Easily capture and edit videos of your PC gameplay, and share them online
Roxio Game Capture includes everything you need to capture and edit videos of your PC gameplay, and share them online
Show off your skills by capturing your best moves
Complete software solution that lets you capture real-time PC gameplay, personalize it with dynamic video effects and easily upload to the web for sharing
Perfect for bragging rights, posting your own game reviews, or even creating your very own machinima
Today’s gamers are increasingly social. Sharing accomplishments by capturing and sharing footage of gameplay makes it easier to connect with fellow gamers and achieve recognition and status for elite skills.
Roxio PC Game Capture makes it quick, easy, and inexpensive for anyone to record, personalise, and post favourite game play footage.
Say goodbye to other complicated and time-consuming capture solutions. There’s no need to scour message boards to figure out how to capture PC gameplay. And, when you capture gameplay using Roxio PC Game Capture, you can play in high resolution and capture in 3 different quality settings. So you don’t need to sacrifice your gaming experience just to capture your gameplay. Split audio into tracks, automatically identify and tag them, and add to your iTunes library.
Post your finished productions to show high scores. Or publish your own game reviews. Roxio PC Game Capture makes it easy to share footage from your PC games directly to sites like WeGame, Facebook and YouTube™.
PC Game Capture’s powerful video editing software lets you customise your footage, add voice-over or webcam commentary.
Minimum System Requirements:
Microsoft Windows® 7, Vista™ SP2, XP (SP3 for 32 bit & SP2 for 64 bit), Intel® Core 2 Duo Processor 1.8 GHz or AMD Athlon x2 64 2.0 GHz, 2GB RAM
DirectX® 9.0c compatible graphics card or higher, sound card
2GB free hard drive space for installation. 10+ GB free recommended for video recording.
Windows Media Player 11 or higher
Internet explorer 7 or 8
Internet connection required for capture, registration, product updates and tutorials. Any Internet charges are the user's responsibility
I got this for use by myself and my son. We're both keen gamers and I also do some video game reviews for a website, so I thought this would be ideal for capturing video to use in reviews and my son was keen to get into the current Youtube craze for Minecraft-related videos. He also programs his own computer games and wanted to capture some videos of those for his website.
Unfortunately we soon found that this caused Minecraft to slow to a crawl and there was no way to record any kind of commentary/narration at the same time. So his plans for Minecraft videos went out of the window, sadly. It also flatly refused to record any footage of the video games he had programmed himself. No idea why?
Eventually we went looking for an alternative and found FRAPS which we found to be far superior. I would save yourself the hassle and google for that instead of buying this.
When you run Roxio PC Game Capture a window appears with two oversized buttons on it - one starts the game capture app and one runs the video editing app. The game capture app is a slightly re-branded copy of the WeGame client, which you can download for free from the WeGame website. The video edit app is Roxio's own VideoWave, which is no longer available and is presumably defunct? So, when buying this pack, you're basically paying for two big buttons, a free download and an out-of-date video editing app? At this point you're probably wondering if you'd be better off using that video editing app you probably already have and just downloading the free WeGame client yourself - the answer's almost certainly 'Yes'.
The WeGame client is actually quite good within some limitations. It runs a scan of your drive to compile a list of games you own (that it recognises) but you're not limited to only those games - just launch the WeGame client before starting any game and you should see a green square at the top-left corner of the game indicating WeGame can (try to) record its output. It can capture in three video framrates - NTSC, PAL or computer framerates (that's 29.97fps, 25fps or 30fps) and in three resolutions - web, half-screen or fullscreen. Note that the framerates gamers often quote as a measure of computer capability are irrelevant here, video captures and plays at fixed framerates regardless. I was able to get 720p resolution captures at 30fps which, on a 2-year-old non-gaming laptop, is quite impressive.
The VideoWave app was less impressive. It hung a couple of times with me and does have the feel of a slightly abandoned project - it's not that bad but feels a bit dated and has been superceded by other more capable apps these days, including Roxio's own. In the end, this pack really appears to be a bit of cynical marketing by Roxio - the only piece of original software is VideoWave and Roxio don't seem to have enough faith in it to offer it as a standalone product any more. I'd forget about this pack and spend (less) money buying a better video-editing package (Roxio make one themselves!) and go get the WeGame client from their website for free. Sorry Roxio, not impressed.Read more ›
The box says installation requires 2GB. If you have Directx and Dot Net installed (almost certainly you have) then the total comes down to just over 1.12GB. Yes, that's right - 1.12GB for a screen capture package! Most of that is for the video editor, Roxio Videowave, and even that is absurd. Magix Movie Edit Pro MX, which is a new and vastly more powerful video editor (see my review of it here on Amazon), steams in at just 781MB.
Installation is easy enough. It claimed it was installing DirectX 9, which alarmed me as I already had Directx 11 installed. All was okay though, as by the end I still had Directx 11. I spent 20 minutes trawling Roxio Videowave, the Roxio website, and the installed files and folders for details, but failed to discover which version it was. Whatever it is, Roxio appears to have stopped using the product name some time ago. I assume it's an old version of their video editing software. It took 10 minutes to install on my quad-core Toshiba laptop running Windows 7 Professional.
Half of what you get is software that you can download for free. You can find it by Googling "wegame client". This also explains why, when you are using the software, you have to sign-up with the WeGame website and visit their online shop. That's also why, when you make a screenshot or video, you are offered the chance to upload it to WeGame. I have nothing against WeGame; they made the capture tool after all. It's just annoying to discover I could have got it for free.
It's not all free though; you also get Roxio VideoWave, which is a video editor. It isn't great, but is certainly adequate for cutting together simple videos, sounds, pictures and titles to make a finished video. It can output videos as DV, AVC (H.264) in PAL, NTSC, or both, with normalized audio if you wish.
The video and screenshot features work well. Just start the software, setup a hotkey that does not clash with the game, and then press the hotkey while you are playing. This will either make a screenshot or start video capture. Press the hotkey again to stop video capture, if that's what you are doing. Your captures are listed in the software, where you may view, upload or edit them.
It apparently supports capture from Xbox 360 or PS3 gameplay, but that link does not work. In fact quite a few things don't work. The link to the Videowave introduction video does not work. I extracted the URL for it and dropped it into my web browser, but the video on the page refused to play in Chrome, Opera, or IE9. Oh dear.
There is no printed manual (not a problem in itself), so I clicked the HELP button and got an error "The window name "Mainwin" passed to "HH_GET_WIN_TYPE has not been specified." Hmm. Not impressed. You only get the help search engine and browsing features if you call the help from the main application screen, which is a bit silly. Also, the help is not set to "on top", so when you do call the help window it ends up behind everything else. Not good. I was a professional technical author for many years, and in my view the help package implementation is very poor indeed.
Overall then, it captures gameplay but it hasn't captured my respect. While it does bring together screen capture and video editing into one package, I am not convinced anyone really needs these two integrated into one, and certainly not integrated in this clunky way. The capture tool is available FREE (and it does 99% of what you are likely to need), and Videowave appears to be a dead product. I could find no mention of it on Roxio's website, and only ancient versions are available on Amazon. Sorry Roxio, but I would be really annoyed if I had spent £35.59 (at time of writing) for this.Read more ›
This is a revolutionary product offering the impossible, capture and editing of existing computer games. Screens, video footage and audio all can be captured and edited. For those favourite games there is now a new dimension, a new level so to speak, and a very personal one. A unique way to personalise a game and make it different.
Well, lets start with a positive, you can capture game footage with this software.
But thats assuming you can get the thing to run with your games at an adequate frame rate! I have what I consider to be a high end PC (relatively speaking) and there were times when running this software that my PC had frame rate issues - nothing too dramatic that it stopped me playing, but those people less lucky than me in terms of PC spec would almost certainly suffer worse problems.
The supplied editing software is OK but there is a LOT of free video editing stuff out there now a days which does just as good a job..
My verdict - stick with FRAPS and your free vid editing software.