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How to create video captures to post on YouTube.

If you're a YouTube fan and would like the ability to post your drawings on YouTube (and add music and even then embed them into myspace, etc.) then this tutorial will help guide you through video capture.

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Tools used: CamStudio, 3IVX video codec, RateMyDrawings website




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 40 milliseconds and enter a Playback Rate to 25 frames/second.

This will record your drawing at actual speed, playing at 25 frames per second. You may want to make sure your drawing is set to play at the slowest speed and the pencil is visible to make it easier for people to see the progress of your drawing.



Step 3

In the REGION menu, select "Fixed Region...". This is where you define the size of the area of screen you want to capture.

You have two ways of defining the area of screen you want to capture.
1. You can click the "Select" button, then click and drag over your screen to define the exact area you want to capture OR
2. You can enter a set Width and Height in pixels. To capture the size of your drawing, a good size is 470 Wide x 338 High.

Click OK to continue.


Step 4

now load up your drawing on the website. Let it finish animating, then once it is still press record, this will then allow you to drag the outlined region over your drawing. By doing this you are defining which area of your screen you want to record. Once recording begins, press the Reply button on your drawing to begin animating.
Tip: you may want to make sure the pencil is visible and speed is set to slow.


Step 5

When your drawing has finished animating, 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 your drawing all ready to upload to YouTube.

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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