Friday, September 24, 2004

Converting a stream to a local mp3

If you ever need to get a copy of an audio stream broadcast (real etc) as a local file to time delay when you listen to it - say hypothetically that the BBC had just put a radio series online ;)

mplayer rtsp://some.host.name/astream.ra -ao pcm -aofile myfile.wav

this produces a very large wav file (about 300Mb per half hour) that can be compressed easily into an mp3 with lame via

lame myfile.wav

this will produce a much smaller (27Mb in my case) perfectly formed mp3 file for you to enjoy.

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