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Sven Polz 08-06-2009 12:37 PM

Capturing Video Advice - Video converter?
The Flexsim AVI maker has had problems in the past (not sure if it still does).
Because of the problems Flexsim at the time recommended using FRAPS. Fraps is a 3rd party app. that captures video of Flexim simulations.
Fraps works great; it's a good recommendation. I prefer using it over the built-in AVI maker.

Here's the problem:
The videos FRAPS creates use an AVI codec that is only available to people that have fraps installed on their PC. If you don't have Fraps installed you can't view the video.
If you want to view the video file on a PC without Fraps you have to convert the FRAPS *.avi video to a standard *.avi file first.

Can anyone recommend a piece of software (perferrably free) that can convert *.avi files into standard *.avi or *.wmv or other file types?

Phil BoBo 08-06-2009 12:54 PM

Have you tried Windows Movie Maker? That comes with most versions of Windows lately.

Lars-Olof Leven 08-07-2009 12:19 AM


If you want to convert between different movies format try FormatFactory: http://www.pcfreetime.com/

I have using FactoryFormat few times myself.

To capture a video from Flexsim I am using Camtasia Studio (http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia.asp).
In Camtasio you can record, edit and export to the format you want, the program cost $299 (August 2009).


Kris Geisberger 08-07-2009 09:15 AM

The Flexsim AVI maker works... it's just sensitive. Make sure you have the codec that you select, and follow the Help instructions very carefully. You might be pretty safe to choose the Microsoft Video 1 codec to avoid viewing issues but the file will be large.

Like Lars-Olof I use Camtasia Studio. Great editing and lean output. Anyone you send videos to will need to install their free codec (unless it is swf or flv format ouput? - I can't remember if this is true). The codec is very small.
Camtasia Studio Codec: http://www.techsmith.com/download/codecs.asp.

CamStudio is another tool (free) that makes swf files.
http://camstudio.org/ go to bottom of page.

Sizer is also a helpful tool

Sven Polz 08-10-2009 05:13 AM


Originally Posted by Phil BoBo (Post 4669)
Have you tried Windows Movie Maker? That comes with most versions of Windows lately.

Thanks BoBo,
I am running Vista Business which didn't come with WMM, but Microsoft has it available for free on their website.
It works well and even allows me to add intro slides with some transition effects.

Thanks for everyone elses suggestions too.

michaelsmith 08-10-2009 06:14 AM

I would reccomend usin VLC which is a useful open source media player. It can be configured to transcode from a source (ie the Screen) to a file. It is all explained nicely in it's help Wiki. It also will export to many file types.

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