Windows Media stream recorders
How to download/save/capture/record Windows Media streams - audio and video from Windows Media Player:
Downloading/saving/capturing/recording ASF, WMV, ASX, WMA, WMX, WVX, WAX [RTSP, HTTP or MMS protocols]
Here you can read about Windows Media Stream Recorders - shareware and freeware software recording Windows Media video and audio (asf, asx, wmv, wma, wmx, wvx, wax) including but not limited to Live Streaming Video, Streaming News Video, Streaming Music Videos, Streaming Adult Content, Web Radio Streams, Scientific (i.e. NASA video), News Features, Corporate Videos and any other Windows Media streaming content.
Note that starting with Windows Media Player 9 Series, Windows Media Services 9 Series and Windows Server 2003 RTSP Protocol is now the default protocol for streaming Windows Media. But now few programs support RTSP. Take a look at All Streaming Video Recording Software to see all the programs supporting RTSP for Streaming Windows Media.
Also note that some programs allow to record not only Windows Media Streams, but also Flash video and audio, Real Video, Real Audio and Quick Time Video Streams. Take a look at Multiformat Stream Recorders (Record Windows Media Streams, Real Media Streams, Quick Time Streams, Flash video streams).
WM Recorder records any Windows Media video and audio. It works by watching internet activity relating to Window Media Player, and assembling the streamed data as an ASF file, which can then be played using Windows Media Player on your PC or many portable devices.
As a VCR style recorder WM Recorder is extremely easy to use. With just one click, any streamed Windows Media link is saved as a recorded file on your PC automatically.
WM Recorder can record almost any Windows Media Stream.
WM Recorder can record Windows Media streams (asf, wmv, wma, asx, wmx, wvx, wax, wvx, wax) streamed through the following protocols:
In some cases only WM Recorder in Real Time Recording Mode can record a Windows Media stream, because it is the only stream recorder using a proxy cache to record what Windows Media Player is playing!
- Watch partially downloaded streams!
- Record password protected videos.
- Record at the highest quality on slow connections.
- Record multiple streams at once.
- Resume recordings.
- Split and merge recordings.
- Make ASF files seekable.
- And more!
Platform: Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000
Requirements: Windows Media Player 7.0 or later.
Price: $49.95 (30 day unconditional money back guarantee).
WM Recorder is our readers top rated Windows Media stream recorder. Try it for FREE today!
WebVideoCap Editor's choice! (Freeware/Windows) -
can record Windows Media streams. It captures packets coming to your Windows Media Player through RTSP and MMS protocols. After the entire video file is downloaded and played by the Web browser, the video file is saved in the folder that you selected, and you can play it offline later with any Video player.
Platform: Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
GetASFStream (Freeware/Windows) -
can download Windows Media streams (asf, wmv, wma, asx, wmx, wvx, wax, wvx, wax) streamed through the following protocols:
GetASFStream has a built-in winpcap-based URL analyser so in many cases you can get a URL played by your Windows Media Player.
Free GetAsfStream registration
- WM Downloader (Shareware - $29.95/Windows) -
is a Winodws Media and MP3 Stream Ripper/Grabber (not direct sound recording program), that can download Windows Media audio and video streams, SHOUTcast and Icecast streams. And it can split MP3 audio stream into individual songs automatically. With WM Downloader you can record streaming video and audio (.PLS, .M3U, ..WMV, .ASF, .ASX, .PLS, .M3U, .WPL, .WAX, .WVX and .WMX) streamed through the following protocols:
Price: $29.95 (free trial).
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SDP receiver (Freeware/Windows)
SDP can download Windows� Media streams (asf, wmv, wma, asx, wmx, wvx, wax, wvx, wax) streamed through the following protocols:
SDP receiver has no RTSP protocol support.
- HTTP v1.0 streaming protocol,
- HTTP progressive (simple http download)
- MMST (MMS via TCP)
- MMSU (MMS via UDP)
SDP receiver is freeware.
Currently this free program has problems with support and further development.
Mac ASFRecorder, ASFRecorder X (Freeware/Mac OS)
This program allows you to download streaming content in Windows Media Format to your hard drive.
Platform: Mac OS
See also: Multiformat Stream Recorders (Record Windows Media Streams as well as Real Media, QuickTime and Flash video Streams)
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