Sunday, January 10, 2010

Video screen capture tool for 3D applications

Taksi is screen/video capture utility, but is different from the standard screen capturing applications. It is designed to capture live video from your 3d based games and other 3d applications. Taksi can even perform real-time compression to popular video formats such as xvid, divx, etc - or save it uncompressed. Everything is controlled by customizable keyboard short-cut, which gives you fast and simple control even though you might be in the middle of a game. To save disk space Taksi allows you to scale you video to half-size and provide filtering so the image quality is kept at maximum.

It is based on the VFW API’s and can use any of the installed video codecs to encode in real time (if your CPU can handle it).


-        Uses any VFW video record codec. Such as XVid, DivX, MSMpeg4, etc.
-        Can record video as compressed or uncompressed AVI-files.
-        Video compression occurs in background thread for use in multi processor (hyperthread) machines.
-        Very simple user interface for hooking applications to be recorded.
-        Very small footprint (~300k). Written in C++, and does NOT use MFC.
-        Can capture video frames from applications using DirectX 8 or 9, OpenGL, or GDI.
-        Has visual feedback while recording even in full screen games.
-        Runs on Windows.
-        Hooks keyboard or uses DirectInput for hotkeys to control recording.
-        Captures still frames in BMP or PNG format.

In development: Audio recording for you clips (to be implemented soon).

If you are fan of the portable applications, you can easily make Taksi portable:
-        Download the installer and extract to a folder of your choice (using the "MSI Administrative Installation" method).
-        Delete the .msi file (name varies depending on version eg. taksi-0.7.6.msi) and TaksiLogo.jpg.
-        LaunchTaksi.exe. 

The software is Open Source and unconditionally free.


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