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Windows 7: looking for best open source desktop recorder!

25 Jan 2012   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I've been using CamStudio and then Handbrake at work to get resonable size videos for free.

With CamStudio, I run the 1.4 codec. Then I go into Options > Video Settings and set the following;
Set Key Frames Every 30 frames
Capture Frames every 50 miliseconds
Playback Rate: 20 frames/second
Turn off auto adjust.

Testing a full screen recording using 1920x1080 resolution with sound cames out to be about 70MB/min in an AVI format.

I then fire up hand brake I pick my AVI file. I pick the Regular Normal Preset. I use an MP4 file output. I then click on Start and let Handbrade re-encode my video.

It takes my work computer about 20-25 seconds per minute of video to reencode (just a Core 2 Duo at 3.0Ghz). Output file is now about 3.4MB/min. So, much more reasonable in size.

My video quality is excellent. At least that's what everybody tells me as they watch my work recordings.

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25 Jan 2012   #12
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

In the past I have been using WMCapture for which I paid $40 three years ago. Also MS Expression Encoder 4 Capture which is free for 10 minute shots. Both produce excellent quality. But they all have one big problem (same for Camstudio) - if you set the DPI to other than 100%, they do not work correctly. That may be in the nature of things, but I need 150% DPI so that I can see things. When I set the DPI to 100%, I often work 'in the fog'. It works a bit better if I turn all the Aero features off - not ideal though.
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25 Jan 2012   #13

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1

Not sure if it will be any better but VLC has a recording function.
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25 Jan 2012   #14
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
Not sure if it will be any better but VLC has a recording function.
I tried that too. It is not any better.
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03 Jun 2012   #15

windows 7 ultimate x64
Thank you

Thank you so much WHS. I have been looking around for why my screen was getting cut off for about two weeks when I was using camtasia. I found nothing until today. I can't believe it was as simple as the dpi being set too high. THANK YOU.
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03 Jun 2012   #16
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

No problem. Sometimes solutions are simpler than we think.
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