Capturing Video And Audio Streams: How-To

Streaming media is taking the Internet over – online radio, news, digital videos, podcasts, webcasts are just going to grow. Find out what tools you need to capture streaming audio and video so you can replay it later.

CoCSoft Stream Down (CoCSoft)

Like the proverbial hedgehog, CoCSoft Stream Down knows one thing well: in this case, how to capture streaming-media files and save them to disk. Just enter the URL of a streaming-media file and the program stores the content in the directory of your choice. In addition to FTP and HTTP, CoCSoft Stream Down can handle several streaming protocols: RTSP, MMS, MMSU, and MMST. It comes in handy during peak Internet usage times, when streaming files don’t play well. You can download them, and play them later. If you don’t know the file name, you can easily copy and paste it into Streamdown using the Windows “File Properties” command.

WM Recorder (Applain)

WM Recorder is a fairly straightforward way to capture streaming Windows Media Video or Audio content to a file on your PC. It’s just what the doctor ordered for music Prostastream videos, news feeds, streaming music, radio broadcasts, adult and subscription content, corporate webcasts, and anything else that streams down onto your PC. WM Recorder is also brainlessly simple. Simply open WM Recorder, click Record, and play the video or audio you want to capture. Files are saved on your PC automatically, so you can watch or listen anytime, even without an internet connection.

AudioStreamer (R.M. de Boer Software)

AudioStreamer is the Internet radio receiver and recorder that lets you enjoy the thousands of radio stations available on the Internet. While listening to your favorite radio station, you can record any radio station you want, anytime. The recording library shows you all your recordings, sorted by Genre or Radio station. If there’s any artist name available while recording, it will be saved into the MP3 Tag automatically. You can also rename file(s), change or view MP3 Tag info for every file, or play the files you recorded earlier as well as add your favorite station to the Favorites list, or add a new station you found on the Internet. If necessary, the program will burn mp3 files onto a CD.

Cybercorder 2000 (SkyHawk Technologies)

Cybercorder provides VCR-like recording for radio shows or any audio input. Recordings are stored on disk as WAV or MP3 files with optional audio compression to save disk space. Recordings can easily be played back by selecting the recording from the list of completed recordings. The customizable playback window allows users to easily advance the recording forward and reverse various step sizes. The thing that makes this software very different is the fact that you can schedule as many recordings as you like or instantly start a recording for the specified amount of time. The scheduled recordings can be scheduled for a single time or for selected days of the week such as Mon-Fri 9AM. Program descriptions can be given to the scheduled recordings to later identify the recordings.

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