JW Player is an open-source framework for embedding videos into websites. It integrates support for Flash & HTML5 videos, enabling you to stream videos on different platforms. Although it has improved the loading speed online, you may still want to watch or collect your favorite JW Player videos offline.
"Some quite distinctive or entertaining JW Player videos embedded into the web pages, and I am considering to record or download them. Is it possible?"
Unlike YouTube videos download, the ways to download JW Player videos are a bit complicated and the tools are also limited. But don’t despair, we will introduce a series of effective methods for almost JWPlayer video downloads that you happen to stumble across while you’re surfing the web.
The steps to download JWPlayer videos on Chrome, and Safari, and Firefox are roughly the same. Below we show the screenshot on Chrome.
It was convenient to download JW Player videos in this way in the past. However, as JW Player was upgraded to v8.20 or higher, the problems occurred:
So, before JW Player downloading, right-click the on the video and check which version it is powered by.
If you are accustomed to use Firefox, don’t worry, there are also two ways available for you to directly download JW player videos easily.
The first way is pretty simple to use. You only need to open the video that you want to download, and click the “Open Application Menu” button at the top right corner and then click “Save page as” to edit the storage name and destination on the new window. Once setting, simply click “Save” and it will start to download the video on your device.
If the first one doesn’t make effects, you can also use Page Info to download the desired videos on Firefox.
The first step to download video from JW Player via apps or online tools is to get its URL address. Common media video from YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc. is easy to fetch the URL (right-click to copy the URL or obtain the URL from the address bar), but JW Player video is not.
Steps to acquire the JW video’s URL (take chrome as an example):
Next, you can use the apps to download from JWPlayer.
Cisdem Video Converter, a highly customizable and robust tool, aims to be all things to users – and succeeds. It can be regarded as a video converter, downloader, combiner, and simple video editor.
It can grab clips from most hosting sites like Wistia, YouTube, Vimeo, etc. Plus, it supports all popular video & audio formats you can shake a stick at, including ready-made profiles for various devices. Thanks to Cisdem Video Converter, it makes the process of JW Player video downloading, editing, and converting become a breeze. What’s more, it can download JW Player videos in high quality effortlessly, such as 1080P, 4K and higher resolutions, providing you with an enjoyable viewing experience.
Download Cisdem Video Converter and install it on Mac. Then, launch this JW Player downloader and you will come to the "convert" tab by default.
Follow the steps above to catch and copy the URLs.
Note: If the video is powered by a lower version of JW Player, say, version 7.5.0. You don't need to go through many steps to get the video URL. Just copy the link in the address bar at the top.
Besides, you are allowed to paste all the URLs of the videos that you want to download into the popped-up window by clicking “File > Input URLs” on the top bar. In doing so, you don’t have to spend time on waiting for the program to recognize the URL one by one when you have multiple videos to download.
Turn back to Cisdem Video Converter, switch to the "download" tab > paste the URLs to the blank box > click the download button to save videos from JW player.
Move the downloaded JWPlayer videos to the convert tab. Then, open its output format list and select any one of video formats or optimized presetting you want.
Speaking of aTube Catcher, it's a quite top-notch program that download videos from a huge list of video sharing sites, JW Player videos included. As same as Cisdem Video Converter, the downloaded JW Player videos can be converted to a number of other formats.
It has a built-in screen recorder which helps you record whatever is happening on the screen with a wet finger. There is also a built-in burning option, allowing you to burn downloaded videos to CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs.
If interested, know about the online JW Player downloader. They can also download videos using URLs, but not as helpful as professional apps.
Catchvideo.net is a solid web-based tool that has the ability to download videos from JW Player, YouTube, Facebook, DailyMotion, and so on. You can save your JWPlayer videos as MP4, WebM (video only), WebM (audio only), or M4A. The target resolutions for videos are from 320x180 to 1920x1080, just pick the most suitable one.
Qdownloader.net, a rising star of the online video downloader, can detect the link you paste to the site in seconds. It lets you download videos from Instagram, YouTube or other similar platforms. When going to download JW Player videos online, you only need to paste a JW Player video link, no personal information or registration required.
Ddownr.com is a convenient online JW Player downloader that also allows you to grab videos from YouTube, TikTok, VK, Reddit, etc. Just put the copied link of a video into the search box and hit the "Download" button. This JWPlayer downloader can download 4k videos, but copyright material or music will be blocked.
SaveclipBro.com is an online solution to video downloading and conversion needs. It helps you download videos from streaming sites, networking sites and media libraries. In addition, you can convert your downloaded JW Player videos to 20 formats, including MP4, 3GP, AVI, WMV, M4A, and more. There is an advanced option for you to edit video parameters (Mirror, Rotate, Audio bitrate, etc.).
The extensions on Safari are not as much as on Chrome and Firefox. So far, we have not found plugins that can download Flash videos on Safari.
IDM is short for Internet Download Manage, which is a trustworthy tool to download JW Player videos quickly with the built-in downloading engine. Unlike other JW Player downloaders, it designs with a scheduler feature that allows you to download the videos in a specific time and then shun down your computer automatically after finishing. This tool needs to be added into a browser to work, which is available on almost all popular browsers. However, it needs to be charged after 30 days.
The installation procedures of IDM on every browser is similar, let’s take Chrome as an example.
If, however, you still failed to download the JW player videos. A high chance is that the video that you want to download may make use of HTTP Live Streaming (HLS Streaming).
HLS Streaming is developed by Apple. It utilize video streaming communication protocol to encrypt the content for safe streaming. It is widely used on mobile devices, streaming media platforms and web browsers, etc.
A video using HLS steaming applies an AES-128 algorithm to encrypt the content. It is reported that the AES-128 encryption is adopted by NSA to decode the highest secretive information. Futhermore, it is the only algorithm that the public can reach.
Therefore, HLS Streaming makes it really hard for us to obtain the video. In this case we’d better use a screen recorder to record the HLS Streams from JW Player.
Now that you can download JW player videos from the Inspect (Element) or extensions directly, why do you still install additional JWPlayer Video Downloader software? Isn't that superfluous? Of course not! These two methods can merely meet the needs of a small number of users. You will also need the JW Player Video Downloader software for the following reasons:
You can see, to download video from JW Player is not that difficult. For general users, you are able to save JW Player web videos directly with the link address. For special or advanced users, an all-in-one video downloader is necessary. As for how to download JW Player videos on Android and iPhone, you can complete the task with the aid of HTML5 & Flash video downloaders, like vGet, Myvid Video Downloader, etc.
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