FRAPS substitute for mac?
Posted 05 February 2006 - 05:25 AM
Ive tried the demo version of Snapz Pro X, and it fails. It records my desktop and my cursor of me launching the game, but as soon as the game comes up, Snapz simply records a black screen. The cursor does change to the WoW cursor, and you can still see it moving around the black screen. The audio as well comes through, but the actual game is nowhere to be found.
Does anyone out there know of a program that will accomplish the same task for OSX that FRAPS does on windows?
Posted 05 February 2006 - 10:16 AM
Posted 05 February 2006 - 03:59 PM
Snapz wlll work though - just run WoW in a window, and tell Snapz to only record the WoW window. Its pretty easy.
Better have a beefy machine though - ive got a Dual 2Ghz G5 w/2GB of Ram and it chops my Framerate in WoW in half
Posted 05 February 2006 - 04:48 PM
I gave that a shot, and it was atrocious. The framerate in-game was pretty much the same, but when I opened the movie file Snapz recorded into Final Cut to play around with it, the framerate of the actual move was horrendous. At times freezing for up to 10 seconds.
So theres nothing out there that will do this and not suck? Thats dissapointing...
Posted 05 February 2006 - 09:49 PM
It's hard to record your monitor unless you have the right video camera to do it. Or you could buy a video capture card.
Posted 06 February 2006 - 07:05 AM
If your card has a video out option then you can attach this video to a digital handy-cam and record the screen output, I don't believe there is any software recorders apart from Snapz Pro on the Mac.
Snapz Pro works on games but you have to drop all the settings to minimum and capture at no more than 15 fps, also if possible don't record sound as this impacts the fps as well.
To summarise on the Mac a program like FRAPS that captures games at high frame rates does not exist.
Posted 06 February 2006 - 08:13 AM
That isn't necessarily true. I once made a video in WarCraft III at the highest settings (although only 800x600x32 res window) on a Dual G4 1.25GHz that has a 64MB ATI RADEON 9000 at 30fps, and it worked fine.
Posted 07 February 2006 - 05:16 PM
D'oh! Just go the apple store, search 'video output' and it's the first thing on the list.
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Posted 07 February 2006 - 06:48 PM
The Apple Video Adapter? Since it states that it is "Compatible with: iBook without an external reset button, eMac, iMac G5, or 17-inch iMac (1GHz) with mini-VGA port" it might not be a solution.
Posted 08 February 2006 - 11:15 PM
Someone passed this info to me when I wanted to an alternative to FRAPS and just happened to have the appropriate hardware for it ...
But I translated it into Mac jargon for the sake of this post:
If you got a non-PowerMac Mac, you would need a miniVGA-to-composite cable and a firewire video capture box, such as those made by Miglia and El Gato, preferably one of those boxes that has hardware-based encoding. Connect the S-Video or Composite cable from the miniVGA dongle to the S-Video In or Composite In connector on the Firewire box. Set up the game so it would play on the "Television" instead of the default monitor. For iMacs and iBooks, you may need to download Screen Spanning Doctor: http://www.rutemoell...ok/ibook_e.html in order for desktop spanning to work as the original setting on those kinds of computers only allow Mirroring. Powerbooks, on the other hand may not need the extra hack. Then set up the video capture software to dump the feed as you play, preferably to another hard drive.
If you have a PowerMac, you could use a PCI/PCI-X/PCIe card instead of a firewire box. Those internal cards are generally cheaper than their firewire cousins.
This is not a joke. I've only done this on the PC once! Never done it on a Mac. Bring your own hardware. Safety not guaranteed.
Posted 12 February 2006 - 01:10 PM
Posted 15 February 2006 - 01:30 PM
Posted 16 February 2006 - 09:49 PM
I went on Macupdate to download the MovieGrab, but the link to download is down (http://ambrielsoftwa...s/MovieGrab.sit): This domain is currently expired.
Could you point me out a link to download it?