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Computer Harddrive recording or Streaming lossless audio, which is best?

Q: Computer Harddrive recording or Streaming lossless audio, which is best?

Greetings all, it has been awhile since I last posted, aside from my computers of which I have 4, I am also a long time audiophile, and have quite the collection of high end vintage stereo equipment. I have a friend who is more hard core about his sounds than I am.
I am fishing for opinions, I have bought a new ASUS lap top that I have a really good sound card and Graphics HDMI card installed. I also am an avid user of ITunes, and have found that their Lossless recordings are better than most of my CDs. I am also rather tired of playing one CD after another, so I recorded all my music, a little over 100gigs on 3 of my computers one being my new lap top. I also use ITunes Icloud service for storing my entire library including all my settings, and have used it to load up my laptop with all their lossless versions of all my music including what I bought from them.
I find the quality to be better than CDs, and better than what I hear on my tube CD player, while playing it from my computer files. My friend says that recorded music on a computer will degrade over time, and that a hard drive will not keep all files in one place, therefore the degrading of the information. He says that the new streaming services along with the new streaming players are far better. Herein lies the information I seek; Which is better, what are the opinions that the rest of you have, is computer recorded music better, or is streaming music on these new (very expensive) players better..., or is there no real difference. I await your opinions. Thanks in advance.

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A: Computer Harddrive recording or Streaming lossless audio, which is best?

Which is better depends on the source and the quality settings of the capture. A lossless copy of a CD and the actual CD should sound the SAME. If they do not, you have a player, configuration, or hardware issue. It doesn't matter if you are comparing CD's, ripped files from a CD, or streaming files (assuming all files are from the same source CD version).

Files stored on a computer do not "degrade over time". They will never change unless of course the HDD fails. So you either misunderstood what you friend was telling you, or he doesn't understand computers.

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When I play a streaming audio on my laptop (Windows 7 Toshiba Satellite and try to record it in audacity it over powers my recorder resulting in distortion. I tried turning the record volume down to virtually 0 and the output down as well and it still happens. How do you handle this?


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I've been trying to record music from music match jukebox. It sounds great from the speakers, but after recording and playback there's pops and clicks. I use dsl and goldwave for the recording. I use ctr-alt-del to turn everything off except systray and explorer. This is with win me. There still seems to be noise after using the pop and click remover in goldwave. Is there any way to make a clean recording? Thanks, Larry.

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I think you need to check you bit rate on the music match. It should be around 128 or higher.....

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I want to record a radio program that runs for three hours nightly, from midnight to 3:00A.M. on the internet. The program is the classics from the "Golden Age of Radio" that I hope to copy for a senior in the hospital.

The plan is to record it as a low resolution MP3 (32 or 64 bit), burn it to a cd that would be played on a discman.

I know I have to purchase a recording program such as Total Recorder or Super MP3 Recorder.

I have tried the trial version of TR that allows only 40 seconds. It is hard to determine how large the file size of the would be. The instructions seem to be slanted more to song recording length, not three hours.

Before I buy I would like any some advice. Has anyone done this? Are there any recomendations?


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Is it possible to record streaming audio from the internet? Or is that even legal? I wouldnt be distributing it or anything, I would just be using it for personal use when I am not online. The site I want to copy from is
Here and I use RealPlayer10 as my default player.

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I'm trying to Record Streaming Audio from a website, and none of the software I'm using is picking up the sound...The software picks up the mic, and line-in, but doesn't pick up the streaming audio, or anything that is being played on the computer.....I really need some help with this..I don't thinks it's the software...I have Nero Wave Editor, and a Sony Music Creator Software...Neither can pick up the streaming audio...

A:Problem Recording Streaming Audio

Set the default recording device to Stereo Mix if you have it.

Right click on the Microsoft Speaker icon in the task bar, select recording devices.
Right click anywhere in the window that opens and enable both "Show Disconnected" and "Show Disabled Devices" do you see "Stereo Mix" as an option? If so, select it and click the "Set Default" button.

There may be a Record Level luring under one of the tabs.


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When recording, I am only getting the right track in the stereo setting. I am getting both left and right when listening to the actual stream, but unable to record the left track. Does anyone have any ideas?

I am using Audacity 1.2.6. I have the settings at "stereo mix".

A:Recording Streaming Audio with Audacity

Have you clicked help>contents? Should get help there.

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I have been trying unsuccessfully ALL DAY to download (and run!) ANY free or shareware streaming audio recording software. I have tried JING, Streaming Audio Recorder (by apowersoft), and SoundTap by NCH. I'm pretty good with computers but this has me totally stumped (and also stumped Jing's Tech Support).

I download the .exe file and install the software without incident, BUT, hen I click on it to run it, the cursor becomes an hourglass for a few seconds and then goes back to the standard arrow. NOTHING I DO GETS ANY OF THESE APPS TO RUN! For sure this is one for the books. I'm sure it must be something simple, but Idk WTF that is. PLEASE HELP!!!!! I'm absolutely desperate.

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OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 955 Processor, AMD64 Family 16 Model 4 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 7935 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 4200, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 1383 GB (2 GB Free); D: 13 GB (1 GB Free);
Motherboard: FOXCONN, 2AB1
Antivirus: None

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Hi - I have a RealTek HD sound card in my E-Machines desktop system (new). I'm trying to record streaming audio - basically I want to simply record what I'm hearing through my speakers. But when I try to choose that input, it doesn't seem to be there. My choices are CD Volume, FrontMic, Mic Volume, and Line Volume (see attached pic) - and FYI - I did scroll over to the right - no additional options there.

There is no "wave" or "stereo mix" input choice. Any of the available choices I've tried and they don't record the live audio that's playing on my system. Is there a plug-in or something that will allow me to do this? I just want to record the same stuff that I'm hearing. Help! Thanks -


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I record a radio program with a program called DAK, so I am getting streaming audio. But, when I play it back to listen to after it has been recorded, I also get any sound made in the area where my computer is. That is, If I have the radio on while I'm recording, that gets recorded as well. What can I do to stop that?

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I recently had a friend replace my computer, as it died. On my other computer, I had Audacity to record internet streaming audio, and to record spoken parts for my podcast show. When I had Audacity installed on my old computer, it had 4 options: Line-In, Microphone, Stereo, and Mono. I used the mono and stereo options to record streaming internet audio.
After installing Audacity on this computer, I only have the Line-In, and Microphone options. I have tried downloading other versions of Audacity, but it still only has the Line-In and Mic options no matter what version that I install. (I have version 1.2.6 of Audacity installed presently on my computer) The sound card is a SoundMax AudioESP. My friend says that he installed the lateest drivers for that sound card before he gave it to me. I am at a loss as to how to regain the stereo and mono options on Audacity, so I can record internet audio once again.

Here is some info about my system

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OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 2, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 6300 @ 1.86GHz, x86 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3069 Mb
Graphics Card: 128MB ATI Radeon X1300, 128 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 76285 MB, Free - 67501 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0RF703
Antivirus: avast! Antivirus, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

A:problems recording streaming audio with Audacity.

It's not Audacity, it's your sound card. It doesn't support the Advanced internal features for recording.
Go to the store and get a splitter. Plug it into your speaker port and run a jumper to your Line In from one of the splitter ports and plug your speakers into the other splitter port.
Configure Audacity to use the Line in as the Source device.

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Is there any software or freeware available that will record onto the hard drive streaming audio from real/media player of at least one hour in length?

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There is - but I don't think I can legally tell you about it. Try google.

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I have recently been downloading live concerts from:


There is quite a bit of good music here especially if you are fan of acoustical music. Most of the files are uploaded in a lossless format, ie .org .flac. I have been using dbpower amp to convert the files to mp3's. I was wondering of anyone knows of a player that will play the original lossless files, I can't seem to locate one.


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Here is a plugin for Winamp so you can play flac.

One of the guys said it crashes his, I believe this is the flac plugin I have for winamp and I've never had any problems.

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1) What is better, .wav or .flac? Which is the actual lossless?

2) Does the type of program I use encode/rip at different qualities?

3) I did a little confusing research, and learned that if I wanted to rip .flac, I could use Autoflac OR EAC. But when I install Autoflac, it says EAC. What the crap? Autoflac doesn't even load.

4) Omg, I can't even play or use any programs to use and edit .flac file. Help!

5) It doesn't make sense! .wav files can be played, but everywhere I go I hear about .flac does it have better quality or something? I thought both were lossless.

A:I am new to the lossless audio format. I need HELP!

.wav is usually not compressed, so you lose a lot of disk space using that.

Lossless encoding is perfect by definition, so the encoder makes no difference. Different ripping programs may put more or less effort into getting a perfect signal from the CD of course.

Can you actually hear the difference between a lossless audio file and an MP3? If you can't hear the difference, then there is none and there would be no point in (re)ripping all your CDs. I hope you are not considering re-encoding your MP3 files to lossless audio

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Hi there
For years I've stored my music collections as FLAC - however with massive size HDD's is it worth it any more -- - WAV can easily be stored -- mind you all my players even on the mobile phone handle FLAC so should I just keep using it.

Note I'm not interested in compressed formats like Mp3 - only LOSSLESS. As both (WAV and FLAC) are free OPEN codecs I can't see them disappearing any time soon. I'm not going to be suckered into using proprietary stuff like WMV either though.

32 / 64 GB micro SD cards on phone ensures I can store More than enough music on the device and these days fast access to remote computer via internet means I can always download other music to the device if I need it at any time.

The only slight disadvantage with FLAC on the phone is that the battery usage is slightly higher due to the hardware having to convert the FLAC to analog (takes a wee bit more processing power than using WAV - the hardware in the phone is actually the DAC - Digital to Analog converter).

Even on a phone I am using a high quality pair of Bose headphones so typically compressed mp3 files don't interest me --however that type of file is fine for those Bud type earphones though.

Just interested in what other people are using for High Quality Audio.

(BTW I've done enough tests on High quality STUDIO grade equipment to show that a FLAC file can be restored 100% to the original WAV file so the FLAC lossless compression really is LOSSLESS even though it's compressed).

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A:FLAC or WAV (Lossless) Audio

I suppose you could do .wav and compress to .flac if space becomes an issue. I had use for .wma for my car stereo CD player. I found .wma ripped directly from CD at 192 kbit sounded as good or better than 320 .mp3 from the same source. With .wma I could easily get 4 or 5 CDs worth of music on one data CD. If I hit a pothole the original CDs were safe at home.

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I just started ripping some of my old "Crossing all Over" CD's and because I have all kinds of room on my 2nd internal drive I decided to use Windows Media Audio 9.2 Lossless which records VBR Quality 100, 44 kHz, 2 channel 16 bit 1-pass VBR. Oh wow what a H U G E difference compared to the MP3 stuff I have from other sources. And it really didn't take all that long to rip 18 disks.
I didn't tag because I know all the songs(I used to be a rock/punk rock/metal DJ about 9 years long at 2 different clubs), I just wanted them all as one play list shat shuffles(pinned to WMP it starts with a different song every time I open it).
I really recommend to anyone who just wants to play WMP and leave the music on the PC(mine is connected to my Home Cinema thru HDMI) try WMA Lossless. It actually sounds better than the CDs playing on my Philips CDR 785(not cheap).

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Just out of curiosity, why did you choose WMA over WAV? Isn't WAV more widely supported?

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Is there any way to tell if lossless (ie. flac/ape/wav) audio files have been transcoded from a lossy source?


A:How to tell if lossless audio files have been made from a lossy source

If you mean something like an MP3 file has been converted to WAV, your ears should be able to tell, if you're experienced enough. Other than that, you would need to look at and learn from the "typical" spectrograms generated by various lossy codecs in your audio editing software.

File sizes can also give you some clues, eg, a normal WAV file is about 10MBs/per minute of music so a 3-minute song will be about 30MB. An MP3 file made at a 128 bitrate will result in a 10:1 compression or a file size of around 3MB. Some people use far less compression resulting in larger files (and better sound quality).

Sounds like an awful lot of work to me. As I said before, if you can't tell the difference by your ears, what's the point?

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The WMA Lossless to WAV Converter Tool is a simple command line tool that performs the following functions:

Converts any WMA Lossless file (audio only, wma file) back to uncompressed PCM in wav format.
Allows the user to select default or wave format-extensible output formats.
System Requirements
Supported Operating Systems: Windows 2000 Service Pack 2, Windows XP

Processors: PII, PIII, P4 (single or dual)

Memory: 128 MB

Disk space: 50 MB




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I can't seem to figure out how to use ANY program to record my computer speakers...in other words i want to record the audio of this youtube video because it has epic music i can't find anywhere else. when i use the pre-installed programs "sound recorder" no sound actually records. When i use WMM i cannot choose audio mix, only realtek high definition line in or something like that.

A:Recording computer audio?

Quote: Originally Posted by levelchaser

I can't seem to figure out how to use ANY program to record my computer speakers...in other words i want to record the audio of this youtube video because it has epic music i can't find anywhere else. when i use the pre-installed programs "sound recorder" no sound actually records. When i use WMM i cannot choose audio mix, only realtek high definition line in or something like that.

Had the same problem. Audacity cured it. Audacity: Free Audio Editor and Recorder


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I have weekly meetings with a group of people, and need to record the audio for minute taking and someone else takes minutes of text, then everyone gets a copy, well we are trying to record who says what, on voice, the person doing this did not have much success.

Are there free or reasonable priced programs that will record audio while in chat having a meeting? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

A:Solved: Audio recording on computer

Audacity is free and should work fine.

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I was wondering if anyone here could help me out.....i am sure some of you get sick of the "i am building acomputer fo under so and so dollars and i need help" threads, and if you are one of those people, i apologize.

so here it is: i want to build a computer for recording myself, my guitar, and whatever other instruments i throw in, which may include drums, bass, the basics.

the catch is that i want to do this for under $1000 dollars....

i woul dlike to exclude any sort of software from the price, and any sort of actual musical gear. i would like to include the audi interface and related items in the price however. also, i already have a suitable monitor, and a dvd rw drive...so we could exclude them as well.

any help would be GREATLY appreciated.

also, i know i am new, and this is my first post and i am asking for something. please forgive me for any trespass.

A:building a computer for audio recording/editing...

If you change your mind about building a PC,you could think about Mac mini - http://www.apple.com/macmini/ for about $550 with usb audio interface + Garage band.- http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/garageband_cables/

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I'm looking for software that lets me record my computer's audio output, like for example if i'm playing music or a computer game, whatever audio is normally outputted to the speakers would also be recorded to whatever file

A:program for recording computer's audio output

you can play the music thru the speakers and record it with a microphone thru sound recorder saves it as a wave file however.

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I recently bought PogoPlug Video as an alternative to accessing my music/videos on the road. I have a desktop running Audiogalaxy (awesome software) at the moment; it is not a HTPC and has a massive power supply and I hate leaving it on just to stream my audio to the office/on the road. Basically, I am looking for a device to stream audio from my usb hard drive to my laptop on the road.

I am very disappointed in PogoPlus lackluster interface, the thrown together streaming media player, the random disapperaing hard drive, and lack of options for transcoding.

I see tons of options out there for DLNA over local netwok via Roku, Boxee, WD Live Hub etc... but nothing built for streaming to devices off network.

Any ideas?

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Better question; Is it possible to access UPNP AV servers over IP?

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I just bought a new computer running Windows 7. Whenever I stream live internet audio the connection sporadically drops off. The strange thing is I streamed the same audio signal on two other computers running Vista and XP and I could hear the audio on both continuously while the Windows 7 computer dropped the audio. All three computers are on the same network but only the windows seven computer cuts out. Sometimes I will lose audio stream for a few seconds or several minutes before streaming again. Can anyone help?

A:Streaming audio cuts out on Windows 7 computer

Welcome to the form with you first post. Can you shed some light on to your new system? What specs do you have. More about your router? Cable or DSL modem. Have you changed any settings in the new system? Is this a laptop, netbook or desktop?

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Well, I have a desktop with a pretty decent sound card, no monitor though. I use the computer for the sole reason of playing music through my surroundsound via Remote Desktop.... Anyways... I recently managed to rip the headphone port right out of my laptop (my main computer) and the computer seems to detect headphones still in the port(whats left of it), so I can't have any sound whatsoever on my laptop anymore...

Is there a way to stream all sounds from my laptop, to the desktop? It'd be better this way anyways, if it would have all my sounds playing through my surroundsound.

If there isn't, is there a way to disable my laptop from detecting the headphones that aren't there, so I can at least play sound through my laptop speakers?

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I have posted this before and had to go away due to family issues but my Dell Inspiron B130 laptop runs slow and when i stream audio or video from the net it is choppy. It is a windows XP with 1 gig of ram Intel Celeron M processor and a cable modem. Any help would be appriciated.

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Hello, I'm new to this forum, and as such I have no clue where to post this, so, as I'm using vista, I figured I might as well post it here. Mods, please move this to the appropriate forum.

So, I'm using audacity, and recording the audio playing through my computer. Essentially, I'm recording what's coming through my speakers. The sound itself is crisp and clear. Upon playback of the recording, the dialogue is very hollow, and if there's music, the notes have a lot of static with them.
I have tested several things, including changing my Sterio Mix volume and quality. It's currently set at 16 bit 44100Hz. I have tried increasing the Hz, but that actually reduced the quality.

To sum it up, the original output is excellent, but the recording is low quality. Could anyone help with this? Thanks.

A:[SOLVED] Recording audio on computer, poor quality playback.

Wait. Why are you recording your speakers?

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Hello there members ,

I'm working on my mom's computer again. Last time I was here it had a bunch of viruses, and the good folks here helped a lot to get it functional again. It does not have a virus now, nor malware, but it is extremely slow. Trying to play music from Internet stations or watch youtube videos online is impossible, and overall it feels sluggish.

The Windows Task Manager shows CPU usage pretty low at 4% or so. 71 processes running which doesn't seem high to me. I see System Idle Process, CPU at 99? Not sure that's it though. There's probably about 55% or so available on the C disk drive. I'm about to defrag it and see if that fixes anything, but I'm pretty doubtful.

I've run all the usual anti-spyware (Spybot + Malware bytes), and anti-virus (Avira) but that hasn't helped a thing. What are some things I can do to troubleshoot?

BTW it's Windows XP on this machine. Any assistance is most appreciated

A:Slow Computer - Herky / Jerky Streaming Audio Video

Did you used to have the problem before your malware issues? Playing audio and video online could simply be an issue with your Internet connection. When you say playing is impossible, what does that mean, nothing comes out, stuttering.... Have you measured your upload and download speed? Speedtest is fine, if you avoid hitting the ads.What sort of things are sluggish? Page changes, mouse movements, programs starting up.........The System Idle process being 99 means it's not very busy! 71 processes does seem a bit high but these days every man and his dog wants to run a service on your PC. Mine are currently 54. I would have thought that during your malware removal exercise, others in this forum would have indicated what programs and services do not need to be running.

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I have just got broadband and am interested in recording streaming radio as mp3 or WAV files so i can listen to later eg in the car
Anyone any experience of this and which programmes might be good for it


A:recording streaming radio as mp3

Yes, there are such programs. They are called 'Stream Rippers' and you could probably Google it to find them...

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Is it possible to record video to your harddrive that you stream off the internet? Also are there any plugins for Windows Media Player that can change the filters? For instance a Sepia Tone filter, or a Negative filter...anything like that?

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A:Streaming Video Recording?

You can do it with HyperCam. It'll record the action as an .AVI file which you can play back with Media Player.

I haven't used it yet so I can't tell you how well it works but i've heard it works great.

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My friend is getting married in a Las Vegas chapel that streams video of the wedding. To view it, I need Real Player, which I have. But I would like to record it as well. It comes in from a live web cam as a .rm file. Can someone direct me to a free streaming video recorder that will handle this type of file. Thanks.

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Is it possible to record off of a streaming video, ie. Real Player?

A:Recording streaming video

HyperCam should be able to record streaming video but i haven't tried it. HyperCam captures the action from your Windows screen and saves it to an .AVI movie file.


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I was watching a video clip online from a tv station website and there was no option to "download" it. I'd really like to be able to save it for myself. Is there any type of software or any way that I can play it AND record it on my computer? It plays from their website thru windows media player. There is no option for "Save Target As..."

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Hey, I'm having some trouble recording streamed video content from this site. None of my programs seem to be able to capture any download link, and since the content is taken offline soon, it'd be nice to be able to keep around. Not to redistribute or anything like the disclaimer on the site claims to be illegal.

Any help?

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Hey, I don't mean to nag or spam or anything but I'd really like to have an answer, whether positive or no.

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Does anyone know of any way to record streaming video? I have an ati all in wonder and I wonder if there is more that I can do with it than I already know. I would like to find out if it is possible to record streaming videos?

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Hey guys,

I need to record a VGA signal (preferably on a laptop) so that it can be backed up and played later. I also need to be able to live stream this signal on a website.

The signal is coming from a security camera (within a nature zone) and is reaching its destination monitor (through a server) via VGA signal.

What would you guys recommend?


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I have a Realtek HD Audio sound card, and I'm trying to record a snippet of sound from a streaming source, but it never records on my audio program. I think what it is is this; when I go into my Volume properties to change my settings, although it gives me the options of setting the controls for wave output, there's none for wave input (just CD, mic volume, front mic, and line). Help! Thanks - Joe

A:problem recording from streaming sources

download 'audacity' free version have that running change the recording mode to sterio mix i think at the top and then run your streaming thingo and press record in audacity.


hope this help

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http://www.sunny106fm.com/ It is a great station, I think, and I would like very much to be able to download and then burn the music they play to a CD. I will be most willing to accept free software to do this with if anyone knows of one. Otherwise, I will gladly look at any and all suggestions you make. And TIA.
I have never attempted to do this, don't know if it can be done and I know nothing about any part of this. Oh yes, I listen to the station when I am surfing the net, reading the forums; etc.

A:Recording Streaming Internet Music

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Problems with the audio playback when recording streaming audio :

I have downloaded several 'what you hear' recording apps. Tonight was Audacity with Lame encoder and then when that did not work, downloaded and installed MP3MyMP3.

Since they do not come with great instructions, all I did was go to my favorite streaming audio from a local radio station ; got the show playing through my speakers; opened up the recording app and then pressed the record button. Both apps seemed to be recording and both saved to mp3 files. But when I play them back there is no audio. Am I missing a step ?

my audio card is NVIDAI(R)nFORCE AUDIO. OS is XP.



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I would like to record a variety of streaming Adobe Flash videos which I access via IE7.

I've done a search on Google, and there appears to be a bunch of software out there to do this, some of it free.

Can anyone recommend a good choice - and if free, that would be even better.


A:Recording streaming Flash videos

flash saver 5 or 6

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I'm trying to use 2 demo streaming radio recording programs separately. I get an error message saying that I'm not connected to the internet when I am. My OS is Vista buisiness. I can browse, download & connect to streaming radio stations, but the recording programs can't connect to the internet. I'm using IE7.
Any ideas how I can fix this so that I can record streaming radio?

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Pretty self explanatory- my specs are on my profile and I'm including the zip file as per usual BSOD post.

My computer runs the game fine and can even handle media on my second monitor during gaming. I've rarely had issues streaming / recording / watching stuff and gaming simultaneously - I've been having all kinds of issues as of late and while I can run the game without issues at all - as soon as OBS comes into the picture I get BSOD'd.

The reason I'm making this post rather than accepting the limitation of a weaker graphics card (outside of the BSOD) is that on day one I was able to stream and record simultaneously for hours on end - and even earlier points throughout the week I've had no problems.

However lately while toning everything down and running less background stuff I still crash much harder than I should. Earlier I tried to record 5 minutes of content and my system crashed hard, but hours prior I'd recorded a solid 2 hours without break.

I appreciate any input and will give any info that I missed - thanks for taking the time guys.


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I was wondering if anyone can recommend good software for capturing and storing steaming video from the web....a streaming New Years Eve concert for example.


A:Software for capturing and recording streaming video

You may have to pay a bit for full live stream recording though.

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I have followed thoroughly various tutorials for setting up OBS for streaming. Initially I had set it up for Youtube, then switched to Twitch. This works fine. I have absolutely no complaint with that. Streaming out to these platforms is working as I would like.
This issue I'm experiencing is what I can best describe as a pulsing or jumping, about once per second when I play a file back that I have recorded (not streamed) with OBS.

The audio is flawless, no stuttering, nothing like that. Audio BR is at 160...

As I watch the status information in OBS as I am recording, I see no warning about overloaded encoder, the frame rates are where they are supposed to be, no dropped frames. everything should appear to be good. CPU load is unremarkable, again plenty of headroom. It doesn't seem to matter if I increase bit rate, decrease bit rate, CBR, VBR, increase or decrease framerate, or which software i use to view the output fine: VLC, WMP, whatever, there is this pulsing. Its just enough to be annoying. Its subtle, but it's there. And it doesn't matter which PC I play the file on ( I have a few I can test it with)

The computer running OBS is more than adequate for the task.

I have - in an effort to improve things - changed recording format, changed encoder, even the location to which I was saving it ( initially that was a network drive, but I change to an internal SSD for test purposes) I can not get rid of this.

This is just for a little pet project, I ... Read more

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Im trying to record audio but only record what I hear & not record from my mic. Problem is my mic is my only option. I updated my drivers which are Conexant High Def Smart Audio221 & also NVIDIA High Def Audio. But after I did that I only a 1 single option to choose from when I look under recording devices. And it is showing disabled devices as well. Any idea's on what im doing wrong and/or what I need? Thanks, L

Basically I want to record what only comes out of my speakers & not pic up any backround noise from my mic.

A:Recording Audio but only recording what I hear?

Could you please restate your problem in different (clearer) words? I am willing to help you, but I am sorry, I cannot understand your problem.

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Open Broadcaster Software for Windows, Linux and Mac
Open Broadcaster Software is free and open source software for recording and live streaming. Source code is available to everyone to contribute and improve. Both 32 and 64 bit versions are available and it's absolutely free!

Original OBS | Changelog | Download

Open Broadcaster Software is free and open source software for video recording and live streaming. Supported features include:

Encoding using H264 (x264) and AAC.
Support for Intel Quick Sync Video (QSV) and NVENC.
Unlimited number of scenes and sources.
Live RTMP streaming to Twitch, YouTube, DailyMotion, Hitbox and more.
File output to MP4 or FLV.
GPU-based game capture for high performance game streaming.
DirectShow capture device support (webcams, capture cards, etc).
Windows 8 high speed monitor capture support.
Bilinear or lanczos3 resampling.
OBS Multiplatform | Changelog | Download*

OBS MultiPlatform is a complete rewrite of the original OBS from the ground up, with the main goals of course being multiplatform support, a more thorough feature set, and a much more powerful API. A very early and simple release is currently available for Mac.

OBS MultiPlatform will eventually support many of the advanced requested features not present in the original OBS, such as multiple stream outputs and scene previewing. It does not have these features in this release.

*An early release is currently available for Mac OS X. Stay tuned: h... Read more

A:Open Broadcaster Software - Live Streaming and Recording


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