Last update: Feb 23, 2008
Please note that ACA Screen Recorder is a Windows screen recording software, it supports for recording the screen actions and audio both to AVI files, but it is NOT intended for re-recording of other video clips from the screen(e.g. playing in Windows Media Player, RealOne/RealPlayer, QuickTime, or other stream video etc.), but rather for creating regular software presentations, tutorial, demos etc.. If you still want to try it for re-recording other movie clips, please read following tips, but do not complain if it won't work for you. We do not support this function.
Sometimes we want to re-record with ACA Screen Recorder other movies, 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 capture programs like ACA Screen Recorder, because it is handled by a special video hardware. ACA Screen Recorder 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:
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 with ACA Screen Recorder whatever is playing inside RealPlayer window.