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08-15-2006, 11:53 AM
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Would like to try a screen capture of one of my screensavers (Marine Aquarium) to DVD. (Moving fish in an aquarium) Need recommendations for screen capture software to try (if it is even feasible).
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08-15-2006, 11:56 AM
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Hi nicksteel,

Doesn't the "Print Screen" key work, followed py a "Paste" into Windows Paint?

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08-15-2006, 12:15 PM
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No, this is an animated screensaver. You should try it if you haven't. It's Sachs Marine Aquarium (Serenescreen) if you ever want to look at it. Many stores have it running on their demos. The guy is one hell of an animator (used to write Atari games). His company has a DVD also, but I wanted to pick my own scenes/fish. Just something to play with.
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08-15-2006, 12:16 PM
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I suppose I could pick up a tv out video card for one computer and capture it with the PVR-250. Just wondering if there's another way.
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08-15-2006, 12:58 PM
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If it's a DirectX screensaver, Fraps might be able to capture a video out of it.
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08-15-2006, 01:21 PM
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Thanks.

I saw fraps. I just downloaded CamStudio from SourceForge to try first. Nothing serious, just want to see if I can do it. Have found reference to several freebie programs so far.
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08-15-2006, 03:03 PM
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Could someone scan this and advise some settings? Kinda over my head.

students.uwsp.edu/ebude998/Files/CamStudio User Manual.pdf

Need maximum quality (don't care about size) for final KDVD.
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08-15-2006, 07:33 PM
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Tried

Camstudio (free) best of the lot.
ScreenVirtuoso Pro 2.40
HyperCam 2

All were jerky. It was worth a try, but none can capture without dropping frames. Given, the screensavers I tested with are very detailed and high tech.
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08-19-2006, 11:14 AM
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Have started to get smoother captures with Fraps. Need an avi to kdvd script and can't find with search (so many posts).

Haven't ever worked with avi, so starting at ground zero. I do remember Phil and Boulder had some scripts once, but can't find. This is a 29.97 capture (frame rate on jpg is output rate from saver).

(The capture is much better that the jpg shows, just wanted to give an idea)

Any help would be appreciated.

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08-20-2006, 12:51 PM
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I do remember Phil and Boulder had some scripts once, but can't find. This is a 29.97 capture (frame rate on jpg is output rate from saver).
Is it interlaced or progressive ?
The script you are looking for are there, but this is for progressive :
http://www.kvcd.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7223
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08-20-2006, 02:20 PM
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These captures are intelaced (sorry, I certainly should have mentioned that!).

Am also looking at video cards with video out. Very confusing.

Both of my computers have onboard intel graphics which perform very well. The Gateway has an ATI HDTV capture board and has a 16x PCI Express socket. Am considering an "Add2" board with a s-video out.

The HP has a PVR-150 capture board and has an AGP 4X socket. Not all that fast an option. Am considering a Ratheon 9000 or 9250 board for the HP with s-video out.

A lot of trouble to capture screensavers, but, what the hell!

I can either put an add2 board out into the Gateway and feed into the Hp or put a s-video board into the HP and feed back into the PVR-250.

Quite a mess, but tv software capture programs are just too slow. I'm going to get something that will output 1024x768, as this will exceed NTSC.

Have to start looking on Ebay!
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09-01-2006, 10:01 AM
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Tried

XFX GeForce 6200 256MB AGP w/DVI/TV-OUT
NTSC S-Video out into PVR-150

Ultimate XP Pro: PC to TV Component (VGA out Scan converter)
NTSC S-Video out into PVR-150

Both fuzzy.

I have found no input boards that will capture above TV resolution, nor screen capture programs that will support smooth 30fps at 1024x768. Some graphics boards have MPEG-2 encoders, but no way to use for capture.

Have tried different codecs, trying to trade off capture quality with compression speed. Just can't write to disk fast enough (SATA drives, fast processor).
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09-01-2006, 10:23 AM
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Hight velocity capture, in DV mode for instance, sometimes claim to use RAID-? discs for faster writing.
I do not remember the level of Raid needed
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09-01-2006, 06:10 PM
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Hight velocity capture, in DV mode for instance, sometimes claim to use RAID-? discs for faster writing.
I do not remember the level of Raid needed
"Stripe set". RAID 0

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09-01-2006, 06:51 PM
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Think RAID is a little outside my skills level. I noticed that the boards were not all that high, but setting it up would be a challenge.

Just wish someone would come out with a hardware encoder (like PVR-150 for TV) accepting VGA (monitor) input at higher resolutions. Seems like there would be a market among gamers, as they are always trying to screen capture their high res games and scan converters are just not all that great.
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09-02-2006, 10:35 PM
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Hi nicksteel,

Are you aware that most new motherboards have SATA RAID controlers built in
Just put a couple of SATA drives, configured as RAID 0, and you'll have a screamer machine

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09-03-2006, 10:18 AM
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Are you aware that most new motherboards have SATA RAID controlers built in
Exactly, and that is why I mentioned to use RAID
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09-04-2006, 04:15 AM
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I've just seen this post, I have worked with Camtasia Studio from Techsmith, to transfer Powerpoint presentations to DVD. Worked very well, and at high resolutions. Maybe you can give it try
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09-11-2006, 12:15 PM
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Hi nicksteel,

Are you aware that most new motherboards have SATA RAID controlers built in
Just put a couple of SATA drives, configured as RAID 0, and you'll have a screamer machine

-kwag
My computer has two sata drives. Does this mean I have Raid?
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09-11-2006, 12:49 PM
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You need to build the RAID array, see your motherboard's manual on how to do that. You'll lose all existing data on those two drives though.
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