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Aaron
Windows Video Capture Apps with good playback and resolution?
on Aug 10, 2005 at 10:49:58 pm

Know of any Windows Video Capture Apps with good playback and resolution?

I need to do a video capture will running an action video game and upres it to HD 23.98 for FCP5.0 edit. Any suggestions?


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Charles Simonson
Re: Windows Video Capture Apps with good playback and resolution?
on Aug 12, 2005 at 5:31:58 am

On the PC, there is the free Windows Media Encoder, and there is the paid Camtasia Studio. Both do a good job for most projects.

On the mac, there is Ambrosia Software's SnapzProX, a great utility. Probably the best thing to do, but maybe not possible because your content is gaming based (is it a computer or console game, and if computer, does it use OpenGL?), is to buy a hardware card like a cheap DeckLink board and use its Desktop video output feature to a SDI device to recapture it back in at full Uncompressed glory.

While these solutions should work at least somewhat in all cases, I still don't understand why you want to upres the content when editing it. Seems pointless to upres at the editing stage.


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Ben Waggoner
Re: Windows Video Capture Apps with good playback and resolution?
on Aug 15, 2005 at 6:17:46 pm

Also, Camtasia and WME are designed for normal computer-like tasks, like IE and Word. If it's a full-screen video game, both will slow to a crawl. You're better off with a scan converter in those cases, which could take VGA to SDI, and then capture from that with an SDI capture card.

There are also DVI to HD-SDI converts if you really want to work in HD. 1280x720 60p works great with some games, and looks great as well.


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