Record any video that you can open and view on your computer, regardless of format, by using a VGA-to-tv converter. Record video and sound on a VCR and play it back on a tv. I took these digital photos of my digital tv's screen during playback of video tape of internet video recorded by this method. Actual playback is more sharp and clear than digital photo of screen. There are numerous computer programs that promise to record those videos that cannot otherwise be downloaded directly onto your computer's hard drive. I find them hard to operate, and they require constant attention in case they stop recording whenever a sharp transition takes place in the video or if the internet link hiccups. My method records the entire video no matter what happens. My interest is in capturing video, at wifi hotspots, for later viewing, using a tiny EeePC netbook computer running Windows XP Home Edition. You may need to make adjustments to the procedure to match your computer and operating system. Disclaimer: I am not actually a computer geek, I merely play one on the internet.
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Step 1: EQUIPMENT
VGA-to-tv converter: Vendors offer the ITV-900 PC to TV converter for up to $190, but I bought one new for $40 from HouseOfDeals.com, phone order 800.726.3718. This USB-powered unit is used to display computerized presentations on television sets, and it does not pass the audio signal, as do more expensive units. Several equivalent models and vendors turn up on an internet search for "VGA to tv converter." The ITV-900 has control buttons and an on-screen display that allow you to further adjust the size, color, contrast, etc., of the image being recorded and displayed on a particular tv, after it exits the computer's VGA connector.
Video Cassette Recorder having video and audio input jacks, preferably stereo sound.
Headphones that fit computer's audio output jacks or VCR's audio output jacks.
Cables and connectors to tie everything together, which will depend on what specific equipment you use. See the diagram and the photo of cables typically supplied with a converter.