Here is 2 screen shots using my Logitech 920 webcam. Which is a pretty decent camera. I'm holding it by hand so the focus is off a bit.But this is not a quality capture of the internet.It's a 1920 x 1080 recording.
It gets worse depending on what your recording, screen reflections, etc. Heres Camtasia 2018.
If you want a professional/quality video. You need to record the screen through the computer. Forget about pointing cameras at the screen.
Recording the screen with 2 recorders simultaneously. Puts quite a strain on system resources. Couple that with what you're doing. You need a strong computer to pull it off.
What kind of computer specs are you working with? What graphics card?Etc.
It's hard to form any opinion with out knowing what you have to work with.
If that's the case.
If your computer supports 2 monitors. I would record what your doing on the primary monitor using Camtasia running continuously.
Use a free screen recorder to record the other video.I'm not sure what one would be best. One that records directly to mp4 would be best. It would be light on system resources.
I used SnagIt 2019 on a 2560 x 1440 monitor with the recorders setting set to the lowest quality setting. The editor is open on my secondary monitor. So as soon as I stop recording, it opens in the editor. The clarity of the video is quite good for a down scaled version to 1920 x1080. It was only 5fps, so you might need medium or a higher quality setting to see what you need to see.The quality setting controls fps capture.
With two recorders running at the same and a low powered i-5. You're going to struggle with dropped frames in both recorders. i-5's just aren't that strong. Not for video, and especially for dual recording.
The problem with SnagIt is you need restart the recorder every time.Including selecting an area of the screen. So it's really not that practical.
I tried Bandicam, but it leaves a ribbon across the top as big as a browser search bar.
So you would need to look around for a recorder that works best for you.
If you are about to upgrade and can afford it. Get the fastest i-7 available. Go with a Nvidia graphics card. I'm not sure what the minimum requirement is these days? But you want a good strong "Discrete" graphics card anyway. The GTX 600 series and higher support Shadow Play. A free screen recording add that runs 100% off of the graphics card. The CPU isn't burdened in the least.It records directly to mp4 so you can have nearly instantaneous playback.
I don't think you couldn't find a better way "Computer Resource Wise" to dual record the same screen.
However, there is a popup that pops up every time you start and stop a recording. It's there for almost 5 seconds.So you would need to trim that section out.While reviewing a clip, you would probably want to restart the recorder.Because you aren't working the main screen anyway?
I could be way off base, not knowing exactly what your recording. But this is what I could come up with.If I think of something else, I'll let you know. If you elaborate further on what your doing, maybe I'll have different ideas as well?
have you tried recording with both CS9 and Camtasia 2018 Recorders, at the same time?
I use a Lenovo i5 laptop, 8 GM RAM; I've co-recorded using both Recorders many times, without issues; but always on a single monitor
I'm guessing that you would need to watch the soccer matches screen on both monitors so you could continue recording on one [let's say, using 2018 Recorder], while you can stop recording and watch on the second [CS9 Recorder]; throwing away the 2nd would not interfere with ongoing recording on the other screen; the recorder used to do the quick looks could be set to preview after capture, or put it on the timeline in the editor post capture, to review there
with this approach, the main recording would not have to be stopped until the final ending
I have no experience using duel monitors; just speculating that this approach might work; assuming you have 2 monitors
I don't know if any other screen recorders have instant playback?
Maybe you'll find that it will be cost prohibitive for a system to switch between 5 monitors and a 6th. instant playback monitor as well.
That sounds like a Monday night football control room or professional Hockey game set up to me. "Sort of"
I can't imagine what they invest in their equipment. Plus more than one person to run it I imagine.
Maybe theres something perfect just waiting for you.I really don't know. But if you find yourself sticking with dual monitors.
Heres how Shadow Play might serve you well. Instant Playback that you can program for timed recording length.
I'll let this video explain everything. It was to much to try to describe with words.
So Mchaka Kolentai,
Got some follow up for you.
You could even use newer monitors set to lower resolutions.
They would be somewhat blurry to your eyes.But the recording itself would be
pristine. Because you record the signal, not the monitor itself.
However, with Shadow Play. It only records the Primary Monitor. You select the primary from Windows settings. So you would need to cluster 5 monitors together to use it. Then play them back on the 6th.
If you recorded at 1280 x 720 over 5 monitors. That’s 6400 x 720. So you would need a whole lot of graphics power to pull it off.
The 5 monitors alone are nearly 8K combined. You would probably want a 50" 4K TV or larger to view the playback. To provide enough detail to see things.
This puts you in the territory of requiring Dual 8K monitor support. I already had a chat with Nvidia about this.
This is an interesting topic to me. That’s why I’m perusing it. I’m confident your motherboard won’t support this card. They will be e-mailing with their recommendation within 24 hours.
Plus, I told them about clustering 5 monitors, Shadow Play, 4K playback etc.
So the recommendation will be spot on for a Windows 10 computer. They wanted operating system information. That’s what I gave them that.
They asked if I had a PCI-e x 16 expansion slot. I told them the computer would be built around the card.
I’m guessing several thousands of dollars. I’ll say $8,000 for 8K. we’ll see.You would literally build a computer around a card like this, the computer is cheap by comparison. The card may be more reasonably priced? It will be interesting to find out.
Of course your motherboard would have to support 2 cards. I didn't look up the specs on the cards but in general. You would need 2 PCI express slots. To the best my knowledge the average motherboard comes with one. 2 cards generally need about 200+ watts of power.
It’s the recording arrangement that concerns me more than anything else. That’s why I sent an email. There’s enough overall pixels available to have your 5 monitors at 1280 by 720 and a 4K television for instant playback.
However, the monitor configuration. 5 monitors clustered in landscape or portrait mode. Obviously you would go for landscape mode. That is how shadow play would record the 5 monitors. Which is all well and good except for playback. When displayed on a 4K television. In landscape mode they would be shrunk down.
Even on a very large screen. Those playback windows would be
fairly small.Around 780 x 420.
In the Nvidia control panel you can arrange your monitors anyway you want to. I currently only have 3 monitors hooked to my computer. I moved 2 of them underneath my primary monitor just to show you how versatile the Nvidia Control Panel is.
You would be arranging 6 obviously.
so that’s the question that I put to Nvidia support. If you could record all 5 monitors with 3 on top and 2 on the bottom. You could play them back at nearly 100 percent resolution on a 4K television. They would be clustered touching each other and there would only be a few pixels hanging over the edge of a 4K HDTV. They wouldn’t actually be hanging over the edge because the player would rescale the video to fit. I just created the image to scale so you could see how little rescaling would be involved.
so that’s kind of where it stands. I would think shadow play could record the cluster in the 3x2 arrangement I envision. But I just don’t know.It's Nvidias move
the only possibility is to cluster all the monitors in landscape mode. Nvidia doesn’t have any graphics cards that will allow for other arrangements.
If you went that route. Playback on the 6th monitor. And that monitor/television was 52 inches. Those clustered videos would be roughly 9 inches by 6 inches. You could zoom in and move the video around for a larger playback window. Myself, I wouldn’t want to do that.
It would be cheaper and easier. To record on 1 monitor and play back on another.
When it comes to actually capturing 5 monitors separately. And channeling them to another monitor at will. Clearly, I don’t have the vaguest idea how to do that.
I live in Vermont. One of our local news channels. Still doesn’t broadcast in HD. Cameras are relatively inexpensive. So that shouldn’t be the bottleneck. In researching this subject, the thought hit me. I’m calling these people and asking them why. It’s a combination of the equipment to broadcast the signal. And the equipment were talking about. The equipment that handles the incoming signals from multiple sources. They are actually moving the studio to a new facility in the spring of next year. About time!
My final thought is this. If Nvidia doesn’t offer a solution. Then no simple solution exists.
This is just a guess. 5 inexpensive computers, each recording a monitor. Channeled into some form of switching mechanism. For playback on the 6th monitor.
Other than that, I leave the research up to you.
Let us know what you do in the long run and how it works out for you.