User Guide: Jaksta Media Recorder for Mac

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Jaksta for Mac is the easiest, most advanced streaming media recording technology ever created.  Once monitoring, Jaksta will save video and audio files from thousands of web sites as they play on your Mac.  These files can be transferred to other devices like your iPod, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV or burned to a CD or DVD disc, or used in other applications like iMovie.

Besides being a simple-to-use streaming media recorder, Jaksta has some other handy features:

  • Automatically converts recorded files to a format of your choice.
How Jaksta Records

Jaksta locates the web address of the media file, reconnects to the host server, and makes an exact copy of the file on your Mac.  Typically, this download process is much faster than actually playing the file.  Jaksta also can make multiple simultaneous connections to further speed up the capture process.  For example, download music from Pandora and videos from YouTube at the same time.Once the download process starts, you can close the video or audio player, and the file will continue to be captured.

Note: Some web sites use encryption when streaming video. Jaksta cannot downloaded these encrypted streams.

These streaming protocols are supported in Jaksta for Mac:

Streamed via HTTP download on port 80, 81, 82, 83 and 8080:

  • FLV
  • WMA
  • WMV
  • WMX
  • Real Audio
  • Real Video
  • ASF
  • MP3
  • MP4
  • 3GP
  • MOV
  • AVI
  • DIVX
Streamed via RTMP on ports 1935 and 443:
  • FLV
  • MP4
How to start recording

When you open Jaksta you will be asked if you would like to start monitoring the network activity on your Mac for recording:

Click the start button, and any compatible streaming video or audio file you play will be captured. You can also click the ON/OFF button  at any time for the same 


Converting Video and Audio

Jaksta can automatically convert captured media files to other formats. The default setting is Default Conversion.  This is best if you would like everything that you download to be easily playable on your Mac. For example, it converts downloaded FLV’s to .mov files that play perfectly in Quicktime. Or simply pick a conversion type that is specific to the device that you will be playing the media on.

You can also convert a file after it has been captured. Here’s how:

  • Change the output format in the Conversion drop-down list at the bottom of the main window.
  • Right-click the file to make the options menu appear.
  • Select Convert from the pop-up menu.
  • Notice you can also choose to convert your selection to an audio file right from the same right-click menu.
Add Recordings to iTunes

The Add to iTunes option becomes available if you have selected an iTunes compatible device format in the conversion drop-down.  For example, if you have selected iPad and add to iTunes, captured files will be converted to the best format for your iPad, and sent directly to your iTunes library. 

Now just sync your iPad! This also works great for Apple TV. Send those converted files to iTunes, and enjoy the show on your TV.

How to Play Captured Files

Once a file has been saved and converted, it is easy to play:

  • Right-click the file for the options menu to appear

  • Select Play. Jaksta will open the file in the default player for that file type p>
  • Hint: Use Preferences, Downloads to see or change folder where your saved recordings reside.

From the Jaksta menubar, click Jaksta, Preferences. Here is what you can configure:

  • Prompt to Start Monitoring as startup. Show the welcome screen every time you open Jaksta.
  • Check for Updates on Startup. Will check to see if there is a new version of Jaksta for Mac available to download.
  • How Jaksta in menu bar. Turns on or off the display of the Jaksta icon and menu in the OSX menu bar.
  • Enable Growl support. Jaksta uses Growl to discreetly show you when a stream has been detected and is downloading or completed. You can turn this on or off.
  • Play sound when download finishes or start/stop monitoring. We like the sounds. But if you dont, heres where you can turn them off.
  • Automatically add to iTunes. will add all iTunes compatible downloads to your iTunes library when they are finished downloading and converting.
  • Enable debug mode. Use this only when requested by technical support. It generates a more detailed log if you should need help.
  • Find Log File. This is very helpful. If you are submitting a tech support ticket, we can help you better if you attach your log file.
  • Download location: Set the folder where you’d like Jaksta to keep your downloaded media.
  • Minimum Download Size specifies the smallest file that is saved. Many times when recording, small Flash animations or advertisement files can be captured by Jaksta. You can increase the size if you discover you are getting too many unwanted files.
  • Simultaneous Downloads: The is the maximum number of downloads happening at any one time.
  • Always Record HTTP: When checked, HTTP streams will be recorded rather than downloaded.
  • Always Record RTMP:When checked, RTMP streams will be recorded rather than downloaded.
  • Filter Known Advert Servers will stop advertisements from known servers from downloading.
  • Conversion Location set the folder that you would like Jaksta to save your converted files.
  • Multi Core Conversions if enabled will use additional CPU cores (if available). This can result in faster conversions, but uses more processing power.

This dialog shows the HTTP content types that Jaksta recognizes, and what extension it adds to the saved file. You will only need to change this if you are technically savvy, and a new media type is discovered.

  • Ignore Shockwave Flash: Leave this checked if you want Jaksta to ignore SWF files like flash banner ads.
  • Max number of segments: When Jaksta downloads, it asks for different parts of the media simultaneously. This effectively speeds up the downloading process. If you find that Jaksta is using too much network bandwidth to record, reduce this number. Increasing this to more than 5 segments won’t speed up downloads though.
  • Minimum Segment size: Lets you determine how big the smallest segments to download should be. For example, if this is set to 300 Kb, and the size of the video to be downloaded is 300 Kb, then a single request will be used. For smaller media files, downloading with a single request is faster than using multiple segments.