Video recording requires some pretty hefty specs, depending on what you desire to do. A note for older video cards: If you desire to work with 1080p, your card must accept VGA at least. Some cards however will not output widescreen through VGA.
For NVIDIA on 3D Applications @ 1080p
FPS Desired RAM CPU Speed Graphics Card CPU Cores*
60 4 GB 3.0+ Ghz NVIDIA GTS 250+ 2~3
30 4 GB 2.5+ GHz NVIDIA GTS 250+ 2~3
>20 2 GB 2.1+ GHz NVIDIA GeForce 6k+ 1~3
* Note: Cores Needed is at the CPU Speed. Turbo does not count.
Threads are not cores.
For ATI/AMD Radeon* on 3D Applications @ 1080p
FPS Desired RAM CPU Speed Graphics Card CPU Cores
60 4 GB 3.0+ Ghz AMD Radeon HD 6k+ 2~4
30 4 GB 2.5+ GHz AMD Radeon HD 4k+ 2~4
>20 2 GB 2.1+ GHz ATI Rage/Voodoo+** 1~4
* Note: ATI / AMD may cause some fonts to look garbled on ffdshow.
** Rage/Voodoo must have 3D Capabilities. Not all do.
In CamStudio, you will need to set specific settings for the game you desire to record. The above specifications are generalized things, and some computers will perform better at recording with lower specifications depending on the codec you use, and what the codec's settings are.
In CamStudio's settings dropdown, go to video settings. A new dialog will appear, and in the top drop down, you will need to select ffdshow. If you do not have the codec for ffdshow, read Appendix A below for more information. After you have ffdshow selected, make sure you click the Configure
button near the dropdown. Another dialog will appear.
In the ffdshow configuration dialog, make sure the codec/encoder you choose (Top left dropdown on the right side of the dialog. The left side of the dialog has the settings tree for each encoder/codec.) is MSMPEG4
. You may play with other ones later, but MSMPEG4 will perform the best. If you do not have MSMPEG4, but ffdshow is a codec option in video settings, you must read Appendix A below.
The FOURCC should stay the default. Make sure to change from average bitrate / quantizer / whatever to quality instead, and change the slider to 100. If you set the average bitrate / quantizer instead, it may look blocky.
After you have these settings, press OK
on the ffdshow configuration dialog. Now, if you want to post-edit your video, keep the video settings for CamStudio open, and change the bottom slider from 200 to 60, then after that, make sure that the slider cannot be used by unchecking/using a dropdown so that you have to change it manually
from now on, rather than via the slider automatically. (Leaving CamStudio to auto-adjust it may cause the recorder to auto-lower the frames per second.) Set keyframes to 60 when you have it at 60 (first textbox below the codec dropdown).
There are three ways you can record sound: Microphone only, Game sound only (Vista Newer, only) and both Microphone and Game sound (Vista, Newer only).
If you only want to talk, and not have your voice mulled over by the game sounds, make sure that in the settings drop-down on CamStudio's main interface is set to Record Audio from Microphone
When Record Audio from Microphone is checked, go to Configure Audio Settings
in the settings dropdown. On the new audio settings dialog, make sure that MCI Recording
is checked at the bottom. Make sure that the audio compression is set to PCM, Mono, 16-bit, 22000 Hz at the most. Even if you set to stereo, your voice will not be stereo. Mono inputs can only accept mono sound in windows.
The default recording device should be set to Microphone. Press OK
Game Sound Only
In the record audio from settings, make sure it is set to Microphone
. On the configure audio dialog as mentioned in the above section, make sure Stereo Mix
is selected. If it does not show, right-click the speaker icon in your notification tray (left of the clock normally) and go to recording devices. On the recording devices dialog, right-click a white, blank part of the listing of devices, make sure Disabled Devices
Now, right-click microphone, and disable it. Right-click stereo-mix and enable it. Close recording devices, and go back to the audio config dialog and close it. Re-open the audio config dialog from before, and choose Stereo Mix
, which should now show. This only works in Vista and newer.
Game Sounds AND Microphone
This option may cause your microphone to be routed through the speakers, so you may echo when talking, as the speakers will have your voice. Be wary of feedback loops.
Like in the previous two sections, make sure Record Audio from Microphone is checked. Also, make sure Stereo Mix is enabled, from the last section. However, before you go disabling your microphone, make sure the Mic Boost is up to a good level, then disable it.
After disabling your microphone, on the sound devices dialog at the top, you will notice a bunch of tabs: Playback, Recording, etc. Click Playback
to show Playback devices. Now, for your speakers, or whatever your output is, right-click it, and go to properties / options / whatever. On the first tab, there should be a bunch of sliders near the mid-bottom, one of them shows Mic or Microphone. Un-check the speaker icon to the right of it (making it show it isn't muted). This will allow the speakers to hear your microphone, in turn allowing stereo mix to hear it.
Now, in the audio config dialog, like last section, make sure stereo mix is your default recording device. Press OK
and close the sound devices dialog and CamStudio's audio settings dialog (make sure MCI Recording is on). This only works on Vista and newer.
Size of Video
If you need a smaller video recording area, you can set auto-follow / panning to true on the settings dropdown from the CamStudio's main interface, then set auto-pan speed to 80.
To auto-pan properly, have a fixed video area of 1280 x 720 (720p), 856
x 480 (480p), and 640 x 360 (360p) and do not have "fixed top-left" checked. When you start recording, it will show a strange border with a new mouse cursor (this is asking you to select a place to start recording).
When you want to make a smaller file size, or wish to focus more on smaller things, I suggest 480p always, or 360p.
If you have codec packages already installed, remove them all! Instead, install the combined community codec pack: http://www.cccp-project.net/
If the CCCP still does not allow you to select MSMPEG4, you may need to search google for an older version of ffdshow. Regardless, the best performing recording codec is, currently, msmpeg4.