WM Recorder 15 & 16 User Guide

Overview

WM Recorder 15 combines two recording programs – a stream recorder and a screen capture (recorder) in one powerful media recording program. The recorded media can be a video or an audio file.

WM Recorder is a stream recorder. It captures the URL (address) of a media played in your computer then makes a connection to the remote website and downloads the media file. Video Clone allows you to record videos from your computer screen and audio from your speakers without making any Internet connections.  The quality of the videos and audio recorded from your screen/speakers is excellent.

Normally the two recorders operate together. WM Recorder works in the background, behind the browser windows and pops up only when a video or audio stream was captured. Video Clone works in front of the browsers and clones the desktop or a marked area of the desktop. It can be used any time a video or audio media played in your computer could not be captured or downloaded. However, the two recorders can also be operated separately as two individual programs.

This user guide describes in detail the WM Recorder, stream recorder (downloader). Find out more about the Video Clone, screen capture (recorder) program  here.

When you first open WM Recorder the stream and screen recording windows are detached and they can be opened one at the time using the SCREEN button. Note however that the stream recording window will pop-up any time a downloadable media was detected. This minimizes the screen capture window. Here is how the Main window looks when you open the program. This is the stream recorder (WM Recorder).

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And here is the screen recorder window (Video Clone).

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Here is how the two recorders look when they are used together. Use the Attach/Detach button to attach or detach the two windows.

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All the popular streaming formats can be downloaded, including:

  • Flash™ Video FLV format files – (HTTP and RTMP protocols)
  • Windows Media™ (HTTP, MMS and RTSP protocols)
  • HTML 5 (YouTube)
  • QuickTime™ HTTP (mp4)
  • Streaming MP3 (Shoutcast™)
  • Real Audio™ and Real Video™ (HTTP and RTSP protocols)

If WM Recorder cannot download a media stream from the Internet, Video Clone will record any video played on your computer screen. Also the Audio Recorder software included in the package will record any sound played by your speakers.

Important: WM Recorder is intended for use as a personal archiving tool only. Please respect the rights of the copyright holders of any material you record. WM Recorder can NOT record encrypted content or content protected by Digital Rights Management (DRM).

Requirements

Supported Windows versions are XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.

How to download video and audio from the Internet

There are a few different ways to do it – you can download in Real Time, or download from previously captured and saved URL’s.

When downloading in real time (while playing the media from the Internet) you can choose (see more details below)

  1. AUTO Recording Mode (AUTO ON) in which case the media is downloaded and saved as you start playing it.
  2. Manual Recording Mode (AUTO OFF) in which case the media URL (address) is saved but the media is not downloaded. You need to click Download to begin.

YouTube videos downloading: YouTube web sites are now encrypted  (HTTPS protocol). WM  Recorder does not attempt to decrypt the websites or to download encrypted media files. To access the YouTube website open the YouTube tab on WM Recorder main menu then open Internet Explorer or WM Browser (recommended) from here. These browsers open the YouTube site using the unencrypted HTTP protocol. In case the automatic YouTube HTTP setup is not successful you can do it manually as follows:

  • In WM Recorder click Menu, Options, Open Internet Explorer cache.
  • In the cache folder that opens scroll down to find the YouTube cookie as cookie:<your user name>@youtube.com
  • Right click this cookie then click Delete form the pop-up menu. Restart WM Recorder

WM Browser is a reduced version of Internet Explorer and it should be used to playback video and audio that cannot be detected when other browsers are utilized (Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer). It can also be used with WMX recording mode and to screen capture videos. You can open WM Browser from the main menu YouTube tab.

Here’s how to record (download) in Real Time:

With the AUTO recording mode enabled (AUTO ON):

  1. Using your browser or your media player, play the video or audio you want to record.
  2. Recording starts automatically. The Main window turns to Recording window (see below). Once the recording begins you can start playing and recording another video / audio clip. There is no need to wait until playback has finished.
  3. To end one or more recordings right click the file names in the Recording window and click Stop Recording(s) from the pop-up menu. If you’re recording fixed length clips, TV shows or movies, the recording ends automatically, and there’s no need to click STOP.

The Recording window:

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With AUTO recording mode disabled (AUTO OFF):

  1. Using your browser or your media player, play the video or audio you want to record.
  2. The URL (Internet address) and the File Name of the clip are displayed on the main screen now tagged as Captured Streams window (see below). Select one or more stream you want to record then click the DOWNLOAD button to start downloading. You can also right click the selection then click Start download in the pop-up menu. Once the recording begins you can start playing and recording another video / audio clip.
  3. To end one or more recordings right click the file names in the Recording window and click Stop Recording(s) in the pop-up menu. If you’re recording fixed length clips, TV shows or movies, the recording ends automatically, and there’s no need to click STOP.

The Captured Streams window:

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How to Record using saved URL’s

If you want to save all media URL’s played from the Internet you can check this option in Settings (see below the Settings section). We recommend not tom use this feature. To selectively save one or more captured URL’s right click the File Name in the Captured Stream window then click Save Links in the pop up menu.

To access the saved URL’s click MenuSaved recordings and open the Saved Links window. The saved URL’s are grouped in a few categories. Select the category, highlight one or more URL’s and click the Download button to record the entire selection.

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Note that YouTube video stream URL’s are not saved. However WM Recorder saves the address of the YouTube video websites. These addresses can be accessed by clicking the YouTube websites tag.

Options While Recording in Real Time

Here are a few useful things that you can do from the Recording window while recording one or more files:

Preview recorded file. The files are played back from your computer while the recording goes on. Right click a recoding then click Play recorded file. Note that some video formats (MP4, MPEG, etc.) cannot be played until the entire file is downloaded and formatted.

Turn your computer into an On Demand – Radio/TV player. This is the case of recording live Flash video or audio streams. radio stream and click. You can now watch the video or listen to the radio station and Pause, Rewind, Fast Forward.

Rename a recording file. The file names listed in URL’s do not always show the actual name of the media. You can rename the recording before or after the recording is finished. to do this right click the recording and select Rename current recording.

How to Schedule Recordings

With WM Recorder, you can schedule a recording to start and stop at a specific time, date or series of days. Up to 400 scheduled recordings are allowed. Here’s how to schedule a recording:

  1. When a stream was captured and listed In the Captured Streams window save the stream URL first. Right click the stream and click Save Links.
  2. Right click the stream again and select Schedule recording from the popup menu. The Schedule Recording dialog appears:
  3. Set the start and stop date, start and stop time, and any recurring days to record. Click OK when finished.

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You can also use the Saved Links window (Menu, Saved recordings, Saved Links) to schedule recording.

Instead of using a stream URL you can use a website name provided that the video or audio begins playing when the webpage opens (no other clicks are required). In this case WM Recorder must be set on AUTO ON mode.

Editing or Deleting Scheduled Items

You can view your schedule (to edit or delete a scheduled recording) as follows:

  1. From the main screen, click Menu and select Schedule Recordings, Show Scheduled Recordings. The Scheduled shows list appears:
  2. Right click the item in the schedule, and choose Change Schedule to edit the item. Click Remove Schedule to delete the item.

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Hint: You can use the Windows Task Scheduler to automatically start WM Recorder just before the scheduled time.

How to View and Play Recordings

To see what you’ve recorded:

  1. Click the Menu button, then choose Saved recordings, Saved Recordings. The saved recordings are grouped in different categories. Select the category then choose the type of recording to view.
  2. In the Saved recordings window double click the file to play or click the Play button at the bottom of the screen. A media player window opens with your recorded file playing. We recommend to use the VLC media player although in some cases Windows Media Player may work better. For Windows Media files you can select more than one file then click Play to create a playlist and play the entire selection.
  3. Alternately, click Menu, Open Recordings Folder to open the Explorer and see all recorded files.

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The Recording (downloading) Window

Any time a recording begins the Recording Window is displayed showing the recording activity of all current recordings. To manually open this window click Downloads on WM Recorder main window.

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This window shows the progress of each active recording. Click any of the column names to enlarge the column. The displayed Time is either the time it took to download and save the file (Download time) or the number of minutes of video or audio that will be played (Stream Time). For RTMP Flash live streams this is always the actual play time of the broadcast. For many high speed connections, you will be able to record a video or audio a lot faster than the time it takes to play.

YouTube videos playback: most of YouTube videos are now broadcasted as two separate files (video and audio). The recorded video cannot be played until both files are downloaded and then mixed in one single mp4 file. The message “COMPLETE – MP4 file ready” indicates this operation is finished and the file can be played, renamed or deleted.

You can also select recordings and perform various operations on them by right-clicking or clicking Options to display the pop-up menu. Here are the options:

Stop Recording(s): stop recording the selected items. The message CANCELED will appear.

Delete recorded files: delete one or more saved files. The message CANCELED (file deleted) will appear.

Set Recording Duration: lets you limit the amount of time a recording continues. This is handy for recording live streams.

Play recorded file: plays what is currently recording on your computer. The file must be at least 100 KB or the recording time greater than 20 seconds. Windows Media files cannot be seeked through while the file is being recorded. MP4 or YouTube videos cannot be played until recording is finished.

Record Again: rerecords the file, and does not overwrite the existing file.

Convert Recording(s): opens WM Converter to convert these files to another format.

Rename current recording: allows you to rename the output file before, during or after a recording session.

Close all recordings terminates all active recordings and closes the Recording Window. The Exit Downloads tab does the same.

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Captured Streams

This window opens automatically when a stream is detected. To manually open, click Menu, Saved recordings, Captured Streams.

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As you play audio and video, WM Recorder captures the links you have visited. If the automatic recording is turned off  (AUTO OFF) you can  select only the items you need and click the Download button to download them.

Saved Recordings

To open, click Menu, Saved recordings, Saved Recordings

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This window shows you what you’ve recorded. Choose the type of recording to view, select an item and click the Play button or double click the item to play. Right click a selected item to open a list of actions you can take. Some of these items: play file, record again, resume a recording, convert/split a recorded file, or reprocess a recorded file and make it seekable. Note that the available actions depend on the file format.

Saved Links

To open, click Menu, Saved recordings, Saved Links

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Like Captured Links, Saved Links shows you what you’ve played, but contains a longer history. Right click any URL to record it, schedule it or play. Note that some of Flash RTMP URL’s are discontinued by the remote websites a few hours or minutes after playback. You should delete these URL’s.

Recordings Folder

Select this option to view all your recordings within the Windows File Explorer.

The Scheduler

To see your scheduled recordings click Menu, Schedule Recordings, Show scheduled recordings. If you’ve set up scheduled recordings, they will appear here. Select a scheduled item and right-click it to edit or delete it, or activate/deactivate the scheduler.

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File Downloader:

Need to download a file from a specific URL? Just enter the URL and desired file name and click OK.

 

Convert recordings (WM Converter)

WM Recorder package includes a powerful converter – WM Converter Lite. WM Converter supports conversion to all popular video/audio formats. You can open the converter in different ways:

 Using the WM Converter icon on your desktop: when doing this you can drag and drop any number of video/audio files in the converter window.

From WM Recorder windows: when doing this drag and drop is no longer possible. The highlighted files will be transferred to the converter.

The Audio Recorder (WM Audio)

WM Recorder package includes an audio recorder which can be used to record audio from your speakers when audio streams cannot be downloaded. To open click Menu, Audio Recorder, Open Audio Recorder. You can find more about WM Audio here.

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The Recording Modes

WM Recorder can capture streams using different recording modes: Adapter (ADA) Mode,  WMX Mode, Proxy (PRO) Mode and URL Mode.

ADA (Adapter) Mode is the preferred recording mode. ADA uses the program WinPcap to access your network adapter and monitor your network traffic No changes are made to your computer settings. Successful setup of ADA Mode depends on the configuration of your network card(s).

WMX Mode operates by opening a browser from within WM Recorder, which you then use to play the media you’d like to capture. WMX is a backup option to be used only if ADA cannot be setup. The network adapter monitor WinPcap is no longer necessary.

URL Mode lets you record from saved or manually entered URL’s without the need to setup a network adapter. This mode should be used if you are not interested in searching the Internet for new video/audio clips. The URL Mode does not change any settings of your computer.

PRO (Proxy Mode – no longer usable). The Proxy Mode can be used if ADA Mode is not available or is not working but only with Windows Media streams. A particular use for the PRO mode is the PRO – Auto Recording mode. In this case the entire stream data passes through the recorder. This is recommended when recording streams that require the connection to be initiated from a web site or when web site authentication is needed. Also it is the only way to record Windows Media live playlists. Note: Streaming Flash over RTMP protocol cannot be recorded using PRO Mode.

To change the Recording Mode:

  1. Click Menu, Settings, Recording modes. The Recording Modes dialog appears:
  2. Choose a Mode (ADA, PRO, WMX or URL), then click OK.

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When choosing ADA Mode, WM Recorder will automatically choose the best Adapter for you. It is always the default adapter that Windows uses.

Auto Recording: If Auto recording is selected, you no longer need to click Record to start a recording. Every Audio or Video you play is automatically recorded.

Internet Connection Test: Run this test to find out if your security software will not allow access to WM Recorder programs.

Match IP: This setup should be used if ADA mode fails to work on your computer. You can try to check or uncheck this feature.

Settings Reference

Click Settings from the main screen to open Settings. Here are the various options described in detail:

Settings – General

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Save all visited video and audio URL’s: Check this option if you want WM Recorder to save all stream URL’s that you have played (not recommended).

Save All Visited YouTube Pages: Saves the web addresses of all YouTube videos you have visited while WM Recorder is open (use Internet Explorer open from the YouTube tab on WM Recorder menu).

Enable Scheduler at Startup: Makes sure the scheduler is activated when you open WM Recorder.

Reconnect forever: This option enables an unlimited number of attempts to reconnect to a web file if the first connection request did not succeed for any reason. It includes situations like network cables unplugged, server-not-found or other reasons that would normally make Internet programs terminate the connection process. This option is to be used primarily with scheduled recordings. Do not use it whenever you have the option to manually re-establish the connection. If a connection cannot be established for any reason the recorder will try to reconnect at intervals of 2 minutes.

Add Date/Time to file names: This option adds the date and time in front of the scheduled recordings file names.

Setup Recordings Folder: Select the folder where your recordings are saved.

Open Data Graph RxTx: Want to see how your bandwidth is being used. Check this option to see a handy data graph.

WM Recorder files: Shows the executable files used by WM Recorder.

Settings – Media Options

Captured File Types: Select the kinds of files you want to capture. In some cases you may not want redirecting file types like asx or ram files to be saved in the Saved Links list.

Check all WMP Protocols: Ensures all Windows Media stream types are captured, as well as all other protocols.

Send Player ID:Some streams require a Windows Media Player ID to be sent. It is recommended to have this option checked.

Seekable Files: Post-process Windows Media files so that the seek bar works. This lets you jump to any position in the recording.

Compress Time: If this option is set, any gaps in recording due to buffering pauses are eliminated. The recording will play back without any visible pauses.

Use WMSDK filter: This is a slower but more accurate mode to record Windows Media videos. Use this setting anytime there are playback or converting issues with recorded Windows Media files.

Options

When you click Options on the main screen, the following menu appears:

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Flash RTMP Download Options: Change between high speed and low speed downloading. Unless you’re having trouble downloading Flash video content, keep High Speed selected.

Open Recording Browser: Opens your selected Web Browser. Useful for WMX mode, which requires a browser to be opened by WM Recorder.

Turn Scheduler ON/OFF turns the scheduler ON and OFF.

Keep WM Recorder On Top: If this menu item is checked, WM Recorder will always remain visible.

Open Internet Explorer cache: Open the Internet Explorer cache folder if you need to delete cookies or cached media files.

Turn Beeps OFF: WM Recorder will beep when recordings start and stop, unless this option is turned off.

Check/Enter Registration: View or update your registration code information.

Check Internet Connection: Is WM Recorder being blocked by a firewall? Use this option to find out.

Open WM Recorder folder: Open the folder where the saved URL’s, websites, schedule files are stored. Do not change these files unless you’re familiar with WM Recorder file structure.