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Let us begin with the conclusion – there is no such thing as an ideal codec!
Different video capture utilities have a different ways (codecs) of compressing video in real time and, of course, each utility is supplied by developers as the so called perfect / correct solution.
I’ll try to provide briefly explain what happens in the modern world of real-time capture and compress. Continue reading →
New PlayClaw 4 with More Powerful Video Capture Features for Games
Leader in the game video capture and stills display industry, PlayClaw is giving their customers more power than ever! For gamers, both hardcore and casual, the ability to display moves, tactics and strategies to multiple viewers, is of paramount importance. While versions of PlayClaw in use today have given this facility to its users, the company has developed and released an upgraded PlayClaw 4 that rivals any game video capture software on the market to-date. Continue reading →
This short guide will help you to get started using PlayClaw in a few simple steps. It is assumed that PlayClaw has been installed correctly. Follow the steps below to start recording your gaming footage.
Start PlayClaw and switch to the Capture Settings section by pressing the Capture Settings button on the main toolbar.
In the Screenshots subsection, change the folder used to save the screenshots if necessary and check the hotkey needed to take screenshots.
Switch to the Videos subsection
Adjust the folder used to store video recordings if necessary and take note of the hotkeys (Start/stop, Toggle pre-record)
Select the appropriate encoder. If you have a multi-core processor, select MJPEG and assign 1 or more threads for compression. (Note: do not assign all of your threads as the game you will be recording also needs processing power)
If so desired, adjust frame size to suit your needs. Note that adjusting the frame size of recorded video can also be done during post rendering.
Switch to the Audio subsection and enable the required inputs. The Speakers input is the game sound. If you have a microphone installed and would like to provide commentary while you play, make sure it is also enabled.
Select how you would like to save your recorded audio in the lower section. It can be either as a single audio track or even as separate WAV files for each audio input.
Now run the game you want to record.
Once the game is up and running, press the key you noted in step 4 and start recording!
This is a very basic setup to get you up and running. For more information on these settings, check the full documentation here.
Teamspeak 3 client was updated to new 3.0.6 version yesterday with changing plugins API version to 16. Well, we’ve updated PlayClaw plugins (PlayClaw 3 build 2039) to make them compatible with new client. BUT!..
I’ve discovered one very interesting thing while recording Battlefield 3 gameplay. If I set “stereo conversion” option in PlayClaw audio settings then the final audio will not contain teamspeak 3 sounds! Continue reading →
To make PlayClaw show overlays with the names of players, you need to make a few simple things in Teamspeak 3.
The new version of the voice communication software Teamspeak 3 has undergone serious changes and the old method to enable overlays does not work any longer. You need to copy the plugin for Teamspeak to the plugin directory and then activate it. Continue reading →
By the time the third version of the program of video recording from games PlayClaw appeared, the interface came in a modified and greatly simplified form. Or at least it may seem to be ex facte. The basic configurations can be done right after the program starts. Continue reading →