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ZSNES movie recording
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Materials:
-Mencoder and Lame (located here)
(If that doesn't work, try this mencoder)
-ZSNES 1.51
-a movie editor (optional) (usually Windows Movie Maker will work for what you need)

-Put Mencoder, Lame, and ZSNES in the same folder before starting!-

So, you want to make a video of your hack and put it on youtube (or some other video host)? The first thing to note is ZSNES IS NOT THE ONLY METHOD OF RECORDING. There are programs like Hypercam and Camstudio, and Snes9x can record as well. This tutorial however, will only cover recording with ZSNES. Open your hack in ZSNES and go to the misc menu -> movie opt. you should get a screen like this.



All you need to worry about with your movies are the select movie and record from options along with the 4 buttons.

Select movie is used to determine what ZSNES movie spot to record to.
Record from is used to determine when recording will start when "Record" is hit. I recommend "Now".

Play: Plays the currently selected movie spot
Record: Clears the selected spot and prepares to record over.
Stop: Stops ZSNES from recording.
Append: Loads the currently selected movie and continues recording from the previous stop.

(you'll also notice it tells you the current status of ZSNES's recording at the bottom)

Once you've selected your movie and recording start, hit record and begin playing (it should say movie recording in the bottom left for the first few seconds). During recording, you can't load your normal savestates, but instead you can load RR savestates. When you save a state in recording and then load it back, ZSNES will erase everything recorded after that save and you can start anew. When you are satisfied with your recording, go back to the movie opt and click stop. Now you have your nice ZMV file. While useless on it's own, the ZMV file is what mencoder and lame use to record an avi from.

Back in movie opt, click the dumping tab, you should get something like this



Except for which movie to dump, I suggest using the settings shown above. Click start and sit back while the game replays the video. Once it is done, you will find in the folder with ZSNES an .avi file named "merged" that is what your video will come out as everytime, so remember to rename it if you want to keep it in that folder and record again.

Now you can edit your avi file in your movie editor and slap it onto youtube. Congrats.

If you have any questions, please post them in this thread.
Questions? Where's LAME? I only see a mencoder link. By the way, ONLY the exe file for mencoder and lame are needed. You can delete the other junk.

This only is for ZSNES 1.51, not 1.42.

I contacted FS4 earlier about a recording tutorial he had made, but was apparently beaten by you.

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Originally posted by Ultimaximus
Questions? Where's LAME? I only see a mencoder link. By the way, ONLY the exe file for mencoder and lame are needed. You can delete the other junk.


that link isn't properly named, it's just mencoder.exe and lame.exe
all that is fine, but windows movie maker won't let me use the file.
do i acctually need lame for wmm to read it ?
Ah yes, a tutorial here for this is very nice. I already know how to do this, but I spent like, half an hour google searching and trying various things before I figured it out, since what info I could find wasn't very straightforward.
Originally posted by pkhaxor
all that is fine, but windows movie maker won't let me use the file.
do i acctually need lame for wmm to read it ?

I have the same problem, since WMM doesn't want to open the file.
Apparently I need some codec.
Not a big deal though, since I usually just upload them straight to Youtube.
Originally posted by pkhaxor
all that is fine, but windows movie maker won't let me use the file.
do i acctually need lame for wmm to read it ?


All LAME does is records the sound. WMM is just a very finnicky program when it comes to .avi files. I had to download a converter when I had windows Vista.
i keep getting this error when trying to dump video: (its for mencoder)

This application has failed to start because pthreadGC2.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem.

What do i redownload? tryed mencoder but same error occurs


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Originally posted by qwertyuio989
i keep getting this error when trying to dump video: (its for mencoder)

This application has failed to start because pthreadGC2.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem.
Well then why not try to download the DLL file?


You DO realise Zophar's Domain has a zsnes with all the files needed, right?

It includes LAME and Mencoder and whatever you need to dump the avi file.
Originally posted by Brrrmiere
You DO realise Zophar's Domain has a zsnes with all the files needed, right?

It includes LAME and Mencoder and whatever you need to dump the avi file.


I actually didn't Blumiere. Thanks for that =)
Nice tutorial, but it's refusing to dump the AVI, it runs LAME and Mencoder, but it doesn't dump anything. :/

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Thank you! Here is what I got:

<object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" width="437" height="424" id="viddler_d7871b4a"><param name="movie" value="http://www.viddler.com/player/d7871b4a/" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><embed src="http://www.viddler.com/player/d7871b4a/" width="437" height="424" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowScriptAccess="always" allowFullScreen="true" name="viddler_d7871b4a"></embed></object>
Originally posted by NeOsZ Clause
Nice tutorial, but it's refusing to dump the AVI, it runs LAME and Mencoder, but it doesn't dump anything. :/

Does an error message pop up? A file called merged.avi should be in your ZSNES folder.

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Alright i followed the directions right, i have the movie clip named merged. But its only the sound? Wheres the video?

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It could be your video codec. I've noticed recorded avis working great at home, but not showing the video portion at the school's comps. Upload it to Youtube to see if that's the problem.

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I've actually started making some videos because of this tutorial so thanks.

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Done, done and done!

Thanks so much!
I've done everything I possibly could have done and the sound won't record and the video runs faster than the actual gameplay did.

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Originally posted by FUGGNUTZ
I've done everything I possibly could have done and the sound won't record and the video runs faster than the actual gameplay did.


If it doesn't play sound while recording this is perfectly normal.
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