How to Record Roku Screen Videos

How to Directly Record Roku Screen Videos

Record Roku Screen HDMI

Here's How to Use Roku as a DVR

While Roku has the ability to stream a ton of content, there may come a time when it would be helpful to record a live news episode, or capture videos to store and watch later.

Screen recording or video capturing is not something that can be easily done using a Roku alone. But, with the help of some handy gadgets like a PC and some software and specialized hardware. The good news is it's not impossible either.

Use a Built-In Cloud DVR

Many online services, already come with their own free Cloud-based DVR. This is probably the easiest way to record content from live channels. Streaming TV services that come with a Cloud DVR include:
  • Philo - Includes a one month DVR with unlimited storage. Recordings will only stay in your queue for only a month before they expire.
  • Fubo TV - 30 Hours of DVR recordings are included in the base price. For an extra $10/month you can store up to 500 hours.
  • Hulu Live TV - Comes with 50 Hours of storage. And these never expire. Spend an additional $10/ and they will up it to 200 hours.
  • YouTube TV - Their base price includes unlimited recordings. Recording do expire after they reach nine months.
  • Sling TV - Their base subscription service does not include a DVR. But, for an additional a$5/month you get to record and keep 50 hours of content indefinitely.
  • AT&T - This comes with 20 Hours of Free Cloud DVR. But these recordings will only last for 30 days before they expire and are automatically deleted.

Screen Record From Roku Directly

Another way to record directly from Roku and store it yourself can be done using this method. Newer Roku models no longer have composite video outputs and have pretty much all gone to HDMI.

But if your Roku is older and has an analog composite video output this can be plugged into a DVD DVR Recorder and then these recordings can then be transferred, transcoded into other formats and stored long term on a PC or NAS.

While this works on some video clips that don't have any special copyright encoded. Videos that are copy protected won't work.

Another option is to record directly from a HDMI cable. But this requires some specialized hardware. An Atomos recording device will loop the HDMI signal out so you can record, but it also offers an output so you can watch what you are recording right on your TV.

This device works with an HDMI Media streamer, and it supports full 4K. You can record your screen from an Apple TV, Roku or Android Media streamer. You can even record the screen from an iPhone or iPad if you have an HDMI adapter.

While this screen recorder is handy for recording your own screen presentations, for example making YouTube videos. The device will record anything playing on the device including full movies and TV shows. It will record the HDMI output from any device even gaming consoles and even set-top boxes from cable and satellite.

The bad news is this device is not cheap. The Atomos Shogun 7 HDR costs over $1000 new. But they also have less expensive Atomos devices that will all work well as long as they have both an HDMI input and output.

You may be able to find some bargains occasionally on eBay. Check here for latest eBay deals.

You can buy a Shogun by itself, which means you will need to also buy a portable drive to store recordings on. Or buy one of their kits, which come with a 1 TB portable drive already included.

Owning a Roku will give you full access to thousands of channels both public and private that you can easily record from. But only if you have the proper hardware. Then these recordings can be archived on DVDs or Solid state storage devices and stored for a very long time.

Anytime the Internet goes down, you still have a lot of great content to watch. For a much more affordable option, check out the BYEASY Video Capture box. It's only $40 and it just might do the trick for many of us who are on a much tighter budget.

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