Setting up Freecorder 4
How to Download from YouTube and Other Sites
How to Save a Web Video
How to Save a Video to MP3
How to Record Web Audio
How to Play Your Recordings
How to Convert Video and Audio Files
Watching Online TV Stations
Listening to Radio
The Replay Media Guide
Browser Interface Customization
Freecorder 4 Information Page
Freecorder 4 is a great way to capture and convert many kinds of audio and video from the internet. It also includes some optional search enhancements, a radio player, a TV player, and the Replay Media Guide. Freecorder 4 is 100% free.
Freecorder 4 works within your Internet Explorer or Firefox browser. The buttons on the toolbar let you do these cool things:
Important Legal note: The audio and video you record for your personal use may be copyrighted. Under the current laws of most countries, you are allowed to save these recordings and watch them yourself, but any redistribution or rebroadcast of these programs to others constitutes illegal use. Please respect the rights of the content owners when recording.
Use the Settings Tool.
Before using Freecorder 4, we recommend you check out the program settings.
Click the Settings button . The Settings screen appears:
This is where your saved video and audio files are placed.
Video Capture Settings
Temporary Storage Size: This allows you to set a limit on how much disk space you want for saving streaming video or audio files. In many cases, a separate (temporary) copy of the streaming media file needs to be saved to your PC. If this size limit is exceeded, older files are automatically deleted.
Monitor Internet Explorer's temporary directory: If you are getting two of every video file when recording from Internet Explorer, uncheck this option. If you change the User Account Control option on your PC, then you may need to change this option as well. This is configured to the proper setting the first time you use Freecorder 4.
Audio Capture Settings
MP3 Audio Bit rate: This specifies the quality and size of recorded audio files. The larger the number, the better the quality, and the larger the file. Most Web audio is not streamed at a quality higher than 128 Kbps, so increasing this setting won't make lousy audio files sound any better.
Freecorder 4 has two different audio recording technologies. If you get multiple copies of an audio file when recording, you can enable or disable them using these settings:
Record using Windows Vista Audio Technology: Specific to Windows Vista, this method is most reliable for Vista users. This has no effect on XP machines.
Record using Applian Audio Driver Technology: This method will work on 99% of machines. If the other method isn't always working, or if you are using Window XP or 2000, make sure this method is selected.
Use the YouTube Downloader Tool
If you're watching a YouTube video, you can easily save it in several formats by using the Download YouTube Video tool. Here's how:
Use the Video History Tool
Freecorder 4 watches your "video cache" and privately keeps track of every video you've watched. If you've just viewed something you'd like to save on your PC, here's how to save it:
Hint: To save a video, it needs to be fully downloaded to your PC. Normally if you've watched it already, then it's ready to save.
Other things you can do from this screen after selecting a media file:
Play the selected file.
Remove the selected file from the list.
Delete all entries from the list.
Cool Trick: Video History works with many audio files too.
To capture more kinds of streaming video, try Replay Media Catcher.
Saving a video file as an MP3 is easy. You can do it in two ways:
Please Note: This option is available starting with Freecorder 4.1.
Use the Record Audio Tool
The Record Audio feature acts just like a tape recorder. Anything you are listening to can be captured in real time - as you listen.
Here's how to record audio using Freecorder 4:
Hint: Right-click on any recording to see more options:
If you're recording songs, try Replay Music. This advanced audio recorder will automatically split songs into individual tracks, and identify and tag your MP3 files with artist, album, title and genre information.
Use the Play Tool
To play your saved media files, Freecorder 4 makes it easy to open your storage directory and see your audio and video files.
Use the Convert Tool.
Freecorder 4 not only saves files, but includes a simple convert function to let you "transcode" your video and audio files to other formats. Here's how it works:
For faster, more advanced conversions, including DVD burning, try Replay Converter.
Freecorder 4 has some neat tricks to make web searches via Google easier as well. Give these tricks a try:
Use the TV Channels Tool.
Freecorder 4 has a built-in TV Player, so you can watch popular web television channels from all over the world.
Use the Radio Player
Freecorder 4 also has a handy radio player. To use it:
You can decide how Freecorder 4 appears in your browser, including:
To customize Freecorder 4, click the down arrow next to the logo. A menu appears:
To add or remove features from the Freecorder 4 interface:
For more information about everything you can do with Freecorder 4, click here.
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