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Recording Video

You can capture a video of actions in the graphics area as one of the following:

  • A Microsoft .avi file.

  • A series of .bmp files.

  • A series of .trg files.

The MotionManager lets you save animations.

To record a video of the graphics pane:

  1. Click Record Video (Screen Capture toolbar).

  2. In the Record Screen Capture to File dialog box:

    • Specify the location to save the video.

    • Type a name for File Name.

    • Select a format for Save as type (.avi format or as a series of still images in .bmp or .tga formats).

If you select .bmp or .tga, you must change the extension for the file name, which defaults to .avi.

    • Select a value for Renderer.

  • SolidWorks screen. Saves the on-screen display as a video or series of images.

  • PhotoWorks buffer. (Only available with PhotoWoroks added in.) Saves and enhances the graphics quality of the recording to include features such as shadowing, true reflections, and anti-aliasing.

For PhotoWorks video recording options, click here.

  • Under Frame Information, set the number of Frames per second.

  1. Click Save.

  2. Do one of the following:

  • If you are recording to an .avi file, the Video Compression dialog box lets you set compression.

For instructions on compressing video recordings, click here.

  • If you are recording to still images, click OK to close the message that tells you the file names that will be saved.

  1. Manipulate your model in the graphics area.

  2. Click Stop Video Record to end the video.

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