Main Features

Total Recorder is a multi-purpose audio and video recording software program with a wide variety of editing and sound processing capabilities. Total Recorder is distributed in the following editions: Standard Edition (SE), Professional Edition (PE), VideoPro Edition (VE), and Developer Edition (DE). VideoPro Edition and Developer Edition are powerful tools for recording, editing, converting, and playing sound and video files. Standard Edition and Professional Edition are all-in-one audio solutions designed to meet all of your needs for working with audio.

Note that Professional Edition includes all the features provided by Total Recorder Standard Edition. The VideoPro Edition includes all of the powerful features for working with audio as Total Recorder Professional Edition.

If you want to compare the features of different editions, refer to the Feature Comparison page.

Support for multiple video formats

The following video formats are supported by Total Recorder: AVI, WMV (Windows Media Video), FLV (Flash Video); in addition under Windows 7 and later: MOV (for playback only), MPEG-4, and 3GP.

Support for multiple audio formats

Compressed and uncompressed RIFF-WAV, MP3, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, APE, AAC audio within MPEG-4 and 3GP containersformats are supported. A number of high-quality stereo formats are also supported (up to 192kHz 24bit and float).

Video Recoding  

Total Recorder can capture and record video from a screen (full screen, region, or window), record video from hardware video devices, including DVD and cassette players/recorders, USB web cameras, DV cameras, and TV tuners.

Record any sound

Total Recorder can record any sound passing through any line of your sound card with an ability to listen to audio being captured. For example, you can record sound being played back by an external program, sound from a microphone, an external LP, cassette, CD/DVD player, AM/FM/Satellite radio, etc.

Digital sound recording

Total Recorder can record sound reproduced by an external program (including the playback of Internet broadcasts and Internet-telephony conversations) directly in digital format. These recordings are performed without the need for special lines for your sound board and without a loss of quality due to redundant conversions from digital to analog to digital.


Total Recorder can playback and capture (background record) Internet audio broadcasts in MP3, WMA, and Ogg Vorbis formats, and Internet video broadcasts in WMV or FLV format directly without decoding and re-encoding.

Audio and video encoding/conversion

You can convert media data to any supported format. Total Recorder can convert audio/video data during a recording or it can convert a recorded file from one format to another afterwards.

Audio and video editing

Built-in editing capabilities allow you to cut, trim, and merge your recordings. Unlike most other editing programs, Total Recorder performs editing without any loss of sound and video quality even when editing compressed data. Also editing functions are performed without decompressing/recompressing to preserve quality of the media data and save time.

You can specify the monitor from which a window or region will be captured, as well as specify the monitor to be used when playing video in full-screen mode.

Adjustable playback speeds

This feature lets you play an audio file or a video file at a slower or faster speed than normal while optionally preserving the original tone.

Adjustable saving speeds

Total Recorder can save an audio file with a different speed than the speed with which it was recorded. This can be useful, for example, when you have recorded a news transmission and you want to listen to the recording at a faster speed.

Time shift  recording

The Time-shift feature enables you to listen to recorded sound while a recording is being made. While listening, you can move anywhere within the recorded part of the sound stream and start playback. This feature is available for both ordinary recordings and when background recording Internet streams.

Powerful scheduler

You can use Total Recorder's powerful built-in scheduler to schedule a playback or a recording. For example, you can schedule a recording and use a stop condition such as an absolute time, a duration, the absence of a sound signal, and so on. After a file has been recorded, you can execute a command line and shut down your computer when an automatic job completes. The scheduler includes many other options.

Split recordings on separate clips

You can indicate that the sound being recorded will be split on separate clips during the recording. File tags can be created automatically.

Split recordings on separate files

You can indicate that the sound being recorded will be split into separate files during recording based on different conditions (size, duration, low sound level, etc.). Splitting an existing recording can also be done.

Cue-sheet files

A cue file is a standard file that contains information about the tracks in a media file. You can work with cue-sheet files and use cue points as bookmarks or track separators for splitting a file into tracks afterwards. Cue points can be created either automatically (during a recording session) or manually.

Tag support

Total Recorder can work with file tags for any of the supported media formats. Tags can also include artwork and the recording's start time.


The program can display the time that a particular position in a recording was recorded, on the basis of the timestamp tag.


You can perform general operations on playlists, such as add files to a playlist, delete files, save a playlist, etc., as well as other operations specific to Total Recorder, such as merge multiple files in a playlist, or rename files from a playlist using tag information.

Favorites, similar to the favorites you use in a browser, provide a faster and more convenient way to open a file, playlist or URL. You can organize your Favorites list, use predefined sample links, and export and import Favorites.
Add-ons support

You can enhance Total Recorder's functionality through the use of add-ons. Add-ons are available for you to do the following: restore sound (e.g. enhance the quality of recordings from tape or vinyl), refine speech recordings, accomplish automatic gain control, apply an equalizer, perform mixing functions, send your recordings to iTunes/iPod, transfer audio over a local network or the Internet.

Recording Wizard

The Recording Wizard helps you customize Total Recorder settings based on the sound you are going to record.

Normalization and fading effects

A recording or its part can be normalized or fading effects can be applied. Such processing for MP3 files is performed without re-encoding or loss of quality.

Exporting/importing configuration settings and scheduled jobs 

The ability to export/import Total Recorder's configuration settings or scheduled jobs is useful if you need to reinstall your system, move Total Recorder from one computer to another, or as a backup.

Command line interface

Through a command line, you can start playback or recording and specify associated parameters.

Batch processing

You can use batch processing to convert, normalize, rename, tag, split, change playback speed, apply add-ons, or perform other operations on multiple files.

Pause reduction

You can choose to remove pauses during a recording or remove pauses in an existing file.