THE MP3 VCR


FILE OPTIONS

By default, the MP3 VCR will record the radio station either based on the title of the radio station, or the titles that come streaming into the MP3 VCR. However, the MP3 VCR gives you three different methods to record MP3s.

To see these option, make sure that you go into the Advanced menu and click Show Advanced Options.

Then, click on which file saving method you wish to chose (circled in red below). The methods are as follows:


1) RECORD THE MP3s AS A SINGLE FILE

Select this option to record the MP3 as a single file, regardless of title information streamed. This option is useful if you want to record a single show and really don't care about the title; or if the title information in the stream is bogus and you want complete control over what MP3 file will be saved as.

When you do this, you will need to select where you wish to save the MP3 file in the above screen (see the area circled in yellow). Just click the disk icon and type in a filename. You will then be ready to record!


2) RECORD THE MP3s AS FILES BASED ON THE TITLE STREAM

Select this option to save the MP3s based on the title stream. Normally, when you play a Shoutcast / iTunes radio station, title information based on the artist and the song will be displayed on your MP3 player.

The MP3 VCR will save the files based on the titles. For instance, if the radio station is playing a song called "Snobby Musicians - My Number One Hit Song", the MP3 VCR will save this song as "Snobby Musicians - My Number One Hit Song.mp3". If the station provides no titles information, the MP3 VCR will save the file based on what you specify as the radio station title.

3) RECORD THE MP3s AS A DATED ARCHIVE

Select this option to save the MP3s as a dated archive.

What do we mean by this? This is an archive of shows whose filename contains the date appended to it. This allows you to keep a running tally of shows that you record yourself, and is handy for using the MP3 VCR with a scheduler (see scheduling tutorial).

For instance, let's say that every Thursday night from 9-11PM there is a special show you are recording called "DARK HORIZONS". You would like to use the MP3 VCR in conjunction with a scheduler to keep a month's worth of shows on your computer.

To do this, perform the following steps:

  1. Set up your radio station as outlined in the basic recording steps. In particular, make sure you have the folder you wish to save your MP3s to selected here!

  2. If the advanced options are not shown, click on the Advanced menu. Click "Show Advanced Options".

  3. Select the "Capture as a dated archive" option

  4. Now set up your dated archive configuration.

    The options are:
  5. Save the preset so that you can use it again. Saving the preset also allows you to use the command line options, so you can utilize this program easier with a scheduler!


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(*) That's provided you don't rename the file. The MP3 VCR will look at the end of the file name to decide which archives need to be deleted.