Recording Methods

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Silk Performer is capable of recording a broad range of application types and technologies. To do so, Silk Performer uses various recording methods, which can be confusing at times. To make things a bit more clear, we're going to outline the theory of how recording in Silk Performer works.

The theory: hooking and proxy approach

Take a look at the diagram below. Silk Performer uses four recording methods, which can be categorized into two basic recording approaches: (1) The hooking approach and (2) the proxy approach. The hooking approach uses the SOCKS protocol and port 19120. It can be used to record either only the new instances of a browser, or all new and running instances. The proxy approach uses the HTT protocol and port 8080. It can either make use of the system proxy or the application proxy.

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The following diagram shows the principles of the application proxy method. Basically, the client - in this case a web browser - is configured to connect to the server through the Recorder. Thus the Recorder acts as a proxy. If the browser does so using its own proxy settings, we're refering to this as the application proxy method.

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If the browser connects to the server using the generic proxy settings of the Windows operating system, we're talking about the system proxy method. This method can cause side effects, since a number of other applications might also use the generic system proxy settings.

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Setting recording methods in Silk Performer

To learn how to actually set a specific recording method within Silk Performer, watch the following video. Also, you can find this information in the Silk Performer Help: Recording Methods for Recording Profiles

Watch the video

In the following video, you can watch how we performed the above described steps:

More information

To learn more about all new features and enhancements Silk Performer 19.0 provides, take a look at the following blog posts:

The Silk Performer Help is another comprehensive source of information.

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