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#1 Copernic

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 18:27

ScreenVirtuoso PRO 4.6.1.3195
ScreenVirtuoso PRO edition allows you to record desktop activity and save the clip as AVI file, which can also be converted to MPEG 1/2 VCD/SVCD/DVD, FLV/SWF, WMV, MPEG-4 compatible formats. The program also records Web/Media Player videos properly, which can often result in black screens during regular screen captures. You can choose to record audio and optionally annotate a scene with various notes or speech bubbles. The program is easy to use, you can pause/resume recording, control its work via keyboard hotkeys, adjust the frame rate to achieve higher or lower quality videos, adjust audio settings, and much more. Latest software versions also includes Mr. Captor, a powerful screen capture utility to capture screen area, windows, menu, cursors, colors, EXE/DLL images. Save, edit, print and more.

ScreenVirtuoso is FREE for non-commercial use (no watermarks, nag screens and other restrictions) but you need to purchase a license to use it for any commercial purposes. ScreenVirtuoso is available in two editions: Standard and PRO, both FREE for non-commercial use. However, the Standard edition has limited functionality comparing to the Pro version. Click here for detailed product feature comparison.

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ScreenVirtuoso PRO key features:
- Records a desktop activity and saves it as an AVI file including sound.
- Multiple codec choices available (supports DirectShow video compressors such as XviD, DivX, and more).
- Special "FM Screen Capture Codec" lossless video codec to create demonstrations/tutorials.
- Panning mode allows an area to follow the mouse pointer.
- Pause / Resume modes.
- Allows you to capture streaming videos: Media Player and Internet movies without a "black screen" effect.
- AVI conversion (re-compression).
- Pro Edition converts AVI files to MPEG 1/2, VCD, SVCD, DVD, and QuickTime MPEG-4 compatible formats.
- Pro Edition converts AVI files to Macromedia Flash movies. You can publish them on the Web.
- Pro Edition converts AVI to WMV.
- Screen Area Selection, you can easily select any rectangular screen area, window or full desktop.
- Video Setup, output file name, video compressor, frame rate value, overlays disabling, and more.
- Audio Setup, audio quality, volume, audio device/input, compressor and more.
- Multiple Audio Codecs, supports popular audio compressors such as MP3, Windows Media Audio, and more.
- Screen Area Moving, allows to move a screen area during the recording.
- Performance Test, special Test button allows you to evaluate the recording performance in real FPS.
- Allows you to annotate videos during the recording. You can also create your own notes and notes libraries.
- Start/Stop Time, allows you to start/stop the recording on timer event.
- Multiple monitor support, both Standard and Professional editions support multiple monitors.
- Scale videos on the fly, both Professional and Standard editions allow you to reduce videos on the fly.
- Watch & Decide mode allows to stop the recording automatically if there are no changes on the screen.
- Command Line Interface allows you to control ScreenVirtuoso from the command line.
- Mr. Captor: Powerful screen capture software to capture still images: regions, windows, menu, cursors...
- Screenshots: This feature allows you to capture screenshots in the running/stopped/paused mode.
- SWF Producer (Screencast) allows you to prepare your video for the Web, change the frame.
..and much, much, more...

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#2 DrunkenBeard

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 18:34

Was looking for a free screen recorder, definitely going to give this a try.

#3 +Yorak

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 21:33

This actually looks good. Thanks for the heads up!

#4 Thrackerzod

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 21:36

I wonder if this can record full screen games. I'll certainly give it a try, thanks for the heads up.

#5 SimplySchizo

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 21:41

I wonder if this can record full screen games. I'll certainly give it a try, thanks for the heads up.


What's wrong with Fraps? :huh:

#6 Lee G.

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 21:49

What's wrong with Fraps? :huh:

Fraps isn't free. ;)

Thanks for the heads up, Copernic. I'll check out this program.

#7 Jack 0Neill

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 23:41

What's wrong with Fraps? :huh:

Fraps doesn't have proper AVI recording either, thus you get 4GB chunks.

#8 +Yorak

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 23:59

Fraps doesn't have proper AVI recording either, thus you get 4GB chunks.

You have to encode it...lol.

#9 +Xinok

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Posted 11 September 2011 - 00:52

Great find! I tested it out and I got about 40 fps general screen recording and about 15-20fps recording gameplay. So it's not an alternative to Fraps, but it's better than any other free screen recorder I know of.

For a free alternative to Fraps, try Gregion.

#10 ViperAFK

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Posted 11 September 2011 - 01:37

Interesting, If only I hadn't already purchased fraps lol

#11 UXGaurav

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Posted 11 September 2011 - 09:44

Thanks Copernic you always help me discover great apps on Neowin.

#12 Xoligy

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Posted 11 September 2011 - 09:52

I use Hypercam at moment, with Handbreak for converting the massive files i always have problems finding a decent encoder so this works for me. Ive also used CamStudio which is free.

Back on topic looks ok. Id give it ago at some point...

#13 Ace

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Posted 11 September 2011 - 22:17

Why don't screen capturing programs use MKV instead of AVI? Surely that would make more sense?

#14 ViperAFK

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Posted 12 September 2011 - 22:36

Why don't screen capturing programs use MKV instead of AVI? Surely that would make more sense?

mkv and avi are both just containers... They have little to do with the actual codec.

#15 grik

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 00:14

Thanks for this, iv been looking for a new and good one, and free of course.