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I tried FRAPS which makes great (albeit HUGE) avi files however there tends to be random times (ever 3-6 minutes or so) that the audio will skip/blup or the whole video will freeze for a second or two during playback. I was thinking about maybe going into windowed mode and using CamStudio but it only had the option to record windows sound OR mic, input not both.

The idea is to capture both voice over as well as game sound, and in the end be able to convert to a good quality YouTube video. Quality is the concern, for an example of good quality see: http://www.youtube.com/huskystarcraft.

EDIT: Yeah it could be my system causing the hiccups in FRAPS..

Thinkpad T510, i7 2.67ghz, 4GB of RAM, with this card: http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-Quadro-NVS-3100M.24738.0.html

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Is this a duplicate of gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/4793/… or the other way around? –  tzenes Aug 15 '10 at 4:43
    
not a duplicate for now, as he states FRAPS does not works, and that's the only answer on the other question, altrough we might want to merge them later. –  alexanderpas Aug 15 '10 at 4:58
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What are the computer specs you are using to capture your videos? I've heard FRAPS quality depends heavily on your rig... –  Jarrod Dixon Aug 15 '10 at 5:22
    
Also note that, for voice, Husky and HD probably use studio-quality condenser mics (pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/microphones) –  a paid nerd Aug 15 '10 at 17:01
    
@alexanderpas apparently FRAPS did work. Should we merge? –  tzenes Aug 16 '10 at 5:55

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Actually, I'm pretty sure I remember Husky explicitly saying he was using FRAPS, though I don't recall in which video, so I can't verify it.

I think that if you encounter skips or stutters you just need to make sure that all other applications are disabled, and if that's still not good enough then maybe you should think about upgrading your system - recording high-resolution videos while playing a game is not an easy task for the computer.

You can also find FRAPS tips online; for example, recording to a different physical hard drive than the one used for the game is supposed to be great for performance.

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Great point about the writing to a secondary hard drive, I'll give that shot. –  ioSamurai Aug 15 '10 at 18:01

Do you get the video hiccups before or after encoding the raw AVI? It matters because a lot of media players can't handle the bit rate of RAW avi @ 1080p.

Try encoding the video to mpeg4 or use real editing software to review the quality. And no, Windows Movie Maker is not real video editing software. It's really bad at pretty much everything.

You can get a trial version of Sony Vegas, it will probably handle the RAW AVI a lot better (I have no experience with vegas as when it comes to video editing I'm an apple fanboy). If you see no stuttering or issues in Sony Vegas you just have to encode your RAW AVI to some better format before uploading to youtube.

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Dude that's a really good point, the AVI clips are only maybe 7 minutes long each but they are also 4gb, it makes sense that the blipping and freezing would be the player not the file itself as if it was the file it would likely not freeze on playback (meaning the play scrubber actually stops for a moment). –  ioSamurai Aug 16 '10 at 19:14
    
VirtualDub would be a great free alternative. –  user56 Sep 10 '10 at 14:15

I use Microsoft Expression 4 recorder and it works fine for me. I play full screen games, but in Windows.

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XSplit and FFSplit are the two main programs used currently. Both allow you to stream to a site like twitch.tv or own3d.tv while also allowing you to just record videos locally if you'd prefer that.

I bought XSplit premium for myself, it's definitely one of the best pieces of software I've ever worked with and so very simple to use and configure.

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