What is stream recorder (stream ripper)? - Definition from WhatIs.com


stream recorder (stream ripper)

Part of the Multimedia and graphics glossary:

What is stream recorder?

A stream recorder (sometimes called a stream ripper) is a program used to save streaming media to a file so that it can be accessed locally. The practice of recording streaming media is known as destreaming.

There are several approaches to destreaming media. One program, called URL snooper, finds the URLs of streaming media so that the associated files can be downloaded. This approach works when the content is streamed through an HTTP request to the associated URL. Stream recorder websites typically use this method. Examples of stream recorder services include KeepVid, BitRecorder and DownloadFLV. Other approaches include packet sniffers or implementing the protocol the stream uses. One of the simplest methods of recording streams is to capture the content from the desktop as a screencast.

Learn More About IT:
> AllStreamingMedia has more information about stream recording and stream recorders.

> Wikipedia has an entry about stream recorders.

This was last updated in March 2011
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

Related Terms


  • Dyslexie

    - Dyslexie is a font designed for greater readability to help people who have difficulty reading. The Dyslexie font features characters that are more distinct from each other, so that letters with si... (WhatIs.com)

  • holographic display

    - A holographic display is a display that uses coherent light, such as that created by laser, to create a three-dimensional (3D) image in space. (WhatIs.com)

  • projector phone

    - A projector phone is a smartphone with an embedded pico projector. Pico projectors are standalone, peripheral or embedded devices that make it possible to project presentations and other media cont... (WhatIs.com)


  • Multimedia and graphics

    - Terms related to multimedia, including graphics, animation and video definitions and words and phrases about images and sound.

  • Internet applications

    - This WhatIs.com glossary contains terms related to Internet applications, including definitions about Software as a Service (SaaS) delivery models and words and phrases about web sites, e-commerce ...

Ask a Question About stream recorder (stream ripper)Powered by ITKnowledgeExchange.com

Get answers from your peers on your most technical challenges

Tech TalkComment



    Contribute to the conversation

    All fields are required. Comments will appear at the bottom of the article.