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I like FRAPS, but it fails when recording while I play Red Alert 2. During the first American mission the game always crashes at the same second – after Statue of Liberty ruins and Romanov begins to talk.

I have tried using Google to find information about this problem but I can't find solution.

How can I capture video while playing Red Alert 2?

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  • added a red-alert-2 tag for you. – Raven Dreamer Jul 7 '11 at 7:01
  • Have you tried WeGame? – DrFish Jul 7 '11 at 14:59
  • The answers and comments show that this is a duplicate of the more general question; simply try another from the answers in that question. – badp Jul 8 '11 at 7:45
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    @badp, no! It's not duplicate! I know perfectly, how to record video from games. It's specifically RA2's issue! Don't measure question's duplicity by answers. They are just not useful yet. – Nakilon Jul 8 '11 at 8:39
  • @Nakilon Would you then be willing to limit your question on how to make FRAPS work with RA2? (Eventually accepting an answer that says, "there's just no way to do that, go check these alternatives" if all else fails.) If this was your original intention, it seems you didn't make it sufficiently clear in your question body. – badp Jul 8 '11 at 10:16
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You may try Taksi which is the open source alternative to FRAPS, and see if it works. This is my detailed post about Taksi.

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  • After a time to understand, how to us it... with FRAPS codek doesn't start recording, with MV1 doesn't record color depth right, with VP60 game crashed right on F6.... still no success... – Nakilon Jul 7 '11 at 8:12
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My solution for 2011 year, Windows 7.

  1. Trial version of Growler Cam. While fighting with its presets and finding, which of them work, this program crashes so often, that that's why I called it 'Complex Solution'. But at least, it doesn't need supermegaCPU.
    After capturing in special format you should export to avi, but program can't handle >4gb avi even on NTFS disk, so you have to export into several avis. Also avis will lack of some 'index info', what can be fixed by Virtual Dub.
    I have no success to record audio with Growler Cam, so:
  2. Audacity should be launched parallel to it.
  3. Then Virtual Dub to merge avis with mp3. Use Audio->Interleaving to crop first seconds of audiostream, which were recorded, while you switched to RA2 and started videocapturing.
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My solution for 2020 year, Windows 10.
(AMD Radeon specific)

  1. In the Radeon drivers settings enable the ReLive. Run the game in windowed mode (alt+enter) because ReLive seems to be unable to record in 65k color depth (or because it's DirectDraw). There enable the Region Recording Hotkey and Borderless Region Capture. Enable Show Overlay in the main settings tab. Then when you use the Region Recording Hotkey it shows the overlay where you chose the Red Alert 2 application and it starts recording. Weird thing is that the recorded file has your screen resolution even while the window was smaller.

  2. Since modern monitors have much higher DPI game details are too small and hard to see so I use the Windows Magnifier. In the RA2.ini settings file I set the resolution as 1/2 of my native monitor resolution:

    [Video]
    ScreenWidth=1280
    ScreenHeight=720
    

    Now move the game window to the corner of the screen with Win+Right, Win+Down keys. It breaks the size of the window so I Alt+Tab to unstick the mouse from the game and drag the left top corner of the game window to restore the correct window size. This procedure positions the window right in the bottom right corner so now when you move the mouse there and press Win+"+" several times it zooms perfectly to the borders of the game window. Also disable the "follow mouse" in the Magnifier settings.

This all also might need the CnC DirectDraw patch to be unpacked into the game folder.

So unlike the previous solution I don't need to record audio and video separately. The modern hardware accelerated recording technology easily records games in full resolution and fps.

But the solution is still a bit complex. The issue I might face is that Steam and Windows Notifications appear in that corner so maybe for the game I'll have to move the Windows Taskbar from the left border of the screen to the right one and place the game at the bottom left but I'm not sure the notifications won't switch the corner too. Needs testing. I've asked the question about Magnifier at Super User.


UPD: new Radeon drivers have much complex interface and you might need to search for all these options using the search field. My approach is that the Windows taskbar is on the right, the game window is in the left bottom corner and instead of recording the specified window I use to record the full desktop after zooming with Magnifier while holding the mouse in the bottom left corner -- it takes just a second or two to start the process, not as difficult as you can imagine from looking at the size of this answer. If you prefer to start recording before you zoom in (if you want to see the Radeon drivers notification that the recording has been started) then just use Avidemux after that to cut the first seconds from the video (use the "Copy" options on Video and Audio streams so it will not reencode but just cut the seconds out).

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  • I dunno if you tried the Windows 10 Game DVR. How to Record PC Gameplay With Windows 10’s Game DVR and Game Bar – Lore Friendly Mar 18 '20 at 19:04
  • @LoreFriendly, that's interesting. Is it hardware accelerated? I guess I have this disabled and uninstalled by the .bat patch I used to cut out unneeded stuff from Windows (like telemetry, games, ads, etc.) -- that reduced RAM consumption with other games from 7gb to 6gb to reduce crashes. – Nakilon Mar 19 '20 at 10:24
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An alternative, generic solution is using the Game Bar (default hotkey Win+g), which is a standard feature of Windows 10.

You can record and broadcast and take screenshots of anything on your desktop, quickly adjust volume, while keeping an eye on the resources used:

overview of Game bar windows

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  • I noticed the comments to your answer, @Nakilon, but was already well on my way to finishing my answer.. – Joachim Mar 19 '20 at 14:17
  • Yeah, I can't test it but it would be useful for others to know how does it really work with Red Alert 2. – Nakilon Mar 19 '20 at 20:04
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I used HyperCam 2 free video capturing software, i used this to capture glitches in RA2.

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