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I was thinking of doing one or two 'hints/tips' videos and was wondering if anyone could recommend a good screen capture application?  I've tried Debut and OBS and was not impressed, you have to go through all manner of hoops, other app installs, etc.   There must be a product out there that simply talks to DAWs without having to have a degree in computer sciences to use!

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Hi, Skyline_UK, I used LICEcap a few times, as well as Format Factory. They are both simple, maybe it could help!
* Format Factory is used to convert file format but also has this new feature to do screen capture.

Best regards

EDIT: Sorry, my bad! These softwares won't record audio (FF does but won't recognize audio interface other than PC onboard audio).

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Hi;)

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without having to have a degree in computer sciences to use!

OBS was like a overloaded program for me until I saw this video course. It's a very great program!

It's in German, but perhaps you can see some things and how it works.....I have just looked at the first 6 videos....

Greetz;)

Bassman.

 

 

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The trick is to deactivate the OBS preview after fittting all together in OBS so your CPU has more power left to encode the video file. And if you use the same resolution for the screen and the recorded file the CPU won't need to render this up or down... Have fun 😉
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I have used OBS for a few years now . I always have it on my second monitor and the pre view is always on. The audio part has been the only difficult aspect and I had to use WASAPI shared. But now with my Motu M4 and the loopback I can keep Cakewalk in ASIO mode and I have a volume slide for my mike and for Cakewalks playback. The above video is redundant if your interface has loopback which is for anyone doing screen capture of a DAW almost a must have feature. 

Sure it's a complicated program. It's actually, when you think of it,  just like Cakewalk,, free and fully featured. But there's lots of videos on how to use it. 

But that's only half the battle. You will also want to purchase a movie editing software and for that most of us are using Vegas Movie Studio. There's lots of great tutorials on that as well. What I like is I can use my VST plug ins on the audio track. 

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Thanks all.  I settled on OBS.  I did have to watch a lot of YouTube videos to find out how to record audio as OBS doesn't talk to ASIO, or something.  The best of those videos was this one which describes how to obtain a REA VST that acts as a 'pipeline' from the main out of CbB to OBS. 

How to get audio from your DAW to OBS.

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Do you use Windows 10?  I ask because it has a built-in video record function.  It is intended for recording video games, but it works for me, for all sorts of purposes. The shortcut is Windows-Alt-R to record.  Also, the shortcut Windows-Alt-G brings up a set of menus for screen captures and other things.

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On 5/31/2021 at 9:35 AM, John Vere said:

most of us are using Vegas Movie Studio

And I'd like to emphasize that Vegas Movie Studio is not Vegas Pro. I got both of them in a Humble Bundle a while back, and I did a few videos using Vegas Pro. I finally gave up on it after too many crashes and freezes, and gave Vegas Movie Studio a try. It's kind of an "Elements" version, but the extra features of Vegas Pro are things that I never and probably will never use. Movie Studio is much more stable, and shares the same workflow with Vegas Pro.

You can get Movie Studio at a deep discount every so often through Humble Bundle.

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Ya I got it for $30. Version 14. I just upgraded to 17 for another $35

The cool thing about that is I can install on 4 machines now. Nothing wrong with 14. I barely noticed the difference 

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OBS is fast to set up and easy to use.  Just look for a tutorial on setting up OBS and there are about 5 settings to hit and you are done.  I am at work so I can't copy and paste the video.   The good thing about OBS, is that each time I go to do a new recording, I just go to Settings > Output> Recordings and browse for the folder that will be holding the new recordings and then click Apply and Close.   I am now ready to record a new screen capture. 

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It's pretty powerful. I even figured out setting up different scenes. The only problem is if your are say, demonstrating Cakewalk,  and you leave the focus on OBS and hit the space bar to start playback of Cakewalk OBS stops! So focus is often an issue for me. 

The Audio set up was very tricky and a few years ago what I did was set up a small mixer with my Audio interface outputs and my narration mike. I had to run this back into my interfaces 3/4 inputs and set OBS audio for those. But I had to use WASAPI shared mode which sucks when your trying to make tutorials about CAkewalk and need ASIO. But as I said the solution is any Audio interface with a Loopback. All you do is set that as one of the OBS inputs as well as the 1/2 output of you ASIO audio. 

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On 6/13/2021 at 1:50 AM, Starship Krupa said:

And I'd like to emphasize that Vegas Movie Studio is not Vegas Pro. I got both of them in a Humble Bundle a while back, and I did a few videos using Vegas Pro. I finally gave up on it after too many crashes and freezes, and gave Vegas Movie Studio a try. It's kind of an "Elements" version, but the extra features of Vegas Pro are things that I never and probably will never use. Movie Studio is much more stable, and shares the same workflow with Vegas Pro.

You probably mean Vegas Pro Edit. That was the version you could get for, like, 21 € in the Humble Bundles.

Actually, I quite like it. Using Vegas Pro Edit 15 here, and, it seems to be stable, at least for the stuff I do. Many great FX included.

For capturing the screen, I use the Nvidia screen recorder, which comes with the driver of my graphics card. It's very system ressource efficient.

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2 hours ago, chakko said:

You probably mean Vegas Pro Edit. That was the version you could get for, like, 21 € in the Humble Bundles.

Actually, I quite like it. Using Vegas Pro Edit 15 here, and, it seems to be stable, at least for the stuff I do. Many great FX included.

For capturing the screen, I use the Nvidia screen recorder, which comes with the driver of my graphics card. It's very system ressource efficient.

Yes, Vegas Pro Edit. I started years ago with Sony Vegas Pro, then upgraded via Humble Bundles. Feature-wise, I can't tell the difference between Edit and the full deal. I did a bit of hacking and copied the Vegas Pro FX to the same folder under the Movie Studio Platinum program directory and they all showed up and work perfectly.

I realize that there could be an issue with my older nVidia card and using video editing programs: it's the older Fermi architecture, and supposedly Kepler was a huge improvement for video and photo editing. I used to have a point of frustration when video card specs and reviews were all about gaming performance, when I want something that will be good at running a preview window on a second monitor while applying effects. Also rendering, which can take hours on my current system. If I had known, I would have spent a little more and found a Kepler card.

I just checked, and there are now sites that talk about which cards are good for video and photo editing and encoding, which is great. Even nVidia's site has banners for "Studio" solutions. I'm about to hit eBay up for a used card that has Kepler and DDR5 RAM. Should be an improvement.

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