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Brian Boyle
HD Screen Capture workflow
on Jul 21, 2011 at 7:15:30 pm

I occasionally have to work with screen capture footage of websites. I was struck by two things from a recent Google+ video:







first, the high resolution and funny gridlines between pixels. can anyone provide insight on how they got the hi-res and explanation for the gridlines?

thanks.


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Walter Soyka
Re: HD Screen Capture workflow
on Jul 21, 2011 at 8:05:28 pm

[Brian Boyle] "first, the high resolution and funny gridlines between pixels. can anyone provide insight on how they got the hi-res and explanation for the gridlines?"

Either they zoomed in with the browser before recording, then added the gridlines, or it's not a real screen capture.

I'm a bit of a control enthusiast, so when I have to animate a web page, I generally rebuild it in AE from the ground up. It's a lot more flexible and opens up more design and animation options than simply recording a screen cap.

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Michael Szalapski
Re: HD Screen Capture workflow
on Jul 21, 2011 at 8:11:28 pm

Typing at the same time again, eh Walter?

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Dave LaRonde
Re: HD Screen Capture workflow
on Jul 22, 2011 at 8:50:30 pm

Maybe it's my slow connection at work, maybe it's the compression, maybe it's because I've been squinting at computer monitors for the past seven hours, but when I look at that video, you know what I see?

I see a beta web site running test data that's been shot with a camera: a real-live TV camera. After that step, it's a matter of editing.

Dave LaRonde
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Michael Szalapski
Re: HD Screen Capture workflow
on Jul 21, 2011 at 8:07:59 pm

I can't see YouTube videos due to restrictions on the network where I work, but I have a pretty good idea of what you're talking about.
That's not a screen capture. That's an animation based on the website design. Gridlines were created in Photoshop and layered onto the image.

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Brian Boyle
Re: HD Screen Capture workflow
on Jul 21, 2011 at 10:02:45 pm

very interesting. I am inclined to think you are right-there are some grid squares that seem to contain more than one pixel's worth of info. if it is built in PS/AE, they went so far as to fake a green and magenta edge distortion. impressive.


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Michael Szalapski
Re: HD Screen Capture workflow
on Jul 22, 2011 at 1:13:56 pm

If this were an actual screen capture, there would be no edge distortion. That's another good clue that it's faked.

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Brian Boyle
Re: HD Screen Capture workflow
on Jul 22, 2011 at 7:37:24 pm

this may be a silly question, but why not?


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