I’ve been looking for a way to capture my screen (not screen-shot it, but real-time capture) while on my OS (WinXP). I’ve found a lot solutions, but all of them involved shelling out money one way or another. Now why would I do that, when in the age of Open Source and Freeware there are free solutions for almost everything?
First you need to download and install VH Screen Capture Driver, then you start up VirtualDub.
In VirtualDub you do the following: Step 1: Switch to Capture Mode
Step 2: Select Capture Device
This is why you need to install VH Screen Capture Driver, before VirtualDub, otherwise you won’t have the Screen Capture “Driver”.
Step 3: Set your capture file
Choose its name and its location.
Step 4: Configure the capture devide / filter
Press “select” then put in your current desktop resolution in Width / Height. I’m running my PC in 1920 x 1200 resolution.
And that’s pretty much it. Didn’t cost a cent! You can record uncompressed audio/video and transcode it later:
or you can choose to expirement with those setting to your best liking! I personally record uncompressed and transcode it afterwards. Enjoy!
Edit: According to some users, this method does not work with Windows 7 and Windows Vista.
Addendum 18.08.2010: If you are a Windows 7 user, I suggest you use Fraps to record your desktop. Fraps has the ability to record your Aero desktop, which is awesome. No more hassle. Start Fraps, and start recording.