' tab allows the user to set Sound, Logo and Video/Audio codec.
- 1 Record - Hotkey - Record/Stop: The hotkeys for the 'Record/Stop (F12)' functions can be designated.
- 2 Record - Hotkey - Pause: The hotkeys for the 'Pause (F8)' function can be designated.
- 3 Record - Hide mouse cursor: If this option is checked, the capturing of a screen can be done without using the mouse.
- 4 Record - Add mouse click effects: If this option is checked, the recorded video will have
the mouse click effects/animation.
- 5 Record - Settings: The 'Settings' button under the 'Record' option helps make a choice regarding
whether to record the sound and whether to add a logo.
- 6 Format - Video: Video format of Bandicam can be seen
- 7 Format - Audio: Audio format of Bandicam can be seen
- 8 Format - Settings: The 'Settings' button under the 'Format' option helps the setting of the format
of the video that will be recorded.
- 9 Format - Presets: The 'Presets' button under the 'Format' option can select a video format.
(Such as those of YouTube and PMP, and for editing...)
Record settings - Sound
- 1 Record Sound: If the 'Record sound' option is checked, the sound will be captured with the video.
- 2 Save audio tracks while recording (.wav): If this option is checked, the audio is saved separately as a .wav file.
- 3 Primary Sound Device: This select menu allows the user to select Primary Sound Device.
- 4 Secondary Sound Device: This select menu allows the user to select Secondary Sound Device.
Normally, the user chooses "Microphone" in Secondary Sound Device.
Windows XP won't allow the user to separate audio files.
- 5 Two Sound Mixing: This menu allows the user to mix 'Primary Sound Device' and
'Secondary Sound Device' into one audio track.
- 6 Only record Secondary Device while pushing: If you press 'Space bar' on the keyboard,
you can record your voice (Push To Talk)
- 7 Setting...: This button allows the user to open the recording device of Windows
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Record settings - Logo
This Logo tab allows the user to add the logo on the video that will be recorded
- 1 Add logo to video: This option allows the user to add a certain logo on the streaming video that is being recorded.
- 2 Setting - Image: This option allows the user to select the Logo image.
- 3 Setting - Opacity: This option allows the user to set the Opacity of the logo
- 4 Setting - Position: This option allows the user to set the Position of the logo
Record settings - Options
- 1 Add mouse click effects: If this option is checked, the recorded video will have the mouse click effects/animation.
- 2 Skip recording while frame is not updated: If you check this option, Bandicam doesn't record when a frame is not updated/refreshed. (If you uncheck this option, Bandicam will record even though a frame is not updated/refreshed.)
Format Settings - Presets
The 'Presets' button allows for quick selection of often used format settings.
Format Settings - Video
The Format Settings window for Video allows the user to change the Video Size, FPS, Codec, Bitrate and Quality.
1 Video - Size
- Full Size: The recording target will be saved in the original size. For example, if your recording target is 1024*768 size, the recorded video size will be 1024*768.
- Half Size: The recording target will be saved in the half size. For example, if your recording target is 1024*768 size, the recorded video size will be 512*384.
- Fit Width: If you set Width 1024, the Width of recorded video will always be 1024 size.
- Fit Height: If you set Height 720, the Height of recorded video will always be 720 size. (If you want to get 720p video in YouTube, set Height 720)
- 320*240: The recording target will be saved in the 320*240 size. For example, if your recording target is 1024*768 size, the recorded video will be 320*240 size.
- Customized: You can set the recording video size by yourself.
2 Video - FPS
- FPS means frames per second. You can set the FPS for your recording video.
- For the higher FPS, you can get the more natural video (smooth motion)
- Normally, 30 FPS is good for the recording video (Regularly, movie is 24 FPS and TV is 30 FPS)
3 Video - Codec
Codec is a kind of video compression format. If you use a higher compression codec, you can get the small size video, but the video quality might be poor.
- MPEG-1: MPEG-1 is the most widely compatible lossy audio/video format in the world. Most media players and YouTube support MPEG-1 codec. MPEG-1 codec offers a good quality of video and uses much less CPU than other codecs.
- Motion JPEG: Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) is an informal name for a class of video formats. It is compressed as a JPEG image. If you want to edit the recorded streaming video in Sony Vegas (or Adobe Premiere Editor), you should choose this codec. The file size is quite big.
- XVID: XVID is used for a portable device like PMP/ Galaxy S mobile phone. XVID codec offers a good quality of video and uses much lower CPU usage than PCM.
- YV12: Due to YV12 doesn’t compress a video, the video quality is better than MPEG-1/XVID. However, the file size is quite bigger than MPEG-1/XVID (The file size is smaller than RGB24)
- RGB24: Due to RGB24 doesn’t compress a video, the video quality is better than MPEG-1/XVID. However, the file size is quite bigger than MPEG-1/XVID (The file size is bigger than YV12)
- External Codec: Bandicam codec is able to compress the recording video and use much lower CPU/GPU/RAM than other codecs. However, if you want to get better quality videos or make smaller videos, you could try the [External Codec] option of Bandicam.
- VBR: VBR (Variable bitrate) allows a higher bitrate to be allocated to the more complex segments of media files while less space is allocated to less complex segments. If you checked VBR, you can get a better quality-to-space ratio compared to a CBR (Constant bitrate) file of the same data.
- Bitrate (kbps): Bitrate represents the amount of information. If you un-checked VBR, you can choose bitrate (3.5 Mbit/s: Standard-definition television quality, 9.8 Mbit/s: DVD, 8 to 15 Mbit/s: HDTV quality)
< Bandicam Codec, File Size and Video Quality >
The table below shows the file sizes when Bandicam records a 1024x768 resolution video for one minute.
||Best codec for Bandicam (Recommended)
||Best codec for video editing software
||Xvid, DivX, x264, Lagarith codec >>>
4 Video - Quality (%)
You can choose the recorded video quality. If you have a good performance computer and want to get the best quality video, select 100 (%). If you have a bad performance computer and want to reduce the recording lag, select 50 (%).
Format Settings - Audio
The Format Settings window for Audio allows the user to change the Audio Channels, Frequency, Codec and Bitrate.
6 Audio - Channels
- Stereo: Stereo sound is usually achieved by using two or more independent audio channels. Stereo sound is using in most entertainment applications.
- Mono: Mono sound is single-channel. It is used for radiotelephone communications, telephone networks, etc.
7 Audio - Frequency (Hz)
(The sampling rate) Frequency is the number of samples per seconds.
- 22,050 Hz: Used for lower-quality PCM and MPEG audio
- 32,000 Hz: Used for television sound in some countries
- 44,100 Hz: Used for Audio CD, also most commonly used with MPEG-1 audio (VCD, SVCD, MP3).
- 48,000 Hz: The standard audio sampling rate used by professional digital video equipment
8 Audio - Codec
- MPEG-1 L2: MP2 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer II) is a lossy audio compression format and it is a dominant standard for audio broadcasting. Most media players and YouTube are supporting MP2 audio format (MP3 is much more popular for PC). MP2 has a good compression rate, small file size and uses much lower CPU usage than PCM.
- PCM: PCM (Pulse-code modulation) is a lossless audio compression format and it is the standard form for digital audio in computers and various Blu-ray, Compact Disc and DVD formats, as well as other uses (such as digital telephone systems).
9 Audio - Bitrate (kbps)
Bitrate represents the amount of information.
(32 kbit/s: MW (AM) quality, 96 kbit/s: FM quality, 192 kbits/s: The highest level supported by most MP3 encoders when ripping from a Compact Disc, 256 kbit/s: Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) MP2 bit rate required to achieve a high quality signal)
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