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Besides recording the screen with an actual camera what are the options to make, for example, a Windows installation video tutorial?

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An option is to use a second PC that has a video capture card installed. There are a few out there if you search that will let you input and record from computer sources like DVI or VGA.

You take your first pc video out connect that to a video splitter so you can run that video to a monitor and also the video capture card on the second pc.

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Quality-wise, this is not only the best option for this situation, but for any screen recording needs. This method will not effect performance of the primary machine, and will allow for full resolution lossless capture. However this is also the most expensive way to do it. – zeel Sep 28 '13 at 5:51
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You can install Windows in a VM and record it with a screencapture-tool. (For example use Virtual Box to install windows)

VirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware, targeted at server, desktop and embedded use.

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Virtualbox Website

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this is by far the best option. other options include connecting your pc to the tv and record with some sort of device plugged in to the tv (meh, it sucks. just use the VM) – Lorenzo Von Matterhorn Sep 27 '13 at 9:50
for the actual recording : use Wink and record the vm screen. It then allows you to simply delete unwanted frames, create/modify the mouse mouvements, add notes on the screen, set-up the pace of the whole thing, etc. A nifty free program to do tutorials. And it exports to several lightweight formats (swf, etc) – Olivier Dulac Sep 27 '13 at 12:44
If you have VMWare Workstation available you can capture videos directly over your VM (see – frugi Sep 27 '13 at 12:55
@LorenzoVonMatterhorn Also not everyone has a capture card. :) – Christian Woerz Oct 1 '13 at 23:01

You can not do it inside the screen. But you have two ways:

  1. Use the camera (Not recommended)
  2. Use a Virutal Machine

I recommend the second way. You can use a virtual software like VirtualBox (Freeware) or VMWare.
You can make a virtual operation system and install your windows inside it. During the installation, you can record the screen.
The virtual machine will run in your OS into a SandBox, so it won't touch your OS files until you want.

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VMWare Player or VMWare Server is free – Lưu Vĩnh Phúc Sep 27 '13 at 9:56
VirutalBox is fully free. i recommend it – Amirreza Nasiri Sep 27 '13 at 10:06
@LưuVĩnhPhúc VMware Server was discontinued years ago. – MDMarra Sep 27 '13 at 21:35
@MDMarra: really. I haven't used VMWare for a long time. Thanks for the information – Lưu Vĩnh Phúc Sep 28 '13 at 0:49
VM Player is not free for commercial use, but Virtual Box isn't free for commercial. That is a PUEL .... (Personal Use and Evaluation License). That's why i recommended VM player. despite that the VM player have a "Non-commercial use only" heading, it is slightly better than virtual box in compatibility, probably because of the abundance and success of ESX server. Guess no one interest to an Oracle Virtual Box server. – user218473 Oct 13 '13 at 15:09

Only personal choice, I would use VM Player + CamStudio, which give me best experience on produce some installation video.|PLAYER-600-A|product_downloads

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