Capturing Video

The amount of streaming video out there on the internet is fantastic, and like I did, you probably look at it flowing across your screen and wonder, “How can I capture that to watch later?” If you already know how to do it, congratulations. If you’re looking for a way to do it, here’s the best I’ve found. It’s called “Screen Capturer Recorder.” Not the most inspiring name, granted — but for sheer usability and quality and being-free-ness, I haven’t found better.

The link for it from my Google Drive is here: Screen Capturer Recorder. I’ve been using it for months with no ill effects, and no virus scanner ever found anything wrong with it, so rest assured it’s clean. The README file inside has info on the creator’s web site and where to get the latest version, but this version works great.

It’s a Java-based app, so you need a Java jre installation. The setup took good care of I as I recall, so don’t worry about prerequisites; it’ll tell you what you need. When you start it up, an image of a speaker will appear on the screen, on top of whatever’s there. It looks like this:

audio

After the program has loaded, the speaker will disappear and you’ll have a dialog box across the top of your screen, as below:

screen_capturer_recorder_1

Expanding it by clicking on the Options buttons gives you this view:

screen_capturer_recorder_2

This opens the door to setting up the Capturer. There aren’t a whole lot of editable items, but there’s enough. It captures in MP4 format, at variable bitrates that you can affect by your selections, but not actually set directly. Frame rates can be set, as can the size of the capture window, and you can turn off the video or audio portion and grab whichever you want by itself. As an example, I set the resolution to 1080HD (1980×1080) and captured video from Funimation at full screen display. The resulting file was 36M for 1:30 of recording time, with a 3000 Kbps bit rate for video and 2-channel 128 Kbps audio at a 44.1 KHz sampling rate. Not good enough for Blu-Ray burning perhaps, but perfectly suitable for watching on your HDTV, and resizing down to mobile device size.

Use your video editor of choice to trim the beginning and end of the capture file, and you’re good to go. I’ll talk about using ffmpeg, the famous Swiss Army knife of freeware video, to resize the files for mobile devices and to normalize the audio.

I hope you enjoyed this post and found it useful. Please leave a comment if you wish. Thanks for visiting.

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