Rylstim Screen Recorder

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Rylstim Screen Recorder

#1 Post by webfork » Wed Apr 13, 2016 11:35 am

Short version: use Easy Screencast Recorder and dig into the Rylstim program below only if you have problems with it.

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Background
  • This program addresses one of the two major problems in screen recording: creating simple video is too complex and the resulting files are often too big. At least with Rylstim, creating the file is very simple.

    Unfortunately - because there's no ability to edit the file or cut down on the screen size, even using a low framerate (8 per second) results in a roughly 10 meg file for a 3.2 minute video (screen resolution was 1440x900). That's admittedly better than many programs, but still not ideal.
Pros
  • Super simple, with the exception of some understanding of which video codec to pick. This could make the program very useful for troubleshooting, software testing, or quick demonstrations.
  • Not every recording program will let you pick the codec and framerate, so this was a real boost.
  • The program highlights both left and right clicks, which is rare in freeware offerings I've tested.
  • Amazingly small - less than 1 meg, 650k if you leave out the XVid codec installer
Cons
  • No audio support
  • No screen sizing - At least on my setup it wanted the entire screen or nothing.
  • Apart from framerate there were no quality controls
  • Doesn't include an H264 codec - because that format treats items on the screen as objects, it would likely handle screen recordings much more efficiently
  • Right or left click is just a red or a green circle - something more descriptive might be helpful (for example, other programs use a mouse icon with a picture of one button highlighted).
  • No ability to edit or cut down the resulting file
  • Might be adware (has a blank for it but I wasn't online so nothing came up)
Status: Not portable.
  • I tested Softpedia's "portable" version 2.0 [linked below] on Win7x86). The settings it saves are few (codec, framerate, show right/left click, and path) so it might be acceptable to some. However, if you want to record a codec that has very broad support, XVid (aka h263), you have to install the included XVid codec each and every time.
License: Softpedia is listing it as Freeware

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Re: Rylstim Screen Recorder

#2 Post by joby_toss » Wed Apr 13, 2016 8:05 pm

Just wondering if you ever tried the screen recorder function of FSCapture (not free, but it's worth the money) and what's your opinion about it. Currently it's my favorite tool of this kind.

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Re: Rylstim Screen Recorder

#3 Post by webfork » Thu Apr 14, 2016 7:47 am

joby_toss wrote:Just wondering if you ever tried the screen recorder function of FSCapture (not free, but it's worth the money) and what's your opinion about it. Currently it's my favorite tool of this kind.
My rationale has been that if I'm going to put down money, it's going to be for Camtasia, but I am a fan of FastStone's image viewer/editor. I might check that out. Thanks.

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Re: Rylstim Screen Recorder

#4 Post by webfork » Sun Sep 09, 2018 5:40 pm

joby_toss wrote:
Wed Apr 13, 2016 8:05 pm
Just wondering if you ever tried the screen recorder function of FSCapture (not free, but it's worth the money) and what's your opinion about it. Currently it's my favorite tool of this kind.
I really wish I'd listened to Joby on this. The FSCapture screen capture tool and included editor program seem at first glance to be a little simplistic, but playing around with the program I found it had most of the same features of much more complex programs at a fraction of the price. I actually think I'd benefit more from a program that doesn't let you polish the video so much as I get too caught up in trying to make the video perfect. FSCapture simplifies the recording process.

The only negative I can see so far is that it appears to only save (with sound) to WMV format. You could export to a high quality version and then re-compress to MP4 or similar, but I think that might leave some image artifacts.

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Re: Rylstim Screen Recorder

#5 Post by Midas » Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:28 am

webfork wrote: You could export to a high quality version and then re-compress to MP4 or similar, but I think that might leave some image artifacts.
As I'm trying to steer away from this utmost nuisance of a media format, here's my go to recipe to go from WMV to MP4 in a zif by using only asfbin and ffmpeg...

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1. Use asfbin to extract audio only to 'out.asf' and rename to 'out.wma';
2. Use asfbin to extract video only to 'out.asf' and rename to 'out.wmv';
3. Use ffmpeg to fully uncompress video (> ffmpeg -i out.wmv -vcodec ffv1 out.avi <= THIS WILL TAKE A LOT OF DISK SPACE);
4. Use ffmpeg to fully recompress video (> ffmpeg -i out.avi output.mp4 <= THIS WILL TAKE SOME TIME)
5. Use ffmpeg to convert the audio (> ffmpeg -i out.wma output.m4a); 
6. Use ffmpeg to mux the resulting streams to final: (> ffmpeg -i output.mp4 -i output.m4a -c copy final.mp4).
It might look like a convoluted procedure but it's pretty straight forward, in fact (I could easily come up with some batch foo to automate the steps, but I never bothered). Even if I'm relying on defaults here, video and fluidity do nothing but get better after this; plus, size can see dramatic decreases. Best of all, no artifacts. 8)

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Re: Rylstim Screen Recorder

#6 Post by __philippe » Mon Sep 10, 2018 7:17 am

Midas wrote:
Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:28 am
...plus, size can see dramatic decreases...
Praiseworthy achievement in my book indeed... :wink:

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