ACCESSING AND USING ROOTSTECH
AND OTHER ONLINE FAMILY HISTORY VIDEOS
by Gerhard Ruf
This class will introduce you to some of the more
excellent and interesting Family History video presentations on the Internet.
We’ll demonstrate how to download the videos so they can be used effectively
- Where to find family history videos
- - www.google.com
download rootstech video
- - www.lds.org
> Resources > Family History
- - www.rootstech.org
> About > Videos
- - www.youtube.com
> family history ...
- Why download videos for later use in class
- - Shared Internet connections interrupt the flow of
- - Some sites are blocked by publicly accessible Internet
- LDS churches block Youtube and even the
- - You can edit/select portions of a video to watch
- Download/save videos
- - A few web sites provide download links to save a video
- Some videos at lds.org have download links, others
- - Most sites require the use of a video program that
records the video as you play it.
- - Find video recording programs at download.cnet.com
- Under categories - Video Software - Video Capture
- Settings for using HyperCam 2
- - The current version is 2.28.01
- - The "Screen Area" tab allows you to select the region
that will be recorded
- Use the Select Window button to choose the area
of the screen that you want to capture
- Mark the box next to “make this rectangle blink”
to synchronize the sound recording with the video.
- Mark the button for “Iconize HyperCam Window to
the Task Bar” if you are using one screen.
- In my experience it is best to leave the “Capture
layered/transparent ...” box unchecked.
- - The “Hot Keys” tab
- I prefer to use the F2 function key to start and
stop the recording. You can also use the “Start
Rec” or “Stop Rec” button that replaces it.
These buttons are at the bottom of each tab.
- Use the Play button to play the video or use the
option on the next tab to go to the folder where
the videos are stored to play one manually.
- - Use the “AVI File” tab to control the video that is created
- The “AVI File Name” window shows the name of the last
file that was created and the path to its location.
- The “Open Output Folder” button allows you to access
all the files that have been created in the current
- Changing the “Frames Per Second” fields does not
change the size of the video files that is saved.
The size of the file varies with the area of the
screen that is captured and the time length of the
video. Recording a 1600 x 950 window for 50 minutes
will create an AVI file that is about 10 GB in size.
- - Note the comment in the top of the "Sound" tab window and
make the correct selection from the available audio sources
on your computer.
- - The “License” tab provides the version number of the program.
This program is licensed free for personal and commercial use.
- Other considerations for effective recording
- - Other programs that are running on your computer that are
set to automatically download updates may cause delays in
the receipt of the program you are watching. You can disable
suspect programs by using the Task Manager (ALT-CTRL-DEL).
- - If others in the family (or network) are downloading files
or watching videos on the same Internet connection you may
also see delays in the receipt of the program.
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This page was last updated 11 Oct 2013.