Desktop recording? Step aside, Camstudio...

Discussion in 'Game Development (Technical)' started by vjvj, Dec 23, 2009.

  1. vjvj

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    I came across another good desktop recording app recently, and I figured I'd give you all a heads up since it's such a popular topic on these boards.

    As far as gameplay recording goes, if you want to record a DirectX or OpenGL-accelerated window (i.e. your game) I still recommend FRAPS above everything else. You're not going to find anything better. But sometimes we require more generalized desktop capture, for tasks such as making tutorial videos and recording lectures. In these cases FRAPS won't do, so people usually recommend Camstudio since it's free and yields acceptable results when it actually works.

    The problem with Camstudio, of course, is that a lot of times it just doesn't f*cking work. Sometimes the audio won't record (try googling "camstudio stereo mixer" to see what I mean), and sometimes the visual quality comes out terrible even when set to uncompressed. And sometimes it doesn't record anything at all, or just flat out crashes. It can be painfully inconsistent across different machines.

    Enter BB Flashback Express:

    http://www.bbsoftware.co.uk/

    Totally free*, very robust, and has plenty of options for tweaking. Performance is great compared to Camstudio, and the developers do a good job of keeping it up to date (there are even some Vista-specific performance tweaks). It records to its own proprietary format, which can then be exported to either AVI or Flash SWF. So far I've been pretty happy with it.

    If any of you guys try it out, lemme know what you think!

    *Free for 30 days, then you must acquire a free registration key to continue using it indefinitely.
     
  2. manicmilkman

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    I used 'Debut Video Capture' and was quite pleased with it- free and worked well for my non-HW accelarated content.
     
  3. chanon

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    I used BB Flashback Express recently and agree that it's a great piece of software and really shouldn't be free (but I'm glad that it is :))

    Was very happy with it and it captures sound correctly too!
     
  4. Scurvy Lobster

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    I have to say that I am very satisfied with Camstudio +uncompressed codec for all my video tutorials (see link in my sig). It runs flawless when recording at 1280x720 resolution.

    But thanks for the link - it might come in handy some day :)
     
  5. ProgrammingFreak

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    Thanks, this looks great. I've been getting irrtated with CamStudio latley.
     
  6. JarkkoL

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    I use HW recording with Hauppauge HD PVR which works for everything and doesn't slow down your system. Blackmagic Intensity Pro is another cheap option if you got another desktop PC to plug the card in.
     

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