Tutorial:Recording Screen Cap Videos w/Windows Media Encoder
Camstudio is a great piece of open-source software for screen recording, but Microsoft's Windows Media Encoder is a much more user friendly and consistent piece of software. I recommend using it for making recordings due to both it's ease of use and file size (about 5x smaller than the camstudio produced moves = 5x shorter upload times!).
Step 1: Download and install Windows Media Encoder
. It is free as long as you have a genuine copy of Windows.
Step 2: Open the program and select File -> New
, then select Capture Screen
and click Next
Step 3: This tutorial is going to focus on recording with the Region of the screen
setting, but feel free to use Specific Window
if you are only recording 1 window. So with that out of the way, select Region of the screen
. If you are recording audio with your video, check the box Capture audio from the default audio device
, then click Next
. (If you use Specific Window, skip to step #5).
Step 4: Click the Selection Button
(top button highlighted in the picture), then drag the cursor around the window you want to record. Since all videos are displayed on the site in a 640x480 window, try to capture an area with an aspect ratio of around 4:3 for best viewing. Also make sure to check Flash border during capture
so you can see exactly what is being captured!
Step 5: Select any output file (just make sure you remember where you saved it!), and make sure it ends in .wmv
, then click Next
. On the next page select High Quality
for the quality setting and click Next
. On the next page you can type in your user information if you want, but it will all be lost during conversion, so to save time just leave it empty and click Finish
Step 6: Once you are ready to start recording, click the button entitled Start Encoding
Step 7: As soon as you are done click on the Stop
button and then upload your video using the Chess-videos.com video uploader