Third Party Recorder
- 1 Recording Software
- 2 Basic Overview
- 3 Setting up Your Recordings and Planning your Presentation
- 4 Maximum Recording Time and Size
- 5 Recording Video with Audio
- 6 Recording System Requirements
Our recording software lets you record your desktop screen activity for later playback. Any application that runs on your Windows PC can be recorded including applications with video and audio. You can create presentations from the screen recordings by adding your own audio narration. You can demonstrate how to use a web site or explain a product concept.
It also provides the ability to output your screen recordings to AVI, Flash or Windows Media (WMV) format. Screen recordings, done in AVI, are compressed using standard compressors which make distribution simple. Both WMV and Flash make very small recording files, making them perfect for distribution from a web site. You can even make WMV files that are designed to be played from a streaming server and presented to large audiences over the Internet.
You can create self playing executables from your screen recordings. The self playing executables have been tested to playback on all Windows operating systems, making them excellent for demo distribution on CD or DVD. The executable includes a media player specifically designed for playing screen recordings. The generated executable has many playback options and allows you to combine multiple screen recordings into one package.
IMPORTANT! Before downloading and installing the recorder you must contact your sales person to obtain a serial number, as well as the download link.
Once you have obtained a serial number and have downloaded and installed the application:
- Go to Register the product
- Fill in the name provided by your sales person and enter the serial number
Define the region of the desktop you want to capture. You can choose from amongst different options including, recording a video of the entire desktop, recording a window in the desktop, or recording a portion you have specified. These options can be accessed by selecting Region under the Files menu.
2) Stop Recording: Stops and saves your current recording session. 3) Select your Region from this button, from here you can customize what you will record on the screen. Region recording captures only a portion of the screen which you want. Because the selected region will be smaller than the screen, recordings will take up less space. Because recording a smaller area uses fewer resources, it puts less of a strain on the PC, which allows you to record at a higher frame rate. To define the capture region in pixels, you can choose to the Fixed Dimensions option. 4) Split Files: You can split your AVI screen recordings. This feature is useful when you want to remove unwanted portions from your recordings. Also, if the size of the recording is more than can fit into your distributing media such as CD-ROM, you can split the file and distribute each segment separately. 5) Join Files: You can combine multiple AVI screen recordings into a single output file. The output file format can be selected as AVI or WMV. 6) Convert: The Conversion Wizard allows you to convert your AVI screen recordings to WMV format for easy sharing. You can choose between two categories.
- Profiles for Desktop Viewing: This provides two profiles for Desktop Viewing. The Screen and Voice (High Quality) profile gives the best output in terms of quality. You can also choose to save your recordings in the Screen and Voice (Standard Quality) profile that gives smaller recording size. - Profiles for Streaming: If you want to share your recordings with a wide audience, you can distribute your recordings on your website by uploading them to your web server or a streaming server like Video Desk. You can choose from two profiles for streaming, depending upon the bandwidth available to your audience.
- Screen and Voice (100 kbps)
- Screen and Voice (200 kbps)
You need to find out the bandwidth available to the majority of your audience and then select one of the two profiles. The 100 kbps is the minimum speed required by your audience to view your presentation over the internet. It is recommended that you choose Screen and Voice (100 kbps) since it can be viewed by a larger audience.
The quality of videos saved in web streaming profiles is not as good as the ones saved in the profiles for desktop viewing. However, the size is small allowing them to be streamed from your web site easily. 7) Executable 8) Publish 9) Schedule 10) Auto Tasks 11) Tune Audio 12) Settings 13) Preview Window 14) Video files are listed and stored for later viewing
Setting up Your Recordings and Planning your Presentation
If you are trying to make a presentation and need to capture screen shots as images, why not capture your entire desktop screen with full motion and add your own voice narration? This is the perfect tool for making videos of your desktop activity for demos, presentations and tutorials. It allows you to capture your desktop screen activity while you narrate and create AVI files.
Once you have created your dream presentation, you can choose from a wide variety of distribution options that the software provides. If you want to distribute via the web you can choose Flash or the Windows Media Format for streaming. You can also choose to make an executable that can playback without the need of any media player or other software.
The first step is to have a robust plan for your screen recording session. To start with, you need to decide whether you want to add voice narration while recording or to record an application that has sound present.
You may wish to narrate as you record the video. It is always a good choice to have some sort of script ready, so you can maintain a steady voice and pace while you record. This script can also contain a sequential list of actions (like opening particular windows), so you don't miss out on recording something important. You can pause and resume the recording anytime by using the shortcut key (F8 by default). It is a good idea to use a friendly tone, even for corporate presentations.
For recordings where you want to record the audio present in the application itself:
- In the Tools menu click on Settings.
- From under the General tab, select the options 'Record video' and 'Record audio'.
- Click the AVI Audio tab. Now click on the Configure button.
- If you want to narrate with the recording, select Record from Microphone.
- To record the application's audio, select Record from Speakers.
- Click on Auto Select to let the software choose the best line for you. While using the Auto Select option, it is recommended that you disconnect the microphone.
- To choose manually, select the Let me select the line option.
It is especially important to confirm these settings when you are recording media players or other interactive software.
Preparing to record
To get high quality screen recordings, you need to optimize the settings:
- You first need to decide the resolution at which you want to record. High resolution recordings played back at lower resolutions will result in image distortion, and lower resolution recordings will have smaller file sizes. It is generally best to determine the lowest screen resolution that your recording will be played back on, and then record at slightly less than that resolution. You can change your PC's resolution by right-clicking on the desktop and then clicking on Properties > Settings.
- The next step is to decide the recording size. By default, the Full Desktop is captured during screen recording. If you want to capture only specific parts of your screen, then choose the Fixed Dimensions or Rectangle option, from File > Region . Choose the Window option if you want to record only a specific window on your desktop screen. This reduces the file size of the recorded video. You can also choose to record only a specific window.
- This records the video in AVI format, which can be edited easily. However, uncompressed AVI files are inherently large. There are several ways that AVI files can be compressed. You can change the compressor and other video properties by clicking the Tools menu and then Settings, then switching to the AVI Video tab. By default, the software chooses the Microsoft Video 1 compressor, which is ideal while distributing to a wide audience. The Microsoft MPEG-4 codec is a good choice for high quality compressions. You can also convert your AVI file to Windows Media Format, which is much smaller and can be streamed from a website. With Windows Media Format you don't have to worry about the viewer having the appropriate compressor.
- The Key Frame Rate defines how often full frames are saved. A high value of key frame rate results in smaller file size but lower quality videos. The default settings of the frame rate and the key frame rate are optimum for most types of recordings, but you may try experimenting with these settings for better results.
- The Frame Rate defines the number of frames to play per second. You can make it higher if you want smoother playback, especially for videos containing a lot of motion. However, higher frame rate also results in bigger file sizes.
- For smoother recordings, especially of applications having fast action motion or media players, disable the hardware acceleration by clicking on the Performance tab in the Settings window, and then checking the option “ Disable hardware acceleration during recording”.
Adding that Professional Touch to your recordings
You can make your screen recordings a visual treat by editing them using Video Edit Magic. You can adjust your audio narration or add new narration (or a musical sound track) to your screen recording. Title text and annotations can be placed anywhere on the video to make your recording easier to understand. Then you can save your edited recording in the format which best suits your distribution requirements.
Maximum Recording Time and Size
AVI Files: The software does not impose any limit on the amount of time for which you can create a screen recording. The real limit depends on the space on hard drive. Since the software creates screen recordings in AVI format, Windows imposes a limit of about 2 GB for AVI files.
The software employs segmentation to work around this limitation. Whenever the recording file size in AVI exceeds ~1.9 GB, a new file (segment) is automatically created. This segment will again have a maximum size of ~1.9 GB, and if recording exceeds that size, further segmentation is carried out.
You can also specify the maximum recording file size. If the recording exceeds the size you specify, segmentation will be carried out to allow the recording to proceed uninterrupted.
However, it is always a good ideal to limit the file sizes for better utilization of the available storage space. The factors that affect file size are:
- The duration of screen recordings.
- The frame rate of the recorded AVI files.
- The key frame rate of the recorded AVI files.
- Quality of the recorded AVI files.
- The video and audio compressor used.
- The height and width of the screen recordings.
- The computer display’s color depth.
- The amount of motion being recorded.
The default settings in the software are Frame Rate: 5 frames/second, Key Frame Rate: 80 frames and Quality: 75. With these default settings, a recording of the entire desktop at 1024 x 768 pixels resolution can go up to 8 hours without segmentation.
If you want to save space, then optimize one or more of the factors mentioned above. If you do not require the audio then simply removing it can give you 20% more recording time.
Before carrying out a long duration screen recording, make sure that there is ample space for temporary files. The software creates video and audio separately in the temporary folder you specify and then merges them. To specify a temporary folder for saving your recordings, click on Settings under the Tools menu. In the Settings window, select the General Tab and specify the temporary folder by clicking on Browse.
While recording, if the temporary folder begins to run out of disk space, you are prompted to save your work.
Recording Video with Audio
To make your presentations, tutorials, and demonstrations interactive and exciting to watch, you can record audio with the video. This can be especially useful while recording games, videos and other multimedia applications.
While recording the audio, you can record from a microphone or from your PC's speakers. Recording from the microphone is useful when you want to narrate as the screen is captured, while recording from the PC's speakers will allow you to include the audio present in the application. To record from the microphone
To record from the microphone attached to your PC:
- On the Tools menu, click on Settings.
- Select the AVI Audio tab.
- Click on the Configure button.
- Select 'Record from microphone'.
- Click on OK.
This option should be selected when you want to record your narration with the video. To record from speakers
This option should be selected when you want to record the audio present in the application itself. For example, while capturing a game, you might want the game sounds to be present along with the video in the recording. The audio that is sent to the speakers gets recorded if you select the "Record from Speakers" option.
To record from the speakers:
- On the Tools menu, click on Settings.
- Select the AVI Audio tab.
- Click on the Configure button.
- Select 'Record from Speakers'.
- If you want the software to automatically detect and select the best line, choose 'Automatically select the best line' and click on Auto Select. The selection process might take a few seconds to complete. Once the selection is done, the name of the selected line is displayed as the Control Selected. It is recommended that you should disconnect the microphone when auto-selecting the speaker line.
- If you want to select the line manually, choose the option, 'Let me select the line' and then select a line from the given list.
- Click on OK.
Recording only Audio
The software allows you to record only audio from the microphone or speakers and save it as a WMA file. This gives you the option of recording directly in a streaming audio format.
To record only audio:
- On the Tools menu, select Record Audio or on the Tools menu, click Settings. Check the Record audio option and uncheck the Record Video option. Click Ok and then press Record.
- On the welcome screen of the Record Audio Wizard, click Next.
- Select whether you want to record from the microphone or from speakers.
- Specify the audio device that you want to use for recording audio from the Recording devices box.
- Click Next.
- If you have selected to record from speakers, run Auto Select to select the best line for speaker recording. You can also specify the line to be used for speaker recording by using the Let me select the line for speaker recording.
- Click Next.
- Select the codec to be used for compressing the WMA file from the Codec name box.
- Select the Record format for recording the audio.
- Click Next.
- Specify a filename for the WMA file.
- Click Record to start the audio recording.
- You can use the Pause button to pause the recording.
- When you have finished recording audio, click Stop.
- If you want to listen to the playback of the recorded WMA file, click Play.
- Click Next.
- Click Finish.
Audio only recording does not directly started by clicking on the Record button in the toolbar, the Record option in the File menu or by right-clicking on the icon in the system tray. The Record Audio Wizard described above opens when you click any of these and you can begin the recording only from within this wizard, after you have configured the various audio setting.
Recording from Multiple Monitors
By default, the software records from the primary monitor. To record from secondary monitors or to record the entire virtual screen, follow the steps given below:
- On the Tools menu, click Settings.
- Select the General tab.
- Under Multiple Monitor Recording, Click Configure.
- Under the option Multi monitor setting for full desktop recording select the monitor you want to record from.
- Click OK.
Recording System Requirements
- Microsoft® Windows 98 SE / ME / 2000 / XP / Vista.
- Minimum 300 MHz Processor.
- Minimum 256 MB RAM.
- Minimum 200 MB of hard disk space on installation drive.