YouTube live streams are popular because of the funny and high-quality live stream content. You can also get interactions in real time with celebrities during live streaming. However, some live stream activities may start at the time when you're not available.
Worse still, you may totally miss the live stream if the anchor doesn't upload the replay video. Fortunately, here is the good news. I will recommend you three convenient and efficient methods to help you enjoy YouTube live streams for free. Let's go through these 3 powerful YouTube downloaders one by one.

1. How to Download YouTube Live Streams with Ease

The way to download YouTube live streams for free with no ads is difficult to find. But after choosing from a lot of software, I will recommend VideoHunter. VideoHunter is the best YouTube video downloader that supports downloading all types of YouTube videos. It also outperforms many YouTube downloaders in the market for it supports 1000+ sites including TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, SoundCloud, Bandcamp, Niconico, etc. Meanwhile, it guarantees high-quality output for videos of up to 1080p, 4K, and 8K. Most importantly, it's user-friendly enough for every new user. Only 3 steps are required to download YouTube live streams with VideoHunter.

Following are more advantages of VideoHunter:

  1. Full support to download YouTube playlists, YouTube channels, private YouTube videos, unlisted YouTube videos, etc.
  2. Support downloading subtitles of YouTube live streams
  3. 6X faster performance than other download software
  4. Download online videos to MP3 in 128kbps, 320kbps
  5. Built-in proxy integration
  6. No pop-up ads or extra plug-in required

Let's follow these steps and quickly learn how to download YouTube live streams to your computer.

Step 1 Copy the Live Stream URL from YouTube

Firstly, find the YouTube live stream you want and copy URL from above.

Copy Live stream URL from Browser

Note:
After the YouTube live stream ended, you can get the URL of the live stream via the channel of the streamer. Just click the profile of the streamer > click "Videos" and find the videos you want to download. Then copy and paste its url to VideoHunter.

Step 2 Download and Install VideoHunter

Secondly, you need to download and install VideoHunter on your PC.

Step 3 Paste the URL into the box

Please paste the URL into the box and click the "Analyze" button to start parsing.

Paste the URL in the Box and Parse it

Step 4 Select Video Quality, Format, and Subtitles

In the last step, you need to select video quality, format, and subtitles depending on your needs.

Select Live Stream Quality Format and Subtitles

2. Free Download YouTube Streaming Videos with VLC

If you want to find another way to download YouTube live streams for free. VLC media player is another choice. As a media player, VLC media player can not only play many formats of video but also work as a YouTube downloader to save YouTube live streams.

After testing many times. VLC has some trouble downloading YouTube live streams than other software. Meanwhile, the speed of parsing the URL is obviously slower than other software. (Videos longer than 1 hour fail to download sometimes.) Besides, it doesn't have video quality and format options. If you need software that can play various formats of videos and download YouTube livestreams, you can have a try.

Here are 7 steps to free downloading YouTube streaming Videos with VLC.

Step 1 Copy the URL from the Website

You need to find and copy the YouTube live stream URL first. (You can find the URL in the adress box.)

Copy the URL from the Website

Step 2 Launch VLC media player

Launch VLC media player.

Step 3 Select the "Open Network Stream" Option

Firstly, you need to move your mouse to the "Media" option, then click the "Open Network Stream" button.

Step 4 Paste URL into the Box

You can see this window show up and the URL please paste the URL to the input box. Then you need to click the "Play" button.

Paste URL into the Box

Step 5 Select Codec Information Option

In this step, you need to move your mouse to the "Tools" button and select the "Codec Information" option.

Select Codec Information Option

Step 6 Copy Codec Information from VLC Media Player

You need to be patient in this step. After finishing the previous step, the window of current media information will show up and you need to wait for a while. Because the software is parsing the video.
Then the window of current media information will come up and you need to press "CTRL+A ", then "CTRL+C" to copy the URL from the address bar below. (You cannot choose the URL by mouse because the address bar is unelectable.)

Copy another URL from VLC Media Player

Step 7 Paste URL into Browser and Download

Open a new tab in the browser, and wait for seconds. After successful playback of the YouTube live stream video, you can click the download button and the download task will start automatically.

Paste URL into Browser and Click Download Button

3. How to Download YouTube Live Streams VideoSolo Screen Record

Not interested in the two mentioned methods to download YouTube live streams? I can recommend you another different way to record YouTube livestreams locally. Although this method may cost a little time for settings, it will never fail.

VideoSolo can record YouTube live streams without controlling of the computer all the time because you can set a task schedule to record YouTube live streams automatically. Also, it can record any on-screen activity without lag or watermark in 1080P quality. Most importantly, VideoSolo doesn't need to parse the video URL, it can save live streams over 2 hours successfully. All you need to do is set a task schedule on VideoSolo and it will do the rest.

It will be easier to help you understand how to record the YouTube live streams if you follow the 3 steps below.

Step 1 Click the "Video Recorder" button

Install VideoSolo Screen Recorder on your computer and launch it, then you will see it provides many useful functions such as recording video, audio, game broadcast, etc. Now just select "Video Recorder" to capture your computer screen.

Select Video Recorder to Capture Your Computer Screen

Note:
If you don't want to control the computer all the time, you can click the "task schedule" button to set a timer to record YouTube live stream automatically)

Step 2 Set Preferences and Click the "Gear" Icon.

Customize the recording area, and set preferences as you want. Click the "gear" icon to make your recording work more easily. And you can set hotkeys to control the start and the end of the recording.

Adjust Record Area

Step 3 Click the "REC" Button to Start Recording

After setting up the preferences, click the "REC" button to start recording. When recording the computer screen, you can use the toolbar, including drawing, annotating, and taking snapshots. After clicking on the "stop" button, you'll be able to preview and clip recordings before saving.

4. FAQs about Downloading YouTube Live Stream Videos

In this part, I collected some frequent questions about downloading YouTube Live Stream Videos and answers to them.

Q: Is it possible to download a YouTube live stream that is over 2 hours long?

A: Yes, it can be realizable. Over 2 hours long videos can be downloaded by VideoHunter and VideoSolo Screen Record. If you want to save YouTube livestreams immediately, you can use VideoSolo to record livestreams locally. Although it will take a little more time, you can use VideoHunter to download liverstreams over 2 hours.

Q: Do YouTube live stream videos save to YouTube when they end?

A: If the live stream is less than 12 hours, YouTube can automatically archive it for YouTubers. Therefore, you can use VideoHunter to download YouTube livestreams on their YouTube channel.The general steps are following:

Step 1 Copy the Live Stream URL from YouTube;
Step 2 Paste the URL into the box;
Step 3 Select Video Quality, Format, and Subtitles and click "Download".

Q: Can YouTube live stream videos be downloaded with subtitles?

A: Yes, it can be solved by VideoHunter. YouTube live stream and its subtitles can be downloaded by VideoHunter. You can use VideoHunter to download YouTube livestreams on their YouTube channel.The general steps are following:

Step 1 Copy the Live Stream URL from YouTube;
Step 2 Paste the URL into the box;
Step 3 Select Subtitles Language.

5. Conclusion

Three ways to download YouTube live streams have been tested many times and let's look back what they are strong at.

VLC Media Player is a totally-free media player with various tools. And it is a little bit tricky to find the way of downloading YouTube live streams without any guidance. Meanwhile, there are too many steps to downloading YouTube live streams so it will take more time than other software. By the way, the video's quality and format are not selectable. Although it has many cons, no pop-up ads and free are its advantages.

VideoSolo Screen Recorder can record high-quality YouTube live streams without controlling the computer all the time. Although you need to take time to set preferences and settings, it is 100% successful. Besides, its "task schedule" function is powerful for you to record the YouTube live streams when you are too busy to control the computer.

VideoHunter is the fastest YouTube downloader among the 3 software. In addition, it can download high-quality and various formats of YouTube Live Stream videos(4K/8K). Meanwhile, downloading YouTube videos in bulk is supported.

Based on the introduction above, if you are searching for software that is simple and quick to download YouTube live streams, VideoHunter must be your best choice.

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