Get Iplayer for Windows

bat guano batguano999 at
Thu Sep 29 15:51:07 EDT 2011

> Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2011 14:17:38 +0100
> From: dinkypumpkin at
> To: get_iplayer at
> Subject: Re: Get Iplayer for Windows
> On 29/09/2011 00:19, Vangelis forthnet wrote:
> > I went further and trimmed down the installation folder (C:\Program
> > Files\get_iplayer) size by:
> > 1. Leaving inside the "rtmpdump/bin" folder only the rtmpdump.exe binary.
> > 2. Leaving inside the "ffmpeg/bin" folder only the ffmpeg.exe binary.
> > 3. Deleting from inside the "mplayer\MPlayer-1.0rc2\" folder the
> > mencoder.exe & man_page.html files, as get_iplayer does not use either
> > of them...
> I initially changed the current installer to do that trimming
> automatically, but in the end I decided to be conservative and leave
> everything in, the rationale being that Windows users wouldn't get any
> surprises and, as before, receive all the same helper app components
> that Linux users would get through their package management systems
> (though I suspect that doesn't matter to most Windows users). If we
> ever move to a standalone installer, it would definitely make sense to
> pare down to the bare minimum.
> > As a result, I have a perfectly functioning (in the way I use it)
> > installation of get_iplayer with a " Program Files\get_iplayer" folder
> > size of approximately 33 MB; add to that another
> With the current installer, the equivalent trimmed installation would
> use ~55MB. Most of the extra bulk comes with the updated version of Perl.
Something else to consider in order to strip down get_iplayer.
It's not crucial to use id3 and AtomicParsley, FFmpeg will allow to specify *some* tags.
(Though we would need to ensure that this metadata is compatible with iTunes etc).
Information is here:-

Here's an example of use...

Download the raw radio show:-
get_iplayer --get --type=radio --pid=b0150ds --force --raw

Convert it to m4a and insert some metadata...

Like this:-

ffmpeg -i "Bells_on_Sunday_-_25_09_2011_b0150dsg_default.flv" \
-metadata album="Bells on Sunday" \
-metadata composer="BBC Radio" \
-metadata genre="Religion & Ethics" \
-metadata comment="The bells of St Mary's in Bishopstoke, Hampshire." \
-acodec copy Bells_on_Sunday_-_25_09_2011_b0150dsg.m4a

This is the result with MediaInfo:-

Complete name                            : Bells_on_Sunday_-_25_09_2011_b0150dsg.m4a
Format                                   : MPEG-4
Format profile                           : Apple audio with iTunes info
Codec ID                                 : M4A 
File size                                : 2.85 MiB
Duration                                 : 3mn 0s
Overall bit rate mode                    : Constant
Overall bit rate                         : 133 Kbps
Album                                    : Bells on Sunday
Composer                                 : BBC Radio
Genre                                    : Religion & Ethics
Writing application                      : Lavf53.12.0
Comment                                  : The bells of St Mary's in Bishopstoke, Hampshire.


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