Friday, June 26, 2009

How to Resolve GameCam Audio Record Problems

(Apologies for the title above.)

I got so annoyed at having to go to the GameCam forums to read again on how to record audio using the software everytime I install a new version that I decided to make this. This post serves as a handy guide for senile ol' me.

Can't record video game audio with GameCam? The solution is simple:

1. Make sure you have a registered version. The free GameCam version can't record audio.

2. Make sure you have selected the correct recording device in the Windows Recording Control interface.

To do this:

1. Press Windows + R. (Or got to Start > Run.)

2. Type "sndvol32.exe /record" without the quotes.

3. On the screen that pops up, make sure "Stereo Mix" is selected. Leave the volume slider alone.

4. Run GameCam. Run your favorite game. When both are running, press F1 and under the "Audio" tab (in GameCam, not the game), check to see if the "Default Recording Device" is selected.

5. Record. (Default GameCam hotkey: HOME)

6. See if it works. If the video produces scratchy/distorted sound, go back to Step 2 and see if the volume slider is too high.

I hope this works for you. Kudos goes out to TommyBoy, Site Admistrator of the GameCam forums, for posting a similar guide (albeit without the pictures).

Here's a video I've made using the software (Area 51 freeware single- and multiplayer shooter game on Hard mode):

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Download Dox Optimised 185.68 Video Card Graphic Driver

It's been a long time since I did a video card benchmark test and I must admit I'm several drivers behind. Although at the time of this writing Nvidia has released their GeForce 168.18, I've decided to benchmark the Dox Optimised 185.68 driver. It might be old, but for some reason a lot of people are searching for Dox's 3rd-party tweaked drivers.

These are also the last Dox Optimised drivers to support Windows XP, according to Dox.

Dox Optimised drivers are known for their streamlined package; they don't have the PhysX drivers Nvidia bundles with their releases. Its creator has also removed several registry entries and the Nvidia tray icon, making these the lightest Nvidia video card drivers. They often don't weigh more than 25Mb (in contrast, official Nvidia drivers exceed the 70-megabyte mark).

Dox Optimised 185.68 is no exception --- the download weighs in at only 20.9Mb.

This one has "Desktop Geforce gpu support from 6-GT200 series."

Download Dox Optimised HERE.

(WARNING: This is a 3rd-party, Nvidia-based tweaked video card driver and is not a property of this site. Nvidia does not support this software. Install at your own risk. )

>>> How well did this Nvidia driver perform in video card benchmark tests?

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Free K-Lite Codec Pack Full Download Update Version 4.9.0

Compared to the awesome v4.8.5, this K-lite Codec Pack Full version doesn't bring a lot to the table. However, if you haven't updated in quite a long while, I suggest you go to the free K-Lite Codec Pack Full download page and get this update. Version 4.8.5 was a must-download and this one still has the same superior bass and treble separation that the former had. I've also noticed that cymbals surfaced more in my audio tracks with this one.

And yep, as I've mentioned countless times before, K-Lite Codec Packs are free and downloadable.

Shattering glass never sounded so good.

This version's rating: 3 (rating system: 1 - no discernible changes; 2 - changes in audio but it could be just my imagination lol; 3 - distinctive changes; 4 - a must-download)

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