Windows Media Player and VLC is widely used for streaming audio/video from external locations but it is a real nuisance to record that streaming media, as you need to take multiple steps in both WMP & VLC to start recording the media being streamed. Ohad Schneider brings a simple solution to seamlessly record the streaming audio/video through his open source product called StreamRecorder.NET, a GUI based application which offers a simple set of options to let user record the streaming audio or video without requiring any copy & paste operations over source URL. The application offers utterly simple interface while options to set duration for recording audio/video (which is being streamed) are also available.
Before start recording the stream, paths for both VLC and WMP are to be configured. Click Options to specify the sources for VLC & WMP. If you’re intending to use another recorder, you will have to specify the source path as well as recording arguments for the recorder in question. It also lets you join, tag and correct MP3 header on the fly but one big hindrance is that it requires a set of 2 opensource programs each for joining and performing post-processing operations.
Once paths are set, you are good to go, enter the stream URL and recording duration. Now, specify output folder along with recorder to be used and joining & post-processing options. Click big Record button to begin the record process.
One noticeable downside is that it doesn’t come with WMP pre-configured and demands some plugins to be installed for joining & performing post-processing over media. As per testing results, we found it to be working seamlessly with VLC whereas WMP path has to be manually configured to stream and record the audio/video.
It runs on Windows XP/Vista/7 (both 32-bit & 64-bit systems are supported), provided you have .NET 3.5 SP1 or higher installed. Testing was done on Windows 7 x86 system.