Trying to capture computer screen to DVD video

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by alloowishus, Jan 1, 2005.

  1. alloowishus

    alloowishus Guest

    Hello everyone, here's a question for you. I am running visiualizations
    on winamp on my computer and I want to capture the images and sound to
    an mpg format that I can play on my DVD player. Anyone know how I can
    do this?
    alloowishus, Jan 1, 2005
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  2. alloowishus

    P. K. Kid Guest

    Search the internet for Camtasia (not cheap, but good) or Snagit, or
    a freeware/shareware called Frontcam (you can crop off the watermark at
    the top during editing). You can capture any part of your screen as an
    AVI movie file, along with the audio or any audio from your sound card.
    Convert that to a compliant MPEG for DVD.
    The biggest limitation is your capture codec. There isn't much of a
    choice with Frontcam, but I have great luck with Xvid and Camtasia. I
    can't access the Xvid codec with Frontcam, and the old MS Video 1 codec
    actually worked the best with that program, although there were some
    bad artifacts when I tried to capture another movie off my screen...
    Winamp visualizations should work okay with it, because I successfully
    captured Galaga (MAME arcade game) with it.
    You'll have to find a good compromise between codec, codec settings
    and frame rate. I can't get a full 30fps with Xvid with a decent
    resolution (capture size), but close enough, IMO (somewhere between
    25fps to 30fps). It looks okay played back as a 30fps MPEG, just a very
    slight jumpiness due to some dropped frames.

    P. K. Kid
    Non-commercial stereoscopic 3D movie clips:
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    P. K. Kid, Jan 1, 2005
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  3. alloowishus

    alloowishus Guest

    hi, I downloaded Camtasia and it seems to work, but it's slow and
    jerky, and it doesn't seem to record audio playing on the computer (as
    opposed to coming in through and external source). I guess what I need
    is something that can record a computer video display externally, any
    ideas? thanks for the help.
    alloowishus, Jan 13, 2005
  4. alloowishus

    Bariloche Guest

    Like having 2 computers? One plays the video, and has an VGA-to-TV
    device, through which it is connected to a second computer that
    records the display.
    Bariloche, Jan 13, 2005
  5. alloowishus

    Martin Guest

    Or even just one pc...

    If it's got a tv-out and also a video capture card then you'd be able to
    capture the tv-out.
    It'd capture the audio you desire too.

    Martin, Jan 13, 2005
  6. alloowishus

    Bariloche Guest

    Yes, but I guess that would need a powerful PC, as capture, which can
    be computation intensive on some cases, would have to share resources
    (CPU, drives) with Winamp.
    Bariloche, Jan 14, 2005
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