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How to Download JW Player Videos: A Step-by-Step Guide

Web pages used to be plain and had nothing but blocks of text with maybe a couple of images here and there. Nowadays, almost every web page has a video embedded on it. Whether it is a product website, a marketing page, or something else entirely, video embedding can be done with the help of JW Player. However, as an audience, you naturally would want to save a video that catches your eye. In that case, look no further because we’ve created a step-by-step guide for how to download JW Player videos.

 

What Is JW Player?

Official JW Player Logo
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First of all, let us discuss what JW Player even is. Started in 2005, JW Player is a video player software used to embed videos into web pages. A variety of websites use JW Player, including news and video-hosting companies.

JW Player is proprietary software, though it was initially developed as an open-source project 15 years ago. A free “developer” version of the software exists, but all the videos come with a watermark. With this version, you get access to Full API and SDK, as well as 25 GB for hosting and 75 GB for streaming.

The starter version, which costs $10 a month, comes with HTML5 video player access, password-protected sharing, and a video gallery. You also get 150 GB of hosting and 500 GB of streaming. Finally, the enterprise version is customizable to suit your needs. However, this version does not come with a fixed price. Instead, you will have to get in touch with JW Player to set up a pricing plan based on your requirements.

 

Disclaimer

Before we begin, it is important to remember that not all video downloads are legal. Depending on the copyright or privacy policy, downloading a JW Player video could lead to serious consequences. Make sure it is legal and allowed for you to download the video so you can be sure you are in the clear.

All information provided is not an endorsement of any specific provider or service unless stated. The content is provided as a convenience for users only.

 

How to Download JW Player Videos?

If you ever find yourself in a jam and need to download JW Player videos, you might feel stuck. Downloading JW Player videos is not an easy task. It is not as simple as downloading other videos where all you need to do is right-click and save. Due to security and copyright restrictions, JW Player makes it nearly impossible to download their videos without some tech knowledge.

However, as most people know, whatever is put up on the internet can be downloaded one way or another. So many developers have created apps and programs that make life much easier, and that includes video downloading. In fact, there are also some applications that allow you to bypass paid subscriptions and unlock geo-restricted content — but that is a topic for another day.

If you absolutely need to download JW Player videos, there are six ways you can go about it. We will discuss each method and break them down into steps. Here are the ways on how to download JW Player videos:

 

Open View Page Info on Firefox

The first method is to download JW Player videos using View Page Info on Firefox. This technique requires no tech background and is fairly simple to do.

View Page Info on Firefox
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Here is how to download JW Player videos using View Page Info on Firefox:

  1. To get started, open up the web page where the video you wish to download is located. Make sure to use Mozilla Firefox to stream the video.
  2. Right-click on the page itself (not the video).
  3. From the drop-down list, find and choose “View Page Info.” This will open a dialogue box.
  4. On the dialogue box, go to “Media.”
  5. Scroll down and look for the video file on the list. Pro tip: you can look at the “Type” column and find the “Video” format.
  6. Select the video file.
  7. Click on “Save As…” on the dialogue box.
  8. Wait for the video to download.
  9. Access the video by going to the folder destination (usually Local Drive > Downloads).

 

Select Inspect Element on Google Chrome

Inspect Element in Google Chrome
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If you do not have Mozilla Firefox on your computer or would simply prefer to use Google Chrome, fear not. There is also a way to download JW Player videos on Chrome. The process is similar to the first method with a few changes because it is a different web browser. However, the steps are nonetheless easy to follow.

Here is how to download JW Player videos using Inspect Element on Google Chrome:

  1. To get started, open up the web page where the video you wish to download is located. Make sure to use Google Chrome to stream the video.
  2. Right-click on the page itself (not the video).
  3. From the drop-down list, find and choose “Inspect Element” or just “Inspect.” This will open a box on the right side of the page.
  4. Go to “Network” and select “Media.”
  5. Allow your video to play for a few seconds so that it shows up on the list.
  6. Look for the .mp4 file or video file link in the Media list.
  7. Right-click on the file link.
  8. Choose “Open in new tab” from the drop-down menu.
  9. You will be taken to a new tab and the video will begin downloading.

 

Use a Download Manager or IDM

IDM
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The first three methods work well if you want to download a JW Player video. However, there is another option available, which is using the Internet Download Manager or IDM. Few are unfamiliar with IDM. It is very well-known for its fast and reliable downloading capabilities. Plus, it is not exclusively for downloading files in the video format only. You can download a wide variety of files from the internet using IDM.

In this case, though, we will only cover how to download JW Player videos using IDM. If you do not have an IDM installed yet, you must first download it online. Here is how you can do that:

  1. Go to www.internetdownloadmanager.com/download.html.
  2. Click on the orange “Try Internet Download Manager for free” button.
  3. Wait for the download to complete.
  4. Click on the executable file (idman636build7.exe) to launch it.
  5. Follow the installation instructions.
  6. Wait for the installation to complete.
  7. From your start menu, look for and click “Internet Download Manager” to run it.

 

After downloading and installing IDM successfully, you can now proceed to download JW Player videos:

  1. To get started, open up the web page where the video you wish to download is located.
  2. You will find a notification that says “Download this video” on the top-right corner of the JW Player video.
  3. Click on the notification and select the option you wish.
  4. Wait for the video to download.

If you do not see a notification from IDM, you must go to the settings of your browser to enable it manually. You will find this option under “Extensions & Themes.”

 

Use Video Download Tools

Assuming the worst, if any of the above methods don’t work out, this method might come in handy. A little less sophisticated, a video download tool is able to get the job done easily and it’s even perfect for a beginner.

 

GetFLV Video Downloader

GetFLV
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Another convenient and hassle-free way to download JW Player videos is to use GetFLV. This method relies on a tool that you must download from the internet first. It is important to note, however, that GetFLV has both a trial version and a paid version. The trial version has limited functionalities, though it is still enough to allow you to download JW Player videos.

Here is how to download GetFLV player:

  1. Go to getflv.en.softonic.com.
  2. Click on the download button.
  3. Wait for the download to complete.
  4. Launch the executable file.
  5. Follow the installation instructions.
  6. Wait for the installation to complete.
  7. Launch GetFLV player.

 

Now that you have GetFLV player installed, here is how to download JW Player videos using GetFLV:

  1. Open up the web page where the video you wish to download is located.
  2. Launch GetFLV player.
  3. Copy the URL from the web browser where the video is located.
  4. Paste the URL into the GetFLV player.
  5. Allow the video to play for a few seconds until a download button appears.
  6. Click on the “Download” button.
  7. Choose a destination folder for your download.

 

Real Player Downloader

Real Player
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If you cannot use GetFLV or are unable to install it for some reason, a good alternative is to use Real Player. Similar to GetFLV, you will need to download and install Real Player before you can move on to downloading JW Player videos.

 

Here is how to download and install Real Player on your computer:

  1. Go to www.real.com/realplayer.
  2. Click on the “Download free now” button. The executable file with automatically download.
  3. Launch the executable file (RealTimes-RealPlayer.exe).
  4. Click on “Yes” to allow the program to run and make changes to your computer.
  5. Follow the installation steps.
  6. Wait for the installation to complete.
  7. Launch Real Player.

 

Now that you have Real Player installed, here is how to download JW Player videos using Real Player:

  1. Launch Real Player.
  2. Click on “Real Player” with a downward-facing arrow.
  3. On the drop-down menu, choose “Download a Video.” This will open a dialogue box.
  4. Open “Preferences” on the dialogue box.
  5. Click on “Browse” and select the destination folder of the download. Then click on “OK.”
  6. Open up the web page where the video you wish to download is located using your preferred web browser.
  7. Copy the URL of the web page.
  8. On Real Player, click on “Download video from a web link” and paste the URL there.
  9. Click on the download button (downward-facing arrow).
  10. Confirm the download.
  11. Wait for the download to complete.

 

Cisdem Video Converter

Cisdem Video Converter
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On the other hand, if you are using a Mac computer, you can utilize the Cisdem Video Converter to download your JW Player videos. This third-party JW Player downloader allows you to download all kinds of videos by just pasting their URLs, similar to Real Player. It works with over 500 different formats, so you can rest easy knowing almost all forms are covered. It is important to note, however, that Cisdem only works with macOS.

 

Here is how to download Cisdem Video Converter:

  1. Go to www.cisdem.com/video-converter-mac.html
  2. Click on “Free Download.”
  3. Wait for the download to complete.
  4. Launch the executable file.
  5. Follow the installation procedure.
  6. Wait for the installation to complete.
  7. Launch Cisdem Video Converter.

 

Here is how to download JW Player videos using Cisdem:

  1. Launch Cisdem Video Converter.
  2. Open up the web page where the video you wish to download is located.
  3. Right-click and choose “Inspect” (on Chrome) or “Inspect Element” (on Safari).
  4. Click on the “Elements” tab and look for the link with the keyword “playlist.”
  5. Double-click on the link and copy it.
  6. Open a new tab, paste the link, and press enter. The first link with the file extension .mp4 is the JW Player link.
  7. Paste the link to the Cisdem Video Converter.
  8. Click on “Download.”
  9. Wait for the download to complete.

 

Fast and Easy Downloads Await

As you can see, downloading JW Player videos online can be as easy as pie. It does not take much, and you do not even need to have a tech background in order to do it. By simply following a few simple steps, and with the help of some third-party apps, you can quickly learn how to download JW Player videos. Now, you can use the video as you please (provided it is legal) or save it for later viewing.

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