|HyperCam 3 Tutorial|
This tutorial aims to familiarize you with the vast capturing capabilities of HyperCam 3 screen video capture software.
In this tutorial we explain how to make a simple capture of a screen video. For simplicity, we use the default settings and options. To learn about other capture modes, please refer to our advanced tutorials.
Table of ContentsHow to Record a Screen Video
How to Capture a Full-Screen Video
How to Capture a Video of a Particular Window
How to Capture a Video of Some Screen Region
Working with recent records
How to Add Screen Notes to Your Video
How to Configure a CODEC Used for Recording
How to Record an Audio
Panning the Capture Area While Recording
How to Display Screen Notes by Timer
How to Edit Your Video
Configuring HyperCam 3
Configuring Screen Notes
How to Record a Screen Video
Step 1. Start HyperCam 3.
You should see its main window opened. Before you can start recording a video, you should select one of the available capture areas. You can read more about different capture modes here, but now simply click the "Region" button. Marked as
Step 2. Define the region of your screen you would like to record. Simply point the upper-left corner of the region with the mouse and click to confirm, then resize to the bottom-right corner and click again. You should see a red border indicating the region of your choice:
Step 3. Now click the big red button to start recording the video. Also remember the hot key for the start/pause action - F2. Press it at any time to pause the recording or resume it again. Once the recording starts, you'll notice that HyperCam window has disappeared from the screen (obviously, you don't want it in your video) and has minimized to a HyperCam Toolbar:
How to Capture a Full-Screen VideoHyperCam 3 supports several capture modes: a full-screen capture, a region capture and a window capture.
A full-screen capture is convenient when you need to show what is happening on the entire screen area, for example, to clearly display the interaction of applications.
To capture a full-screen area, follow these steps:
Step 1. Run HyperCam if it is not yet running. You should see the main window of the program. Then, click the Fullscreen button to select the Full-screen capture mode. In this mode the entire screen area is recorded.
Step 2. Click the Record button (the big red one) or press F2 to start recording the video.
Step 3. When you have finished, press F2 to pause the recording, or F3 to stop the recording and save the video stream onto your hard disk as an AVI file. You can find all of your recorded videos in the Recent records section:
How to Capture a Video of a Particular WindowHyperCam 3 allows you to limit the recording area with some particular window - a browser page, a text editor or even a button or a drop-down list in any application - these all are windows.
How to Capture a Video of Some Screen RegionWith HyperCam 3 you can easily record a video of any given region on the screen. This could be a part of some application window, for instance, or simply some area of the screen.
Here is how you can capture the video of a screen region:
Working with recent recordsIn HyperCam 3 all recorded videos are stored in the Recent records section:
In this section you can replay your videos, modify them with HyperCam Media Editor, browse the folder they are stored in or remove unnecessary records. Select the video in the list (you can use Ctrl or Shift for multiple selection) and click the desired action button.
How to Add Screen Notes to Your VideoRecording a screen video is fine, but you often need to add some notes to it, you know - focus the attention on some details, mention unclear matters, comment your actions etc. You may also want to add subtitles to your video to help foreign audience understand your voice comments.
All of the above is available in HyperCam. Here is how you can add screen notes to your records.
Step 3. Set up the position and the size of the note with the mouse.
How to Configure a CODEC Used for RecordingWith HyperCam 3 you can encode the output screen video into any given format, including AVI, DivX, XviD, Intel Video and many others. All you need is to setup appropriate codecs in your system and configure them accordingly.
Here is the step-by-step tutorial:
Step 1. Run HyperCam 3 or switch to its window if it is already running. Click the Options button in the main window. The Options window should automatically pop up.
Step 2. At the Video tab (which is selected by default) you can see a drop-down list with all video compression codecs installed on your computer. Select the desired codec from the list.
Step 3. Click the Properties button to adjust the compression settings if needed (refer to a certain video codec documentation to learn more about compression options).
Note: This tab also allows you to adjust the frame rate of your video and select the output folder where the recorded video will be saved.
Step 4. Click the OK button to save the options and return to recording.
How to Record an AudioAn appropriate background audio can be as important as video itself. For instance, it is irreplaceable if you want to add voice comments to your actions while recording a video. Another possible application is capturing a game video or a movie - both need a sound to be recorded alongside with a video stream.
With HyperCam 3 you can record an audio too.
Step 1. Run HyperCam 3 or switch to its window if it is already running and click the Options button to bring up the options window and switch to the Audio tab:
Step 2. Ensure the "Record sound" option is turned on and choose the device to record the sound (1). Usually, this is your sound card.
Step 3. Select the source to record the sound from (2). This could be your headset, or microphone, or audio input etc.
Note: If you would like to record sound from your system, but there is no "Stereo Mix" field in the "Source" combobox, then you can enable it using this short guideline.
Step 4. Configure the compression settings (3). By default, the sound is recorded uncompressed, but you can select one of the available audio codecs to save compressed audio.
Step 5. Click the OK button to save the settings. Now when you will capture a video, HyperCam 3 will record the sound as well.
Panning the Capture Area While RecordingThe Pan Lock feature in HyperCam 3 allows you to pan the recorded area along the screen so it would follow the mouse cursor. Such approach can be extremely convenient in some cases.
Imagine: you need to capture a single application, but also need to record how you run it from the Start menu. Normally, this would require you to enlarge the region of capture or to record the entire screen contents. However, with the Pan Lock feature turned on you can do the same in a smarter way and decrease the size of the output video as well.
Step 1. Having HyperCam already running, click to the Options button to bring up the Options window. Switch to the Interface tab.
There are three ways to turn on the Pan Lock feature (1):
Step 2. Let's stick with Shift + Ctrl for now. Turn on the corresponding checkboxes and save the Options by clicking the OK button.
Step 3. Now start recording a video. Note: the Pan Lock mode works only with the Region capture and the Window capture modes.
Step 4. As the capture starts, press Ctrl + Shift simultaneously. Then, still holding the buttons start moving your mouse. You should see the capture region pans following the cursor:
Step 5. Release Shift + Ctrl when the region is set where you want it to be. To stop the recording press F3.
How to Display Screen Notes by TimerPlease refer to the screen notes tutorial to learn the basics of screen notes. While this tutorial will show you the advanced techniques you can use while working with on-screen notes.
Step 1. Run HyperCam if it is not yet running, or switch to its window if it is, then open the Screen notes section.
Step 2. We will create 3 different notes for this tutorial. Click the Add button to create the first one, then select it in the list and click the Edit button . The screen note setup window opens:
Step 3. Type "I am the bottom note" in the text box (1). This will be the text of our first note. Then, check the options (2) and (3). This will attach the screen note to the bottom of the capture region and make it follow the recorded area. Note: you need this option if you are to use the Pan Lock feature.
Step 4. Now set the timing for this note. We want it to appear on 5th second of the video. Note: you can use fractions here too.
Step 5. The "Update every" option sets how frequent a note should update its contents. In our case this option is not used, since the text of the note is not changed with time. But we'll need this option further down.
Step 6. Adjust the size and color of the note if you wish and click the OK button to save it.
Step 7. Now click the Add button again to create the second note, then click the Edit button and set note's parameters as shown on the picture.
Step 8. Type the text into (1), turn on (2) and enter "7" into (3). With these settings, the note will appear right after a record starts and will hide automatically after 7 seconds.
Step 9. Adjust the size, the position and the visuals of this note and save it with the OK button.
Step 10. Finally, let's create the third note. This note uses a macro string in its text. A macro string is a special text that is replaced to some specific value in real-time, that is, while the video is being actually recorded.
Type the text into the text box and use the macro drop-down (1) to select the Time macro.
Step 11. Now type 0.5 to the "Update every" field (2). This will make our note to update twice a second.
Step 12. Also, we will setup a hotkey, just to have a way to turn this note off. Set Ctrl + T as a hotkey and turn on the Hide option (3).
Step 13. Click the OK button to save settings and start the recording!
Step 14. As you can see, all of our notes are in place and are working as we planned. Good job!
How to Edit Your VideoAfter recording your screen video you may need to edit it, that is cut off the unnecessary parts, combine two videos into one, or split one video into several smaller media files. This small tutorial aims to introduce you HyperCam Media Editor.
Step 1. First, you need to record a screen video with HyperCam 3. Let's suppose, you have already done this. Now, to edit your video, select your video file in HyperCam Recent record section and click the Edit button. HyperCam Media Editor should run with your video already opened.
Step 2. For this example, let's suppose we want to trim the first and the last 5 seconds of the video. To set the desired fragment you should use markers. Markers are displayed as small triangles in the timeline bar.
Step 3. Click the left marker (1) to select it (it should turn yellow). In the time box (2), type 00:00:05:00. This corresponds to 5 seconds.
Step 4. Now select the right marker (1). In the time box (2) you should see the entire duration of the video, something like 01:20:60. Remember, we want to cut off the last 5 seconds, so you should make a simple calculation and decrease the value by 5 seconds. In our case it is 01:15:60.
Step 5. Now, select the fragment by clicking it. It should turn yellow. This fragment will be saved, while two fragments at the beginning and at the end of the file - will not. To save the selected fragment, choose the "File | Save All Fragments" menu item. Since we only have one selected fragment, this command will save it for us.
Step 6. Enter the desired name of the file and proceed with saving. Congratulations! You have edited your first video!
Configuring HyperCam 3
Here is a description of the HyperCam settings.
This tab contains the following options:
This tab allows you to adjust the audio recording settings.
Here you can adjust the hotkeys to start/pause/stop the recording, configure the way to use the Pan Lock feature and other small interface options.
Configuring Screen Notes
Here are the options you can use to configure screen notes.