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Solved: 6 Years, 3 Months ago Can't run video capture
I want to make a video of a portion of the Penumbra game (the Tech Demo) so that I can show my friend, who probably couldn't handle the download. I've seen a lot of videos of the game on YouTube, and I figured it would be simple. I've downloaded two programs to try: HyperCam, and CamStudio, a freeware program that appears to work just as well.

The problem is that I am perfectly capable of running Penumbra, and I have no trouble with the Camera programs, but I am unable to successfully run both. Gameplay gets choppy, and almost unplayable, even with the graphics set to their worst settings.

I do know that if my PC can't handle both, I probably need to upgrade hardware. But, before I spend $600 on a CPU (which I couldn't do; heck, I can't even afford Overture right now) or something, I wanted to see if there was another possible fix to make this work without spending a fortune. Is there another program, or is there some setting I can change that will allow this to work for me? If not, what hardware do you think would be high on the "upgrade" list?

My specs:

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3700+
Video: nVidia e-GeForce 7800
Memory: 3GB DDR
Hard Drive space: 300GB on C, 200GB on D
Sound Card: Sound Blaster Live! 24-bit
Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition

Thanks in advance for any advice. Smile
(This post was last modified: 11-16-2007, 06:06 AM by AdamP.)
11-16-2007, 06:06 AM
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Solved: 6 Years, 3 Months ago RE: Can't run video capture
look around in the settings for your video recording program; it might be getting too high of a quality. Fraps is generally the best program to use though, the free version only records up to 30 seconds, but you cna stich them together.

Please -REP me.
Honestly, please do. I want to see how low I can go!!
Ignore that error message too. Just ignore it and keep going to give me -rep.
11-16-2007, 06:32 AM
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Solved: 6 Years, 3 Months ago RE: Can't run video capture
As WindexGlow said, Fraps is a great program.
11-16-2007, 07:50 AM

Solved: 6 Years, 3 Months ago RE: Can't run video capture
Yes, it is! I am pleasantly surprised at the impact on gameplay. Virtually none. Had a couple of framerate issues in the computer room, but that's it.

Just for the heck of it, I recorded the entire game in 30-second intervals. Including loading and saving times, it takes me 14 minutes (28 videos) to complete the game. Big Grin
11-16-2007, 03:21 PM
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