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Screen capture tools = choppy output?


theDarkness
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Im trying to record the entire screen, to make a 20 second "how to" video to send to someone. Is it common for most screen capture tools to give a fairly choppy output with lost frames/low framerate? I am trying to screen capture for the first time using virtualdub and the 'VH ScreenCapture X86' plugin on a dual core vista laptop. Despite trying many edits prior to recording (fps/output resolution etc) to see if I could make a difference to the performance, nothing seems to lessen choppiness. Can anyone give any tips on getting a better recording? For recording my actions on a laptop of 1280x800 resolution, whats the minimum recommended output video resolution for a reasonable quality that is clear to understand - I thought recording uncompressed with virtualdub, then converting to another format last (possibly using another program to convert to xvid or similar) would be the best option? I cant lower the laptops resolution as its a gfx related video linked to this - but thanks for any tips or links on how to get my output the smallest size least choppy video for recording a screen of this resolution, if possible :)

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update since I cant edit:- I figured out that recording in the original dimensions uncompressed was definately the way to go, as I managed to convert one 2 gig avi uncompressed file to a mere 8mb avi xvid using format factory, which was nice :) not an ad! ;) So the only thing im really wondering about now is the choppyness of my recordings even when uncompressed - it simply a processing issue or is there some editing option that ive likely missed in order to get a smoother less choppy output? Ive not managed to fix this, so I lowered the fps right down from 60 to 15fps (saw no change), and then finally compressed my avi. Thanks for any help

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Lazarus The 2nd

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Found this,

Real-Time Screen capturing/recording easily done with VirtualDub and VHScrCap Click here

You won't like this bit though, about half way down, "Edit: According to some users, this method does not work with Windows 7 and Windows Vista."

Try this program, Ashampoo Snap 3 from my link here in this Click here

It is still active even though it's for the Winter Holiday 2010,

have a read about it in this Click here

I have just recorded a 1 minute 40 seconds of a video with audio at a screen size of 1440x900, bitrate 531 kbp,s in wmv format, size 6.44MB, with Acceptable video & audio quality with No Stuttering at all, on a P4 3.40GHz Computer, aged about 7 years old (the PC not Me, lol).

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Lazarus The 2nd

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Forgot to say, that the program is Free from my link in the thread I linked to, Not the last link, that's £6.99.

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