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  • x264vfw Codec and render-settings guide
    Terry; Here are a few observations in answer to the question you asked in the other thread:
    1. Does changing the output FourCC (from h264 to x264) improve the chances of getting Vegas or Premier Pro to open a Cam-produced AVI ? I don’t know the answer to that, but I would have my doubts, and other than through a second step conversion (from AVI), we would seem to be producing about the same thing as we do using the h264 default setting. At any rate, either choice seems to work fine with CamStudio.
    2. Moving the CRF quality setting from its default 23.0 seems like an idea which ought to be tried, but I think that’s just a trial and error thing.
    3. Obviously, we would need to do much experimentation before using the extra command line box. My guess is that this can lead to conflict between the encoder’s performance and Cam’s function.
    4. We need to stay with “Capture Frames Every” and “Playback Rate” settings to those which Cam can deal with, unless the material produced is to be modified in an editor later. This video doesn’t do that.
    5. I tried doing a capture with the “Fast Decode” and “Zero Latency” boxes checked. There’s no difference that I can see, but I’ll need to test more thoroughly.
    Bottom line is file size and quality, and we seem to be seeing rather large files here. My acceptable target has always been recording time of at least 1 hour with very good quality, and a more or less “set it and forget it” approach with the encoder, but it should be remembered that we’re talking about settings as they apply specifically to use with CamStudio, and other programs may require a change to those settings.
  • First try with Camstudio 2.7
    I wonder if the problem I'm facing has something to do with which codec is downloaded for CamStudio? Is there one which is used universally by many users? Does the recipient of a CamStudio file have to be using the same codec as the one used to create the CamStudio file?
    Which codec would you recommend?
    I'm trying to use CamStudio as I've found that Hyperstudio and Snagit are not free. Jing seems to only record for 5 minutes at a time and FFMPEG, being a command-line recorder is kind of a pain.
  • First try with Camstudio 2.7
    We have CamStudio working on thousands and thousands of computers all around the world, I assure you. It does not require anything special. That is the point - you DO have a VERY SPECIAL graphics monitor. I very much doubt you have a normal VGA video card - most likely you have an RGB video card feeding that Trinitron monitor. Are there three BNC connectors connected to the monitor by any chance? One red, one green and one blue? That would be an RGB setup. I used to teach graphic arts for several years, and owned quite a few nice monitors like what you describe.
    Anyway, I could be off entirely on that. I'm very surprised that your friend also had problems. We have an extremely low failure rate with this software. I mean - one or two a YEAR! So, this is strange to have two back-to-back.
    Try Hyperstudio, FFMPEG for a command-line recorder, Jing, the new Snagit (see their blog) - let me know what you find that works well for your situation!
  • First try with Camstudio 2.7
    Hmmm--- well, 96 is the right setting, alright.
    It does not need to be run under admin.
    The translucent box is curious - where is that coming from? It has text accompanying it?
    Sounds like a hardware dysfunction. This CRT isn't a high-end one by any chance with something like a Radius or Mirage card driving it by any chance, is it? With RGB connectors instead of a VGA connector?
    This has all been very mysterious from the outset! The way it won't let you enter an integer higher than 800w or 400h in the Fixed Region command is very, very strange.
    I hope we stumble upon something to explain all of this!!
  • Xvid from command line
    Thanks, I will check ffmpeg. Also if there any command to stop recording in camstudio?
  • Do any video compressor other than "MS Video 1" work?
    You want to leave it on “Single pass - refractor based (CRF)”. I’d also leave the output mode on VFW. I know that these settings work without fail UNLESS your processor is sending incorrect information regarding the area being recorded with regard to both dimensions being even numbers. Like MPEG-4, x264 will either fail to work or default to MS Video 1 if confronted with an odd dimension. Generally, you can test for this by making captures at full screen first. Apparently, x264 lossless will capture odd dimensions (as you’re experiencing), but they will cause problems later.
    BTW Cam ignores the first (collection) pass in multi pass using MPEG-4 and I assume it does the same thing in x264, so using that is just adds the potential that the settings don’t get past through intact to the recording phase.
    Don’t use the Cam player at all. I use MPC, VLC and Win media player and have no problems.
    Different versions of Xvid have somewhat different interface situations. I set mine to unrestricted mode with both packed bitstream (a frame arrangement intended for hardware capture devices) and B-VOP disabled. You can move over to HD 720 and set the “target bitrate” to at least 7500. Note again that not all MPEG-4 interface setups have all of those options.
    My conclusion, after doing a lot of tests using both, is that x264 provides slightly better motion capture, while MPEG-4 is best for image quality, although the differences are slight, and most people seem to be using way less bitrate than is necessary for a fair test of both.
    Generally, x264 is a better “one size fits all” solution, and that the settings used are less complicated and are usually good for any capture situation after the initial configuration.
  • CamStudio Design
    Hello everyone,
    I have heard about CamStudio before and recently have started to use it.
    It is a great software. CamStuidio Team, thank you for it!
    However while using the software I found the problem, "User Interface". There are lots of mistakes and misunderstandings from UI/UX point of view.
    Fortunately I belong to design company team and we would be glad to make CamStudio UI/UX better. We are ready to do it for free.
    As I understand Terry already forwarded our proposal to the project leader, Nick Smith. It would be better to start discuss GUI details openly in the forum, so here is the message.
    P.S. Special thanks to Terry for helping in forum registration.
  • Xvid from command line
    I asked Nick if any of our developers knew, but no one in our group ever used the command line tools. I suggest using ffmpeg - here's search for articles on its command line options:
  • Xvid from command line
    Dear all,
    I faced with the following issue: I need to run screen recording from a command line with Xvidcodec, but nothing happen. As a result I receive an empty file with 0 kb size. Other codecs works from command line, but they have a large size. I found on the forum that such issue can happen cause of set screen dimension - it should be multiplied 2 or 4. But I cant find command line parameter that can define dimension. Please advice me with this issue.
  • Command line and DivX codec
    Dear all,
    I faced with the following issue: I need to run screen recording from a command line with DivX codec, but nothing happen. As a result I receive an empty file with 0 kb size. Other codecs works from command line, but they have a large size. I found on the forum that such issue can happen cause of set screen dimension - it should be multiplied 2 or 4. But I cant find command line parameter that can define dimension. Please advice me with this issue.
  • Need help with fixing a sound issue while recording a game
    You might try downloading the latest version of Camstudio and give that a try.
    Both x264 and Xvid MPEG-4 are very similar codecs and nothing more. Many will find x264 a bit easier to use because there are fewer settings in the x264 interface (what you get when you go to “options/video/x264/configure”) Apparently Terry already told you about the settings to use to record with Cam, so that’s all there is to it.
    Poor audio quality may be caused by something going on with your computer’s system sound, and that’s a tough one to diagnose without having the computer to look at. The best place to start is by making sure that all software playthrough devices and enhancements (including effects) are disabled when using recording software like Cam or Audacity.
  • Need help with recording LPs
    Those are the output settings. Go into the Options/Properties in your audio settings and see what you have in there. Get there from the audio control panel tab. On XP, <i>similar</i> to this video (start at 1 minute 5 seconds, except you'll want your microphone un-muted rather than line-in as I show in the video):
  • Need help with recording LPs
    To Terry:OK but when I try testing the game's sound (as Camstudio is running) is well, sounds like it's being played slowly and skipping a bit it's not even music like that, any idea how to fix that issue? On my sound settings I have the Wave, SW Synth, CD Player, Mic, and Line In at 100% are they affecting how Camstudio records the sound?
  • Need help with recording LPs
    Yes, I know you just told me that. I meant see if the SoundMAX drivers included anything similar. If not, you are out of luck except to use an attenuating patch cord between the speaker or headphone-out jack and the mic or line in (I've only seen them in mono). Here's the one Radio Shack sells:
    And here is a video on how to build your own:
  • Good Video Editors: After You Graduate from Windows Movie Maker!
    Windows Movie Maker is nothing to sneer at once you get the output profile selection and setup right - the defaults are mostly horrific. There are alternatives, however. <a href="" target="_blank">Lightworks</a> has a free edition (registration required, but their emails are not too offensive). <a href="‎" target="_blank">Blender</a> is much more than a 3-D rendering and animation tool - it has a formidable video editor and compositing tools built in. The interface takes SOME getting used to (watch plenty of YouTube videos). <a href="" target="_blank">Avidemux</a> is a Linux program ported to Windows and Mac. These are all professional tools and as such take a bit of learning, but all three are free! If you get a Linux distro like <a href="">AVLinux</a> or <a href="">KXStudio</a> using their Live DVDs burned onto a disk and can figure out how to get the audio to work with JACK (not that hard, but YouTube videos to the rescue again), you'll have plenty of other alternatives. <a href="" target="_blank">OpenShot</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Cinelerra</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Avidemux</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Blender</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">PiTiVi</a>, the Adobe Premier-like (amazing) <a href="" target="_blank">KdenLive</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Kino</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Lives</a> are all popular with tons of support. This guy mentions them all: Please add your own favorites and any settings or compression setups that you used to make the editors work better! Terry
  • Settings & Configuration!
    I’d actually be using the Xvid MPEG-4 for that type of production as well, but x264 might be a bit simpler to use and the settings as stated are the correct ones to use.
    The issue here is whether the codec (x264 or otherwise) interface is actually showing up as a choice on the CamStudio options/video options dropdown. I’m not clear on whether that’s the case, but if so, all of the settings can be made through Cam and should remain unchanged from one use to the next.
  • camcommandline crashes
    I'd just jump ship on that old (really very old) command line tool, and learn ffmpeg's commands - it is much more current and flexible.
  • Off-Speaker Sound Recording
    Blame the manufacturers who for some reason ship computers lacking the "Stereo Mix" or "What U Hear" component to their customers for this problem.
    If you have a mic-in and a headphone out, you can buy an attenuating patch cord that will allow you to shunt the headphone out into the mic or line input. That gets rid of the issues of using a live mic and picking up room sounds. With an adapter that allows two headphones to be plugged in to one jack you can still monitor using the second jack.
    If you only have USB ins and outs, your totally sunk.
    Sorry about the "Record from Speakers" feature not working - it has not worked on most computers since XP SP2 apparently (though very few report it working even on new computers...)
  • Off-Speaker Sound Recording
    Truth to be told, I haven't read ALL of the
    posts on the subject just yet, but from what
    I've gathered so far (both in here and on the
    Internet in general) it seems that, on a
    Windows 7 laptop (where I've installed
    my CS v2.7), the "Record Speakers" option
    seems to require the user to modify the O.S.
    sound-card configuration so that the "What I hear"
    or similar setting is to be made active / available.
    Unfortunately - I do NOT seem to have such
    a setting (or anything similar) whatsoever,
    even though I DO have a sound card (as
    I can play MP3 music files, for example).
    So when I want to record music or sound
    that is playing through the speakers,
    it seems that the "lesser attractive" option
    might be - to an extent - to use the other
    menu command available - which is -
    "record off microphone" - even though
    the whole point is to AVOID the need for
    a microphone altogether - yet the "Recorder"
    project DOES seem to be able to pick up the
    playing sound, when recording a video - only
    with much less quality - as the playback sounds
    like what might be heard as of some sort of a
    low-powered radio transmission...
    Any ideas on how to improve sound quality?
  • Soundcards With No Stereo Mix Fixed With Drivers
    An attenuating patch cord between the speaker/headphone out and into the mic or line-in jack can be used to port the signal into the input. Search your local electronics dealers for "attenuating patch cord" with the mini-stereo jacks.
    See here for a discussion at the Audacity forums:
    And here for how to make one yourself, if you are handy with a soldering iron (scroll down to "For Stereo Use" and note the image link for a schematic diagram there):