Best way (if any) to record screen and audio from a running VM?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by gumbyx84, Jul 24, 2009.

  1. gumbyx84 macrumors 6502

    gumbyx84

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    Hey all. I have an odd question for you guys that I'm pretty sure no one has though about testing.

    Allow me to explain exactly what I am trying to do: For those who don't know, there is a trend on YouTube where people post vids of themselves playing video games. These are (usually) called "Let's Plays" and I have recently gotten sucked into it. I'm currently trying to record a "Let's Play" of a PSP game. There is a way to output a PSP display to your PC using a homebrew app called RemoteJoyLite. Sadly the app is Windows only and it doesn't look like it will get ported anytime soon (I've looked into doing a port myself as the source code is out there, but it uses DX calls throughout and not sure how to convert them to OpenGL calls). I have recently gotten it to work in a VM (running Win7 x86) though .

    My problem is I am not sure if the VM will be able to handle running RemoteJoyLite and the screen recording app (Camtasia Studio for those who care to know). The PSP just forwards the video output from the PSP display to the RemoteJoyLite app over USB, so that won't be the issue. The recording app is what I am worried about. I know video capture apps eat up processor cycles and I am worried this will cause lag in the recording. RemoteJoyLite does run when the VM is in Unity Mode, so I was thinking of using a Mac screen recording app, but I'm not sure if it will record the audio properly. The PSP audio is played through RemoteJoyLite by connected the PSP headphone jack to the Line-In/Mic jack on the PC. I'm not sure if the recording app would be able to pick up the PSP audio (from the VM) and my mic (from the Mac host).

    I know I can just run Windows natively with BootCamp, but its a hassle for me to have to reboot just to record, so I trying to find out how to do it this way instead. I'm not able to do test it myself ATM (at work now and then going away for weekend) so I thought I would ask here to see if anyone had any ideas of how I can make this work.

    Thanks to anyone who can answer (or help answer) this odd question.

    PS Before I forget my hardware specs are:
    MBP Mid 2008
    2.4 GHz
    4GB RAM
    Running Win7 x86 in VMWare Fusion: 2GB RAM
     
  2. gumbyx84 thread starter macrumors 6502

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  3. ayeying macrumors 601

    ayeying

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    Can't you tell VMWare Fusion that you want to connect a certain USB to the VM?
     
  4. gumbyx84 thread starter macrumors 6502

    gumbyx84

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    Yes you can. As I said, I got RemoteJoyLite to work in VMWare. My problem/question is will the VM be able to handle a screen capture app running in it? If not, are there any Mac screen capture apps I can use to record sound (from VMWare and Mac) and video?
     
  5. elgrecomac macrumors 65816

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    Well...

    Have you tried posting this question on Vmware's board? User 'tung' answers most questions accurately and quickly. Good luck. Here is the link:

    http://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/desktop/fusion
     
  6. gumbyx84 thread starter macrumors 6502

    gumbyx84

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    I'm going to give that a try. Thanks for the heads up. Didn't even think to post there.
     

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