PCMag recently had an article suggesting using Replay A/V (a shareware tool for $50) for capturing streaming audio / video streams. I was left scratching my head why they didn't suggest a wonderful free tool like Videolan. Here's the lowdown on using Videolan to capture video streams:
- Download and install Videolan for PC/Mac/Linux.
- Click on File > Open Network Stream.
- In the dialog box click on "HTTP/HTTPS/FTP/MMS" and type in the URL of the network stream you want to record.
- Select the "Stream output" checkbox and click the Settings button.
- In the dialog box select the File option and browse to create a file for the stream to be written to. Leave all the settings as they are.
- That's it! Click on OK twice and the stream will be written to the file. You can stop anytime you want. For best results use Videolan when playing the file.
Tomorrow: recording MP3's from online radio stations for free!