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Replay Media Catcher 6 User Guide

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Quick Start

Watch these videos to get up and running quickly with Replay Media Catcher:

In most cases, catching online media is as easy as clicking the AUTO switch to the On position. AUTO switch in On position

If this is the first time you are using Replay Media Catcher 6 (RMC6), you may get a notice about our SSL Scanner. This helps facilitate capturing streaming media over HTTPS connections. RMC6 will then watch for streaming media as you browse the internet. If streaming media is recognized, it will be saved to your computer. For more information, please read Capture Method - Stream Downloader.

If you don't want RMC6 to constantly watch for streaming media, turn AUTO to the Off position: AUTO switch in Off position

For On Demand saving of media, Drag & Drop or Copy & Paste the webpage URL into the URL Download field.
drag and drop field
RMC6 will then find the media on the page and save it for you. For more info, please see Saving Online Media with the URL Bar and DVR Online Videos with the URL Bar.

If the media playing in your browser (or via the Drag & Drop or Copy & Paste method) cannot be saved, the media is likely protected. In these cases, use RMC6's Audio Recorder or Digital Video Recorder features to save the media.

Tutorials

When you first launch Replay Media Cather 6, you are presented with an overview of the software and an opportunity to do a guided walk through. This walk though is highly recommended as it highlights where commonly used features are located.

You can reopen the tutorial screen at anytime via the Main menu icon at the top right main menu iconand selecting Tutorial.

We also recommend that you view our video tutorials which will acquaint you with aspects of the software:
Video Tutorials

Overview and the Home Tab

Replay Media Catcher 6 is an easy, yet powerful way to capture video and audio files from thousands of web sites as they play in any web browser. These files can be transferred to smartphones or tablets, burned to a CD or DVD disc, or incorporated into other programs like PowerPoint or video editors.

Besides being a simple-to-use streaming media recorder, Replay Media Catcher 6 has some other handy features:

When you start Replay Media Catcher 6 for the first time, the default view is the Home tab for Stream Recording.

Home tab when screen recording

RMC6 Main Toolbar

At the top of Replay Media Catcher 6 is a toolbar which adjusts depending on the chosen Capture Method.
main toolbar
When the Stream Downloader Capture Method is chosen, the AUTO button will appear, as in the above screenshot. Please read Capture Method - Stream Downloader for its usage.

At the top right you will find the main toolbar icons for accessing the most common recording features. The contents of the toolbar are dependent on the current recording method. In the Stream Downloader Capture Method, from left to right, the icons are:

RMC6 tabs

Along the left hand side of the user interface you will find tabs for:

RMC6 Home Tab Central Content

The contents of the central area will change depending on the chosen tab. When on the Home tab, all your saved media will be shown in the central file listing section.
RMC6 Home tab file listing

Capture Method - Stream Downloader

RMC6 GUI in Stream Downloder mode

Replay Media Catcher 6 will detect and download video and music from thousands of sites and streamed via many different protocols and in many different formats.Click here for the full list of supported protocols.

Browser Independence

It does not matter what browser or other application you use to watch video or listen to music that is streamed from the internet. This is because Replay Media Catcher monitors the network stream for media, and once detected will download or record the stream.

What is the Difference Between Recording and Downloading Internet Streams?

When Replay Media Catcher detects a compatible stream, it will try and create another connection to download it. When Replay Media Catcher is downloading, there is no need to continue to play the video or music in your browser!

Sometimes it is not possible for Replay Media Catcher to download the media. In these instances, Replay Media Catcher will record the stream as it plays in your browser. When Replay Media Catcher is recording in this manner you must continue to play the video or music in your browser. If you stop playback, then Replay Media Catcher will also stop recording.

Replay Media Catcher displays Downloading or Recording in the Status column of the Home tab for the respective methods. If a stream is protected and cannot be downloaded or recorded directly, then you can use the Audio Recorder (for audio content) or Digital Video Recorder (for video content) Capture Methods to save the media.

Monitoring For Internet Streams with AUTO

Capture Method Stream Downloader selected You must start monitoring BEFORE you watch or listen to media that you want to capture. First, make sure that the capture method at the top right is set to Stream Downloader, as seen to the right. Click on the AUTO switch before browsing to the media you want to capture. Once clicked, the AUTO switch will turn slide right and turn green AUTO switch in On position.

 

Saving Online Media with the URL Bar

You can perform manual downloads using the URL bar, found directly beneath the AUTO switch. As the hint text suggests, you can manually type in a URL, copy & paste a URL, or drag & drop a URL into the text field. If you already have a URL copied to the Windows clipboard, you can also use the paste from clipboard button clipboard button at the end of the URL field. Then click the Enter key or press the download url buttondownload arrow button. RMC6 will visit the URL and attempt to grab streaming media from it. The final dvr url buttonDVR button in the bar will launch a Digital Video Recording of media at the URL (please refer to Capture Method - Digital Video Recorder for more information).

Media Extractor - Choosing Media Quality

Oftentimes, online media will be streamed in multiple formats and qualities. For compatible streams, RMC6 will detect the different available media formats and give you a choice as to which to save. Expand the formats listing and double-click on the one you want to download. The line will turn green, indicating that the video is queued for download. If you are interested in only saving a particular format or quality all of the time, you can act on those preferences with the Preferred Download Quality and Preferred Download Format options at the bottom of the window.

Multiple Streams download option

If you change you mind about preferred formats, you can reset the preference in Settings -> Internet Downloads.

File Naming

Please refer to Settings -> Naming Rules and Advanced Settings

Capture Method - Audio Recorder

Capture Method Audio Recorder selected Audio recording is a great way to capture music when downloading fails. Saving audio using this method will work, regardless of the format, protocol, or web site of the media.

First, switch to the Audio Recorder by changing the Capture Method in the top right toolbar. The green bullseye audio recording buttonRECORD button will appear at the top left. Once clicked, the RECORD button will turn to a red square STOP button stop recording button, but RMC6 will be actively monitoring for audio media. When RMC6 is actively recording audio, the VU meter will animate at the lower left of the interface, and the recording will be seen in the Home tab.

Audio Recording active

Splitting and Combining Recordings

While recording, you may wish to begin the creation of a new file, ending the first, without stopping the recording process. This is easily achieved using the Split Now scissors icon in the toolbar Split Now Icon.

Sometimes, based on the automatic silence detection settings (see Settings -> Audio Recording and DVR), a recording might be accidentally split into two or more files. Alternately, you may want to join multiple files together to make a long recording. In the Home tab, simply select the files you wish to combine, right-click and choose Combine. The Combine window will appear. Reorder the recorded clips as appropriate by dragging and dropping them, with the top-most item being the first. Give a name for the combined recording, and press the Combine button.
Combine window
The Combine option can also be accessed via the Main Menu icon main menu icon or by pressing the + key on your keyboard's number pad.

Small Interface

If you are capturing a lot of media from the internet (a playlist of songs for instance) then you may wish to use the Small Interface by clicking small interface iconin the toolbar. The main interface will disappear and the Small Interface will appear. The progress of active recordings will appear in a movable box at the lower right of the screen. You can turn off this option in Settings -> Personalization -> "Display progress alerts when minimized". The Small interface can be dragged to different locations, and you can return to the Main Interface by clicking large interface icon.

Setting the Output Folder

At any time you can change the default output folder that files are saved in by clicking media folder in the toolbar. You can also change the location via Settings -> Output Folder.

Audio Settings and Naming (a.k.a. Tagging) Rules

Please consult the Settings sections on Audio Recording and Naming Rules.

Capture Method - Digital Video Recorder

Capture Method Digital Video Recorder selected Videos from some streaming websites cannot be directly downloaded or recorded using the Stream Capture method. For these cases, Replay Media Catcher 6 has a powerful Digital Video Recorder feature. In this mode, only one recording can be done at a time. From the Capture Method icon in the top right toolbar, choose Digital Video Recorder. The Digital Video Recorder feature is available on systems running Windows Vista and above.

DVR Online Videos with the URL Bar

DVR drag and drop URL field

As with the Stream Downloader capture mode, website URLs can be drag & dropped (or copy and pasted) into the URL Bar at the top of the RMC6 interface. Thepaste from clipboard button clipboard icon can also be used to paste in a URL that you have copied from a web browser. Then press the dvr url buttonDVR button to the right in the URL bar. RMC6 will go to the site and attempt to make a recording of the video there. If the recording fails, you may need to use our DVR Browser to specifically start the recording, especially if login credentials are necessary.

DVR Online Videos with the DVR Browser

Replay Media Catcher 6 includes a convenient web browser for making the digital video recording of online media easier. Additionally, some websites require patrons to login to an account in order to watch a video. To open the DVR Browser, click the globe icon in the toolbar DVR Browser icon. Our DVR Browser window will open with a convenient list of popular video streaming websites.

DVR Browser window

You can click on a thumbnail to go to the listed site, or you can enter a URL of your own choosing in the URL field. Reopening the DVR Browser will take you back to the last site you visited, and the DVR Browser Home button Home button will return you to this main listing.

Once you have found a video and it is playing in the DVR Browser, click the DVR Record button REC button. The browser window will close, and a recording will be done in the background. In the lower left corner of the RMC6 interface, there will be a mini live view of the recording.

Note: RMC6 uses audio redirection by default, so there will be no audio. DVR recordings are meant to be done in the background, so there will be no audio playing in the DVR Browser or during an active recording. If you do hear audio from the video, then our audio redirection is not locked into the media or you have turned off the setting. Close and reopen the DV Browser. If you want to hear the audio while a recording is taking place, turn Off the Audio Redirection option in Settings -> DVR.

Additional options:

DVR Automatic Silence Detection

RMC6's DVR includes methods to detect if there is silence during a recording. This typically indicates that a video has completed or that a commercial break has been encountered. By default, RMC6 will "split" a recording when silence is detected - a new recording will begin. This conveniently allows you to subsequently delete advertisements and only watch the content you are interested in. Recordings can then be recombined into a single video as previously described for audio recordings. The Split on silence feature can be disabled/enabled in Settings -> DVR. Additionally, if a longer period of silence is detected, RMC6 will completely stop the recording under the assumption that the video has completed. This "timeout" feature can be adjusted in Stop if no sound (sec) in Settings -> DVR. Please refer to the Settings section of this User Guide for more information.

Guides: Exploring the Media Guides

Various Guides are available to help you find Videos, Music, Radio, and Podcasts to download and record.

Some guides provide the ability to download and schedule downloads directly from within the guide itself. Others require Internet monitoring or audio recording to be switched on to capture media as it plays in the guide.

Guides that allow direct downloads can have content scheduled for download or recording. Using the guide for Scheduling ensures correct information is entered into the Scheduler.

guides tab view

Schedule Recording

Replay Media Catcher contains a sophisticated scheduler, which allows you to schedule regular and unattended downloads and/or recordings. The scheduler takes into consideration the time zone of the source, and also handles changes in daylight savings between the source and you. This is particularly important for regular radio recordings.

Replay Media Catcher does not need to be running when a download or recording is scheduled. It will automatically start using the Windows Task Scheduler.

schedule view


You can configure a scheduled download or recording as follows:

Monitor Webcams and Live Streams

Replay Media Catcher contains a sophisticated monitor, which allows you to monitor webcam and live stream pages so that you never miss a broadcast.

You can configure the web page containing the webcam or live stream to monitor follows:

Settings Tab: Customizing RMC6

The Settings tab allows you customize the behavior of the software. All settings have tooltips when you hover your mouse over them, which will give an indication of their function. If you want to return to the default settings, press the reset button Reset button at the right, under the main toolbar.

Personalization

Personalization settings

Output Folder

Output Folder settings

By default, your recordings will be placed into an Applian\Replay Media Catcher folder inside your Documents folder. You can easily change to a number of different common folders. If you have a "cloud" service installed, RMC6 will recognize it and provide that as a save location option as well. Links for three common cloud services are supplied if you wish to install them.

If you want a Custom location for saving the downloaded and recorded media, make sure the Custom radio button is selected. Then, at the bottom in the Output Folder field, enter the location you would like to save media to. You can also click on the ellipsis, "...", at the end of the line to bring up a folder navigator for choosing a location.

Internet Downloads

Internet Downloads settings

When you turn on the Auto mode for Stream Downloading, RMC6 will watch network traffic for data that looks like media. RMC6 does this using either the WinPcap Monitor or Applian Network Monitor driver. If you are not seeing any media being downloaded when Auto is ON, then you may need to switch to the other driver. WinPcap is the preferred driver due to fewer conflicts with other software, and Network Monitor is specifically recommended for downloading media over VPN connections.

Audio Recording

Audio Recording settings

Audio extraction program listing

DVR

DVR settings

Naming Rules

Naming Rules settings

Replay Media Catcher 6 uses a curly bracketed (aka braces) shorthand for naming files. This shorthand allows for easy naming of recordings based on a series of rules.
Track: {title} {album} {artist} {genre} {trackno} {year}
Date of the recording: {D} - day, {M} - month, {Y} - year, {H} - hour, {MI} - minute, {S} - second
{id} - Uid, the order in which the file was downloaded in the file listing. Clear the listing and restart to reset the Uid.
Folder Separator for creating subfolders: \


So, if you wanted a tagged file to be named by album, artist, and then title with underscores between, you might use {album}_{artist}_{title}.
If you wanted to put the tagged file into subfolders, artist first and then album, and include the track number, you could use {artist}\{album}\{trackno}-{title}.
If a recording is not automatically tagged, you might need to manually tag it for the file naming rules to apply. Right-click on the recording and choose Properties.

For media obtained via the Stream Downloader method, additional naming rules apply after the initial title is determined. Please refer to Advanced Settings for these site naming rules.

Get Support Tab

Support settings

In the Get Support tab, you can learn more about Replay Media Catcher 6 as well as provide useful information to technical support if there is a problem.

Converting Media Formats

On the Home tab, beneath the main toolbar, you will find the conversion preset pulldown. conversion listing pulldown

Selecting a preset from this drop down means that any download, recording or conversion started after the preset is changed will be converted to that format. If you don't wish for a conversion to occur, select Don't Convert, and you will see No Conversion Setting.

Conversions of media can either be done automatically, as mentioned above, or on-demand. To do an on-demand conversion, choose a conversion setting and then right-click on the media in the Home tab and select Convert. Alternately, if the media is already selected, you can choose Convert from the Main Menu main menu icon. If you are scheduling a recording, you can set it up to automatically do a conversion (see Schedule for more information).

Quick Conversion to MP3

If you have a media file or files that you want to convert to MP3, you do not need to set a global conversion setting. Simply, select the files to be converted in the Home tab. Next, either right-click or use the Main menu to choose Save to MP3. Your selected files will then be converted to a high quality MP3.

Importing Media For Conversion

You may have media from other sources that you would like to convert to a different format. First, import the media into RMC6. This can be done either via dragging & dropping the file from Windows onto the RMC6 file listing, or via the Main Menu Import option (Alt+i on the keyboard).

Note: Media imported into RMC6 will stay in its original location. Conversions of the media will be saved to the same location. The imported media will not be moved to the RMC6 Output Folder.

Then, select a conversion setting from the pulldown and choose Convert from the right-click or Main menu.

Changing and Adding New Conversion Settings

You have full control over the preset conversion settings and can create, delete and modify them. However as new devices and formats are released, preset conversion settings will be updated, and these are automatically downloaded when you start the application.

To create, delete or edit existing preset conversion settings, select the Configure menu item from the drop-down. The Conversion Presets dialog will appear.

conversion presets window

To add a new format without deleting the default, simply click the Copy button first, give your new format a name, then edit as you wish.
The conversion settings follow FFMPEG conventions.

Advanced Internet Downloading Settings

In general, the Advanced settings will not need to be adjusted. These settings are accessed via the Advanced button on the Settings -> Internet Downloads page. You need to turn Off and back On the AUTO setting for any changes to take affect.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Alt + X = Start or Stop Auto mode Stream Downloading
Alt + R = Start or Stop audio recording
Alt + S = Split audio recording
Escape = Cancel selected download
Del = Delete selected recording(s) from computer
F2 = Rename selected download/recording.
Ctrl + R = Remove selected file(s) from the file listing, but don't delete from computer
Enter = Play selected download/recording
Ctrl + C = Converted selected files to format specified in global conversion settings
Ctrl + M = Converted selected files to MP3
Add = Combine multiple selected files
Ctrl + F = Fix FLV
F5 = Restart download (only possible for some download streams)
Ctrl + I = Import selected recording(s) into iTunes library
Ctrl + W = Import selected recording(s) into Windows Media Player library
Ctrl + O = Show selected file in Windows File Explorer
Alt + A = Show the album artwork in the Properties Window
Alt + L = Show the song lyrics in the Properties Window
Alt + T = Lookup ID3 tags (artist, song, album, etc) for selected song(s)
Alt + Enter = Open the download/recording properties window
Alt + I = Open file browser to Import songs into Replay Music
F1 = Open web browser to the Replay Media Catcher support page
Alt + F4 = Quit
Ctrl + L = Place cursor in the URL bar
Ctrl + S = Open Settings tab
Ctrl + tab = Next tab
Ctrl + shift + tab = Previous tab
Ctrl + v = With the file listing selected, the paste command can be used to import media files from the clipboard. Additionally, if you have copied multiple URLs from a text file, those can be queued for downloading.

Disabling Secure Boot on Windows 8.1 Systems

The Application recording mode requires Secure Boot to be disabled on Windows 8 systems. The benefit of the Application recording mode is that each audio source can be isolated, providing a clean recording. You can still recording in Stereo Mix mode without disabling Secure Boot, but then the recordings might overlap with other audio playing on your computer, such as system sounds. You will need to be careful to turn off system sounds and not have any other audio play during a recording.

You might want to print out these instructions or have them open on a mobile/secondary device since disabling Secure Boot involves restarting your computer. You might also want to bookmark this page to return to after disabling Secure Boot.

  1. Press the Windows key + C, or (if you have a touchscreen) swipe in from the right edge of the screen to open your Charms.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Click Change PC Settings.
  4. In PC Settings, select Update and Recovery.
  5. In the Update and Recovery screen, click Recovery at the left.
  6. Under Advanced Startup, click Restart now. The system will restart and show the Windows 8 boot menu.
  7. In the boot menu, select Troubleshoot.
  8. In the Troubleshoot menu, select Advanced options.
  9. In the Advanced options menu, select UEFI Firmware Settings.
  10. Click Restart button to boot into UEFI BIOS Setup screen.
  11. Each manufacturer lays out the BIOS differently. Look through the BIOS settings and disable Secure Boot. Save settings and exit.

Here is a video walking through the steps: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZcYbxOcPV0

Once Secure Boot is turned off, you will be able to use the Applications recording method to get clean recordings.