It’s no secret that we TechSmithies are fond of the new and interesting. Being in the tech industry will do that to you – leave you reeling and spinning delightfully in the face of each new day’s wonderfully geeky advancements.
Which is why we find Kickstarter so intriguing. Surely you’re familiar? Based on the premise of encouraging the sharing of fantastical and innovative ideas, it’s hard to go more than a moment on their site without encountering at least one wild beast of an idea that delivers a shot of imagination juice straight to your brain. Needless to say, we love it.
Add that to our love of video games, and you’ve set the stage for a perfect storm.
Have you heard of Star Citizen? They’ve raised over $20 million dollars on their own and through Kickstarter to put toward development. They’re releasing the game in stages so that backers have something to play while they work out the bugs. A number of TechSmithies are on the case, of course, eagerly awaiting each new release.
While the first stage may seem a little simple to some (users are able to walk around their hangar and view their ships), the graphics are nothing short of awesome and the coming features sound really exciting! Given the nature of the game, we’re expecting many LPs to feature Star Citizen, and we wouldn’t be at all surprised to see many people using screen recording to document and explain fighting tactics as releases progress.
Through the years, we’ve seen a lot of questions about recording games with Camtasia. If you’re interested in recording Star Citizen – or another game – check out the video and tips below created by TechSmithie, Kelly Rush!
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Tips from Kelly Rush
Follow these tips for the best results when recording games with Camtasia:
- First you should know that you you will need a fairly high-end computer to record the game due to the requirements of the game and Camtasia Studio.
- You will need to put the game in window mode in the settings.
- We recommend setting the game to 1280 x 720 when recording.
- Depending on your machine, you will need to adjust the quality settings – if the game lags or the recordings are really choppy, consider turning down the quality a setting and trying again.
- Use alt-tab on your keyboard to get out of the game and bring up the Camtasia Recorder.
- Set the recording dimensions of Camtasia Recorder to 1280 x 720 (Or the size you’ve set the game to) and move the recording area over the game window.
- Turn on the Record System Audio from the audio options on the Recorder.
- When you’ve finished recording, use the Alt-Tab keys to get out of the game and push the stop recording button.
- To remove the mouse cursor out of the recording, go into Camtasia Studio Editor and apply the Cursor Effects options to remove cursor from the recording.
See additional tips for capturing games, from the TechSmith support team.