Please note that ACA Capture Pro is not intended for re-recording of other video clips from the screen (e.g. playing in Media Player, RealVideo, QuickTime, or other stream video etc.), but rather for creating regular software presentations, tutorial, demos etc.. If you still want to try it for recording video while playing, please read on for some tips, but do not complain if it won't work for you. We do not support this feature.
Sometime people want to record playing video with ACA Capture Pro other movies and games, that they see playing on the web or in Microsoft Media Player, RealMedia RealPlayer, Apple's Quick Time Player etc.. The problem they face is that often these players use video overlay for faster, smoother playback of the movie. A video overlay is invisible to Windows screen capture software like ACA Capture Pro, because it is handled by a special video hardware. ACA Capture Pro will then record only a solid color block (usually pink, blue or black, the so called "overlay key color"), which is all Windows sees at the place where the movie is played. But all is not lost, the overlay use for playback may be sometimes turned off, at least temporarily for recording. Here is how to do this:
In some movie players (e.g. Windows Media Player, RealOne/RealPlayer,
QuickTime) you may disable "hardware acceleration" through their "settings" or "options" menu.
This turns off the overlay use, the movie is played then normally, within Windows desktop and every screen capture program can get it. Example:
Note that this does not work for DVD playback in Windows Media Player - DVDs seem to be always played in a hardware overlay, not matter what you set for "Hardware Acceleration" - probably to protect from from copying.
Select "Tools" menu, then "Perferences". In the left "Category" panel, click "Hardware". Next, in the right panel under "Video card compatibility", click to remove the checkmark from "Best performance", drag the checkmark to "Most reliable" to disable optimized video and overlays. Close completely and restart RealPlayer or RealOne Player.
Select "Tools" menu, then "Install/Configure Devices...". In the left "Category" panel, click "Hardware". Next, in the right panel under "Video card compatibility", click to remove the checkmark from "Use optimized video display" button. Close completely and restart RealOne Player.
If you are in "compact view", switch first to "normal view" (from "View" menu). Then select Options/Preferences from the menu and click "Performance" tab. Then, at the bottom of "Preferences" window, turn off the "Use optimized video display" option and click on OK. Now you can record screen with ACA Capture Pro whatever is playing inside RealPlayer window.
You can launch ACA Capture Pro to record the video from video player or game after disable "Hardware acceleration" from your display properties.