5 Remarkably Useful Ways to Download Brightcove Videos 2023

Peter William
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Brightcove is a well-seasoned video hosting website that's designed predominantly for assisting businesses not only to deliver highly customizable video content, but also to monetize videos across various devices and platforms.

However, it’s quite challenging to download Brightcove videos, as the website is not as popular as YouTube or Vimeo and hosts the embedded videos.

“I use the HTML developer tool for MP4 Brightcove video download, but there are merely M3U8 files in the webpage's internal resources.” –From Reddit

Well, in this article, we will figure out how to download videos from Brightcove effectively.


First, Get the URLs of Brightcove Videos

#1. If there’s a share button…

  1. Open the Brightcove video that you wish to download.
  2. Click the “Share” button in the lower right corner, and it will give you the embed code.click the share button
  3. Copy the embed code to the text editor. The code inside iframe src="" is what you need, e.g. //players.brightcove.net/1160438696001/B1xrOuQICW_default/index.html?videoId=5476480570001.
  4. Add http: in front of the code, you will get the complete Brightcove video URL: http://players.brightcove.net/1160438696001/B1xrOuQICW_default/index.html?videoId=5476480570001.add http:

#2. If no share feature…

  1. Right-click the Brightcove video and open up “Player Information”.
  2. Copy the Account ID, Player ID, and Video ID to the text editor.check player information
  3. Paste the ID contents to the formula or deconstructed template: http://players.brightcove.net/Account-ID/Player-ID_default/index.html?videoId=Video-ID.
  4. You will acquire the entire URL of the Brightcove video as the image shows: http://players.brightcove.net/1160438696001/default_default/index.html?videoId=6087442493001.get the brightcove url

Note: If you fail to download from Brightcove with the URL, you can try to change Player ID to Embed ID. Use the template: http://players.brightcove.net/Account-ID/Embed-ID_default/index.html?videoId=Video-ID.

Embed ID

How to Download Brightcove Videos with URLs?

#1. Cisdem Video Converter (Mac, Windows)

Cisdem Video Converter is a handy program that makes it easy to download Brightcove videos on Mac or Windows PC in 720P, 1080P, 4K, and 8K resolutions. It also supports to download videos or tracks from a mile-long list of other video streaming sites, like YouTube, Twitch, Bandcamp, Tumblr, Reddit, Wistia, JW Player video, etc.

It consists of over 5 important or sub tools for performing full-featured operations. Besides Brightcove video download, you can convert, edit, merge videos, and rip DVD as well. Thanks to its built-in 500+ codecs and device profiles, you will be able to convert your videos to any popular format.

Steps to Download Brightcove Videos on Mac or Windows:

Step 1. Install Cisdem Video Converter

Download and install the software to your computer, and then run it to open the main interface.

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You will come to the “convert” tab by default. Simply click the third icon on the top toolbar to switch to the “download” tab.

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Step 2. Copy Brightcove video link

Open the desired Brightcove video that you would like to download on your browser, and obtain its link according to the method we introduced in part one.

Step 3. Download Brightcove video

Go back to the software and paste the URL to download box. Click on the button to start Brightcove video download on Mac or Windows.

Cisdem Video Converter lets you inspect the downloaded Brightcove video with its built-in video player, just click the video thumbnail to have to view.

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Step 4. Convert Brightcove video (Optional)

If you intend to convert all your downloaded Brightcove videos to different formats, click the tick icon icon to open up the folder where Brightcove videos are stored, and then move them to “convert” tab.

Choose output formats for your Brightcove videos and convert them to any formats in bulk.

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#2. WinX YouTube Downloader (Windows)

WinX YouTube Downloader is a critically acclaimed, Windows-based video downloader tool, capable of downloading Brightcove videos in standard, high definition, as well as ultra high definition. Not just can it download video from Brightcove, but from YouTube (incl. YouTube playlist), Vevo, Tiktok, Bilibili, Metacafe and more sites (1000+). It’s able to save the videos in MP4, FLV, WebM or MP3 (formats maybe vary depending on different websites).

Steps to Download Brightcove Video Windows:

  1. Click the chain-like- “Add Url” button, and it will bring up a new window.
  2. Copy the URL of Brightcove video, and paste it to the Video URL box.
  3. Click on the “Analyze” button. (It waits for a little long for video analyzing.)
  4. After that, select your favorite output video quality/extension/frame rate/size.
  5. Click the “Download Selected videos” button, and Brightcove video will be added to the download list.
  6. Click on the “Download now” button to begin the process.download brightcove video windows

#3. BitDownloader.com (Online Tool)

BitDownloader is a lightweight web app that has the power to download video from Brightcove, YouTube, Instagram, Coub, V Live and other 800 websites. It can capture videos and convert them to MP4 without user registration or additional software.

The Good:

  1. Convenient and free
  2. Support 11 page languages, including English, Spanish, Italian, Norwegian, etc.

The Bad:

  1. Output video quality only up to 720P
  2. Can only save Brightcove videos as MP4 format
  3. Can’t download tons of Brightcove videos at a time
  4. Unexpected pop-up advertising

Steps to Download Brightcove Video Online:

  1. Copy the Brightcove video’s URL with Ctrl + C key.
  2. Visit bitdownloader.com and paste the URL into the search box by Ctrl + V key.
  3. Press the green “Download” button or the Enter key, the online Brightcove video downloader will display the available downloads to you after few seconds.
  4. Choose one option from the results and click on the green “Download” button again.
  5. The Brightcove video you need to download will be opened in a new page. Click on the vertical ellipsis- "⋮" button and start the Brightcove video download online.download brightcove video online

How to Download Brightcove Videos without URLs (by Browser Extension)?

#1. Stream Video Downloader (Chrome)

Stream Video Downloader is a fabulous Chrome add-ons- fast, well designed, giving you the ability to captured embedded streaming videos. It's no exaggeration to say that I tested nearly 20 add-ons (like Flash Video Downloader, Video Downloader Professional, VLC Video Downloader, One-Click Video Downloader, Video Downloader Pro, Ultimate Video Downloader, etc.) for downloading Brightcove videos on Chrome, and only Stream Video Downloader worked.

The Good:

  1. Work with embedded videos
  2. Detect over one quality (1080, 720, 540, 270, or whatever) for you to choose from

The Bad:

  1. Brightcove video becomes corrupted and unplayable when it more than 2 GB or 1 hour.
  2. The download might be frozen at 0%~99%.

Steps to Download Brightcove Video Chrome:

  1. Go to Chrome Web Store and search for “Stream Video Downloader” extension.
  2. Add the extension to the Chrome toolbar. After installation, a green down arrow will appear in the top right corner of the window.
  3. Playback the Brightcove video and it will be detected by the Chrome extension.
  4. Select one of the qualities and click on the “Download” button.download brightcove video chrome

#2. Video Downloader Prime (Firefox)

Video Downloader Prime is a rising star of Firefox add-ons for video download. It can download video from Brightcove and a plethora of sites except YouTube (due to specific policies and restrictions). If you desire to download audio tracks only, its brother add-ons- Audio Downloader Prime may meet your demands.

Note: I tried another Firefox add-ons- Ant Video Downloader. It supports to download Brightcove videos as well, but only keeps videos in M3U8 format.

The Good:

  1. Show you the sizes of detected videos
  2. Quick download speed

The Bad:

  1. Unable to download the full video sometimes
  2. The downloaded video can't be played
  3. Generate an infinite list of videos, making users confused which one to download

Steps to Download Brightcove Video Firefox:

  1. Install or add Video Downloader Prime add-ons to Firefox.
  2. Play the Brightcove video you desire to download.
  3. Once Video Downloader Prime detects Brightcove video, the browser toolbar icon will display the number of captured videos.
  4. Click the icon in the toolbar to check the available videos and pick one to download.download brightcove video firefox

What is Video Cloud and How to Download Brightcove Videos from It?

As a comprehensive video hosting and publishing platform, Brightcove Video Cloud enables you to upload, manage and publish videos. You can:

  • Customize the video player via player style, color, and graphics, etc.
  • Deliver rapid, profitable (by insert server-side advertisings), TV-like experiences out-of-the-box.

Brightcove Video Cloud offers you solutions for cross-platform video publishing and delivery. The transmission of mobile web video is based on HTML5, not Adobe Flash.

To download Brightcove videos from Video Cloud, Brightcove's official site has given detailed answers already. You can refer to the articles below:


How simple is it to download Brightcove videos with such a host of tools at your disposal. Now saving Brightcove embedded videos to your computer would not be challenging anymore. All of the Brightcove video downloaders above, whether they are third-party programs or web-based services, have things which they excel at and lack of. However, if you want to improve the efficiency and remain great video quality, third-party software like Cisdem Video Converter is highly recommended.

Peter William
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Peter has always had great enthusiasm for writing, programming and web development. He likes writing about software and technology, his works are featured on some tech blogs or forums like Tom's Hardware, CNET, etc.

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