjusting the audio time shift, and resizing the video window size. You can enable audio recording by clicking Options in the top navigation and selecting “Record Audio from the Speakers” in the drop down. When enabled a check mark will appear to the left of this option as shown in the below image.
The audio time shift is something that will need to be adjusted after you test out a recording. To adjust the time shift click on Options in the top navigation, select Audio Options from the drop down, and then selecting Audio and Video Synchronization from the fly out menu. This will launch the Audio and Video Synchronization window as displayed below.
The most important thing starting out is to adjust the video record window size the the size of the live stream. If you are using the default size of the LiveStream.com live feed then 480×360 seemed to fit perfectly. To modify the Fixed Region settings click on Region in the top navigation and select Fixed Region from the drop down which will launch the below configuration window. You can adjust this size while recording but it will not change to the new size until a new recording is started.
- Launch LiveStream Feed: Now open your browser and point it to the LiveStream video feed. Verify the video will display in your browser without issue.
- Start Recording LiveStream Video:Once the video is playing click the Record button on CamStudio which will launch a outline of the Fixed Region you have specified. Drag the Fixed Region directly over the LiveStream video you are going to be recording and once positioned properly left click once to begin the recording. The CamStudio interface will look like the below while it is recording.
- Save & Verify AVI File:When you are done recording click the Stop button in the CamStudio interface which will automatically prompt you to save the AVI file. Once you have named and saved the file open in Windows Media Player to verify it is playing properly. You will more than likely need to adjust the time shift as noted in step 3.
Good luck! There are probably some shareware applications that provide more features than CamStudio however if you are like me and this will probably be the only time you ever record anything from LiveStream.com then sticking with the freeware is probably the best option. The AVI file that is saved is huge if you have recorded audio with it so be prepared to figure out a way to compress if while doing the best you can to maintain the quality.