BB FlashBack Pro makes an excellent corporate communication tool, enabling staff to easily pass on information within an organisation – from error reporting if things go wrong at a computer workstation, to creating and distributing screen recordings for employee training – without having to call on additional company resources. By improving information exchange, BB FlashBack delivers instant benefits to all parts of the organisation. Read more here: http://www.bbsoftware.co.uk/Solutions/Corporate.aspx
Recording games is always a tricky one – they often use video hardware acceleration that can’t be recorded, and a lot of CPU, which leaves little for BB FlashBack to do its work.
However, if you are playing something like Minecraft, it is possible to get good quality recordings using BB FlashBack. Many examples of good quality recordings that BB FlashBack users have been able to achieve when recording Minecraft can be found on YouTube but you can be see a couple of great examples recorded using the free Express edition of BB FlashBack here and here.
To get similar results, try the following:
- Make sure you have ‘MPEG’ record mode selected. This mode is the best at capturing moving video because it can capture at a much higher frame rate and create much smaller FBR files than GDI and Capture Driver modes. You can select this mode on the Record Mode tab of the Recorder Options window.
- Find a frame rate that works well for your PC. It is often tempting to go straight for a high frame rate but this will not always give the best recordings. Infact, sometimes it will even give worse results than lower frame rates because it puts too much burden on the PC’s CPU. Generally it is best to set a low frame rate initially – say 10 fps or less – and, once you have everything working, do a series of test recordings where you gradually increase the frame rate until you get the best balance between frame rate and CPU performance.
- If you get a black region where the game should be, this is because the game is using video hardware features that can’t be recorded. You should go into the settings of the game and see if there is an option to turn off Direct3D or video hardware acceleration and use software rendering instead.
- In some cases, setting Windows 7/Vista to a ‘basic’ theme instead of an ‘Aero’ one can improve performance.
- The fewer pixels BB FlashBack has to record, the less CPU it needs. For example, recording a 1280×720 desktop will give better performance than a 1920×1080 recording. If you want to upload your recording to YouTube, the lower of these two resolutions will often give satisfactory results.
- If you see a yellow highlight around your mouse cursor, you can easily remove if by ‘Highlight Cursor…’ menu under ‘Effects’. In this menu, simply uncheck the tick boxes next to ‘Highlight Mouse Cursor’ to remove the highlight and ‘Highlgiht Mouse Clicks’ to remove the pulse effect when a mouse button is clicked.
- By default, BB FlashBack does not limit the length of time that you can record for (the only limitation is the amount of hard drive space you have on your PC to save the recording) but if you recording for an exceptionally long length time, performance may start to deteriorate so try to avoid recordings that are several hours long. If you need to record for hours and have BB FlashBack Pro, try enabling the ‘Break the recording into fixed size files’ options in the ‘File Size Limiting’ tab of the Recorder Options. This will divide your recording into more manageable sizes as you record and reduce the load on your CPU. Once you have finished recording, use the BB FlashBack Pro Player to join the movie segments back together into a single movie.
Blueberry has launched BB FlashBack version 4, the eagerly anticipated upgrade of the company’s best-selling professional screen recorder.
BB FlashBack 4 combines outstanding performance with a host of fantastic new creative features, including fade transitions, an easy to use annotations ‘gallery’, blur tool, the ability to add notes to the movie at record-time, export to GIF, and much more.
Whether educating an audience, annotating a webcast, creating a tutorial, demonstrating a product, or making a screencast for friends or your social network, BB FlashBack 4 now comes with a number of new tools that simplify the creative workflow to help movie makers deliver engaging content – faster and easier than ever before!
What’s new in BB FlashBack 4:
- Fade Transitions – Now you can add transition effects to join clips when creating your movie. Add them during editing, or let the software add them automatically when inserting a FlashBack movie or video file.
- Gallery – Simplify the editing workflow by creating a gallery of in-movie annotations like textboxes, images, highlights etc. You can just drag objects in and out of the gallery to save them and add them to a movie. The gallery includes a range of annotations to get you started.
- Blur Tool – Blur out sensitive details in a movie – great for creating movies that feature sensitive or personal data.
- Record-time Notes – Make notes during recording and see them as textboxes in the movie. Just move the cursor to the top of the screen and start typing into the popup Notes window. Recording will auto-pause and restart when you’ve finished.
- Export to GIF format – For easy embedding into Web pages.
Plus numerous other improvements have been made to the software to ensure BB FlashBack 4 remains the best professional screen recorder on the market for tutorial makers, demonstrators and educators.
David Francis, Project Manager for BB FlashBack, said: “The way we use our PCs has changed dramatically over the last few years, with users spending more time online connected to colleagues, clients, friends or family via their computer, and wanting to create content for their audience like a true pro.
“Factor in the range of hardware devices now available – including tablet and smartphones – and you have the basis of our thinking behind BB FlashBack 4: It’s designed to meet the needs of todays’ screen recorder users – from educators and trainers, to sales and marketing professionals, to video and social media devotees.
“Ultimately, we’ve worked hard to simplify the process of screen recording, and offer fantastic new cutting-edge features at outstanding value.
“We are confident BB FlashBack 4 will be well received by both professional and novice screen recorder users alike.”
BB FlashBack is free to download on a 30-day trial. It can be installed on the same PC as BB FlashBack v3 without any risk, and is free to customers who have purchased BB FlashBack since 31st August 2012. Earlier purchasers can upgrade for only $99.
Details are available from http://www.bbsoftware.co.uk