Posts Tagged: streaming

How Replay Music Helped This Guitar Player Learn His Favorite Guitar Solo

Mats has been playing guitar for 35 years. He’s a self-described “guitar nerd”.
When Mats discovered Replay Music about seven years ago he discovered a tool that could help his guitar playing.

Mats like guitar solos. He has a theory that every good guitar solo should contain the following four elements:

1.) The solo should have a good structure, e g start with the lower notes and work its way up the fret board,
2.) It should contain some technically difficult passages without just showing off,
3.) There should be some unexpected tones that stick out,
4.) And it helps if the guitar player has a good vibrato!

Mats uses Replay Music to record his favorite guitar solos and then he uses other software to slow down the recording so he can study the solo note for note.

Some of his favorite guitar players include Jeff Beck, Steve Lukather of Toto and Steve Vai. Mats’ favorite guitar solo is this one by Kee Marcello :

And thanks to Replay Music Mats can now play that solo right along with Kee.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Mats. We are so glad that Replay Music is helping you rock along with the best of them.

Enjoy!

Five Great Sites for Streaming Music

Every other month or so I put together a list of sites that are great for streaming audio or video and publish the list in our newsletter. Here are five sites that were featured in the March newsletter:

I like having 1.FM on while I am at work. I am a total fan of the 70’s pop station. The songs crack me up.

1.FM

Band of the Day is an adventure – you never know what kind of music you’re going to hear. And if you miss a day – no big deal – they recap the bands they’ve chosen from earlier days at the bottom of the home page.

Band of the Day

I confess I haven’t set up my own station with earbits – instead I like the editors’ picks – always a good listen.

Earbits

8 tracks is my absolute favorite for discovering new music and new bands!

8 Tracks

Thanks to Mixcloud I now have a few DJ favorites that I like to listen to and follow. Always great for livening up my afternoon at work.

mixcloud

And of course all these sites work fabulously with Replay Music. 🙂
What are some of your favorite sites for discovering new music?

Capturing Live Streams with our Screen Recorder – Replay Video Capture

Capturing CNN Live Online

While I am at work I can’t watch TV – but that doesn’t mean I want to miss live coverage of major events as they unfold. Thanks to live streaming news sites like CNN – and our professional quality screen recorder Replay Video Capture – I don’t have to.

I had CNN streaming live on my Windows 8 desktop and Replay Video Capture, our super easy screen recorder, was capturing all the coverage as it happened. Later today, when my work is done 🙂 I’ll be able to watch the news as it happened. Which is how I like it.

The image above is from my recorded video from earlier today – look at that gorgeous quality. That’s Replay Video Capture! Don’t miss another live event as it happens. Replay Video Capture is the prefect screen recorder for capturing all live streams – and any other streams you can’t download like webinars, encrypted sites, video chats, etc. Enjoy.

Play the Search Suggestion Game

I’m at a SEO conference today, and one of the best presentations was by a group of Google employees on some of the moral and ethical challenges of running a search engine. Matt Cutts – the Google official SEO blogger – was on the panel, as well as a couple of other people.

I was amazed at how a lot of issues come up with how to handle certain Google search results. Some of the panel’s examples were interesting. Should a suicide note left on a web site come up when searching for the victim’s name? Should a white supremacist hate site about Martin Luther King come up in the search results for MLK? Should posts warning about the dangers of vaccinations come up when searching about the safety of vaccines appear – in spite of sound scientific evidence against and the fact that misinformation could cost lives? And in some cases, Google execs in foreign lands have been arrested for videos appearing on YouTube – what does Google do about that? I had no idea.

Another fun aspect of this debate was the search suggestions that Google provides. These mirror what people are actually entering, and aren’t censored or edited at all – in spite of the fact they can be offensive to some. Try entering “asians are b” or “americans are f” and see what Google expects you to type next. It’s both funny and horrifying.

At our family dinner table, I shared this with the kids, and we tried the Search Suggestion game on their names. We tried “Bryce is” and “Laurel is”, and got some hilarious results – both complementary and insulting. Try this with your own kids names for fun!

Recording the 55th Annual Grammy Awards – A Reminder to Get it While You Can.

The 55th Annual Grammy Awards

As most of you know last Sunday, February 10th, was the 55th Annual Grammy Awards. And conveniently for many it streamed live online on a variety of sites:
CBS.com
Grammys.com
Hollywoodlife.com
just to name a few.

And as many of you also know, Replay Video Capture, our professional quality screen capture program, can capture live streams beautifully. It would have been the perfect program to use to capture the 55th Annual Grammy Awards particularly since Replay Video Capture has a scheduler. It’s easy to set up Replay Video Capture to record a live stream at a particular time.

But I didn’t do that.

Monday I went online to find a site that was re-broadcasting the Grammy’s. I thought for sure CBS.com would be. But no.

No one is.

The Grammy’s aren’t online anywhere that I can see. I even wrote the Grammy’s to find out where I could get a copy of the broadcast. I still haven’t heard back.

The moral of this little tale – capture what you can when you can because tomorrow it just might not be there.

🙁

Download Video from the BBC iPlayer with Replay Media Catcher

BBC iPlayer Logo

BBC iPlayer

Last week we were at a trade show demonstrating our software and were so surprised at how many people didn’t realize that Replay Media Catcher can download video from the BBC iPlayer. When we showcased Replay Media Catcher in action people were really amazed.

I made a short little video showing how Replay Media Catcher works with the iPlayer – you can see it here.

There is such wonderful content available through the iPlayer. Downloading the shows and watching them on my iPad – when I am offline – has been great. Replay Media Catcher makes that so easy. Especially with its built in converter.

Are there other sites that you are interested in downloading? Remember we have a great tool on our homepage that will show you which products will work with each site. Have you tried our tool recently?

Why not give it a whirl.

Enjoy!

Download USTREAM Video with Replay Media Catcher

Today was a big day for streaming media. There was so much to watch and enjoy streaming live online. Just before President Obama was sworn in I found myself in a place without cable TV – but no worries I had my laptop.

USTREAM

And thanks to Replay Media Catcher I had the ability to download uStream video of the inauguration.

It was easy. You can use Replay Media Catcher to download USTREAM Video the same way you would download video from any other site – just open Replay Media Catcher, click on “start monitoring” and then go to uSTREAM and start playing the video you want to capture. Replay Media Catcher will start downloading the stream as soon as it starts playing. You can watch your progress right in the Replay Media Catcher user interface.

When capturing the live streams on USTREAM you need to remember to stop Replay Media Catcher when you have downloaded the portion of the video you want, as live streams don’t have an ending the same way a recorded show does. Once I had downloaded the part of the Inaugural I was looking for I just right clicked on the recorded file in the Replay Media Catcher user interface and clicked on “cancel”. The recording stopped and I was able to play it back beautifully with my FLV player.

Hope you had a great day! Happy Monday, Happy Martin Luther King Day, Happy Inauguration and Happy Downloading.

5 Audio Sites that are great to use with Replay Music

During 2012 we put together several lists of some of our favorite sites for streaming audio and video. We sent these lists out to our newsletter subscribers – are you a subscriber yet? You can sign up really easily here.

Here is a sampling of 5 audio sites that we recommended during 2012. And of course Replay Music works beautifully with all of these sites.

Deezer.
Please note – Deezer is not yet available in the US.

We’d love to hear from you.
What are some of your favorite streaming audio sites?

Coming next a sampling of some of our favorite video sites. 🙂

Our blog is back – Hello again! And Hello Again to Replay Music – our great audio recording software!

We haven’t been using our blog much lately – but that’s about to change. We thought this would be a great space to highlight our latest product news, illustrate interesting use cases and perhaps even showcase how to solve some common recording problems.

Let’s start off talking about the latest update to Replay Music. For those of you who haven’t tried it yet – Replay Music is a great tool to record audio that streams online. It works with sites that MP3 downloaders can’t. Like Spotify. It’s important to note that Replay Music isn’t an MP3 downloader – instead it’s an advanced audio recorder that captures the audio that you play on your PC as high quality MP3s. Replay Music also includes a powerful song recognition engine that allows it to tag each individual MP3 it creates with title, artist, album and genre. Our most recent update to Replay Music offer great new features including a fix to the problem some Firefox users were having capturing audio after Adobe updated their Flash player. No more problem. Replay Music once again can create MP3s from any streaming source for all those Firefox users out there.

If you haven’t tried Replay Music recently – this latest version is worth checking out. Replay Music was just certified as a Windows 8 desktop app. So if you have just purchased Windows 8 have no fear – Replay Music will work beautifully for you. Check it out.

Coming Next – Some of our favorite streaming Audio Sites to use with Replay Music

Convert YouTube Videos to iPod, iPad, DVD, etc. – now just $9.95

After reading a lot of commentary, and doing some testing, we’ve decided to lower the price of Replay Converter to just $9.95 last week. A lot of people are downloading videos to copy to other devices or DVD’s, or to prepare them to make mashups, and Replay Converter does a great job at this.

We decided that as a company it’s best to encourage more people to use our products, even if it means making a little less money. So if you’re looking for an easy to convert FLV files, or other things downloaded from the web, give Replay Converter a try.