Not Capturing Video Playing on Screen (e.g. Power DVD)

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Capturing PowerDVD playing back a sample DVD menu I created. Power DVD video window does not capture. The recording works and plays back, but the section in the video window that should be the DVD playing back is just black.

Is this possible?

Thanks,

Stan

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Rick Stone

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What version of Camtasia? 

Perhaps it's a security feature that disallows it? I've seen that reported here on a few posts.

Also, in earlier versions of Camtasia I believe you had to click Tools > Options on the recorder and ensure the option for capturing layered windows was enabled.

Not sure if any of that helps... Rick :)
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V9 and V2018. Capture layered windows was already set.


Not even the PowerDVD window is captured (not just the video in it). The "loading bluray image" message is captured.
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Some software like Netflix from the Windows App Store prevents screen capture from seeing what's on it. This is to prevent people from ripping copyrighted media. Perhaps Cyberlink does the same for their software. Your best method would be to use a dvd-ripper to extract the video itself.
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I going to guess that the BluRay has copy protection.

Its very common on BluRay DVD

It could also be PowerDVD.

I don't know much about the program but it may have or implements a copy protection overlay
on BluRay/DVD playbacks.

I don't think it has anything to do with Camtasia.

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FYI, none of my tests are with copy protected DVDs or BDs. These are test projects I created with Adobe Encore, built to folder or iso image.

DVD to VLC player works. I can't really test BD to VLC, because VLC does not reproduce the menu operations correctly.  VLC may record the m2ts movies from VLC. DVD to PowerDVD17 works. BD to PowerDVD17 does not works: once BD starts (menu display), the PowerDVD interface disappears. You can hear audio.

So I think this is a digital rights issue added here by PowerDVD.

FYI, relevant posts I found, most re DRM and Macs. I am currently testing on a Surface Pro, Win 10.

https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/can_jing_record_off_a_dvd_and_can_jing_record_from_a...

https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/need-a-ripper-for-dvd-camtasia-will-not-work-suggest...

https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/camtasia_for_mac_screen_capture_of_dvd_video_is_only...



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If these are Premiere Pro projects. You should try to import the original files into Camtasia.

If you cannot. I recommend re-rendering them them to high quality avi videos through media Encoder or Premiere Pro and edit them instead.

You might be able to convert them with Handbrake. I think you'd probably break pretty  even on video quality between a Premier Pro high quality render and a high quality conversion. 

Recording them in a media player is problematic. You'll drop frames and they'll be replaced with repeated ones. The recorder never captures video playing in a media player correctly.That's a technique best left to last resort measures. 

Regards,Joe
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Thanks for that, but these are not video files - if they were, I agree that using the files themselves would be the right path.

But the essential element  here is work done in Encore (DVD/BD authoring app) and the menus presented on the BD. Most software players (VLC etc) do not present menus correctly unless they are basic. PowerDVD does. (Total Media Theater used to be my go to, but was not updated.) I'm trying to show a forum user how to do something, and just wanted a quick display of what the menus look like. 

Still thinking of a workaround.

Thanks for the help everyone!

Stan
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Since your into Adobe. Are you by any chance running a Nvidia graphics card series 600 or higher?
Maybe the Nvidia free shadow play recorder can capture it?
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Good idea, but as soon as I hit the play button on a BD, the Nvidia recorder says "saved file," meaning it stopped and saved file. If I try to start the recorder when the BD is already started, it doesn't actually start. I assume this is coming from PowerDVD issuing a stop command, because I can use it to record PowerDVD playing a DVD.

Stan