How to Record a Web Cast on a Personal Computer

by Renee Claire; Updated September 26, 2017
You can record a webcast to your personal computer.

Recording a webcast from the Internet to your computer is possible using third-party software. You have two options, depending on the type of webcast. Some webcasts use systems that don't provide a direct address to the webcast, instead relying on a proprietary reader that loads in your Web browser. Other webcasts provide you with a direct link.

Install VLC

Step 1

Download VLC, an advanced video viewer that has recording capabilities.

Step 2

Double-click on the “vlc-XXX-win32.exe” file, where XXX is the current version of VLC. Follow the onscreen instructions to install VLC.

Step 3

Double-click on the VLC desktop icon that was created during the installation process to launch it.

Without Link

Step 1

Open VLC, click on “Media” and select “Open Capture Device.”

Step 2

Select “Desktop” on the top drop-down menu.

Step 3

Select the “Desired frame rate for the capture,” 5fps for slides and 24fps for webcasts featuring people or video.

Step 4

Click on the arrow next to the “Play” icon, select “Stream” and click on the “Next” button in the new window.

Step 5

Click on the “Add” then “Browse” buttons and name the stream. Click “Save.” Click “Stream” to record your stream.


  • Recording at 24fps requires a large amount of resources. Close all unnecessary programs to ensure smooth recording.


  • Make sure you have at least 1Gb of storage available before recording a webcast.

    Make sure you have the webcast owner's authorization before recording.

About the Author

Renee Claire is a registered nurse with more than 20 years of experience and a specific interest in families. She graduated from Waubonsee College in Illinois in 1986 with a degree in nursing and from the University of St. Francis in Illinois with a bachelor's degree in health arts. She began writing online professionally in 2009.

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