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Started by Tactical Jerky, Mar 06 2009 07:18 PM

#1 Tactical Jerky

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Posted 06 March 2009 - 07:18 PM

In another topic there was a short discussion about different types of video capture software to use for capturing game videos. I toyed around with the unlicensed version of Fraps and really liked the results it gave. But before making the decision to purchase the full version I wanted to know if there were better alternatives for around the same price, or free.

I found out that Xfire since a while also has the option to capture ingame footage. The single game I tested it on gave pretty good results, but a drawback is that you can only capture certain supported games.

The other program I tried is Camstudio. Camstudio is completely free and the fun thing with this program is that it can capture everything. This means it can also capture your desktop and every single thing you are doing at the time, including your cursor. The past days I spent hours fiddling around with all kinds of codecs and different settings to see if I could obtain the same quality results as Fraps produces. With the ffdshow Video codec in Uncompressed, and every other setting maxed out I obtained quite decent results, but still not as good compared to what Fraps produces (frame rate is not as smooth as I want it to be). Nevertheless I can recommend everyone interested in video capturing to check it out as it's a nice free nifty program that next to game capturing has plenty of other potentially good uses.

Any other good recommendations? If not I think I'm going for Fraps.

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Posted 06 March 2009 - 07:30 PM

I've always had good results using Camtasia but that is really more than just a capture program as it also has editing tools built in.

Camtasia Studio 6

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Posted 06 March 2009 - 07:38 PM

Thanks Tactical Jerky....Fraps would bog down my system...glad you found this!
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Posted 06 March 2009 - 10:40 PM

thanks TJ, anything free is good...I'll give it a go and see if my movie editing skillz makes a tremendous leap....
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Posted 08 March 2009 - 07:17 PM

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 02:50 PM

Dang....anyone recommend a FREE editing package!
I have a 3.9GB .avi file that runs for 39 mins.. I want to split it into 10 min chunks then compress each one down.
I play with movies once in a blue moon so am reluctant to purchase anything. Thx in advance for any help :thumbsup:
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Posted 29 June 2010 - 03:57 PM

View PostNemesis, on Jun 29 2010, 10:50 PM, said:

Dang....anyone recommend a FREE editing package!
I have a 3.9GB .avi file that runs for 39 mins.. I want to split it into 10 min chunks then compress each one down.
I play with movies once in a blue moon so am reluctant to purchase anything. Thx in advance for any help :thumbsup:

I believe I used VirtualDub in the past for some clips I had to edit.

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Posted 30 June 2010 - 05:00 AM

View PostTactical Jerky, on Jun 29 2010, 10:57 PM, said:

I believe I used VirtualDub in the past for some clips I had to edit.
Many Thanks TJ...it looks like it will do what I need! :thumbsup:
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Posted 20 July 2010 - 06:37 PM

Have you tried playclaw? It had a free 30 day trial last time I checked. It succeeded at properly recording game sound, where FRAPS failed for me.

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Posted 19 April 2014 - 03:54 PM

What is the state of the deal? Is there any other good video capture software, beside fraps? Something similar in price, but perhaps a bit better?
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Posted 19 April 2014 - 07:50 PM

What I tend to do on my channel is record with fraps, then convert with...any video converter ultimate. For a more pro based system would be corel video, but this is all post record conversion ofc.
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Posted 20 April 2014 - 06:18 PM

View PostPsychomorph, on 19 April 2014 - 03:54 PM, said:

What is the state of the deal? Is there any other good video capture software, beside fraps? Something similar in price, but perhaps a bit better?

I use bandicam. It is $30 and uses less resources than Fraps. The quality is excellent.

https://www.youtube....ntv144sQ/videos

I also have the option to use Shadowplay as I have a GTX760 but I have not tried it because of the "if it isn't broken why fix it" Bandicam use.


I convert the videos for Youtube with Windows Movie Maker. I do not have to convert them but by doing so it reduces the upload time due to the lower file size. The quality is not really effected as I still keep them as 1080p.

Edited by Jack Booted Thug, 20 April 2014 - 06:20 PM.





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