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Replay Video Capture 7 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 screen into a high quality video file you can play anywhere.

Main Replay Video Capture User Guide interface

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 WMV 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


Replay Video Capture 7 cannot be installed on a user account that does not have administrator privileges. The program should only be installed on the administrator account however all clients will automatically get shortcuts if the option “Make shortcuts available to all users” is checked during the installation. Every user has his own recording folder and settings. Only the administrator can uninstall the program.

Background Mode (BCK)

Replay Video Capture Background Mode

This is a new way of recording video from your computer screen introduced by Replay Video Capture. The recorded video doesn’t need to be visible anymore. In Background mode you can hide the recording window and use the screen for running other programs. You can read your email, write documents or search the web while recoding your video in the background. No other screen capture program offers this groundbreaking feature at the present time.

You can use the Show/Hide button to hide/show the recording window.

The BCK mode can considerably decrease the CPU loading and such higher frame rates can be achieved when recording large video windows especially high definition (HD) videos. This makes high quality screen recording possible even on slower CPU’s like those used in Microsoft Surface Pro or other Windows tablets.

Note: the recoding window cannot be minimized. Do not click the icon of a recoding window in your taskbar as this usually minimizes a Window program. If you’re recording from your browser and you want to open another browser instance click the Browser button from Replay Video Capture main screen (see the image below)

Replay Video Capture Background Recording

In some cases, it may be necessary to include Replay Video Capture in your anti-virus allowed programs in order to enable the BCK mode.

BCK mode limitations: On some Windows 8 computers the BCK mode does not work with Internet Explorer 10. However other web browsers like Chrome and Firefox can be used. The BCK mode may not work with some computer DVD players. Additionally, the window to be captured needs to have a title for RVC to lock onto. Videos played from Windows Media Player (WMP) may not be recorded since modern versions of WMP do not display information in the title bar of a playing video.

Thumb Drive "Invisible" Mode

This is another new, unique feature introduced by Replay Video Capture 7. When you enable the Thumb Drive mode you can move the program from one computer to another without the need for another installation. Once you remove the drive there are no traces you’ve done any work on that computer. So if your company does not allow installation of any programs on company’s computers or you want your recording activity to be private you can still capture videos from any computer screen with no hassles and no need for new installations.

To enable the Thumb Drive mode follow the steps below:

Replay Video Capture Thumb Drive Setup

Replay Video Capture installs the folder “REPLAY VIDEO CAPTURE” and the shortcut “REPLAY VIDEO shortcut” on the root of the drive. If your program is registered, the registration code is also installed on the thumb drive. To run the program, plug the thumb drive into any Windows computer USB, and double click the "REPLAY VIDEO shortcut". The recordings are saved in the folder REPLAY VIDEO CAPTURE\RVC Recordings located on your thumb drive.

Note: If you want to record high quality videos you may need to have a higher speed and higher capacity drive. In this regard it may be better to use external hard drives than thumb drives due to their higher speed and storage capacity.

Make a simple two clicks recording (no setup required)

Replay Video Capture recording area

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.

Video Recording Setup

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 or better, use the top selection box. If you have a single core computer, use the bottom selection box.

Replay Video Recommended Settings

Audio/Video Settings

To make subsequent changes, just click the Settings button. The Settings dialog appears as shown below.

Replay Video Capture Settings

Video or Audio Bitrate: the higher these numbers the better video/audio quality but higher file sizes
Frames/sec: the higher this number the better video quality. Note however that the number of captured frames per second depends on your computer properties (speed, memory, etc) and cannot always be setup to the desired value.
Set Top Window: makes Replay Video Capture main screen invisible to recording (when Basic Windows theme is used)
Video Format: use MPEG-2 for high motion videos (movies), Windows Media for webinars, documents, full screen/low motion video, small size recorded files, MPEG-4 (MP4) for iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android devices or for YouTube submissions.

Video Capture Options

Any time you change the video format, the Video Capture Options window pops up.

Replay Video Capture Options

Here are the video options that can be selected here:

Audio Recording Setup

Windows 7 or Vista: Audio recording will be set up automatically. The Auto Detect option will be checked. Just click OK and you're done.

Replay Video Capture Audio Setup

Important Note: Make sure your computer audio is NOT setup on Surround or Quadraphonic sound. Replay Video Capture can only record stereo, 44100 or 48000 sample rates. See Troubleshooting instructions if you need to change your audio settings.

For Windows XP:
Click Settings then click Audio Setup:

Replay Video Capture Audio Setup for XP

Replay Video Capture will make its best guess as to what the audio settings should be, but you can override them if you like. If the Audio Sources drop down list shows a source name and Audio Inputs shows an input name like Stereo Mix, Master Volume, Wave Out Mix, What U Hear then click Test to play a sound and ensure you can record audio. Follow the instructions on the screen. After a few seconds, if the test is successful, click OK to save the audio settings.

If the audio test fails try to repeat the test increasing the sound volume or choose another audio source/input if available.

If no audio source is detected or the recording test fails and no other hints are provided by the program try to use the Universal Audio Driver (see Troubleshoot under Audio Test dialog window).

If you'd like to record audio from the microphone or line in, click Settings, then Audio Setup/Test to manually configure audio recording.

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 7 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 7 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, xBottom, yBottom (width, height)).

Using Get Video

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

Manually Marking a Region


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

Prevent computer from going to sleep

To prevent computer for going to sleep enable the Keep Alive option in Settings, Tools, Miscellaneous, Keep Alive.

Recording High Definition videos

High definition video (HD) involves display resolutions of 1,280×720 pixels (720p) or 1,920×1,080 pixels (1080i/1080p). Replay Video Capture can record these resolutions provided that your computer has sufficient speed and memory. Usually a dual core 2.4 GHz / 4G RAM should be able to handle the 720p requirements. Use MPEG-2 video format (not DVD), 6000 kbps video bitrate and 192 kbps audio bitrate. For over one hour recordings expect the file sizes to be in excess of 4 GB.

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 your home folder:
    Windows Vista and above: C:\Users\your name\Videos\RVC Recordings\Still
    Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\your name\Videos\RVC Recordings\Still

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 Tools->Scheduler from the top menu, then Open Now. The Scheduler appears:

    Replay Video Capture Scheduler

  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:

Replay Video Capture Recordings

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

Click the Open storage 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.

Select Windows theme

WINDOWS 7 / VISTA computers...

To increase the performance (speed) of your system and avoid dropping frames consider setting your computer theme to Windows 7 Basic or setting Windows Performance Options to "Best performance" instead of "Best appearance". “Best appearance” is the default Windows setup. Dropped frames are video frames that are skipped during recording because the processor (CPU) is busy performing Vista video effects. To setup the Best Performance Windows mode click Tools on Replay Video Capture Settings then click Windows Best Performance.

To select or deselect the Windows Basic theme click Tools / Setup Windows theme. Make your selection in the dialog window that pops up.

Windows theme options

Select video detection mode

To select the video detection mode click Tools / Setup video detect mode. Make your selection in the dialog window that pops up. The default mode is Auto.

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:

Replay Video Capture Settings


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 640x480 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 Video 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.