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Neat Trick to Download Live Stream

Updated: at 02:32 PM

To download a live stream as a movie file, you should first visit the webpage where the stream is located. Next, navigate to the network tab in DevTools and locate the master.json URL (you can filter it at the top).

After that, make sure you have yt-dlp installed on your computer. If you’re using macOS, you can easily install it using homebrew:

brew install yt-dlp

You might assume that simply copying and pasting the URL into yt-dlp should be all you need to download the file, since it already supports numerous VOD platforms. However, if you do this, you may encounter an error or end up downloading the JSON file instead.

The key is to swap out master.json with master.mpd (please note the change in file extension). After doing so, you will be able to download the highest quality stream accessible for your video by entering this command:

yt-dlp [URL]

It’s surprisingly effective to just change the file extension - it works like a charm!