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#1 Sep 09 2010 at 1:55 PM Rating: Decent
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Hi guys, first off mods please move this if its in the wrong place but don't think there is an off topic forum but if there is I apologize for posting this here (and i'll try and make it somewhat on topic).

For those of you guys who record yourself playing FFXIV (or doing anything on the PC) what programs out there that are free to use or pay to use (but not too expensive) are a good option? I'm working on a small project and haven't done anything like this before. Also, I would like the program to record and compress the video (you know for like posting it on youtube) and definitely want HD too.

Thanks for your help.
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#2 Sep 09 2010 at 1:58 PM Rating: Good
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Only one I've personally used is Fraps (free version has a number of video limitations: half-resolution, watermark, 30sec max), $37 for lifetime updates. But I've heard others mentioned, so hopefully others can chime in so you have a few options to go research. ^^

As for re-encoding the video, there's all sorts of various ways of doing that. Haven't messed with Youtube uploads so I'm not sure what formats they accept these days, but generally H.264 is a favorite codec, and x264 is the free tool to encode. Almost nobody will use x264 directly, but there's various front-ends that will let you use it. Two examples would be Handbrake (really meant for re-encoding DVDs, but may be able to handle Fraps output though I haven't personally tried) and SUPER (a front-end for a number of different open-source media tools, I use this to generate FLV files for my personal website). Both are free, and there should be other options as well. In addition, if WMV is an acceptable format, you can always see about just using Windows Movie Maker to re-encode (that's what I did with my old FFXI Fraps videos).

Edited, Sep 9th 2010 3:04pm by Triane
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#3 Sep 09 2010 at 2:04 PM Rating: Decent
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Thanks,

Can you render (sorry if i'm using any wrong terminology) in HD using fraps? If you can i'd definitely check it out.

EDIT: reading through your post again a lot of that stuff went right over my head. Just to get some clarification, when I record in fraps what file format is the video saved in? and when you say re-encoding, do you mean taking it from one format to another one?

Edited, Sep 9th 2010 4:06pm by SolidMack
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#4 Sep 09 2010 at 2:24 PM Rating: Good
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SolidMack wrote:
Thanks,

Can you render (sorry if i'm using any wrong terminology) in HD using fraps? If you can i'd definitely check it out.

EDIT: reading through your post again a lot of that stuff went right over my head. Just to get some clarification, when I record in fraps what file format is the video saved in? and when you say re-encoding, do you mean taking it from one format to another one?

Fraps is just your standard screen capture app, so it'll record at whatever resolution your monitor is (well, up to 2560x1600 apparently, according to their site, but... yeah ;). So if you're running your monitor at 1920x1200, for example, then that's the resolution of the video (though there may be options to record at a lower resolution, it's been a while since I've used it for video, unfortunately).

As for the format of the video, I believe that it's in an AVI container (and the video inside will be in some standard sort of format, nothing you need anything special to decode). It's pretty raw video and so takes a bunch of space. And yes, re-encoding is when you take it and output a different format (encoding is the process of writing, and decoding is the process of reading). So in this case you'll use Fraps to get an AVI file, then use another app to turn the AVI into something else that will be suitable for Youtube or whatever.

EDIT - And for clarification, the process to use something like Handbrake or SUPER (or anything similar) would be that you'd open the AVI that Fraps created, then tell the program to save it as whatever format you're interested in. It's usually a pretty simple process, and then you let the application do its thing. ^^

I really should check if Handbrake can open AVIs, because it's not its main target and so it may not do it, but it's got a pretty simple UI, especially compared to SUPER (which can be a little confusing at times). I'll see if I can check on that when I get home. ^^

EDIT2 - Looks like Handbrake should be able to read most any common sort of format, it's just the output that they've restricted these days (H.264 in MP4 or MKV).

Edited, Sep 9th 2010 3:45pm by Triane
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#5 Sep 09 2010 at 2:28 PM Rating: Good
I would use this: http://camstudio.org/

it is freeware and you can choose to record just a part of the screen - would probably need to be in windowed mode, however
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#6 Sep 09 2010 at 2:43 PM Rating: Good
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Ok great guys thanks very much, I'll check all these out and see what works best for me.
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#7 Sep 09 2010 at 2:56 PM Rating: Good
oh and thank god this isn't another whine and moan thread.
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#8 Sep 09 2010 at 3:16 PM Rating: Good
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SolidMack wrote:
Ok great guys thanks very much, I'll check all these out and see what works best for me.

Good luck, and feel free to post back if you have any other questions. ^^
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