How to Download YouTube Live Stream Video in Simple Ways

If you want to learn how to download YouTube live streams, videos, and clips in high quality, these methods can help. Plus, there are some solutions to problems you may encounter while downloading.

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Sofia Albert

Updated on Feb 14, 2023

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YouTube is the second-largest live streaming platform in the world, and it currently has more than two billion active users every month. These statistics are enough to demonstrate the popularity of the YouTube live stream. As a result, the demand for downloading live stream videos is increasing. 

However, YouTube only allows you to download previous live streams from your channel, not those previously uploaded by someone else. Hence if you want to download someone else's YouTube live stream, you'll need to spend much time and energy finding feasible download ways. 

But don't worry. Here are some quick and straightforward ways to download YouTube live stream videos. 

Part 1. How to Download Someone Else's YouTube Live Stream

As we mentioned earlier, you can't download someone else's previous live stream video unless using some video downloaders. There are many video downloaders available today for downloading streaming videos, but few support grabbing a live video that is on stream. EaseUS Video Downloader, a versatile video downloader, is one of a few video grabbers that supports this feature.

Besides, EaseUS Video Downloader offers many additional benefits, such as:

  • Download YouTube live stream videos in HD, 4K, and even 8K quality
  • Save the YouTube live stream video as MP4, MP3, or WAV
  • Get the thumbnail of your live video in high quality
  • Download YouTube channels, playlists, music, or other content 

Now, let's download EaseUS Video Downloader and follow these steps to grab your wanted live stream from YouTube.

Step 1. Open EaseUS Video Downloader on your computer and click on "Quick Search" in the sidebar. Copy and paste the URL of your live video in the search bar and click "Search" to load your videos.

Download live videos from YouTube - Step 1

Step 2. Then, your video along with a download button will appear, just click the "Download" button to proceed. 

Download live videos from YouTube - Step 2

Step 3. A new window will pop up, asking you to choose your preferred resolution and video format, just select the right option based on your needs. Once you've chosen, click the "Download" button again to start downloading.

Download live videos from YouTube - Step 3

Step 4. Then, the live video will be downloaded to your computer. If you want to download them to your smartphone, you can connect your device to the computer via a USB and then transfer them to your phone. 

Download live videos from YouTube - Step 4

Disclaimer: We don't advocate using the downloaded videos for any commercial or illegal use. 

If you want to learn more about EaseUS Video Downloader, here are its additional features:

  • Download videos from Facebook, Twitter, Twitch, and other 1000+ sites
  • Download a video along with its subtitles
  • Convert any local video to MP3
  • Batch download videos without fuss


Part 2. How to Record YouTube Streaming Video with a Video Recorder

If you want to download a streaming video while watching it, your best option is to capture your screen with screen recording software like EaseUS RecExperts for Windows. It allows you to capture the entire screen or a specific part of your screen. Besides, it also offers you some basic video editing tools that can help you trim the recordings. 

If you want to use this helpful tool to capture your screen, follow its instructions to record a video from a webcam.

Part 3. How to Download YouTube Streaming Video with Online Services

Some online apps or services like Keepvid, QDownloader, and more support downloading streaming videos from YouTube. Such downloaders are easy to use and don't require you to install any program, but you'll be at the cost of your precious time and energy since they're slow to download long videos, not to say live stream videos that last hours. 

Even so, some users still stick to online services. If you're one of these groups, follow these steps to use Keepvid to get the job done.

Step 1. Find the YouTube live stream video you wish to download and copy its URL.

Step 2. Open keepvid, paste the video URL in the input box and click "Enter."

Step 3. Select the format you want and click "Download."

Download videos with Keepvid

Part 4. How to Download YouTube Live Stream with Extensions

Another convenient way to download YouTube live streams is to use extensions like Video Downloader Professional, Video Downloader Plus, or CocoCut Video Downloader. They're easy to use. Once you've installed and enabled them on your browser, they'll auto-detect the live stream video as long as you open it. 

But it is a bit difficult to find a really helpful YouTube live stream downloader extension because most extensions for Chrome have canceled the support for YouTube videos due to copyright issues.

A flexible way to solve this problem is to change a web browser to download. Usually, Firefox won't ban you from downloading YouTube videos. 

Part 5. Why Can't I Download YouTube Live Stream

Some of you may encounter problems that you can't download YouTube live stream videos. Reasons could be these:

  • The live stream video is private.
  • The video has been removed from YouTube.
  • The video has copyright or Community Guidelines strike against it. 
  • You've already downloaded your videos five times in the last 24 hours. YouTube only allows you to download a video up to five times per day. 
  • The live stream video is over 12 hours. According to Google, if your stream exceeds 12 hours, it may not be captured. 

If these problems knock on your door, you can't download live stream videos from YouTube. And currently, there is no better way to solve these problems, so you'd better avoid the abovementioned situations. 

The Final Words

Those are all tips on how to download YouTube live stream videos. Depending on your needs, you can choose the way that would work best for you. If you don't know which to use, pick EaseUS Video Downloader because it is one of very few downloaders that supports downloading a video while watching.

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