- High resolution
- Buffering option that allows you to start recording after the fact
- Many claim that it adversely affects performance
- High disk usage (estimates say about 1GB/min)
- Cost (not a lot, but still not free)
- I am content with the resolution
- No buffering option but disk usage is low enough that you can run it for longer periods
- On my PC, I do not see any performance degradation
- I accidentally left it recording for 2 1/2 hours and only used about 27GB.
MSI Afterburner is a "Graphics Card Performance Booster" and not a dedicated recording tool. That being said, it does an OK job recording. After installing the program, start MSIAfterburner.exe, which will bring up the program.
Near the center at the bottom is a "Settings" button, which brings up the properties. The Video Capture tab may not be visible, so you may have to scroll the tabs to the right to find it. There are not a very large number of options on the Video Capture tab. The most important ones are the Video capture hot-key, the Frame size and the Videos folder. The hot-key sets what key starts/stops recording. The Frame size is determined by your monitor resolution. The Videos folder defaults to your My Videos library on Windows 7. Just remember to minimize Afterburner rather than closing it. Then all you have to do is start recording.
Now that you have the video, you still need to polish down some of the rough edges. For that, Flooxim recommended that I try Windows Live Movie Maker, available free as part of the Windows Live Essentials.
I use Movie Maker to add captions (available on the Home tab), as well as trim the beginning and end of the video (available on the Edit tab). It also lets you remove, or fast-forward through, portions in the middle of the video. To do that, you need to mark the beginning and end of the split by right-clicking on the "film" in the right frame. Once you have it split out, you can right-click and remove it, or use the Speed option on the Edit tab to fast-forward through it. Once I am finished, I use the Save movie ==> For high definition display option to save my work, and then I upload it to Youtube manually. Movie Maker also has an option to transfer to Youtube directly, but I have never used that option. There are many more options that I have not tried, so do not think it is not there simply because I did not mention it.