RateMyDrawings Drawing Tutorial

How to capture video of the RMD Drawing tool (PC)

This tutorial will show you how to capture video of the RateMyDrawing drawing tool for submitting video tutorials. Included is links to freely available software to help you do this.

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Tools used: CamStudio, 3IVX video codec, RateMyDrawings drawing tool




Step 1

To create a video capture you will need to install the following freely available software:
- CamStudio [ LINK ]
- 3IVX Video Codec [ LINK ]

Once installed, launch CamStudio. It will look like this.


Step 2

From the OPTIONS menu, select VIDEO OPTIONS. This will bring up the dialog box you see here.

In the Compressor sections, select the 3ivx Video Codec. If file size is important, you may adjust the Quality setting lower, but in most cases 70 will work fine.

In the Framerates section, enter Capture Frames Every 100 milliseconds and enter a Playback Rate to 30 frames/second.

This will record your screen at an accelerated rate with a ratio of 3:1, which means if you capture 10 minutes of video, the final length of your video will be 3 minutes.

If you want to capture for a longer period (say 30 minutes), you should increase the number in the "Capture Frames Every" box. For example a 30 minute capture set to every 200 milliseconds would give you a 5 minute video.



Step 3

Move the recording region square over your browser and make sure the drawing tool fits over your canvas as shown here.

Once you click to confirm this area, it will begin recording your mouse movements. You may click PAUSE at any time if you need a break.


Step 4

When you are finished, click the Blue STOP button in the CamStudio window. This will finish recording and ask you a location to save your file.

Now you're done! You have created a video of yourself using the drawing tool.

You can submit your tutorials to us and if accepted, we will post them on our website.

Video capture uses lots of memory in both disk space and RAM. You will need plenty of ram to capture a smooth video and lots of disk space if you are working with video files. Please be careful capturing long videos as every second you're recoding, disk space and memory is being used on your computer.

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