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Destroyer25

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#1 11 years ago

I'm not paying $40 for FRAPS, so I've been looking for some free screen capture software that can:

1. Record PC games in good quality 2. Record audio from both my microphone and from the speakers at the same time. (Game sounds and my Commentary) 3. A bonus would be the file is saved as WMV, because I think Youtube likes WMV better than AVI. 4. Once again its gotta be free.

Any suggestions?




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#2 11 years ago

Give these a try: 5 Free Alternatives to Fraps | A New Morning

Oh, and to convert avi to wmv all you need is a video transcoder like HandBrake.




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#3 11 years ago
Mr. Pedantic;5220076Give these a try: 5 Free Alternatives to Fraps | A New Morning

CamStudio is okay. I use both it and FRAPS. I'd say FRAPS is superior, though, for specifically filming gaming footage. I use CamStudio for filming non-game footage.

And AVI is usually a higher-quality video format than WMV, so it's going to look better when you upload it to YouTube. I upload AVI's to YouTube almost exclusively.




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#4 11 years ago

GameCam is nice, & it compresses the video for you




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#5 11 years ago

I have found Xvid and x264 look better on YouTube than WMV. WMV was best a long time ago, and still is one of the fastest at compressing, but x/H264 hold the image quality crown now. You need a good PC for encoding at a decent speed with x/H264 though, and no full featured editors support the open source (x264) version of it. It also takes a fair bit of know how. Xvid however is not too hard to use once you read up on a good guide and works pretty well with VirtualDub. It too though is not supported by full feature retail editors though, open source codecs typically aren't. http://tech.icrontic.com/articles/ripping_dvd_xvid_ultimate_guide_20

Now regarding the mentioned Fraps alternatives, I have not tried Cam Studio, Taski, or the last two on that list, but I have used GameCam. Game Cam is NOT free though, just the demo. The demo won't record audio. GameCam will NOT record completely uncompressed either, and even at the lightest compression setting it isn't really any smoother running than Fraps. The files are smaller though of course. Note too that CamStudio is designed more for direct web streaming and the files are saved as SWF.

Of all of those on that list Taski is the only one that looks appealing to me for game capture. Why, it was inspired by Fraps and can record uncompressed or compressed video and works with many codecs, including Xvid. It also has game specific features such as being able to remap any hotkey without quitting the game and assigning specific frame rates and weight for each game.

To be honest I had not heard about Taski and plan to download and try it. I own Fraps but it has a problem not recording the audio from my AC/97 onboard sound in sync with the video and it's a sync problem that gets progressively worse, so extremely hard to sync up.

Others I have tried are PlayClaw and Camtasia, neither of which are free and neither do I recommend for game capture.




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#6 11 years ago

Inyri Forge;5220086CamStudio is okay. I use both it and FRAPS. I'd say FRAPS is superior, though, for specifically filming gaming footage. I use CamStudio for filming non-game footage.

And AVI is usually a higher-quality video format than WMV, so it's going to look better when you upload it to YouTube. I upload AVI's to YouTube almost exclusively.

Orly AVI is better? Prince of Macedon says you should convert to WMV and his vids are fine, but I'll give AVI a try. And I've tried Cam Studio, didn't like it that much.




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#7 11 years ago

Well, nix what I said about Taski. It's been out for 3 yrs and despite audio options being shown in the GUI, they've yet to add audio capture support. Feature stagnation for that long in an open source app usually means it will never happen.

AVI specifically is not really responsible for the image quality, it's merely a container you can use various codecs with. The MKV container supports more codecs than any other and is supported by many software players. MS needs to step up their video/audio codecs. Once upon a time WMV/WMA were widely supported by portable devices but they've never been supported that widely by editing apps, esp open source ones. Not are they any longer the best quality in video or audio quality. My faves for image and sound quality are x264 and Nero AAC. Soon I'll have a rig capable of editing at reasonable speed with x264.

Typically end users go one of two ways, open source, or retail. If you have or plan to buy a video editor, it will greatly affect what formats you can and will use.




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#8 11 years ago

Taski is no good, I need something else.




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#9 11 years ago

Well beggars can't be choosers as they say. Might want to consider breaking down and getting Fraps if you plan to do a lot of this.