View Full Version : How to record game footage?

05-27-2004, 11:32 AM
Does anyone have a good way to load up a game and capture the video & audio to a movie file? I tried Fraps, but with some games, it REALLY slows the game down and so the resulting video is also slow/choppy. Plus, Fraps doesn\'t like my Audiophile 2496 card and won\'t record the audio (gotta have the SFX!)

His Frogness
05-27-2004, 01:58 PM
What you need is a Canopus /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif They\'re only 10 grand or so.

I don\'t know of any cheap way to capture video.

05-27-2004, 02:12 PM
Hmm...well, composers are doing it somehow..and not for $10,000 /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif Must find out how.

05-28-2004, 02:02 AM
Hi Sam,
I know that some of engines that I\'ve worked with have an avi capture command in the developer console, which is not usually revealed to the public. If you know someone at the company that makes the games your trying to capture, I\'m sure that you could get them to capture something for you, or possibly divulge the code for you to do it on your own.
That\'s how I do it.
Good Luck.

His Frogness
05-28-2004, 02:42 PM
Well you could reduce the load by sending the signal out of one computer and into another and capture it on a seperate computer.

Guga Bernardo
06-28-2004, 12:56 PM
All you need is:

1 - A cheap capture card
2 - A VCR
3 - A video card with TV output
4 - VirtualDub

Record any image you need on a VCR using your TV out from your video card, then capture the VCR image with you capture card using VirtualDub to compress the video.

Thatīs it.

Good Luck

Scott Buckley
06-29-2004, 12:30 AM
You could try this: GameCam (an alternative to FRAPS)


The problem is you need to register the program to enable sound recording. So I suppose this doesnt help at all, and Ill shuddup now. :)


08-05-2004, 01:45 PM
Believe it or else, I had pretty good results using my VidcAm Mini DV capturing some Battlefield 1942 footage, and then put Music to it... If you have a Flat Panel You don't see the re-fresh rate either.

08-05-2004, 03:06 PM
How about asking the dev team ? Maybe they have the right hard/software.

If not, I'd try GameCam first and if it failse to be useful try using a Video Cam to record it analouge.

04-26-2009, 05:26 AM
Sorry for necroposting ;)
But perhaps, this info will be useful for someone who's looking for game video capture tool.
There is another good software for such tasks - PlayClaw. Can be found on http://www.playclaw.com

10-14-2009, 05:48 AM
Im trying to record footage of a video game off my xbox 360. I have no idea what to do! I have a xbox 360, a DVR box, av outlets, and a cannon digital camera. Ive been looking on how you have to buy equipment and stuff. I just want to do this without buying things. Ive been plugging things in and out for hours! Please help!....

10-09-2010, 09:33 AM
Guncam looks interesting; never heard of it before. Going to have to check it out.

Have had Fraps registered for a long time now... so haven't really looked at any other options recently... and used it in a number of different situations; what seems to let it work smoothly is 1. save the resulting video to a separate, fast, hard drive which is not being used by the game (or anything else!) and 2. free(ish) CPU core seems to help some, though fraps doesn't seem to compress things very much, so the main bottleneck seems to be getting all the video data dumped to the hard drive as fast as you can.

Gamecam I also used for a while, on an older system, and it worked fairly well, but lost a fair bit of detail since it compressed the video more.

The other which I had tried was Camstudio, but could never get it to capture at a decent framerate.

11-05-2010, 02:36 AM
this good!
Thanks very much for your part!

12-06-2010, 04:16 AM
My main recommendation is the application for registration is included free with Xfire. Once you are installing Xfire Xfire to activate it and choose option two keys to the launch. Xfire video does a good job because its free.

01-21-2011, 08:08 AM
Personally, DirectX, you play a small demo lets you record a few seconds all the on-screen recorder software, video recordings, use Fraps. Now, we are planning to record a few seconds, you should buy. Not too expensive and is a lifetime license.

03-05-2011, 01:45 AM
I know some of the engines I've worked with have an avi capture command in console development, which is usually not made public. If you know someone in the company that makes the games your trying to capture, I'm sure you could have something to catch you, or possibly divulge the code to do it yourself.

04-26-2011, 11:18 PM
GameCam. *()

05-06-2011, 05:35 PM
FOR PC GAMES: Frapps is your best bet.

The frame rate issues you're having could be solved by
1. Closing all other apps
2. Running in window mode
3. Reducing the screen resolution
4. Capture at half size not full size (option in Frapps).
5. Make sure that your graphics settings are not at the highest setting. Find something that looks nice, but is not so intensive.
6. Set Frapps video capture to another physical HD - don't capture to the same HD the game and windows paging runs off or you'll get HD Throttling.
7. If you're going to replace Audio, don't capture with audio
8. If you must capture audio make sure your game's audio settings are stereo rather than 5.1 or you'll be capturing 6 streams of audio and video. Audio settings can also be changed in windows control panel as some engines don't support audio output/channel choice in the game.

You could also upgrade to a better video card - running a NVidia GeForce 9800 with 512meg ram - they're about $200 or less.


Google USB Video Capture - you can pick these up for under $50.


Use another machine to capture.