Re: Recording what you hear/Virtual Recorder utility finished #software #freeware

Ron Canazzi

Hi Carlos,

I may have been a bit unclear. I am running Windows 8.1--not XP. What I meant to say is that ever since Windows 7, when something crashes, you get that message: 'The <program name> has stopped working; You can check for a solution on the web or close the program.' You get the choice of closing the program or checking on the web for a solution. Sometimes as in the case of Virtual Recorder, all you get is the close the program button. This message occurs in versions of Windows after XP. Apparently, I wasn't clear on that in my message.

That's what happens when I try running Virtual Recorder. I tried both at the Windows level with administrator privileges or at the command line as stated in the earlier post.

On 2/21/2016 9:25 AM, Carlos wrote:
Hi Ron,
Unfortunately, you may be a victim of running on an outdated OS. I should have thought of this before, but the virtual capture device relies on the WASAPI loopback feature like Audacity and GoldWave which is not available in XP.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Ron Canazzi" <>
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Sent: Sunday, February 21, 2016 9:12 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Recording what you hear/Virtual Recorder utility finished

Hi Carlos,

I was game to try it. When I unzipped it and tried running it, I got the classic Windows post XP message: 'Virtual Recorder has stopped working: check for a solution; close the program.' What gives?

On 2/21/2016 8:38 AM, Carlos wrote:
Anyone want to give this thing a try? It works rather well at this point in my opinion. You can record to flac, mp3, or wav. Other formats could be easily added. You can record either from the virtual audio capture device, a sound card/device, or both at the same time. You can assign global hotkeys to start/stop/pause/resume recording and configure it to run from the system tray or even completely hidden. You can schedule recordings using command line parameters.
-r to record
-t to set the duration of the recording in the format hours, minutes, and seconds. for example,
-t 01:20:00
-x to have the program automatically close when it is done recording.

The timer functionality was already built-in to ffmpeg so it didn't require much effort to add. I was able to make the program very portable using Enigma Virtual Box. What's great is that all of the software involved is either free or open source. An installer and brief documentation will come later. For now I just want to see if anyone else finds it useful and how well it works. It's only about 13 Megs compressed Rob so I hope you don't mind me putting it up on the server. Download link is below.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Carlos" <>
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Sent: Saturday, February 20, 2016 2:18 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Recording what you hear

Well we have progress. I have a version which can record and stop. Allows you to select between flac, MP3, and wav formats. You can also select the sampling rate, bitrate, the number of channels, the target folder, and a prefix for the file name. The date and time are always appended to the file name so a name is automatically generated even if you don't type a prefix. I'm not quite ready to upload a test version, but probably in a few hours. Other things I would like to add are, assignable global hotkeys, tray minimization functionality, some way to start scheduled recordings using the Task Scheduler, and the ability to record from both the virtual audio capture device and a second device simultaneously. Like a microphone for example. That last part will probably be the trickiest and take the longest to implement, but I'm hopeful it should at least be possible.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Carlos" <>
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Sent: Saturday, February 20, 2016 7:52 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Recording what you hear

You can find Windows binaries of ffmpeg here.
Download the static builds since they are compiled as a single executable. And be prepared to do lots of reading/research since ffmpeg literally has hundreds of command line options. You can start with the official documentation here.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Ann Parsons" <>
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Sent: Saturday, February 20, 2016 7:42 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Recording what you hear

Hi all,

This FFMPEG sounds good, where does one find it?

Ann P.

Ann K. Parsons
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