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Overview

Replay A/V is the easiest, most powerful way to automatically record, schedule and convert Video or Audio delivered to your PC. You can capture from the Internet, or from a variety of devices like TV Tuner cards, Webcams, or radios - just about anything attached to your computer. And you can convert to all the popular formats automatically. There's no better way to take control of your Media.

Replay A/V is really simple to use -- here's how the main screen appears:

Replay AV main screen

Here's all the kinds of things Replay A/V can capture:

  • Radio Shows
  • Radio Stations
  • Internet TV Stations
  • Internet Video clips
  • Podcasts
  • Video Blogs or Vlogs.
  • Video from a TV Tuner Card
  • Video from a Webcam attached to your PC
  • Audio from an AM/FM radio or any external device attached to the mic or line-in input on your PC

Replay A/V includes Replay Converter, which lets you automatically convert your captured media into all the popular formats including:

  • MP3
  • iPod Video
  • iPod Audiobook (bookmarkable)
  • AAC
  • Windows Media Video
  • Windows Media Audio
  • AVI
  • MPEG
  • PSP (Play Station Portable) Video
  • WAV
  • OGG
  • 3GP (for Mobile Phones)

Find Great Radio and Video with the Media Guide

Picking shows to record is easy with the built-in Media Guide. Thousands of shows and stations are listed, with more being added every day. Plus, the URL Finder tool makes it easy to find the audio feed for any shows not listed in the guide.

Recording Methods: Stream Capture vs. Audio Recording

Replay A/V has two main ways to record online media: Stream Capture and Audio Recording.

Stream Capture is the most desirable way to record. For capturing video, it's essential, but it is also a very powerful way to record audio. Stream Capture works by making a digital copy of the stream sent from the server. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Record several shows at the same time.
  • Perfect reproduction.
  • Eliminates background noises.
  • Doesn't tie up your sound card.

Some internet audio cannot be recorded via Stream Capture, and for those cases, the Audio Recording method captures audio that plays over your PC's speakers. (You can also record from the Mic or Line-In ports using this method - for example, this is how you'd record from a radio attached to your PC.) Think of Audio Recording as an alternative if Stream Capture fails.

The rest of this User Guide describes specific features of Replay A/V. Dive in and enjoy!

 

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How to Add a New Recording

If you're just getting started with Replay A/V, the easiest way to get up and running is with the Open Recording Wizard button:

Open Recording Wizard Button

Just click this button, and you'll be taken step-by-step to create a new recording. It's that easy!

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How to Change Show Properties

Once you've added a new recording, you can go back and fine-tune how the recording behaves:

  1. Click the Show. A popup menu appears:

    Show popup menu

  2. Click Properties. The Show Properties dialog appears.

See Show Properties to learn more about the various options.

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Main Screen Reference

Replay A/V is designed to be powerful, yet simple to use. There are just a few options on the main screen, but you can quickly gain access to a variety of tasks.

Replay AV main screen

Hint: Place your mouse over any button to see what it does.

Minimize button Minimize Replay A/V.

System tray button Put Replay A/V into the system tray (lower right hand portion of the screen).

Close button Close Replay A/V.

Open Recording Wizard Button Open the New Recording Wizard.

Resize window Click here to move the mouse to the screen resize area.

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Top Menu Reference

You can perform any task in Replay A/V from the top menu bar. This section explains the options available:

File

  • Settings: Change Replay A/V's Settings.
  • Exit: Close Replay A/V and stop all recordings.


Shows

  • Add Radio Show, Add Radio Station, Add TV Station, Add Podcast: These options open the Media Guide to add a specific type of show.
  • Open Media Guide: Opens the Media Guide to the main page.
  • Add Show Manually: If you know the URL of an audio or video feed, use this option to add the show and configure it yourself.


Record

  • Stream Capture Video or Audio Clips: Opens the Stream Capture dialog so you can record video or audio.
  • Record Audio from Speakers: Records the audio you can hear. This records everything that goes out through your sound card.
  • Record Audio from Mic, Record Audio from Line-in: If you have any audio play device or a microphone attached to your PC, these options let you record it.
  • Record XM Online, Record Sirius Online: If you have a subscription to XM or Sirius Satellite radio, you are also able to listen online. These options get you set up to schedule recordings from those services. Note: As of June 2011, these streams are now encrypted by Sirius/XM. Use Record Audio From Speakers (Quick Audio Record) instead.
  • Record TV Tuner Card or Webcam: If you have a TV Tuner card or Webcam attached to your PC, you can record or schedule recordings from those. With TV Tuner cards, you can also select a channel as well.


Tools

  • Media Guide: Open the Media Guide for browsing or adding shows.
  • URL Finder: Open the URL Finder to locate the URL of a video or audio feed.
  • Convert/Transfer: Open the Convert/Transfer dialog for converting files, making CDs, and other file management tasks.
  • Log Viewer: Open the Log Viewer to get details on the recording activity. This is handy for troubleshooting when recordings fail.
  • Update Podcast/RSS Feeds: Check all your Podcast and RSS Feeds, and download any new shows.
  • Undo Previous Delete: Choose this option if you deleted a show by accident and want to get it back.
  • Remove Downloaded Podcast Shows from List: When you download individual Podcast Episodes from the Media Guide, they appear as shows in your list. This option deletes them from your list, although the files remain.
  • Import Shows from Previous Versions: You can import your recording schedule from Replay A/V 7 or Replay Radio 7 at any time using this option.
  • Open Replay Converter: Opens the standalone Replay Converter program included with Replay A/V.
  • Open Replay Player: Opens the standalone Replay Player program include with Replay A/V.


Help

  • About: Check the version number for this release.
  • User Guide: Open the online User Guide.
  • FAQ and Tech Support: Open the FAQ, or contact Applian technical support.
  • Enter Activation Code: Lets you enter, or re-enter, your registration code.

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Pop-up Menu Reference

Click on any show to make the pop-up menu appear. These choices let you perform operations on a specific show.

Show popup menu

  • Properties: Edit all the properties and recording options for this show.
  • View Shows: Open the folder where all the recordings for this show are located.
  • Tune to Station: Listen to this radio station, or watch the internet TV station.
  • Play Last Recording: Plays the most recently saved recording.
  • View this Show's Log: Opens the log file for just this show. Handy for troubleshooting.
  • Go to Guide: Open the Media Guide at the page for this show, station or Podcast.
  • Convert/Transfer: Open the Convert/Transfer tool, showing just the files for this show.
  • Duplicate: Make a copy of this show, and insert into the shows list.
  • Delete: Delete this show.
  • Enter New Show: Create a new show manually.
  • Update All Podcasts: Check ALL shows and download any newly available Podcast episodes.
  • Remove Downloaded Podcast Shows from List: When you download individual Podcast Episodes from the Media Guide, they appear as shows in your list. This option deletes them from your list, although the files remain.
  • Undo Previous Delete: Choose this option if you deleted a show by accident and want to get it back.

 

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Show Properties Reference

Click on any show, then select Properties to open the Show Properties dialog. Depending upon other settings, some of the dialogs may have more or less options.

Basic Options

Show properties

 

The available options here are:

  • Name of Show: Enter the name of the show as you want it to appear in the list of shows. This name will also be used to name the output file.
  • URL: The URL of the show to record. For most shows, entering this URL into your browser should start playing the show. For Podcasts, this is the RSS XML feed for the show. Advanced Feature: You can make a specific program load a URL to play by entering the full path name and command line into the URL field. For example, entering this into the URL field forces Windows Media Player to play a stream:
    "C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe" "mms://66.250.188.10/KGO_AM"
  • Record to this Format: Choose how the show is recorded initially. The choices listed depend upon the Capture and Type selections in the Recording screen.
  • After Recording, Convert to: Replay A/V comes with a variety of post-processing converters. The selections shown depend upon what is selected in the Record to this Format field. These conversions take place after the recording has completed.
  • Record Now: Check this to immediately start recording once you click OK.
  • Tune for Live TV: If this is an Internet TV Station, check this option to make the Tuner appear larger for viewing TV. Uncheck this option if the current show is a radio show.


Recording Options

Recording options tab

  • Capture by Recording Audio Output: Selecting this option makes Replay A/V record by playing audio on your PC, and capturing the audio you hear. You can also record from the Mic or Line-In inputs using this method. When you select this, choose a suitable Audio Recording Method. We recommend using the Replay A/V Audio Driver for recording audio that is playing on your computer. This driver was introduced in Replay A/V version 8.3 and will work with any sound card and works great in Vista too!
  • Capture by Downloading: This method can be used to record without having to play audio through your PC's speakers. This option is typically used for podcasts or capturing streamed content directly from the network source.
  • Capture from TV Card, Webcam, or other Video Device: Record from any video device attached to your PC.
  • Type: The options here change depending upon whether you have selected Capture by Recording Audio Output or Capture by Downloading.

    For Capture by Recording Audio Output, the following options are present:
    • General Streaming Audio - Records a show by opening a mini-browser window that plays the show.
    • Window Media (Audio) - If the show is streamed using Windows Media Player, use this option, as a mini Windows Media Player tuner window will appear when recording the show. If the show is NOT a Windows Media stream, then you won't be able to record if you choose this option.
    • Real (Audio) - If the show is streamed using Real Player, use this option, as a mini Real Player tuner window will appear when recording the show. You must have Real Player installed on your computer in order to record Real audio streams. If the show is NOT a Real Player stream, then you won't be able to record if you choose this option.
    • External Input (Line In or Mic) - Use this option when recording from a device attached to your Line In or Mic port on your PC.
    • XM Online - Use this option to record from XM Online. You'll need to enter your XM Login and password, as well as the channel to record.
    • XM Hardware - If you have an XM PCR, or a hardware cable from Hybrid Mobile, select this option. Replay A/V will be able to tune to the station to record before capturing the audio via the Line In port.

    For Capture by Downloading, the following options are available:

    • Stream Capture (Replay A/V only): This option records MP3, Windows Media and Real streams directly from the network source. This works for most (but not all) audio and video sources.
    • Podcast - If you're using Replay A/V to record a Podcast, select this option. The URL field must have the RSS XML feed for the Podcast.
    • Link to File - If the show is available as a downloaded file, enter the URL for the file here. Note that very few shows will download directly. Unless the file has a .mp3 or .wma extension, you won't be able to download this, and will need to use one of the other recording methods.


  • Audio Recording Method: Choose how the audio is to be recorded. We recommend using the Replay A/V Audio Driver for recording audio that is playing on your computer. This method was introduced in Replay A/V version 8.3 and will work with any sound card. It works great in Vista too!

    The other available methods in this section will correspond to recording inputs available on your Sound card. If you're not using Replay A/V Audio Driver, one of these options should be present: Stereo Mix, Wave Out Mix, Mix-record, All, What U Hear, Stereo Out or Wave.

  • Test Methods: If the Replay A/V Audio driver won't work for you, use this test to determine the best alternate Audio Recording Method selection for capturing what you hear from your PC. Many sound cards have several different options. Use the Test Methods button to determine the best alternate source for recording what you hear from your PC's speakers.
  • Is an Archive (Don't Retune Automatically): If you're recording an archived show (and not a live stream), check this option. Normally, when recording, if no more data is detected, Replay A/V assumes that the live feed needs to be tuned again. For archived shows where the feed ends, checking this option prevents tuning into the same feed again.


Schedule Options

Schedule options tab

This screen lets you determine the recording schedule for the show.

  • Start Recording At: Choose the time (your local time) when you want to start recording.
  • End Recording At: Choose the time when you want to stop recording.
  • Unscheduled: Keeps the show in your list, but doesn't automatically record it.
  • Record Once On: Pick this if you are recording a show that is broadcast only once.
  • Repeating: Choose which days to record the show.
  • Today: Quickly set recording just for today.
  • Weekdays, Weekends, All, None: These buttons make it easy to select multiple days to record shows.
  • Set Continuous Recording: Set schedule parameters for recording 24 hours per day.

 

Output Options

Output options tab

This screen lets you decide how to output the show. Your choices are:

  • Make Audio CD: If you are making WAV files, then you can burn them to an Audio CD, which will play in most Car CD Players. Audio CDs have a maximum of 74 minutes (some can hold up to 80 minutes). If you've selected this option, make sure you have configured the CD Burner (see Setup CD Burner).
  • Make Data CD: This is handy if you have an MP3 capable CD player. MP3 files are burned to a "Data CD", which holds up to 650 Meg.
  • Setup CD Burner: You will likely need to configure Replay A/V's CD Burner once before making Audio or Data CDs. Click this button to do the setup.
  • Keep copy of Original File After Converting: Normally, once a conversion has finished, Replay A/V will delete the original. For example, if you're converting from WAV to MP3, the WAV file will be deleted once the MP3 has been created. Check this option to keep the original file as well.
  • Add to iTunes Library: If iTunes is present on your PC, this will automatically add the recorded track to iTunes.
  • Overwrite Last Recording: This is used when you want a single copy of a recurring show. For example, if you're recording the daily news, you might use this. The show file name does not include the date when you use this option.
  • Delete Shows Over __ Days Old: This option enables Replay A/V to automatically delete shows older than a specified number of days.
  • Maximum number of shows to download: For Podcasts or other downloadable shows, use this option to limit the number of shows downloaded.


Splitting Options

Splitting options tag

Recorded shows can be split into smaller files in various ways:

  • Create New Track after: Automatically makes separate MP3 files or CD tracks after a period of silence. This is handy for recording commercial free radio or other playlists. (Note that this is not available for Podcast or Stream Capture recordings.)
  • Split tracks every: Makes a new track or MP3 file automatically after a period of time. This is useful for splitting long radio shows into smaller segments. For example, set this to 60 to make a separate file for each hour of your favorite show.
  • Split Tracks at __ minutes after the hour: This lets you have track splits occur at particular times. For example, if you enter 0, 30 into these boxes, you will get 30 minute segments, starting at 0 minutes and 30 minutes after the hour. For example, if you enter "9' as a value, a split will occur at 12:09, even if the recording starts at 12:05.
  • Split Shoutcast MP3 streams into individual songs: If you're using Stream Capture to record a Shoutcast music radio station, tick this option to have songs tagged and extracted from the recorded stream.


Tags

File tagging options tab

The Tags setting allows you to customize how MP3 files are tagged. If you leave these entries blank, Replay A/V will set the MP3 file tags to defaults. Otherwise, you can specify exactly how files are to be tagged. Select Never Tag Files if you'd like the files NOT to be retagged after downloading.

A powerful option is to use special abbreviation codes to have the current time or date entered into a tag. The following codes are available:

%a - Abbreviated weekday name.
%A - Full weekday name.
%b - Abbreviated month name.
%B - Full month name.
%c - Date and time representation appropriate for locale.
%d - Day of month as decimal number (01 – 31).
%H - Hour in 24-hour format (00 – 23).
%I - Hour in 12-hour format (01 – 12).
%j - Day of year as decimal number (001 – 366).
%m - Month as decimal number (01 – 12).
%M - Minute as decimal number (00 – 59).
%p - Current locale’s A.M./P.M. indicator for 12-hour clock.
%S - Second as decimal number (00 – 59).
%U - Week of year as decimal number, with Sunday as first day of week (00 – 53).
%w - Weekday as decimal number (0 – 6; Sunday is 0).
%W - Week of year as decimal number, with Monday as first day of week (00 – 53).
%x - Date representation for current locale.
%X - Time representation for current locale.
%y - Year without century, as decimal number (00 – 99).
%Y - Year with century, as decimal number.
%z - Time-zone name or abbreviation; no characters if time zone is unknown.
%#c - Long date and time representation, appropriate for current locale.
%#x - Long date representation, appropriate for current locale.

Use the # character to remove any leading zeroes, as in any of the following:

%#d, %#H, %#I, %#j, %#m, %#M, %#S, %#U, %#w, %#W, %#y, %#Y

Examples:

Car Talk %b %#d

The above string makes a tag like "Car Talk Sept 1.mp3".


%m-%d-%y Car Talk

Would make a tag like this: "09-01-06 Car Talk".


Audio Options

Audio Options tab

When recording shows via the Audio Record method (not download/stream capture or TV Card ), you have some extra features available:

  • Compress Speech: This is used to record talk-oriented shows so that you can listen to more in less time, with no loss in comprehension.
  • Mute Sound While Recording: Mutes the speaker while you are recording.
  • Eliminate Dead Air: Removes periods of silence from the recording. (Works great for recording things like Police Scanners or stations that have silence instead of advertisements).

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Settings Reference

This section describes the various settings available to you for customizing the operation of Replay A/V. From the top menu, click File, Settings to open the Settings dialog. Settings are divided into these tabbed sections:

Folders

Tell Replay A/V where to save your recorded radio show files here.

Folder Settings tab

  • Save Output files to this folder: Pick a folder where your recorded shows are to be saved.
  • Temporary Files Folder: This should be located on a drive that has lots of free space. In some rare cases, Replay A/V captures uncompressed audio, and then converts it to MP3s. Uncompressed audio can be as large as 4 Gigabytes, depending upon the length of your recording.


Podcasts

You can have Replay A/V check for new Podcasts at certain times of day or at regular intervals.

Podcasts Settings tab

  • Don't Automatically Check: Don't ever check for new Podcasts.
  • Check at these times: Specify three different times per day when to check for new podcasts to download.
  • Check every: Specify how often to check or new Podcasts.
  • Also check when program starts: Looks for new Podcasts when you first open Replay A/V.
  • Automatically convert downloaded MP3s to iPod Audiobook format: If you are listening using an iPod or iTunes, this will make Bookmarkable Audiobook files. The great thing about this is you can stop listening, and when you resume listening you will start at the point where you were last. This is really handy for listening to long programs.


Tuning

For recording shows broadcast over the Internet using the Audio Record methods, you can specify how to tune them as follows:

Tuning Settings tab

  • Start Connecting : Since it takes time to load the radio feed, as well as connect to the Internet, Replay A/V starts the tuning process before the show is scheduled to start. This setting lets you decide how much time to allow for this process.
  • Automatically Retune: If Replay A/V detects a certain amount of silence, it assumes that the network connection has broken, and attempts to tune to the station again. You can set the amount of time before a retune occurs. Some Internet radio stations have periods of silence during commercial spots, so make sure you set this value high enough.
  • Tune with Replay Tuner: Selecting this option uses Replay Tuner to tune to radio shows. This appears inside of a small window below the Replay A/V program.
  • Tune by Opening Browser: Select this option if you want Replay A/V to open your browser for tuning to an Internet feed to record. Using this if you have trouble with the Replay Tuner.
  • Stream Capture Time Out: Enter the number of seconds after which a stream capture is determined to have failed. If your stream captures are being split into many pieces automatically, or if they terminate early, try increasing this parameter.
  • Retry Tuning __ times if fails: You can specify how many attempts at tuning to a show will occur before Replay A/V stops trying. Occasionally, a station's broadcast feed may be broken or subscribed to capacity, and retrying increases your chances of obtaining a good connection and recording.


Connections

If you are connecting to the Internet via a dial-up modem, or with a proxy server, you'll need to configure those settings here.

Connections Settings tab

  • Connect Via default Dial-up Connection: If your PC is on a LAN, DSL or Cable Modem, leave this unchecked. Otherwise, Replay A/V will use the default dial-up connection to connect to the Internet before recording the show.
  • Test Default Dial-up Connection: This lets you test the dial-up connection to be sure it is working properly.
  • Internet Connections use a Proxy Server: If you connect to the Net using a proxy server, enter this data here. Replay A/V uses Internet connections to download up-to-date program schedules and station lists.


Sound Mixer

Use these settings for reconfiguring Audio Method recordings.

Sound Mixer Settings tab

  • Sound Card Driver in Use: Select the active sound card driver to record from. Usually, Default works fine.
  • Optimize Mixer Volume for Recording: Select this to have Replay A/V automatically set the input volume to a middle level for each recording. If you have sound quality issues, you may want to uncheck this and set the values yourself. but this should work well on most PCs.
  • Test Alternate Recording Methods: In most cases the default Replay A/V audio driver will work fine for recording what you hear. Use this button to test alternate recording methods. Many sound cards have several different options. Use the Alternate Recording Methods button to determine the best alternate source for recording what you hear on your PC.
  • Setup Windows Sound Mixer: Click this to select input and output devices and sound levels (advanced users only).


Sync

The Sync settings are used to copy your recorded files to a single folder on the PC, or for syncing to a USB-based MP3 player or other external drive.

Sync Settings tab

  • Copy all Finished Recordings to this PC Folder: When a recording has completed, a copy is made to this folder on your PC. Choose Browse to pick a folder. Choose View to view the contents of that folder.
  • Sync Recordings to this Device Folder (if present): If the selected folder is present, files are also copied to this folder. This folder is also used for synchronizing between the Device and your PC.
  • Sync Now: Make sure the contents of the PC folder are copied to the device folder, and removes any files on the device that are NOT in the PC folder.
  • When Device Connects, Sync: If a new USB device is detected, a sync will occur Always, Never, or from a prompt (Ask Me). The Sync will occur only if the Device Folder is detected.
  • Delete Files Over: When a sync occurs, any files older than the specified number of days will be deleted on both the PC folder and the device folder.


XM Hardware

If you have an XM PCR, or a hardware cable interface from Hybrid Mobile, you can record XM Satellite feeds once Replay A/V is properly configured. The functions on this page help you test the XM Hardware connection.

XM Hardware Settings tab

  • Check XM Hardware Interface: Click this button to ensure that Replay A/V can talk to your XM receiver.
  • Turn Off Radio: Turns off the XM Radio.
  • Tune to Channel (Test): Lets you change the channel on your XM receiver.


Other

Other Settings tab

  • File Naming Format: This lets you customize how Replay A/V names recording files. (See Customizing Recording File Names for details.)
  • Start Program when Windows starts: When you reboot your PC, Replay A/V is automatically loaded if this option is checked. Since Replay A/V needs to be running for a scheduled show to be recorded, this helps ensure you don't miss any shows.
  • Run uPnP Server: If you have a uPnP device like a WiFi boom box or a Media Extender, it can play recordings from Replay A/V. Check this option to start the uPnP server.
  • Don't show warning when quitting: When you exit Replay A/V, you normally get a warning message. Select this option to disable those messages.
  • Make m3u files playlist after recording: If you're recording several tracks as MP3s, select this option to make a .m3u playlist for each recording session. M3U files can be played using Windows Media Player or Win Amp, and will play each track sequentially.
  • Run Conversions Faster: If this option is selected, conversions from one format to another will run faster, although other operations on your PC may run slower while conversions are taking place.
  • Disable keep-alive when recording: When a recording is active, Replay A/V simulates some mouse movement to prevent screen savers or power savers from shutting down your PC. Check this option to prevent these occasional mouse movements.
  • Left-click to display menu: When you install Replay A/V, left-clicking on any show displays a pop-up menu. Uncheck this option to make a right-click display the options menu instead.
  • Setup CD Burner: Click this button to configure your CD Burner.

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Stream Capture/URL Finder Reference

The Stream Capture and URL Finder tools use an identical interface to help you capture clips immediately, or schedule a recording for later. You can open Stream Capture from the top menu by selecting Record, Stream Capture Video or Audio Clips. Open the URL Finder tool from Tools, URL Finder.

The only difference between these two options is that Stream Capture is automatically set up to start recording right away after you pick a URL to record from.

Stream Capture window

If you've already played a video and it was downloaded to your PC, you don't need to play it again to record it - just select it from the list. These are the "cached" videos you may see.

Here are the options here:

  • Add Selection as New Recording: Creates a new show from the selected item.
  • Copy URL: Copy the URL of the selected video to the clipboard.
  • Preview URL: View the audio/video from the selected URL.
  • Clear List: Clears the list of shows, and empties the Internet Explorer cache.
  • Show SWF (Flash Animation) files: Select this to display .swf files. Normally, these are part of the display page, and are not interesting to record, but in some cases the video or animation is contained in a SWF file.
  • Show Cached Audio/Video: Show or hide cached (already played) video.
  • Network Adapter to Monitor: Stream Capture/URL Finder operated by watching all network activity on a specific adapter, and locating URL's of audio and video feeds. The proper adapter is usually chosen automatically, but you can override the setting here.

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Convert/Transfer Reference

Convert/Transfer lets you perform file conversions, burn CDs, delete files, insert files to iTunes, and fix ASF files. You can open this in two different ways:

  • Click a show, and select Convert/Transfer from the pop-up menu. This displays just the files for the selected show.
  • Select Tools, Convert/Transfer from the top menu. This displays ALL your recording files.

    Convert/Transfer window

Click on the files in the upper pane, then choose an operation from the lower pane, and press GO.

The operations are self-explanatory. Fix ASF files is used to process a Windows Media ASF file, and make it playable and seekable.

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Log Viewer Reference

If you're having trouble recording, looking at the Log is a great way to see what might be going wrong. The Applian Technical Support Team is delighted when you send along a log file upon submitting a support request.

To open the Log Viewer, select Tools, Log Viewer from the menu.

View Logs window

Click on a date, then one of these options:

  • View: Opens the log for viewing.
  • Copy File Name: Copy the name of the log file to the clipboard. You can paste this into a support request - having a Log to look at makes it easier for the Support Technicians to help you.
  • Delete Log: Delete the selected log file.

 

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Keyboard Shortcuts

For visually impaired users, commonly used functions in Replay A/V can be triggered with keyboard. (Note: Version 8.02 of Replay A/V changed these shortcuts from using the Alt key to using the Ctrl key.) Here's all the shortcuts:

    • Ctrl+G: Open Media Guide.
    • Ctrl+F: Open Stream Capture/URL Finder.
    • Ctrl+A: Add New Show.
    • Ctrl+B: Open Convert/Transfer dialog.
    • Ctrl+Q: Open Record Audio (Quick Record) .
    • Ctrl+S: Open Settings dialog.
    • Ctrl+T: Tune to selected station.
    • Ctrl+U: Update Podcasts.
    • Ctrl+L: View Recording Logs.
    • Ctrl+W: View Shows
    • Shift+Up: Move the selected show up in the list.
    • Shift+Down: Move the selected show down in the list.
    • Ctrl+1 through Ctrl+9: Quickly tune to the show listed first, second, etc.
    • F1: Open the User Guide.
    • Del: Delete the selected show.
    • Enter: Edit the selected show.
    • Ctrl+F4: Exit.

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Recording iTunes Radio Stations

iTunes has a decent list of radio stations, which you can record to your iPod and listen to on-the-go. Plus, each song is recorded as a separate MP3 file, and the song information is added to that file. It's easy to do, and a great way to get more out of iTunes.

Here's how to record iTunes radio:

    1. Open iTunes, and click the Radio tab. The Radio Stations list appears as shown:

      iTunes Radio recording

    2. In this example, we'll add Classic Soul to Replay A/V to record. Simply drag the radio station over the Replay A/V main window, and release the mouse button. The station appears ready to record as follows:

      iTunes Radio station added to Replay AV

    3. To have songs added automatically to iTunes, click the Output tab, and tick Add to iTunes.
    4. To begin recording right away, from the Basic tab click Record Now. Or, go to the Schedule tab to schedule a recording session later.
    5. Click OK when you're done.

Replay A/V Note: One of the cool things about recording iTunes (and other Shoutcast-style stations) is that Replay A/V will automatically create a new MP3 file whenever a song changes. In addition, it will tag the MP3 files with the artist and song title, so you can see what song is playing while you listen. If you set up a playlist in iTunes, you'll be able to skip over songs you don't like, or replay songs you enjoy. There's never been a better way to listen to the radio!

 

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Recording from an External Audio Source (like a Radio)

In addition to recording over the Internet, you can record any other audio sources your PC accepts, including the Line In or Microphone jack on your PC's sound card, CD Players, and more.

If you have a device like a radio or police scanner attached to your PC, you'll need a dual male headphone adapter as shown here:

    Radio Shack adapter

    This adapter is available at Radio Shack for about $4.

    Look for the following on the package:
    Part #42-2497
    Stereo Audio Cable
    1/8" stereo mini plug to 1/8" stereo mini plug
    For connecting audio components to a computer's sound card

Before connecting the adapter, check to be sure you get sound out of the microphone or line-in input. Often times Windows is not set up properly for this by default. You can check this by opening Sound Recorder from Start, Programs, Accessories, Entertainment, and then recording something.

Configuring Windows for Recording from External Audio Sources

To record, you need to make sure Microphone or Line In recording is selected using the Windows Volume control. Here's how to set it up properly:

    1. Double-click on the speaker icon Windows speaker iconon the task bar tray.

      OR

      If there is no Windows speaker icon icon, select Start, Settings, Control Panel. Click Sounds and Audio Devices (or Sounds and Multimedia). Then click the Audio tab, then click the Volume button under Sound Recording.

      This opens the Windows Volume Control.

      Windows volume control window


    2. Click Options, Properties, Adjust Volume for Recording.
      This makes the recording inputs appear.

      Recording input properties window

    3. Be sure Microphone and Line In are checked to display these inputs.
      (Some PCs may not have a Line In control, in which case just Microphone will appear.)
    4. Click OK.
      The Recording Control dialog appears.

      Recording control window


    5. Depending upon your version of Windows, make sure that the Select box for both Microphone and Line-In are checked, and make sure that Mute is unchecked.
    6. Close the Windows Volume Control.

Note: When you record in this manner, be sure to select the proper Audio Recording Method when adding a new show to record.

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Continuously Recording a Station

Replay A/V makes it easy to continuously record a station 24 hours a day.

Here's how to continuously record:

    1. Click on the show entry to continuously record, and select Properties from the pop-up menu.
    2. Click the Schedule tab.

      Schedule recording properties

    3. Click the Set Continuous Recording button.

Continuous recording works by setting the schedule to record from midnight to midnight 7 days per week. It it highly recommended to also set up Splits (click the Splitting tab) to that your recordings are broken up into smaller pieces.

 

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Organizing Shows

You can change the order which your scheduled shows appear on the main screen, either by sorting shows, or rearranging them manually. Here's how the main screen appears again:

Main Replay AV window

To sort shows:

    • Click the Name, Status/Last Recording or Next Recording heading in the list of shows.

To rearrange the order of shows:

    • Right-Click a show, and then drag it up or down, or press the Shift + Up or Shift + Down keyboard combinations. The selected show changes position.

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Customizing Recording File Names

You can specify how you want the names of recorded files to appear. By default, a show named "My Show" saved as an MP3 file on December 1 will be named "My Show Dec 1.mp3". However, you can change this using the File naming format string in Settings, Other.

Here are the various symbol options and what they mean:

%%s - This is the name of the show, and must be present.
%a - Abbreviated weekday name.
%A - Full weekday name.
%b - Abbreviated month name.
%B - Full month name.
%c - Date and time representation appropriate for locale.
%d - Day of month as decimal number (01 – 31).
%H - Hour in 24-hour format (00 – 23).
%I - Hour in 12-hour format (01 – 12).
%j - Day of year as decimal number (001 – 366).
%m - Month as decimal number (01 – 12).
%M - Minute as decimal number (00 – 59).
%p - Current locale’s A.M./P.M. indicator for 12-hour clock.
%S - Second as decimal number (00 – 59).
%U - Week of year as decimal number, with Sunday as first day of week (00 – 53).
%w - Weekday as decimal number (0 – 6; Sunday is 0).
%W - Week of year as decimal number, with Monday as first day of week (00 – 53).
%x - Date representation for current locale.
%X - Time representation for current locale.
%y - Year without century, as decimal number (00 – 99).
%Y - Year with century, as decimal number.
%z - Time-zone name or abbreviation; no characters if time zone is unknown.
%#c - Long date and time representation, appropriate for current locale.
%#x - Long date representation, appropriate for current locale.

Use the # character to remove any leading zeroes, as in any of the following:

%#d, %#H, %#I, %#j, %#m, %#M, %#S, %#U, %#w, %#W, %#y, %#Y

The characters / ? : * \ cannot be used anywhere in the format string. Any other characters that appear are presented as-is.

Examples:

The default format string is:
%%s %b %#d

The above default string makes show names like "My Show Dec 1.mp3".

A format string like this:
%m-%d-%y %%s

Would make a show name like this: "12-01-03 My Show.mp3".

Note: Track numbers are always appended to the END of each show, before the .mp3 suffix. For example:
12-01-06 My Show - 01.mp3
12-01-06 My Show - 02.mp3
etc.

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Custom Conversion Options

For Advanced Users Only!

With Replay A/V, you have the ability to automatically convert recordings using any command line conversion utility you choose. The conversions are done after the recording has finished. Replay A/V comes with several built-in conversions already, and you can create your own as well. Here's how to do it:

    1. Locate a "command line" utility that performs the conversion you'd like to add to Replay A/V.
    2. Make a .cnv file, or look at one of the ones in the Replay A/V program files folder under the Conversions subfolder.
    3. Fill in each line in the .cnv file.

Here's a sample CNV file used to convert to 128 Kbps MP3 using Replay Converter::

[Custom Conversion]
name=Audio - MP3 (128 Kbps)
from=ANY
to=MP3
exe=ReplayConverter.exe
cmd=ReplayConverter.exe ?%from?%to?MP3-128?Q
fromext=ANY
toext=mp3
itunes=1

Each line has a parameter that Replay A/V reads to perform conversions. Here's what they are:

    • name - The name of the conversion as it appears in the menus.
    • from - This must say "ANY".
    • to - The format name to appear as an After Recording, Convert to setting (see here).
    • exe - The name of the command line converter EXE file. This EXE file must reside in the Replay A/V program files folder.
    • cmd - The command to pass to the conversion utility EXE file. In the command, you can have "%outfolder" as the output folder, "%from" as the full path name to the source file, "%to" as the full path name to the destination output file, "%name" as the name of the show, and "%episode" as the name and date of the show.
    • fromext - This must say "ANY".
    • toext - The filename extension of the destination output file.
    • itunes - Set this to "1" if the output is capable of being copied to iTunes.

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iTunes Tricks and Hints

If you're using iTunes to manage your downloaded MP3 files, here's some neat tricks:

Making Smart Playlists

Wouldn't it be cool if you could have any shows recorded by Replay A/V automatically appear in their own playlist? Replay A/V saves each recorded file with a Genre of "Replay AV", which makes it easy to do this. Here's how:

    1. Open iTunes, and select File, New Smart Playlist from the menu.
    2. Set the Genre to contain "Replay AV", as shown here:

      iTunes Replay AV Smart Playlist

    3. Enter the name of the Playlist. Suggested names are "Replay AV" or "Podcast".

To make just new shows appear in a Playlist, add the following condition: PlayCount=0. The smart playlist screen appears like this:

iTunes Replay AV Smart Playlist new shows

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Syncing to other MP3 Players

With Replay A/V, you can have all your recordings copied to a single folder on your PC, as well as sync them to any USB-based MP3 player. This is set up using the Sync option in the Settings menu.

If your MP3 Player attaches via a USB or Firewire connection, and can appear as a drive letter on your PC, then this option will work for you.

Here's how the Sync settings appear:

Sync Settings tab

See the Sync Settings reference for details on how this option works.

 

Supported Streaming Formats

For recording streaming video or audio using Stream Capture, Replay A/V captures the following formats and protocols:

    • Windows Media: HTTP, MMS, RTSP
    • Real: HTTP, RTSP
    • QuickTime: HTTP
    • Flash: SWF
    • Flash Video: FLV
    • AOL Video (NSV)
    • Shoutcast/Live 365 (streaming MP3)

The Audio Record method can capture ANY audio format, even ones not yet invented. Files are saved in their original format, or converted to MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA, M4B (iPod bookmarkable) and more.

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