Introduction · Overview Bandicam » Video

This 'Video' tab allows the user to set Sound, Logo and Video/Audio codec.

Bandicam Video tab
  •   1    Record/Stop Hotkey: The hotkey for the 'Record/Stop' functions can be designated.
  •   2    Pause Hotkey: The hotkey for the 'Pause' function can be designated.
  •   3    Show mouse cursor: If this option is checked, the mouse cursor will be shown in the video capture.
  •   4    Add mouse click effects: If this option is checked, the recorded video will have
            the mouse click effects/animation.
  •   5    Add webcam overlay: If this option is checked, the webcam stream is recorded and merged within the main video.
  •   6    Settings: The 'Settings' button under the 'Record' option helps make a choice regarding
            whether to record the sound and whether to add a logo/webcam.
  •   7    Format - Video: Video format of Bandicam can be seen
  •   8    Format - Audio: Audio format of Bandicam can be seen
  •   9    Settings: The 'Settings' button under the 'Format' option allows the setting of the format
            of the video that will be recorded.
  •   10    Presets: The 'Presets' button under the 'Format' option can select a video format.
            (Such as those of YouTube and Smartphone, and for editing...)


Record settings - Sound

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, audio is saved separately as a .wav file.
  •         To get audio tracks as a .mp3 file, start Bandicut, and check the "Extract audio tracks (.mp3)" option.
  •   3    Primary Sound Device: This drop-down menu allows the user to select the Primary Sound Device.
  •   4    Secondary Sound Device: This drop-down menu allows the user to select the Secondary Sound Device.
            - If the microphone is selected, the volume slider will be shown.
            - Windows XP won't allow the user to separate audio files.
  •   5    Two Sound Mixing: This option allows the user to mix the 'Primary Sound Device' and
            the 'Secondary Sound Device' into one audio track.
  •   6    Push-To-Talk: [PTT] Only record while pushing 'Space': You can record your microphone while pushing the Space Bar key on your keyboard.
  •   6    Push-To-Mute: [PTM] Only mute while pushing 'Space': You will not record your microphone while pushing the Space Bar key on your keyboard.
  •   7    Setting...: This button allows the user to open the recording device of Windows

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Record settings - Webcam (PiP)

This Webcam tab allows the user to add the webcam stream to the video that will be recorded (Picture-in-Picture, Video-in-Video). Bandicam Webcam Settings, PiP
  •   1    Add webcam overlay to video: This option allows the user to add the webcam stream to the main video.
    • - Add webcam overlay to output video file
      - Save webcam video as separate file (.mp4)
  •   2    Webcam: This option allows the user to select the available webcam device.
  •   3    Settings: This option allows the user to set the webcam settings provided by the webcam manufacturer.
  •   4    Video size: This option allows the user to set the size of the webcam screen.
  •   5    Position: This option allows the user to set the Position of the webcam screen.
  •   6    Preview: This option allows the user to preview the webcam screen.
  •   7    Preview webcam on screen (Only DX8 or later, and OpenGL): This option allows the user to preview the webcam screen while recording DirectX or OpenGL games/programs.
    • - Enable preview toggle hotkey: You can turn on/off the webcam preview screen while recording.

* Tip)
- If your webcam supports 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios, Bandicam records it as 4:3.
- If your webcam only supports 16:9 aspect ratio, Bandicam records it as 16:9.


Record settings - Logo

This Logo tab allows the user to add the logo to the video that will be recorded. Bandicam Logo Setting
  •   1    Add logo to video: This option allows the user to add a certain logo to 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

* Tip)
If you want to create a transparent background logo in Photoshop, click the layer, choose "Blending Options...", and check "Stroke". » How to Create a Transparent Background in Photoshop


Record settings - Effects

mouse click effects, animation
  •   1    Add mouse click effect: If this option is checked, the recorded video will have the mouse click effects.
  •   2    Add mouse highlight effect: If this option is checked, the recorded video will have the mouse highlight (halo) effects.


Record settings - Options

recording priority, dropped frames
  •   1    Recording priority: [Normal/High/Highest] - Higher priority may reduce dropped frames.
  •   2    Skip recording while frame is not updated: If this option is checked, Bandicam doesn't record when a frame is not updated/refreshed. (If you record a microphone or webcam overlay, you'd better uncheck this option.)
  •   4    Use enhanced capture method (faster, Windows 8 or above): If this option is checked, the recording performance of screen capture will be improved in Windows 8 or above.


Format Settings - Presets

The 'Presets' button allows for quick selection of often used format settings. Bandicam Presets - video/audio settings


Format Settings - Video

The Format Settings window for Video allows the user to change the Video Size, FPS, Codec, Bitrate and Quality. Bandicam format settings

 0   File Type

The .mp4 container is available in Bandicam 2.1.0 and Windows 7 or 8.
  • AVI : The video file recorded by Bandicam is saved as an .avi file.
  • MP4 : The video file recorded by Bandicam is saved as an .mp4 file.

  1    Video - Size

  • Full Size: The recording target will be saved in the original size. For example, if your recording target is 1024*768, the recorded video size will be 1024*768.
  • Half Size: The recording target will be saved in half the size. For example, if your recording target is 1024*768, the recorded video size will be 512*384.
  • Fit Width: If you set the width to 1024, the width of the recorded video will always be 1024.
  • Fit Height: If you set the height to 720, the height of the recorded video will always be 720. (If you want to upload 720p videos to YouTube, set the height to 720)
  • 320*240: The recording target will be saved in 320*240. For example, if your recording target is 1024*768, the recorded video will be 320*240.
  • Custom: 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.
  • With a higher FPS, you can get a more natural video (smooth motion)
  • Normally, 30 FPS is good for recording video (Regularly, movies are 24 FPS and TV is 30 FPS)

  3    Video - Codec

Codecs are a kind of video compression format. If you use a higher compression codec, you can get a small video file, but the video quality might be poor.
  • HEVC: HEVC (H.265) is better at compression (The file size of HEVC is smaller than H.264 if the video quality is the same). Some media players don't support HEVC. HEVC uses more CPU usage.
  • H.264: H.264 is one of the most popular codecs for the recording, compression, and distribution of high definition video. This codec will allow you to record the target in high speed and high compression ratio with an excellent quality.
  • XVID: XVID is used for portable devices like the Galaxy S mobile phone. The XVID codec offers a good quality of video and uses less CPU time than MPEG-1.
  • MPEG-1: MPEG-1 is the most widely compatible lossy audio/video format in the world. Most media players and YouTube support the MPEG-1 codec. The 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 JPEG images. 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.
  • YV12: Due to the fact that YV12 doesn’t compress video, the video quality is better than MPEG-1/XVID. However, the file size is much bigger than MPEG-1/XVID (The file size is smaller than RGB24)
  • RGB24: Due to the fact that RGB24 doesn’t compress video, the video quality is better than MPEG-1/XVID. However, the file size is much bigger than MPEG-1/XVID (The file size is bigger than YV12)
  • External Codec: Bandicam codecs are able to compress the video while recording 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 check 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-check 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)

To choose the best video codec, visit http://www.bandicam.com/support/tips/best-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.

  5    Audio - Channels

  • Stereo: Stereo sound is usually achieved by using two or more independent audio channels. Stereo sound is used in most entertainment applications.
  • Mono: Mono sound is single-channel. It is used for radiotelephone communications, telephone networks, etc.

  6    Audio - Frequency (Hz)

(The sampling rate) Frequency is the number of samples per second.
  • 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 CDs, 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

  7    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 support the 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). You may check the "Save as original format" option to save multi-channel and high-definition audio (96KHz or more.)

To choose the best audio codec, visit http://www.bandicam.com/support/tips/best-codec/

  8    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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