If you would like to get the latest changes and do not want to wait for stable release, do following:
In Steam client open software page, select PlayClaw. Right mouse button click, select Properties. Select Betas tab, in password field (1) enter playclawbeta, click Check code button. Then select beta channel in combo box (2).
Then switch to Local Files tab (3). Click to Delete Local Application Content (4).
Close properties, install PlayClaw again – PlayClaw beta will be installed.
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 →
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 →
Overlays are much better and easier to customize in-game, because it immediately allows you to see changes in their appearance, unlike the other settings. Attention – the current version of PlayClaw may appear slightly different from described herein. But the basics are valid for all versions. Continue reading →
Almost all audio capture settings can be configured in the main window. However, you can see the most complete list of settings only in a game by pressing a definite hotkey combination to open Playclaw (you can create hotkeys for this action in the main window). Note that the current version of Playclaw can differ slightly from the one described here, but the main information is true for all versions. Continue reading →
You can configure all video capture settings right in a game by pressing hotkeys to open Playclaw. Main parameters can be set directly in the main window. Note that the current version of Playclaw can differ slightly from the one described here, but the main information is true for all versions.