4 Methods to Record Netflix on Windows and Mac

By Cecilia Hwung | Last Update:

Netflix is one of the most popular online streaming businesses, and has collected millions of frequent users in the globe. It runs on a streaming model, and you can subscribe Netflix and watch its movies and TV shows on your internet-connected devices. However, when you go on a trip where Wi-Fi is off, you may have a problem watching your subscribed show when it airs. And when your subscription model ends, you can't watch Netflix either. Although Netflix grant you with the right to download some movies with tiles, unluckily, they may get removed from Netflix channel before you start the binge watching.

Netflix on Windows PC
Netflix on Windows PC

Now, you may hatch a plan to record Netflix, save it on Windows/Mac/iOS/Android and play it back whenever your mood strikes. The good news is, you can watch Netflix offline, even after your subscription plan is out of date. Before you ride on recording Netflix, let's make it clear whether you can record Netflix or not.

Can I Screen Record Netflix Movies

Theoretically, you can't record Netflix. When it comes to screen record Netflix, there's an inevitable question: Is it illegal to screen record Netflix? Well, the word "illegal" is typically used to describe the violation act of criminal law. According to the rule, record and view copyrighted works for personal use rather than for commercial purposes (eg. to record some discs for modification, distribution, reproduction, etc. which has definitely breached the copyright law), isn't considered a copyright infringement.

That being said, if only, you record Netflix for viewing on personal devices, you don't disobey the law. As you can guess, those leading streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, to name a few, won't allow you to record any movies or series from them, as listed in their terms of services (TOS) agreements. This is because they constantly collect subscription fees from customers per month, so you are NOT expected to watch their videos without any subscribed model.

Despite what being talked about, technically, you can record Netflix movies. There are many recorders that you can buy services from, which can be used to record Netflix and watch it anywhere on your Windows/Mac/iOS/Android devices whenever you want.

In short, we'd better say that it is legal to record Netflix though you are not suggested to do so by Netflix TOS. In case you have a call for recording Netflix and watch the stream offline, here, we provide you with 4 options.

Now, let's hit the road.

How to Record Netflix with VideoProc

Netflix Recorder VideoProc
Choose Recorder option in VideoProc interface

OS: Windows, Mac

VideoProc is a piece of versatile video processing software. There are 4 handy tools built in its suite: video processing, DVD backup, video downloading, and video recording. To record Netflix in VideoProc, you will break no sweat as it is very intuitive to use. You get to know how to use it when you open it.

Hightlight VideoProc Recording Features

  • Easy and handy to use.
  • Fast respond to capture your screen, not a frame delay.
  • Keyboard hotkeys make it effective to record your screen.
  • Your recordings can be saved as various file formats such as MP4, FLV, MOV, MKV, TS, and can be played on different devices...

Free download VideoProc to screen record Netflix streaming, and here are detailed steps:

After you've got VideoProc installed on your Windows or Mac computers, fire it up on your windows desktop, then follow 4 simple steps below:

Step 1. Choose Recorder in the welcome window after launching.

Step 2. Hit Screen in the header area, and set an output directory for your recording in the right side of the interface.

Step 3. Customize recording settings: click on the configuration icon located on the top right area > settings, where you can upgrade the recording quality, change the format, adjust the audio level, customize recording hotkeys, and more. Close the window when you are done.

Step 4. Open up your favorite Netflix series and hit the REC button in the bottom right to start the Netflix recording. You can stop the Netflix recording with the hotkeys you customized.

Record Netflix in VideoProc
Record Netflix interface in VideoProc

Notice:

VideoProc supports both x264 software encoder and NVENC hardware encoder, so if you are using the NVENC or AMD encoders, make sure that your video drivers are up to date.

How to Record Netflix with OBS

OBS, short for Open Broadcaster Software, is a free and open source screen capture tool for video recording and streaming. It is well-known for the live streaming in gameplay. OBS studio supports Linux, Windows OS (7, 8, 8.1, 10) and macOS (10.11+).

How to record Netflix with OBS? Follow instructions below:

Step 1. Add the video source by clicking the plus icon under the Sources box (if you pass this, there will be a blank screen recording).

Step 2. Pick up Display Capture tab from the list and click on OK in the pop-up window.

Step 3. Make output customization: File > Settings > Output > Recording. Change the recording quality, format, and more. Also, don't forget to set the directory for your Netflix recordings.

Step 4. Play the Netflix movie and hit Start Recording under Controls box.

Record Videos with OBS
Steps to record Netflix with OBS

Once finished Netflix recording, go back to OBS and hit Stop Recording under its Controls box.

Where Does OBS Save Recordings?

You can find Netflix recordings in the top menu bar: File > Show Recordings. Or you can open that directory you just set for your Netflix recordings.

Warnings:

  • FLV formats do not support multiple tracks per recording.
  • Recordings saved to MP4/MOV will be unrecoverable if the file cannot be finalized (eg. as a result of BSoDs, power losses, etc.). If you want to record multiple audio tracks consider using MKV and remux the recording to MP4/MOV after it is finished (File -> Remux Recordings).

How to Record Netflix Using Any Video Recorder

Any Video Recorder is an .exe file only recorder that can only be installed on Windows 10, 8, 7, XP, and Vista versions (Workaround for mac users). It can record iTunes films and DVD videos as well as capture streaming Netflix playing on your screen.

Open Any Video Recorder, and do as follows:

Step 1. Change the output directory under General Setting tab in the welcome window after launching.

Step 2. Change the frame rate and bitrate under Video Setting tab.

Step 3. Set an output directory and file name for your recordings.

Step 4. Sign in your Netflix account and play the video, hit the REC button, and record Netflix now.

Any Video Recorder Interface
Steps to record Netflix using Any Video Recorder

Things to Note Down Using Any Video Recorder to Record Netflix:

1. The recording tool imprints on the screen even when recording the full screen, and it will appear on your Netflix recordings as well.

2. The output quality of the recording is quite normal, a bit blur to be specific.

3. The recording can be saved as an .mp4 file only, but can NOT be opened in Windows Media Player (which is weird indeed).

How to Record Netflix Using PlayOn

PlayOn is an online streaming service provider. It has two business models: PlayOn Desktop and PlayOn Cloud, both of which can record streaming videos and save the recordings for playback. With PlayOn, you can watching Netflix offline anywhere.

PlayOn Desktop for Windows/Mac PC

PlayOn desktop is for Windows and Mac users to record Netflix. Follow step instructions below:

Step 1. Launch PlayOn on your desktop.

Step 2. Log in your Netflix account: Channels tab > enter the Netflix channel > PlayOn Settings > Channels tab > enter your Netflix email and passwords in it > Apply and OK.

Step 3. Find the Netflix show or movies > hit the Record button.

PlayOn Record Netflix
How to log in your Netflix account in PlayOn desktop

PlayOn Cloud for iOS/Android Devices

For iPhone, iPad, and Android mobile users, you can record Netflix with PlayOn Cloud and watch the stream offline with no restrictions. This mobile application can be downloaded from Apple App Store or Google Play. After it finishes recording, the will be saved as an MP4 file. You can then download the recording on your mobile device, and enjoy the offline viewing at any moment.

Netflix Recorder Comparison

  VideoProc OBS Studio PlayOn Desktop Any Video Recorder

Quality

High

High

Standard

Basic

Output Format

MP4, FLV, MOV, MKV, TS

FLV, MKV, TS, M3U8

MP4

MP4 only

Encoder

Both hardware (NVEVC, Quicksync, AMF) and software (x264) encoding

NVENC, Quicksync; x264

Recording Hotkeys

Unlimited recordings

GPU Acceleration

User Rating

Netflix Recording Related Questions

Can I Record Netflix on My DVR?

Theoretically, you can record Netflix on your DVR, aka Digital Video Recorder. According to Wikipedia, personal computers are often connected to video capture devices and used as DVRs; in such cases, the application software used to record video is an integral part of the DVR. One more word, given that DVRs have special requirements for hard-disks memory, pixels, bit rate, your best bet is to record Netflix using software on PC.

How to Record Netflix on Mac?

As Any Video Recorder doesn't support macOS X, you can give a shot on VideoProc, OBS, or PlayOn Desktop.

Closing Remarks

As you can possibly guess, to record Netflix on desktop is the most favored choice for Netflix users. This is because to record Netflix on Windows or Mac will have bigger memory in hard-disk which grant you the hi-fidelity recording quality. Better than that, you can change the recording modes, customize recordings size, and set output formats for playback on different devices. Amongst 4 recorders we've provided you here, VideoProc, for its handy and intuitive features and powerful recording capabilities, truly worth you a try.

About The Author

Cecilia Hwung is the marketing manager of Digiarty Software and the editor-in-chief of VideoProc team. She pursues common progress with her team and expects to share more creative content and useful information to readers. She has strong interest in copywriting and rich experience in video editing tips.

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