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There is a thread on some YouTube movies made in FS. They remind me of something I have been wanting to ask for a while now. How do you make video

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Greetings!I use *FSRecorder* to replay and record flight segments. While replaying or viewing the recorded segments I use *FRAPS* to make video clips. Then you can use *Windows Movie Maker* to import and edit the video clips and make the final movie/video. It is a lot of fun and I have spent hudreds of hours making videos.I'm no expert, but this works quite well.Now, If you want to see some real pro stuff check out FlyHalf or Edetroit (spell?) videos. These guys are something else!!Scott

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Thanks Scott. Where can I find this fsrecorder? I Goggled it and found a lot of links talking about the program but not the program. One link said fsrecorder.net. That was a dead link.

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I believe FSRecorder is the option for recording videos from within FSX - it's not 3rd party software. Recording FS videos needs only 1 thing - FRAPS. Obviously, if you want to spiff up the video and add music, etc., then Windows Moviemaker help you out also. A demo version of FRAPS is available, with limitations of course. The demo version does not time out, but you are only able to record 30 seconds of video at once.cheers

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Actually, there is a "built in" .avi recorder in FSX. It isn't documented anywhere, but you can assign a key-combo to it in the Options menu. (Note: "Video Recording (start/stop)") I used Ctrl-I since it isn't assigned to anything else.The .avi records only video though. No sound is recorded. Also, the .avi files are HUGE so recording more than 30 seconds clips at a time can rapidly fill one's hard drive. (Note: 30 seconds = ~1GB!!!)Files are saved in your ..My DocumentsMy VideosFlight Simulator X Files folder.BTW, "FS Recorder" is a third-party, freeware plugin for FS. It isn't a video recorder though! Similar to the built-in "Replay" feature of FSX, it simply records data points and allows you to "replay" any segment of a live flight. In the FS9 version it also would allow AI traffic to continue working, so your virtual skies wouldn't be empty during the replay... It also has the ability to play back more than one "recording" at the same time, while allowing you to fly your own a/c in real time. Can we say "Formation Flights?"

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I believe those videos on YouTube were done with FRAPS... The author flew a helicopter and used TrackIR to get many of the cool angles while other people piloted the planes in multiplayer.

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The latest version of "Fraps" works great with Vista and FSX.It's reasonable cost wise, I know you can get more professional stuff tho. "Vertual Dub" works great but it wont convert to MS format according to it's author. It does do AVI, I think.Buck

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FS Recorder can be found here: http://www.fs-recorder.net/It can be used to actually record flight segments, or just replay flight segments. But to record video clips of portions of the replay or recorded flight segments you wnat to use FRAPS. Then use WMM to make the movie from the FRAPS clips. There are more sophisticated video editing programs, but WMM is free (included with Windows XP).Scott

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Has anyone tried out GameCam compared with Fraps?I have seen some videos on YouTube etc. that have been made using GameCam, and wondered how it fairs in terms of performance hit / stuttering and ease of use.Regards,Stuart

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Thanks to everyone for their replies and help. I downloaded FS-Recorder and will look into FRAPS.

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It's strange that no one commented on this:"Actually, there is a "built in" .avi recorder in FSX. It isn't documented anywhere, but you can assign a key-combo to it in the Options menu. (Note: "Video Recording (start/stop)") I used Ctrl-I since it isn't assigned to anything else.The .avi records only video though. No sound is recorded. Also, the .avi files are HUGE so recording more than 30 seconds clips at a time can rapidly fill one's hard drive. (Note: 30 seconds = ~1GB!!!)Files are saved in your ..My DocumentsMy VideosFlight Simulator X Files folder.""

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Bill - I knew it was there (under options), but using FRAPS in conjunction with FSX Instant Replay or, better yet, FSRecorder works so well, and is so easy, I've never even looked at it.Scott

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>Bill - I knew it was there (under options), but using FRAPS>in conjunction with FSX Instant Replay or, better yet,>FSRecorder works so well, and is so easy, I've never even>looked at it.>>ScottI can't use FRAPS at all on my machine; it's simply too "weak..." At least the built-in AVI recorder will leave enough room for FSX to run fairly smoothly... ;)

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If you got a digital camcorder that has a s-video jack you can run a s-video cord from your graphics card to the camcorder and then push record on the camcorder. Once you got the video on the camcorder you can uploaded to the computer. I've never done it this way, but this is how someone else said they did it on another fs forem. You could also just record the screen with the camcorder. Thats what I did one time and it worked pretty good.If you want to get really technical you could run a s-video cord from you graphics card to a VCR and record on a blank tape. Then if you got a card that is able to convert the yellow, red, white jacks from the VCR to the computer you could do that aswell.

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I downloaded and used gamecam today and it works pretty good, I had a decent video in a few mins, easy to setup.Danny

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>Bill - Works fine for me. Here's a link to a recent FSX>video.>>http://www.mediafire.com/?5hzgu91jxpn>>ScottScott, I've known for well over a year that FRAPS works quite well for folks who have systems capable of running both it and FS at the same time.My computer however, isn't one of them... recording with FRAPS brings my frame rate down to <3.0 fps, which is - obviously - unusable. :-lol

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Bill - Since SP1 I notice FRAPS causes a slight jerkiness, in an otherwise smooth replay, while making takeoff and landing clips. I just noticed it a couple hours ago landing at PHX. SP1 is as much a problem as it is an improvement.Scott

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Just to cloud the skies a bit more, CamStudio (combined with FSRecorder as stated above) is also a very good free option for making movies from FS. I don't have a stellar machine, but have had fairly good luck with it.As said before, it's best to use either Movie Maker/Virtual Dub (with Divx plug-in) or another "compactor" to come out with a useful size movie in terms of hard-drive real estate usage.Robert

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>There is a thread on some YouTube movies made in FS. They>remind me of something I have been wanting to ask for a while>now. How do you make video

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Thanks Bill, I did not know FSX had a built in video recorder which could save to actual video files. I will give this a try. I have always used FRAPS to make videos and there is always a slight reduction in FPS when FPAPS is running. This is usually not a problem, but can reduce FPS beyond acceptable in heavy load city areas. This built in recorder should help in those areas.

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>Actually, there is a "built in" .avi recorder in FSX. It>isn't documented anywhere, but you can assign a key-combo to>it in the Options menu. (Note: "Video Recording (start/stop)")> I used Ctrl-I since it isn't assigned to anything else.Thanks for the tip Bill, just one more question, is there any way to set the number of frames per second to be recorded? All I'm getting is a slide show,not a motion picture.Thank youFrancisco Aguiar

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One of the best tricks for shooting smooth is the video output like mentioned earlier , but for super smooth short sequences set your framerate to 7 fps and the sim at quarter speed then record the manouvers .. during playback you set the speed at 4X on the cam and send the result into movie maker or whatever with combined fps now close to the ideal 28.9.This produces a clean result as the processor has much more time to render each frame + the actual recording is not being doneby the computer, as a side benifit you dont chew through as much disk space when the raw footage is on the camcorder .

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Hi,I try out the solution via s-video.My DELL Notebook has a TV out (S-Video), connecting it to a TV I get a result.But as soon as I connect my notebook to my VHS/DVD Recorder, I cannot see any signal on the TV screen.Does anyone have a solution for that?My idea is to record the simulation directly to the HDD in my VHS/DVD Recorder. So I have no lost in fps in the simulator. FRAPS hits the fps.In my graphic options I can choose between notebook screen and TV screen. Any help is appreciated.thnx in advance,Axel.

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Just wanted to chime in here. If you haven't already heard of me, I am the owner of Jaggyroad Films. I have worked for the Smithsonian, Microsoft, Experience Aviation, Aerosoft, Exciting Simulation and Shockwave Productions to name a few. Filming in FS is my speciality and I have made a plethora of promotional and recreational videos for FSX.What programs do I often use? While I can't give you all my trademarked secrets, I can give you some advice. I personally use FRAPS and/or Camtasia (for simple screen captures). There are a ton of other capturing programs out there, but these are the ones I recommend. One good way to achieve an incredible framerate when filming in FRAPS at full screen is to save to a second hard drive, one that is NOT the one that has FSX installed on it. Your framerate hit will be subtle. There are many other great tips here that people have already mentioned.To do post editing, I utilize Adobe After Effects and Sony Vegas. Both tools are powerful, however Adobe has a bit higher of a learning curve. If you are new to making videos, I HIGHLY recommend simply utilizing Windows Movie Maker.FS-Recorder is an absolute must for film making. The playback mode is very powerful. Having a Track-IR in conjunction with FS-Recorder is also very nice, but is expensive.When my website goes up I will be putting together some tutorials for tips on crafting FS videos, as well as other gaming videos.In the meantime, if any of you are interested in asking me personal question, please e-mail me at cody.bergland@gmail.com.Good luck bud,-CodyJaggyroad Films

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