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  • USES OF RENDERSOFT Instant Video Suite


            Instantiating a shape

            Editing a shape

                        Editing Text

                        Editing Image

                        Editing Transparency

                        Resizing Shapes

            Managing shapes    

            Creating a new shape


Instantiating a layout

Saving a layout

Cycling through layouts

Layout shortcuts

  • IVS Videocam

Refresh Rate

Video Source

Video Format


Record directly to Flash

Convert an existing AVI file to Flash with the SWF Producer

  • Instant Video Suite PLAYER Extended Options
  • WEBSITE OF Instant Video Suite

Getting Started


To start recording, click the red button. A rectangle will appear for you to select the area you want to record.   


When you want to stop recording, click the blue stop button. A dialog will appear for you to name and save the file.


To pause a recording to adjust your screen, click the pause button. You can resume recording by clicking on the record button again.




System Requirements


  • Microsoft Windows 95, 98, Me, NT 4.0, 2000, XP


  • 400 MHz processor


  • 64 MB recommended


  • 4 MB of hard-disk space for program installation.






Moving images impact our lives heavily nowadays. A changing image speaks much more than a stationary snapshot. Any one who has watched a movie understands how the power of animation can immensely enhance the process of communication. By capturing the moving action faithfully on your computer screen, Instant Video Suite is essentially putting this power right onto your computer desktop.

The video files created by RenderSoft Instant Video Suite are saved in the standard AVI (Audio Video Interleave) format, which is used pervasively in many Windows applications that support video, including MS Office. 
(You can effectively paste an AVI file into an Office application just like pasting text.)

This ensures maximum compatibility with other software, and you can easily edit the output of Instant Video Suite with a third party video editor



Uses of RenderSoft Instant Video Suite


  • You can create demonstrations of programs by recording the movement of the cursor, the selection of menus, the entering of text or the display of messages. These demonstrations, when shown to users, can illustrate features and usage of the program in a short period time with maximum clarity.


  • The recorded movies can be added to the accompanying help files of commercial software to make them more professional.


  • The recorded videos, if converted to a stream-able format, can also be posted to your websites to enliven them. With broadband becoming more affordable, multimedia websites are the preferred and more effective means of communication.




  Setting Regions

(From the main menu, choose Regions->Region or Fixed Region or Full Screen)




You should set the Input Region before recording. This allows you to define the area and type of video capture.  From the main menu, choose Region

There are 3 types of regions you can choose:



1) Region

Before recording starts, you can define an arbitrary rectangular region with the mouse. The cursor turns into a pen on cross-hairs, which you use to define a rectangular region on your screen by click-dragging the left mouse button.




2) Fixed Region   

You can capture a fixed-size rectangular region. A dialog allows you to define the size of the region in pixels. 



  • If the Fixed Top-Left Corner checkbox is not selected.


Before the recording starts, you can move the fixed-size region around the screen to determine where you want the input area to be. To cancel recording, you can click the right mouse button.



  • If the Fixed Top-Left Corner checkbox is selected.


Recording will start immediately when the Record Button     is clicked. The region of capture is specified by the Left, Top, Width and Height values of the dialog above.



  • If the Drag Corners to Pan checkbox is selected, you can drag either one of the four corners of the recording region (indicated by the flashing rectangle) with your mouse during recording.  The mouse cursor will change to a four-pointed arrow when it is over one of the corners. When this happens, click and drag the region to the new location.



3) Screen      

The entire computer screen is captured.





Video Basics


When you record a movie using Instant Video Suite, you are actually saving a sequence of bitmaps (known as frames), that, when displayed in rapid succession, exhibit motion.


If more frames are recorded per second, the resultant animation will also be smoother. However, this will also cause the file size of the movie to be much larger.


In the process of recording, Instant Video Suite allows you to specify two video rates: the input rate and output rate. The input rate tells your computer how many frames to record per second. The output rate tells your computer how fast to play them back. Usually, these two rates are equal, so that the time of playback is equal to the time used in the recording.


However, these two rates can also be different. Normally, you do this only if you want to create a time-lapse movie. For example, you can capture a frame once every hour and play the frames back at 20 frames per second.


The default value is set at 20 frames per second for the output (playback) rate and 20 frames per second  (corresponding to 50 milliseconds sleep time) for the input /capture rate.


There is also a third rate: known as the keyframe rate. When a frame is saved in an AVI file, they can either be saved as a full frame, or only as a difference to the previous frame. This keyframe rate specifies how often full frames are written to the AVI file. A high value means you can fast forward/rewind to a particular frame in your movie much faster. But it also means a larger file size.


Setting Video Options

(From the main menu, choose Options->Video Options)




Setting the video options allows you to optimize your video recordings by choosing between the file size, quality and frame rates of your video files.



Auto Adjust

Use the Auto Adjust settings to set the Key Frame Rate, Capture Rate and Playback Rate automatically through the slider. Shift the slider to the left to increase the frame rate and to the right to reduce file size. If the slider is situated at the right of the Time Lapse indicator, it means you are creating a time-lapse movie.


In Time Lapse mode, Instant Video Suite will usually capture a frame only after a long period of time.  (Example: after every 30 seconds). However, during playback, the frames will be displayed more quickly. (Example: at 20 frames per second).




The Compressor select-box allows you to select the encoder for your AVI file. An encoder compresses your AVI files to make them smaller in size and cause them to play faster. The default setting is the MS Video 1 compressor.




Click this button to configure the parameters of your selected compressor. The parameters for each compressor is different and some settings will cause Instant Video Suites performance to degrade or behave unpredictably. For some compressors, clicking this button will not have any effect.





The quality setting determines how nicely your picture is saved. A lower value means a lower picture quality but also a smaller file size. Only some compressors use this value.



Set Key Frames Every

This setting specifies the keyframe rate. When a frame is saved in an AVI file, they can either be saved as a full frame, or only partially as a difference to the previous frame. The keyframe rate specifies how often full frames are written to the AVI file. A high value means you can fast forward/rewind to a particular frame in your movie much faster. But it also means a higher file size.



Capture Frames Every

 This field determines the input frame rate. It dictates how long the Instant Video Suite will sleep after capturing each frame.  One millisecond is 1/1000 of a second.


If you set this to a large value (for example 1 hour, or 3,600,000 milliseconds), you practically create a time-lapse movie. Instant Video Suite will actually sit and watch for activities on the screen that takes a long time to occur and take a snapshot (say, only once every hour).



Playback Rate  

This field determines the output frame rate. It specifies how many frames are played back per second. A higher value means a smoother playback. Typical values of 20 30 frames per seconds are adequate for most purposes.



Setting Cursor Options

(From the main menu, choose Options->Cursor Options)



Setting cursor options can help illustrate the action you are recording by drawing attention to the area where the action happens. The following cursor effects can be selected:


Hide Cursor

The cursor will be hidden during screen capture


Show Cursor


Use Actual Cursor The actual shape and position of the cursor will be recorded during screen capture.


Use Custom Cursor Replace the recorded cursor with a customized one.


Use Cursor From File - Replace the recorded cursor with a cursor that is loaded from file.



Highlight Cursor

When this option is selected, the recorded cursor will have a highlight area around it. This helps in calling attention to the movements of the cursor. You can set the shape, size and color of the highlight area.

    Recording Audio from Microphone

(From the main menu, choose Options->Record audio from microphone)


You can add a soundtrack to your movie by selecting this option. When enabled, Instant Video Suite will record your voice input from the microphone while it is capturing video.  You need a sound card with an attached microphone to use this option.



Setting Audio Options for Microphone

(From the main menu, choose Options->Audio Options->Audio Options for Microphone)


  Use this dialog box to set the recording format and compressed format of your audio.   Recording Format  -- The recording format is the format your soundcard use to record your voice from the microphone.  Its main attributes are samples per second (measured in kHz), mono/stereo input, and bits per sample (usually 8 or 16 bit). Larger values for samples per second and bits per sample will result in better recording quality, but at the expense of the movie file size.


Compressed Format -- This is the format that will be saved with your movie file.  You can click on the Choose Compressed Format button to select another compressed format. After recording your movie, Instant Video Suite will attempt to convert your audio from the recording format to the compressed one. 


Your choices for the compressed format are determined by the recording format. If you change your recording format, the compressed format will also change automatically.


Interleave Video and Audio Interleave your audio and video for smoother playback on a slow device such as CD-ROM. This will also allow better synchronization of your video and sound content. The interleave factor determines the amount of interleaving in your movie.  Normally, this value is specified in number of frames. A value of 1 frame will mean full interleave. Larger values will mean less interleaving.


You can also specify the Interleave factor in milliseconds. If you choose to Interleave a movie every 100ms for a movie with a capture rate of 200 frames per second (Capture Frames Every  5 milliseconds), the Interleave factor will be equivalent to Interleave every 20 frames.




Volume - Use this to adjust the input volume of your microphone if your recorded audio is barely audible. If Instant Video Suite is unable to locate your volume control, you will need to adjust the volume manually through Start : Programs : Accessories: Entertainment : Volume Control.



Please note that some configurations of the Recording and Compressed format will result in the audio recording becoming choppy or inaudible.


Some sound card disallows your system to record while another application is playing sound. In this case Instant Video Suite will issue an error when you attempt to record with the Record Audio option being enabled.


  Use system method for audio recording

If you set this checkbox, Instant Video Suite will use certain system commands (MCI commands) to perform the recording of audio from your microphone. This method is more stable and may give better sound quality in some systems.


If you experience low audio quality when recording from Instant Video Suite, but managed to obtain high quality recordings from your system's Sound Recorder, you may want to consider setting this option.



  • Instant Video Suite will ignore all other settings in the Options for Microphone dialog box (except for the Audio Video Interleave setting) if you choose this setting.


  • Instead, to adjust the recording source, you will need to set it externally in the Control Panel->(for Win XP) Sounds and Audio Device->(Audio Tab)->Default Recording Device.


  • If you set the external recording source to a non-soundcard device (e.g webcam microphone), you will need to set it back to your soundcard when you want to record sound from speakers.




Recording Audio from Speakers

(From the main menu, choose Options->Record audio from speakers)




By selecting this option, Instant Video Suite will record the output from your speakers while it is capturing video.  This is ideal for recording a gaming session or a movie stream. You will need a sound card with speakers attached to use this option.


Please note that not all soundcards support this function. (Most modern and branded soundcards usually allows you to record from your speakers)



  Setting Audio Options for Speakers

(From the main menu, choose Options->Audio Options->Audio Options for Speakers)



Most of the time, you only need to adjust the Playback Volume and Recording Volume.



Playback Volume

The Playback Volume controls the volume of your speakers. The sound signals going to your speakers and can originate from a variety of sources. Examples include sound from CD, Microphone, MIDI  playback and Wave playback.


Recording Volume

The Recording Volume controls the volume of the recording line.


Important: For a good quality recording, it is important that both the Playback Volume and Recording Volume are not set too high.



Recording Line Configuration

In order for Instant Video Suite to record sound from your speakers, it has to search your soundcard for the appropriate line to use.  Failure to find the line simply means that Instant Video Suite is unable to record from your speakers. Some soundcards do not support this capability.


The searching is usually done automatically when you click (Options > Record Audio > Record from speakers). However, if that does not work, you will have to use one of the two methods provided by Instant Video Suite below to carry out additional searching.


By clicking the Automatic Search button, Instant Video Suite will play a few tones and attempt to automatically detect the line.


If you select the Manual Search button, Instant Video Suite will ask you a few questions on whether you have heard a tone when a particular line is used. You will need to turn on your speakers and listen carefully.




  • Normally, you do not need to perform a search at all because Instant Video Suite will automatically do that for you when you choose the Record Audio from Speakers option.


  • Please make sure that the Default Recording Device and Default Playback Device is set correctly to your soundcard. Instant Video Suite makes use of certain recording functions that depend on this two devices being properly set. These can be accessed in Control Panel :: Sounds and Audio Devices :: Audio (Tab)  in Win XP.  If you have only one soundcard installed in your system, and have not installed other virtual sound devices, you usually do not need to be worried about this.


  • If the recording is set incorrectly, you will not get any audio from your speakers.


  • If you are unable to find a line after the Automatic Search and Manual Search, chances are that your soundcard do not support this function.


  • Please ensure you have installed the latest soundcard drivers to take advantage of this feature.




Soundcard Device

For most users, the Soundcard Device will already be pointing correctly at your soundcard. However, if it isnt   or if your system has more than one soundcard, you will need to set it to the correct one.


If the soundcard device is changed, the recording line will no longer be valid and you will need to perform a manual/automatic search for the line






Enable Autopan

(From the main menu, choose Options->Enable Autopan)


If this option is selected, the capture area will follow the cursor to wherever it goes during recording. This has the effect of making the screen capture to occur at the region with the most action.


    Autopan Speed

(From the main menu, choose Options->Autopan Speed)



Use this to control the maximum speed at which the capture area follows the mouse. The value is measured in screen pixels.




  Program Options

(From the main menu, choose Options->Program Options)


Use the program options to customize the way the program behave when it starts/stops recording. A tick beside the menu items indicates that option is enabled.


*  Minimize program on start recording

*  Hide flashing rectangle during recording

*  Save Settings on Exit

*  Capture translucent/layered windows


Play AVI file when recording stops  >>

Temporary directory for recording   >>

Recording Thread Priority >>

                  Name of AVI  >>             




Save Settings on Exit

The Save Settings on Exit option allows you to save the program settings when you exit. These settings will be loaded the next time you launch Instant Video Suite.


If you run Instant Video Suite and find that it does not work as well as in previous sessions, most likely your saved settings is not tuned very well or is corrupted. You may want to reset your settings by turning off the Save Settings on Exit option, exit Instant Video Suite, and launch Instant Video Suite again.



Minimizing Instant Video Suite

Instant Video Suite is minimized to the system tray instead of the taskbar. To restore Instant Video Suite, double click its icon in the system tray.



Play AVI file when recording stops

In here, you can choose to

  • Do nothing when the recording stops.
  • Play the AVI file when the recording stops (using Instant Video Suite Player).
  • Play the AVI file when the recording stops (using your systems default player).



Capture translucent/layered windows

In Windows 2000 or XP, there are certain windows that are translucent/layered and cannot be captured without turning this option on. An example is the Office Assistant in Office 2000.



Temporary directory for recording

Instant Video Suite creates temporary files while it is performing recording. These temporary files can become very large and crash your system if your system ran out of disk space.


You can set the directory for placing your temporary files by selecting one of these:


  • Windows Temporary Directory  (Usually C:WindowsTemp) 
  • Installed Directory of Instant Video Suite (Usually C:Program FilesInstant Video Suite) 
  • User Specified Directory


If you are using the User Specified Directory, you should always choose a directory that resides in the drive with the largest free space.



Recording Thread Priority

Some programs, when set as the active window, use the system resources so heavily that they cause Instant Video Suite to be unusable. The frame rate in these cases drop to 0 - 5 frames per second (even if only a small region is being captured).  Examples include some DirectX games or CPU intensive simulations.


To improve the performance of Instant Video Suite at the expense of these programs, you can set the recording priority of Instant Video Suite to Highest or Time Critical. However, doing this may also affect the performance of your whole system (For example, Windows may not respond to some mouse clicks on your Desktop). Therefore, for most cases, this option is best left at Normal.



Name of AVI

With auto-naming, you can now avoid giving a name to every AVI you record.  The name of the file will have the following format 1422003_1520_26.avi and is saved in Instant Video Suites installed directory.


The name is formed using the systems date and time of the recording.

1422003_1520_26.avi means the file is saved on 14th of February, 2003, 3.20 p.m (1520), at the 26th second.





This dialog allows you to diagnose and resolve some problems. Currently, it can handle the following:


  • If you find that many of your multimedia applications record from the speakers instead of the microphone after Instant Video Suite exits, you can select the checkbox to reset the settings.


For other problems please refer to our FAQ at


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  Keyboard Shortcuts

(From the main menu, choose Options->Keyboard Shortcuts)



Use the above dialog box to customize your shortcut keys for starting, stopping or canceling your recording operation. 


You can also set your keys for displaying the Next Layout and Previous Layout. For more information on layouts, refer to the section on Screen Annotations below.



  Screen Annotations

(From the main menu, choose Tools->Screen Annotations)


The Screen Annotations feature allows you to add captions to your screen during recording.  An example of a screen annotation is shown below:





You can display the Screen Annotations dialog box by clicking on the icon     or

choose Tools->Screen Annotations from the main menu.


To instantiate the shape Orange Gradient, simply double click on it or drag it out of the Screen Annotations dialog box.






Screen annotations consist of two main components: Shapes and Layouts.




A shape is just a floating window that will appear on top of all other windows on your desktop.  An example is shown below.


Right-click on a shape to display the context menu shown below.



·        Instantiating a shape

To create the shape above, simply double click on the item Orange Gradient or drag it out of the Screen Annotations dialog box.

  • Editing the shape

To edit the shape, right-click on it to display a context menu



The Clone command allows you to create a copy of the shape.




The Resize command lets you change the width and height of your window.





The Anti-Alias command lets you adjust the rendering quality of the shape. A higher quality shape will take more time to draw.





You can make the shape semi-transparent by choosing Edit Transparency



You can edit the shapes text (message, font color and font style) by choosing Edit Text



You can edit the shapes image (background, border and cutout region) by choosing Edit Image







·        When you have finished editing the shape, you can save it with the Save command.

·        The Close command will close / hide the shape on your desktop.

·        The Close All command will close all shapes on your desktop.

·        The Refresh command will redraw the shape.

·        The Save Layout command will save all the shapes and their arrangement on your desktop into a layout. Please refer to the Layout section below for more information.



Editing Text

Select Edit Text from the context menu to change the text of the shape.


Notice the text is surrounded by a dotted rectangle after you have chosen the Edit Text command. You can move / resize the dotted rectangle by dragging it with your mouse.






  Clicking on the Font  Button allows you to choose the Font Name, Font Style (Bold, Italic, Underline) and Font Color of the shapes text. The three buttons       is used for setting the alignment of text.  The Choose Language / Encoding button allows you to choose an appropriate font for your language if it is non-Western (English, French, German etc). This feature is available only on Win 2000 / XP.




Editing Image

Select Edit Image from the context menu to change the text of the shape.



The cutout / transparent region allow you to create non-rectangular windows. It refers to the region that allows the background to show through. There are two methods to create a cutout region.


1)     By Transparency Color


All areas of the image with the specified transparency color will be made transparent.

For example, if the transparency color is Black, the image

    will be transformed into


2)     By using a predefined shape.


Currently, the predefined shapes are round-rectangle, ellipse and rectangle.

For example, a round-rectangle cutout region for the image


     will be something like     


For a predefined cutout region, you can add a border, and set the color and size of the border.


You can set the Background color for a shape if the shape does not have an image.

Otherwise, you can click the Load New Image button to change the background image to a new file. The file formats that are accepted are bmp, gif and jpeg.



Editing Transparency

Select Edit Transparency from the context menu to change the shapes transparency. This feature is available only in Win 2000 / XP.




Note that recording a transparent window will cause the frame rate to drop significantly. You will also have to enable the Program Options ::Capture Translucent / Layered Window setting for the  shape to be properly captured into the AVI movie.



Resizing Shapes

Select Resize from the context menu to resize the shape.




                        Note that a shape with a large size will be drawn and displayed very slowly.



  • Managing and creating shapes

In the Screen Annotations dialog box, right click on an item to display a context menu for managing and creating shapes.


You can create a new shape by choosing the New Shape command.


Right click to display the context menu.


You can Copy, Paste  or Remove shapes in the Screen Annotations dialog box using these commands.




·        You can also rename a shape by choosing the Edit Shape Name command or selecting a shape and press F2.


  • You can rearrange the order of the shapes in the list by dragging a shape onto another. For example, to switch the order of the Flat Text and Dialog, simply drag Dialog onto the Flat Text item.


  • The Shape Library command lets you

1)     Save all your existing shapes into a file

2)     Load a shape library file into the Screen Annotations dialog box and

3)     Create a new (empty) shape library




Note: In the event your default shape library file https://www.tradebit.com gets corrupted and is unable to load on startup, you can restore the default shapes by opening the file https://www.tradebit.compes in the installed directory of Instant Video Suite.


  • The New Shape command will launch a dialog box where you can specify the

1)     Name of the new shape

2)     Image of the new shape

3)     Size of the new shape and its

4)     Initial text



A layout is just the arrangement of one or more shapes on your desktop. An example is shown below



You usually prepare all your layouts before recording starts. When you start recording, you will click a hotkey / shortcut key to cycle through the layouts to display the appropriate captions at the proper time.



You can mange your layout by clicking on the layout tab of the Screen Annotations dialog.


The Layout Library command lets you

1) Save all your existing shapes into a file

2) Load a shape library file into the Screen Annotations dialog box

3) Create a new (empty) shape library


You use the Copy Layout, Paste Layout  and Remove Layout commands to copy, paste and remove layouts in the Screen Annotations dialog box.



Right Click to display the context menu.


Layout Tab






  • Select a layout and right-click on it to display a context menu for managing the layouts.


·        You can rename a layout by choosing the Edit Layout Name command or selecting a layout and press F2.


  • You can rearrange the order of the layouts in the list by dragging a layout onto another. For example, to switch the order of the Layout 1 and Layout 2, simply drag Layout 1 onto the Layout 2 item.



Instantiating a layout

You instantiate a layout by simply double click on the layout item or drag it out of the Screen Annotations dialog box. By doing so, all the shapes that are saved into the layout will be displayed on the desktop in their correct order and position.



Saving a layout

To save a layout, first, arrange your shapes in their correct position and order. Right click on any of the shapes to bring up a context menu, and select the Save Layout command.



Cycling through layouts

You can cycle through the layouts by clicking the Next Layout key in the Screen Annotations dialog box. Every click will close all existing shapes on the desktop and instantiate a new layout. Alternatively, you can use a hotkey / keyboard shortcuts to perform the cycling. To customize the keys for navigating the layouts, you can choose Options->Keyboard Shortcuts from the main menu or Objects->Layout Shortcuts from the Screen Annotations menu.


Layout shortcuts


The keys for cycling through the layouts are

Next Layout Key key for displaying the next layout

Previous Layout Key - key for displaying the previous layout

Show / Hide Layout Key - key for showing / hiding the current layout



IVS Videocam

(From the main menu, choose Tools->IVS Videocam)


This feature requires a webcam to be installed on your system. The IVS Videocam window is essentially a webcam window. By placing a webcam window on your desktop, you can record its content along with other screen content when the webcam window is inside your recording region.




The Video Annotation window does not only stream video content to your desktop. You can also add a text caption, make a cutout region, or set transparency values (Win 2000 / XP only) to the video annotation just like you did for screen annotations. To do so, right-click on the webcam window to display a menu like this




The Edit Text, Edit Image and Edit Transparency commands have already been covered in the section on Screen Annotations and will not be explained here.


Refresh Rate



The refresh rate indicates the number of times (frames) Instant Video Suite will attempt to capture an image from your webcam and display it on your screen. The actual rate will usually be much lesser, especially for large sized images.


Important :


·        Setting a high refresh rate will degrade the recordings of Instant Video Suite considerably. This is especially true if transparency is turned on. It has been observed that some dialog boxes will not appear when they are selected when the Video Annotation window is shown. To stop the blocking of these dialog boxes, you will need to close the Video Annotation window first.


·        The slowdown in the recording rate will be observed even if the IVS Videocam window is not inside the recording region. In fact, the presence of the IVS Videocam window will even affect the performance of other programs in your system. Therefore, it is highly advised that you close the IVS Videocam window when it is not needed.


·        Sometimes, especially on slower systems, the video of the webcam images will appear to be slightly behind the audio track on playback. This is because the acquisition of an image and its display on the screen is quite demanding on your system resources. The computer will take some time to process the acquired image before showing it on the screen.  This latency problem can usually be resolved by


1)     Choosing a smaller dimension for your video format or

2)     Shifting the video track slightly to align it with the audio track. More information can be found in the section Audio and Video Synchronization below.



Video Source


You can use the video source dialog to select your webcam or video source for the video annotation. You can also set the brightness, contrast, gain, exposure and other settings related to your webcam video.


Video Format


The video format dialog is used for selecting the dimensions of your webcam or video source image. You can also set the pixel depth and compression (e.g RGB24, RGB32) of your video.


Note: You are advised to choose a small dimension (e.g 160 x 120) for the video format, as a large sized format will slow down your system significantly.


The video source and video format dialog boxes will vary on different systems. Its implementation will very much depend on the vendor of your webcam.


  Audio and Video Synchronization

(From the main menu, choose Options>Audio Options->Audio and Video Synchronization)



If the video and audio track of your recording is not in phase during playback, you can try to shift a stream slightly to make them back in sync. This may happen if you are recording the output of a webcam.  The amount of shift is measured in milliseconds, and the appropriate value for the shift can usually be determined after a few trail recordings with different time shift values.   Note : The dialog above only handles the case when the audio streams appear to go before the video.  



Some Notes on the Quality and Performance of the Recording


            Instant Video Suite creates a movie by sampling the screen on fixed-time intervals. If this sampling frequency is too slow, it may not be able to pick up some cursor movements if the mouse moves too fast. The result of this will be that the cursor will appear to jump, become jerky or even cannot be seen in the recorded movie. It is thus advisable to slow down your mouse movements during recording.


            This sampling problem can also happen when you are recording a fast animation. If Instant Video Suite cannot record much faster than the changes in the animation, Instant Video Suite will miss out on some important data and the playback will not be smooth.



  Frame Rates


The speed of your computer will directly affect the performance of Instant Video Suite. A slow CPU will unquestionably mean slower frame rates. For the best performance, use the fastest computer available for recording.


Apart from CPU speed, the following factors will also affect the performance of the recording:


  • Recording a movie that covers a large area.


  • Recording pictures that contain many colors in.


  • Running other applications during recording sessions.



  File Size


An AVI file usually has a very large file size, especially for those lengthy and detailed videos. This is due to the fact that a video file has to pack hundreds and thousands of images into a single file. It is thus very common to have size exceeding one megabyte.


To reduce the size of the AVI file, you can do the following:


  • Limiting the area of the region being captured.


  • Limiting the (input) rate of which video frames are captured. This can be set in the Capture Frames Every field of Video Options


  • Changing the compressor and compression quality.  By changing the compression quality, you are essentially making a tradeoff between picture quality and the file size.


    Producing Flash (SWF) Files:

Instant Video Suite allows you to produce Flash files in two ways


1) Record directly to Flash

To record directly to Flash, simply click the  button to toggle the recording mode to .


After that you may proceed in the same way as you record an AVI file.


There are a few options that you can adjust prior to recording to Flash.  These are accessed with the Options :: Record to Flash commands in the menu.



            The Preview SWF File upon completion instructs Instant Video Suite to display your Flash movie in a HTML file when the production is completed.


            The process of recording to SWF actually involves multiple steps. Instant Video Suite in fact record your screen activity to an intermediate AVI file first, before converting it to a Flash (SWF) file.  The Delete the intermediate AVI file upon completion setting thus instructs Instant Video Suite to delete the intermediate AVI file when the conversion is completed. You may want to preserve the AVI file just in case youll like to edit it in an AVI editor, but that will take up plenty of space on your hard disk, as the format of the AVI is saved with minimal compression settings.


            The production an SWF file is affected by many parameters in the SWF Producer. These parameters are, by default, hidden from users, but may be revealed if you turn on the Display conversion options before generating SWF setting. For a full description of these parameters, please refer to the section on Conversion Parameters in the SWF Producer help file.



2) Convert an existing AVI file to Flash with the SWF Producer


The Instant Video Suite distribution package includes a module known as the SWF Producer that is able to convert an AVI file to SWF. This is actually a separate program that can function independently of the Instant Video Suite Screen Recorder.


            The SWF Producer is launched by selecting Tools :: SWF Producer from the menu.



You can also double click the Producer.exe file in Instant Video Suites installed directory to launch it.


While the SWF Producer works best with the AVI files recorded with Instant Video Suite, it is in fact capable of converting most AVI files created by third party products. Normally, Flash files generated by the SWF Producer results in a much smaller file than the original AVI.  For a full description of the usage of the SWF Producer, please refer to the topic on Standalone mode in the SWF Producer help file.


    Instant Video Suite Player 2.1 Extended Options


The Instant Video Suite v2.1 player (playplus.exe) can be launched from the command line (DOS prompt) with the following options:


playplus  filename.avi


This will launch playplus.exe and load the AVI file (filename.avi) without playing it.



playplus  -a filename.avi  


This will launch the AVI file (filename.avi) and play it automatically.



playplus  -x filename.avi


This will launch the AVI file (filename.avi) and play it automatically. The player will exit when the playback is completed.





Website of Instant Video Suite:

Instant Video Suite is an Open Source product.  You may obtain its source code at:


https://www.tradebit.com Video Suite/



Frequently Asked Questions:

If you have more questions regarding the use of Instant Video Suite, please refer to the following page:


https://www.tradebit.com Video Suite/https://www.tradebit.com





This product uses code from certain individuals. The authors of this product would like to express their heartfelt thanks to:


  • Joseph M. Newcomer (Hooks and DLL)
  • Chris Maunder (Hyperlink)
  • Franz Polzer    (Transparent Window)
  • Thomas Holme (How to play and record sound, fister application)
  • The author of the article Concerning Video For Windows API
  • Daniel Zilcsak   (System Tray Icons)
  • Kenneth M. Reed (MFC Wrapper for SHBrowseForFolder)
  • Chensu (Audio Mixer Functions Demo)
  • Iwasaki Teruyuki (Localization of Instant Video Suite)
  • Davide Calabro (A wrapper class for transparent windows)
  • Dr. Yovav Gad  (The Yovav (Horror) PictureShow)
  • Matt Weagle (Using the List Control)
  • Vadim Gorbatenko (Wrapper for AVICap Window)
  • David Fleming  (Drag and Drop between and within a CListCtrl)
  • Jesse Ezell (swfsource SDK)
  • The authors of STLPort (https://www.tradebit.com)




We will also like to thank the following individuals.


  • Peggy Tsao (For adding a chapter on Instant Video Suite to her book)
  • Iwasaki Teruyuki (Translation to Japanese)
  • The Patcheur et Koala (Translation to French)
  • Norgia Roberto (Italian Translation)
  • Peter Santing (Dutch Translation)
  • Frank Meier (German Translation)
  • K. Peter (Hungarian Translation)






If you support Instant Video Suite and will like to see more improvements, you can help by donating


·        Money


This will be used to offset our


o       Web Hosting cost

o       Development Tools

o       Hardware

o       Support Time


To donate with your credit card, please click the link below




·        Publicity

o       Advertisement Space

o       A link or recommendation on your site

o       Email to your friends

o       Success Stories.  If your company/organization has installed multiples Instant Video Suite and find it useful, please send us an email so that we can show it on our site


The link for Instant Video Suite is

https://www.tradebit.com Video Suite/



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