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What is destreaming?

Destreaming, in a multimedia context, is the practice of saving streamed data as a file.

There are a number of ways to save streamed data, including:

  • Using software programs called stream recorders or stream rippers that automate the process.
  • Going to the URL for the media and downloading it as a file (if media is streamed via HTTP request).
  • Capturing the stream through use of a packet sniffer or by implementing the media's associated protocol to request the data.
  • Recording the stream from your desktop, for example as a screencast.
This was last updated in March 2009

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