The MPlayer Stream Recorder Frontend, v0.6.
What is Qanat ? The Qanat interface Qanat Recording a Video Stream Qanat Recording an Audio Stream Download FAQ
Qanat is a simple frontend that speeds up and makes recording (downloading) internet audio and video streams as convenient as possible. MPlayer is an excellent project, but pasting addresses and options into the Windows XP command/DOS box can be fiddly and frustrating. Hopefully Qanat will mean that you can quickly hit the record button and go. Qanat is free ! Released under the GNU General Public License. If you use the source code in any major way then please link back to this page somewhere or mention Qanat, and me!
Paste the address and hit record and away you go. The example shows a record destination set by the user, but recording can take place to a default destination in a hurry. You can also play the file you are recording to. No need to wait for the whole thing to finish before listening to your audio or viewing your video.
In this screen shot the two MPlayer DOS windows are visible. One is playing from the stream recording. The other shows MPlayer actually recording the stream as well as showing the currently playing song. This example uses an audio stream from Shoutcast, but other streams would work just as well.
Qanat requires MPlayer. The command line version, not the GUI version. See the Readme file for details.
Latest version Qanat v0.6 Get it here.
Or download from Softpedia
Q. What's that funny name ?
A. See Qanat. Think "stream" :P
Q. Why are the DOS windows visible ?
A. They could have been hidden but then the user cannot see the titles displayed for the currently playing song. It is also useful to be able to see what's going on, and some users want to do things at the command line after the recording has finished or is terminated with CTRL-C.
Q. Can't I just download the radio station or tv channel I'm using ?
A. In some cases, yes. But often it will be broadcast in a format like Real Audio from a specialised server. Only MPlayer, or similiar software can read the stream format ( rtsp:// ) and dump it in pristine form to a file. When you play it you will be using the data exactly as if you were streaming it from the actual server.
Q. My audio or video keeps stopping and starting.
A. If you are listening or viewing having clicked the "play" button on Qanat then you might want to wait a while and try again. You could also leave the stream recording. When you listen to it later it will no longer have any problems you might get when playing it live. For the curious, the recorded stream acts like a "buffer" that is used by most media players to keep the stream running smoothly (the interent will not always serve a stream consistently) so the longer you leave it before playing then the bigger this buffer will be between you and any glitches.
Happy streaming :D
DJ Barney, 2008,.