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MPEG Recorder


MPEG Recorder is a real-time capture recorder and compressor of audio and video input for the Windows platforms, using MFC, DirectX, FFMPEG and MPEG4IP, generating MPEG-4/XviD video and MP3,AAC audio. Broadcast video to quicktime client(bugggy!).

Free software
OS: Win
File size: 5.9MB
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Latest version

1.5.1 (June 28, 2006)


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Free software / FOSS (Free download and also Free and Open Source Software)

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Complete Version history / Release notes / Changelog

Version 1.5
1. Setup program, compiled using Inno Setup 5.
2. All settings are kept in 'MPEG_Recorder_Settings.xml', no setting is kept in the registry.
3. Keeping and recreating the video routing.

Version 1.4 (April 1, 2005)
1. Sandro Knauss added an option to broadcast video and audio streams to a QuickTime client using Apple's Darwin Streaming Server.
2. File names and directory preferences have a new check-box for using or not using daily folders to keep recordings.
3. Video compression ratio can be controlled from the software properties page.
4. Video signal qualities are kept in an XML file named "MPEG_Recorder_Settings.xml" in the directory from which the application is run.

Version 1.3
1. Added Stack Trace macros.
2. Directing stack trace to log file. (mpegrecorder.log)
3. Exceptions recovery code: stopping the recorded movie in a 'safe' manner.
4. Changing the logging macro - std::strstream instead of MS strstream.

Version 1.2
1. Added Volume Meter

Version 1.1
1. Merged FAAC 1.23.5 encoder code.

Version 1.0.1
1. Modified compression rate to be a function of the image resolution.
2. Minor GUI changes

First Version includes:
1. Viewing and recording video
2. Real-time video and audio compression
3. Basic TV Controls
4. Scheduled recording
5. Recording compressed audio

Instructions for running binaries:
Make sure you have these files loadable by Windows (preferably in the same directory):
1. MPEGRecorder.exe - the main application to run
2. LIBMEDIA.dll - FFMPEG project dynamic-link library
3. SDLRelease.dll - Windows DLL implementation of threads and synchronization objects, used by MPEG4IP.
4. MSVCP60.dll - Microsoft Visual C++ 6.0
5. MSVCRTD.dll - Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime

Instructions for project compilation:
1. The compilation environment is Microsoft Visual C++ 6.0.
Compiling project "MPEGRecorder" should compile relevant dependencies.
2. Microsoft DirectX 9.0 SDK. Include files and libraries from the SDK must be set up manually in Tools->Options.
3. libmedia.lib - FFMPEG project dll linkage.
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I REALLY like this program. I like that it allows me to compress directly to XVID with my DC30+ card without having to try to build filter graphs (which I never had much luck with). Paired with ffdshow you can achieve real-time deinterlacing, noise filtering, etc as you capture. That being said, I think there are a few things still missing that, if added, would really notch up the overall functionality of the program. In order of importance, here is what I think would the best additions.

*Frame drop counter: to keep track of how many frames are being lost during capture.

*A/V sync: Like the dynamic audio resampling that Virtualdub and Virtual VCR have, this would be a huge help especially since it's a software encoder.

*No Preview mode option: to shut off the live preview during capture so more CPU time can be used for encoding. Maybe the ffdshow filters would then be unavailable, but the reduced drops would be worth it IMO.

*More audio sample rate options: 22050Hz, 48000Hz, etc.

*More bitrate options for MP3 & AAC audio.

*More frame rate options for video (23.976 & 29.970 would be great).

*Additional XVID specific settings might be handy too. Maybe the ability to create custom capture profiles based on size/quality.

Despite these current lackings I must say this is one of the coolest capture programs I've seen in a while. It's already got a lot going for it and it'll be interesting to see how it evolves.

Review by Bright_Black on Nov 17, 2005 Version: 1.4 OS: Other Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 6/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 8/10

It does a good job of capturing and creating MPEG4 video in real time on a fast PC (AMD FX-55 CPU). Unfortunately, it does not capture any audio at all on my system and I have no other problems with any other capture software (Nero, WinDV, Sony Vegas, Adobe Premiere, etc.). The volume monitor does show audio.

Review by jabloomf1230 on Feb 11, 2005 Version: 1.3 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 5/10 Functionality: 5/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 5/10

Seems well layed out, but it needs to have 30fps as an option for capture framerate. Also, there's apparently no control over video bitrate/codec. Not bad, but could be better.

Review by dmorley00 on Feb 11, 2005 Version: 1.3 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 6/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 8/10

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