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Capture or record a real audio/video (rtsp) stream in Linux

Problem

You want to save (capture) a RealAudio or RealVideo stream to a file for later viewing or listening.

Keywords

Real, RealAudio, RealVideo, capture, record, streaming, stream, rip, ripping, mplayer, Linux.

Solution

mplayer -noframedrop -dumpfile out.rm -dumpstream rtsp://url/to/file.rm

(Michael Carr notes that passing a -bandwidth N option, where N is your available bandwidth may considerably speed up the download; the mplayer manual seems to be unclear about it being bits or bytes, though.)

When the download is done you can watch or listen to out.rm with a media player, like realplay or mplayer.

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