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post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
Here's the deal - kid is out of town in a sports competition. There will be live streaming but video on demand will not be available until later (mid week). If you miss it live, you are out of luck. So I want to RECORD the stream.

Would like experienced users advice for software app (PC only please) to capture the A/V stream. Freeware / shareware preferred but if buying software overwhelmingly simplifies the effort I'm good with that. The simpler the better.

Anyone who has "been there, done that w/ the T-shirt"? Here's what I found to date: http://emoney.al.ru/capture-streamin...bcam-video.htm

The company handling the A/V coverage is varsitytv, owned by Ooyala.
post #2 of 9
I believe VLC Player does this.
post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
Sammy2 - Thanks for the suggestion. I didn't clearly state this, but I wish to RECORD the stream. Edited the OP. I have used vlc and am not aware that it records a stream.
post #4 of 9
This is what I use.

http://applian.com/index.php
post #5 of 9
May not be the easiest way but here:

http://wiki.videolan.org/Documentati..._Save_a_Stream
post #6 of 9
Here's a bit more:

Quote:
Originally Posted by VLC_wiki View Post

Save a stream with VLC
VLC can save the stream to the disk. In order to do this, use the Stream Output of VLC : you can do it via the graphical interface (Media [menu] -> streaming) or use the record button, or you can add to the command line the following argument:

--sout file/muxer:stream.xyz
where:

muxer is one of the formats supported by VLC's stream output, i.e. :
ogg for OGG format,
ps MPEG2-PS format,
ts for MPEG2-TS format.
and stream.xyz is the name of the file you want to save the stream to, with the right extension.
For example:

vlc your_input_file_or_stream_here --sout=file/ps:go.mpg
This is short hand for the more verbose

vlc your_input_file_or_stream_here --sout="#std{access=file,mux=ps,dst=go.mpg}"
NB that you must choose a muxer that supports your stream type. See Transcode#Compatibility_issues

It can also be quite helpful to look at the settings VLC uses when it records using its record button. For example, in the logs you might see something like this:

...: Using record output `std{access=file,mux='ps',dst='C:\\vlc-record-2010__E-.mpg'}'

Which gives you a hint/clue as to how to record your current stream. In this case this would translate into --sout "#std{access=file... on the command line.

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/2686/...-with-vlc-1.0/

May be easier than I thought.
post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by janryAVS View Post

This is what I use.

http://applian.com/index.php

I use one of their products to capture audio streams. It works very well. If I want to capture video I'd definitely look into their stuff. It's been $20 well spent.
post #8 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by punahou80 View Post

Here's the deal - kid is out of town in a sports competition. There will be live streaming but video on demand will not be available until later (mid week). If you miss it live, you are out of luck. So I want to RECORD the stream.

Would like experienced users advice for software app (PC only please) to capture the A/V stream. Freeware / shareware preferred but if buying software overwhelmingly simplifies the effort I'm good with that. The simpler the better.

Anyone who has "been there, done that w/ the T-shirt"? Here's what I found to date: http://emoney.al.ru/capture-streamin...bcam-video.htm

The company handling the A/V coverage is varsitytv, owned by Ooyala.


If you can play the stream in Real Player, you can record it. I have done it a few times, and it works in the free Real Player, no need to buy one.
post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks folks. I will try, in this order, vlc (i have the lastest version on my pc), realplayer, applian.

It is not readily apparent how I get vlc to access the online stream. Is it one of the options in "open file" or must I run the app from the command line with the url locator?

Stardog - looks like the applian media catcher 4 product cost $39.95. The entire suite is $80. Is there a different $20 product I am missing? thx.
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