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Old 11-20-2003, 03:47 PM   #1
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Software to rip mms (and rtsp) streams

Hi All -

Wondering if anyone has seen or heard of a linux program that can download stream sources and save them to the HD. There are a couple of win32 ones I've found and the latter (freeware) works great.

Hidownload (urls not allowed yet)
Net Transport (google for it)

As I understand it, they don't have to decode the wma stream, but they do launch multiple streaming processes (for speed) and stitch the source files back together.

There is a particular radio show that I like that is streamed as .wma via a .asx playlist. Once I capture the wma files, I can convert to mp3 and listen elsewhere on my iRiver or a cdrom.

I have been able to stream it and dump it with mplayer and lame, but then it takes 5 hours to capture a five hour show. It's encoded at 20kbps (talk radio) so the whole show only occupies about 50meg. With the above software (depending on how many processes I launch) I can suck the whole thing down in about 25 minutes.

It would be great if there were something like wget that could understand mms:// and rtsp:// URLs.

If anyone has any ideas I'd appreciate it.

Old 11-20-2003, 09:59 PM   #2
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try VLC


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