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Replay Video Capture 6 User Guide

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Welcome to Replay Video Capture, the only on-screen video recorder specifically designed for high-speed video capture. With Replay Video Capture, you can turn anything you see on your PC's screen into a high quality video file you can play anywhere.

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Replay Video Capture is especially well suited for recording:

High Quality Recordings

Capturing and compressing on-screen video in real time can require a lot of your PC CPU power. Replay Video Capture is specially designed for this task, as it uses special high quality MPEG-2 and Replay VideoV codecs that give perfect looking recordings of videos without freezing up your PC.


To make it easy to capture a portion of your screen, Replay Video Capture can often automatically locate the region of your screen where video will be played. Or, you can choose to mark an area of the screen manually by moving markers yourself. Either way, setting up your recording area is a snap.

System Requirements

New with Version 6

How to Record in Just Two Clicks

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How to Set up Replay Video Capture

For most recordings there is no setup required. Using the default video format of Windows Media you'll record videos that can be played back on any Windows computer or easily converted to other video formats. If you need to transfer the recorded video to your mobile device use Replay Video Converter to convert to MP4/iPod/iPhone formats.

Click Settings on Replay Video Capture's main screen if you'd like to record a high quality DVD / MPEG-2 video, fine tune your video/audio parameters or access other options.

Pre-Set Recommended Video Recording Settings

To select preset video recording settings, click Settings, then choose Recommended Settings from the top menu. Choose the selection that most closely matches the type of video you're making. If you're using a dual core computer, use the top selection box. If you have a single core computer, use the bottom selection box.

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Settings Guide

If you're the type that likes to manually tweak settings, here's a look at each option along with a brief explanation:

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Tools Menu:

Video Capture Options Menu

Recommended Settings Menu

How to Record a Video

First, you need to mark a region of the screen to record as a video, and then you can start, stop or pause recording.

Important Note: In almost every situation, you don't need to record the entire screen to get the best video quality. Most video sources broadcast at no more than 640x480 pixels, and then up-scale the video to fit a full screen. This means that you can record at 100% (rather than 200% or full-screen), and get great quality. Plus, recording from a smaller video rectangle ensures that Replay Video Capture uses less CPU power, and this makes smaller files and greatly reduces the chances of dropped frames and choppy recordings.

A simple rule is to select the recording window not bigger than ¼ of your screen area. If you’re recording a large window located inside the browser you can use the ZOOM function (Ctrl -) to lower the size of the browser and the recording square.

Changing Vista and Windows 7 theme

Replay Video Capture 6 changes the Windows 7/Vista theme from Aero to Windows Basic. This greatly improves the general speed of your Windows system by disabling the Aero video effects. The result is a much improved video capture of your screen. The initial theme is restored when Replay Video Capture closes. We highly recommend using this feature. If you want different options open Settings, Tools, Setup Windows theme.

Marking a Recording Region

To change between different marking modes click Settings, Tools, Setup video detect mode

Version 6 provides a Manual and an Automatic mode to mark the video recording area. The Manual mode is provided for compatibility with previous versions. The coordinates of the marked window are shown on the main screen (xTop, yTop, xBttom, yBottom (width, height)).

Using Get Video

The easiest way to mark a region is to use the Get Video function. Here's how:

Auto Mode

Replay Video Capture can detect motion videos and automatically mark the recording screen area. Begin playing your video then click Get Video. A semi-transparent window marks the video area on your screen. If the marked area is not what you want click Retry to run the detection again or move/resize window to fine tune the marking rectangle. Note that static images cannot be automatically detected.

Manual Mode

  1. Click Get Video.
  2. Move the mouse over the window you'd like to record from. As you move the mouse, the recording window will be highlighted.
  3. Once your window is highlighted, click the mouse, and the region is set. It's that easy!

You can often find a Windows Media Player video window this way, or even locate an application window to record videos from. You can also drag the markers to adjust the recording region. Click Home on the Replay Video Capture main window to remove the marker display.

Manually Marking a Region

Auto Mode

Click Mark Video Window. A semi-transparent window is shown on the screen. Move and/or resize this window to fit the video area.

Manual Mode

You can also manually drag the markers from Replay Video Capture to the upper left and lower right parts of the recording region. This may be necessary if Replay Video Capture can't locate the video window, or if you'd like to record a region not defined by a window.

To manually mark a region:

  1. Click Mark Video Window. The current position of the markers appears.
  2. Go to the upper-left marker, and drag it with the mouse to the new top-left corner.
  3. Repeat with the lower-right marker.


Once you've marked an area to capture, it's easy to record from it. Here's how:

Starting Recording

To start a recording, press the Record button. In a moment, the region you selected will be recorded as a video. As you're recording, the Record button turns into a Stop button, and Play becomes Pause.

Note that Replay Video Capture main screen is invisible to recording even if the main screen image overlaps the recording area. To change this open Settings and uncheck the box Set Top Window. However, this is not recommended when the Auto detection mode is used.

Hint: You can also start recording by using the keyboard. Press Ctrl+F12 to start and stop recording when Replay Video Capture is open. Click Settings, Tools, Hide Replay Video Capture to enable/disable the keyboard options.

Important Note: The recording quality is highly depended on the frame rate that can be sustained by your computer. Normally this should be higher then 20 frames per second (fps). In the above picture 25/17 indicates a preset rate of 25 frames per second and an actual (achieved) rate of 17 frames per second. The ideal situation will be 25/25. To achieve a higher frame make sure your recording window size is not much higher than 640x480 (about ¼ of a regular screen size) and your Windows theme is set to Basic for Win7/Vista computers.

Pause and Restart

If you'd like to pause recording, click the Pause button. Click Restart to resume recording. You can also use Ctrl+F11to pause and resume recording.

Stop Recording

Click Stop to end the recording. Your recorded file is saved.

How to Record from DVDs

Recording from DVDs is easy using Replay Video Capture. Here's how to do it:

  1. Insert the DVD into your PC, and play it using Windows Media Player.
  2. Once the DVD starts playing, resize the Windows Media Player window to approximately 1/4 of your screen. The size of the video window should be as close to 640x480 pixels as possible.
  3. Click Get Video in Replay Video Capture, and move the marker over the video window in Windows Media Player.
  4. Once the video window is highlighted, click the mouse. This sets the recording region.
  5. Click Record, and play your video.
  6. Click Stop when finished.

Note: You are legally allowed to record clips from DVD's for your own personal use. Replay Video Capture is not intended to be a way to circumvent copy protection on copyrighted DVD's.

Recording to DVDs

Replay Video Capture can write to DVD format and create ISO files, which are easily burned to DVD using any DVD burning program. To record a video in DVD format

Here are some tips on creating the best quality DVD files.

You need to make sure that your computer can sustain a recording frame rate of at least 29.97 for NTSC, 25 fps for PAL. XP dual core computers with CPU speed of 1.8 GHz or higher can easily do this. However, on Vista and Windows 7 you may have to set Windows to "Best Performance" mode instead of "Best Appearance" as shown under Video Capture Options. To check if the DVD frame rate can be sustained, make a short two minute recording, use DVD video format, 6000 kbps, 29.97 fps, 720x480 size. When recording, Replay Video Capture shows the actual achieved frame rate next to the preset rate in the Status window. Make sure the actual frame rate does not go lower. If this happens consistently you can still record DVDs but the video quality may not be as good - especially for high motion scenes.

The recorded DVD file needs to be "authored". The authoring process creates the DVD folders VIDEO_TS / AUDIO_TS, which may take up to 10 minutes for a 2 hour movie. The DVD folders can be burned as Data Disc using any DVD burner software (a two hour movie takes about 15 minutes to burn.) The recorded DVD does not have a menu so it begins playing when inserted into the DVD player. The DVD video has chapters set every 10 minutes such that the DVD can be quickly scanned in 10 minute increments.

To maintain a reasonable frame rate of at least 20 fps even on slower computers:

How to Capture a Video Frame (snapshot)

With Replay Video Capture, you can capture a frame on screen as an image file using the Still button:

Here's how:

  1. Play your video, and make sure the Replay Video Capture markers surround the area you'd like to capture. If the Full Screen button is checked in Settings, the entire screen is captured.
  2. Click the Still button.
  3. Your image is saved, and opens in the default editor for .bmp bitmap files. The bmp file is called zzzBmp.bmp and is located in the installation folder.

Note: You can also save a screenshot while you are recording.

How to Schedule a Recording

You can make Replay Video Capture open a program or a web page, and start recording automatically at a preset time or according to a schedule. Here's how to do it:

1. Click Settings, then Scheduler from the top menu, then Open Now. The Scheduler appears:

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2. Within the scheduler are these options:

File Name: What name to use when saving the file.

URL / File Path: What URL to open if recording a video from the web (make sure the video window coordinates did not change).

Program Name: What EXE file to open if recording from a Windows application (for example C:\Program Files\Replay Videoplayer.exe for Windows Media Player).

Window Position: The coordinates of the window to record from (top, left, bottom, right).
Start Time: What time of day to start recording.

Duration: How many hours:minutes:seconds to record.

Date: Pick the starting date to record from.

Daily: Pick the days of the week to record regularly broadcast programs. Select Once if you will be recording just once. Pick Daily if you will be recording seven days a week.

3. The Scheduler also has these action buttons:

Enable: Start running the scheduler so that scheduled items are recorded.

Disable: Stop recording scheduled items.

Save Schedule: Save your scheduled item.

View: View all scheduled items.

Test URL: Open the URL to make sure the program to record you want appears.

Schedule Now: Insert the current time and date into the schedule parameters.

To schedule a recording, set the Start Time, the Duration and a file name for the recorded file. Then click Save Schedule.

Multiple recordings can be scheduled the recording times cannot overlap.

Playing your Recorded Videos

Once you've finished recording, you can see your last recorded video by clicking Play.

To see all your recordings, click the View button. The View screen appears:

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Double click a file to play it, or select and right-click to play, rename or delete a recording.

Click the Open Output Folder menu option to open a file explorer window for your recorded video files.

Note: On some systems, you may need to use the supplied MPEG-2 player instead of Windows Media Player or other players that may be setup to play MPEG files in your computers. Right click the file name and select Open MPEG Player in the pop up menu.

Adjusting the Volume

The volume of recorded file can be adjusted using the Volume slider. When the Stereo Mix type audio source is used the recording volumes as well as the audio volume of your computer are adjusted. When audio is recorded using the Auto Detect option (available for Vista and Win 7) this slider has no effect on the overall audio volume of your system. The audio is recorded at constant volume even if the computer volume is muted.


I can't play MPEG-2 files created by Replay Video Capture

Some older versions of Windows Media Player cannot playback MPEG-2 files. In this case you can use Replay Video Capture simple MPEG-2 player accessible from the VIEW menu or the VLC media player.

Video quality is choppy

To get the best quality video - especially on slower machines - try the following:

  1. Go to Settings, and make sure you are using the MPEG-2 video format. You can also try one of the Recommended Settings options for slower PC's.
  2. Try recording from a smaller video window by resizing your player to 1/4 of your screen, or no more than 640x4800 pixels. This won't affect the video quality (since video is scaled UP from smaller sizes to fit a full-screen picture). This will require less computer power to capture, which will make for smoother videos.
  3. Use a lower frame rate. For example 15 fps or even 10 fps.
  4. On Vista and Win 7 use the “Best Performance” mode instead of “Best Appearance” mode. To change Windows video mode open Settings / Tools / Windows Best Performance

I'm having trouble recording audio.

For Windows Vista: Use the Auto Detect option under audio Setup/ Audio Setup.

For Windows XP: On some PC's, only the Universal Audio Driver will work. Go to Settings/Tools, and select theUniversal Audio Driver (UAD). Use the Universal Audio Driver only if the Test option fails to locate a working audio recording line. Note that UAD may not work with Internet Explorer or Chrome browsers on Vista and Win7.

The Universal Audio Driver Option isn't working for me

To use the Universal Audio Driver, in some cases you may need to open Replay Video Capture before opening your browser or video playback application.

The Video Window is all black when playing back the recording

If this occurs, you will need to disable "hardware acceleration" on your PC. Here's how to do it:

  1. Right click on your Windows desktop.
  2. Select Properties in the pop-up menu.
  3. In the Display Property window click Settings, Advanced, Troubleshoot.
  4. Move the Hardware Acceleration slider to NONE.
  5. Click Apply.
  6. Click OK in the message box displayed by the video card.
  7. Click OK to exit

If this happens while recording a DVD use a DVD player that plays DVD without using hardware acceleration (for example VLC Media Player).

I'm not able to play DVD's any more since installing Replay Video Capture.

Replay Video Capture disables the video acceleration for Windows Media Player when installed. This is required for capturing the screen section where Windows Media plays the video. Otherwise, the recording shows a black window. This feature can be activated or deactivated in Replay Video Capture's settings "Disable Video Acceleration" check box.

Here how to re-enable video acceleration in Windows Media Player:

  1. Open Windows Media Player.
  2. From the menu., select Tools, Options, Performance.
  3. Move the "Video Acceleration" slider to Full and click OK.

I get a "Cannot Run Graph” error message

The "Cannot Run Graph" error is related to the version of DirectX installed on your machine. You need to have version 9 or higher installed in order to run Replay Video Capture. You should make sure you are running DirectX 9 (or 10 if your graphics card will support it) and that should take care of the problem. You can update your DirectX from Microsoft's site here.

Also, you might want to try uninstalling Replay Video Capture, restarting your computer and re-installing it. Usually this has to be done for it to realize that the proper version of DirectX has been installed.

I use Dual Audio recording but I can only hear one audio channel

Replay Video Capture installs an MPEG-2 audio codec capable of playing videos with multiple audio channels. Windows Media Player is the only player we know which can correctly pick this codec when playing back MPEG-2 recordings. Use Replay VideoP to playback dual audio recordings. If you want to have the two channels mixed in one you should re-record the dual channel video.

I get a "Cannot install screen capture filter" error

This error indicates that the screen capture codec was not installed in your computer. In some rare instances this may be the result of very restrictive security software not allowing activeX components in your system. However this problem can also occur on some custom Windows installation (especially Windows 7). Make sure the file regsvr32 located in the folder C:\Windows\SysWOW64 and the regsvr32 file located in C:\Windows\System32 have the same version.

I get "Recording error (x013). Replay Video Capture will close now"

This error indicates that recording could not be started in less than 10 seconds for an unspecified reason. Disconnect the second monitor, use Windows Media video format, use Basic Video instead of Enhanced Video.