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StreamFab 5 User Manual
StreamFab 5 is the latest version of the all-inclusive streaming video downloader suite from DVDFab Software. This top-class downloader package offers music fans and videophiles a comprehensive solution to download online music (up to 320 kbps in quality) and videos (up to 8K in quality), play and watch the downloaded media files with its default associated 4K media player PlayerFab 7, and manage and organize the downloaded media files in a better and professional way.
StreamFab has a Windows version, a macOS version, a mobile app for Android, and a browser extension for Firefox and Chrome. The PC versions include 38 (as of March 2022) streaming downloader modules designed for the leading premium streaming services.
All the 37 (the Olympic Games Downloader is totally free) modules can be purchased separately, and can also be purchased as an all-in-one bundle, but by installing the Windows, or macOS version on your computer, all the 38 modules will be installed at one go.
The Android version, however, only contains two streaming downloader modules as of now, and they are the YouTube to MP3 module and the YouTube Downloader module. In either case, if you only ordered one of the 38 modules, then you can only use the features of that particular module accordingly.
Features at a glance:
To download and install StreamFab 5 onto your computer, visit StreamFab’s product page at https://streamfab.com, or the Download Center at https://streamfab.com/download.htm to download either the online installer program or the offline installer, and then manually perform the installation prompts to complete the installation procedures.
Note that both the download buttons at the Product Page and Download Center give you the Online Installer, which is a small setup, around only 6.2MB in this case, that downloads the remaining components after it is run. You need Internet access every time you want to install StreamFab 5 this way. The advantage is that you can keep this Online Installer on your HDD, and it will always download you the latest version.
However, if you prefer the Offline Installer, you need to click the “Download the Offline Installer Here” text link that shall download you the standalone installer for StreamFab 5. And when you run the offline installer, the installation will be done offline because the complete software is downloaded on the first time of download. So, no need of Internet during the following installation procedures.
Sidenote: want to know the detailed difference between the Online Installer and Offline Installer? You can check this article here: https://videotalks.net/streamfab-online-installer
StreamFab 5 uses the online verification method for authorization. To remind you: authorizing StreamFab 5 requires a live internet connection, so check your Firewall or anti-virus software settings to make sure they do not block StreamFab 5 from accessing the internet. Besides, before authorization, make sure you are already a member at StreamFab Member Center; otherwise, go Create an Account first.
There are two basic ways to update StreamFab 5 to the latest version, one is through the live update feature, and the other is to manually download the latest installer which is always available at the product page and Download Center of StreamFab official website.
For users preferring an old-fashioned way of making an update, simply visit the Downloader’s product page at https://streamfab.com, or the Download Center at https://streamfab.com/download.htm to download either the installer program or the offline installer, and then manually perform the installation prompts to complete the installation procedures.
Live update can be only realized from inside the program itself, which means only users already installed StreamFab 5 can use this method to keep their installed versions up-to-date. To do that, follow the steps below:
The Hamburger Dropdown Menu is at the top right corner of the Main Interface.
To open the Settings panel, click the Settings tab from the Hamburger Dropdown Menu mentioned above in Chapter 5.
Settings under this page are related to paid streaming services.
If you’ve installed PlayerFab 7 on your computer, you can make the downloader to automatically import the downloaded streaming videos into the movie library of PlayerFab 7, for easier media management and playback.
This is the place you configure the network settings for StreamFab 5.
Choose your favorite notification sound when a download is successfully completed, you can make it play only once, or play continuously until you manually turn it off.
Upon launching StreamFab 5, you will be brought to the Main Interface, to be more specific, to the Homepage of the inbuilt explorer section.
At the left Navigation Pane, you can jump from Home, VIP Services, Live Streaming, Adult Services, other DVDFab Products, and Your Library containing Downloading, Downloaded, and Scheduled tabs.
StreamFab 5 allows users to download music and videos from over 1000 websites. The downloaded music files (by the YouTube to MP3 module) will be stored in MP3 format, with varying quality levels ranging from 128 kbps to 320 kbps. The downloaded videos (by the Video Downloader module) will be saved in MP4 format, and the video quality can also vary from 144p all the way up to 8K UHD.
This way is usually used when you want to download the video you’re currently watching in your own web browser. In this case, you just need to copy the video URL from your browser’s address bar, and then click this Paste URL button and paste the video URL at the popup window to download the music/video.
At the next window, paste your copied video URL into the upper box, select Video at the Format selection box, choose a video quality at the Quality selection box, then hit the Download button to start the download.
It is also very convenient to download videos using the inbuilt web browser. To do that, just enter the website address into the address bar on the top of the Home page and hit Enter on your keyboard, or access your target website either from the Popular Sites or the Alphabetical Table that lists all supported websites. Just click the website logo or name, YouTube, for example, the inbuilt browser will open the website in a separate tab.
Then, search your target video by entering the keywords into the search box like you usually do on your own browser.
Next, from the search results, pick out the one and play it by directly clicking on its thumbnail picture. When the video/movie/music starts to play back, a black Download button shall appear at the top left corner of the inbuilt browser, click on that download button.
Now, this is the time when you decide to download the video as video or as pure music. According to your need, choose between the Music and Video tab, and choose your wanted music/video quality as you wish. Click the Download button at bottom of this window to start downloading the music/video.
To check the real-time download progress, click the Downloading tab at the left navigation pane. When the download completes, you should be able locate the downloaded music/videos at the Downloaded tab from the left pane, right-click on the video thumbnail and click the "open containing folder" to locate the downloaded music/videos.
The VIP Services, Live Streaming, and Adult Services modules are the ones that you can use to download streaming TV shows and movies from the major streaming services, including Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, HBO Now, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, ESPN, and a couple of others.
To use this feature, you need to navigate to the VIP Services, Live Streaming, and Adult Services section from the left Navigation Pane. There you can find the currently supported streaming platforms as of now.
When you’re at the VIP Services/Live Streaming/Adult Services, then you can click the website logo, Netflix or CW for example, from the supported website list that shall take you to the webpage with a separate tab with the inbuilt browser at the Homepage.
Log in with your Netflix account and then search the wanted title of your favorite movies as you normally do. Next, you need to play back the video as usual. When the playback begins, a popup window shall show up asking you whether you would like to download the video immediately or add it to the download task queue and manually start to download it at a later time.
If you click the Download Now button, then the video shall begin to download immediately under the Task Queue > Downloading tab. Here, you can monitor the download progress in a real-time manner, and you can also toggle on the Turbo-Speed button to take advantage of your bandwidth, or Cancel the download anytime you want.
However, if you would rather add the video to the task queue for a while and manually start to download it later, then feel free to click the Add to Queue button. This is quite useful when you want to add more than one movie to the download queue. You can put them in the queue and start the download later.
If you are going to download a TV Show including multiple seasons, then you can take advantage of the Batch-Download feature that allows you to add the entire show to download at one go.
StreamFab stores the downloaded media files in its default output directory, which can be reset per your own need at the Settings panel.
You can access the downloaded videos or music files from the Downloaded tab under the YOUR LIBRARY section. To locate the specific video, just click the small triangle button beside each downloader module, and then you can see all the downloaded titles there.
Given the fact that only the YouTube to MP3 module can download online videos to MP3 files, then to find a specific MP3 file, you need to first find the YouTube module.
Expand the downloaded list using the triangle, and you will see all the downloaded files here.
Next, look for those files that are not marked with any video quality label, and those files are MP3 files you are looking for. Then, just find the specific title you want.
To play a media file, click the Play button behind it. It will start to play with the default PlayerFab 7 software.
If you haven’t installed that player on your computer, it will recommend you to proceed with the installation.
If you do not want to use PlayerFab 7, then it’s also okay, just go to the output directory and play the media files with your own media player software. Or, you can also open the containing folder directly using the Folder icon here.
In front of the folder icon, there is also a disc icon, which can import the downloaded media file to the Creator module of DVDFab 12. With the latter, you can make your own DVDs, Blu-rays, or 4K Blu-rays using the downloaded files to watch on your home DVD/Blu-ray/4K UHD player.
As new updates and modules are constantly rolled out, this User Guide will also be updated in a timely manner to address any changes.