Recording a Fire Simulation in Windows as a Video
To record a video of your simulation on Windows, you need a third party screen recording app. Here are a few of them that I recommend. As far as free screen recording apps, I recommend ActivePresenter by Atomi Systems, atomisystems.com. There is a paid version of this which adds a lot of really nice features for editing and also making up e-learning classes and content.
There are also other free screen recording apps. You want to be careful that they don’t install spyware or possible viruses. In terms of paid screen recording apps on Windows, Camtasia is very popular in the fire services. I have also tried out Wondershare Filmora and also Bandicam, so you’ve got a lot of different options.
I’m going to show you how to do the video recording with Active Presenter. First step is to go to the website, download the Active Presenter installer. Once you’ve installed it, you get a screen like this and I’m going to say “new capture.” I’ll say record, Wayne Street, “record movie/streaming video,” make sure that’s selected, and I hit ok. And now you’ll notice there’s a green box here. That’s what area of the screen is going to get recorded. I’m going to move this window here which is the control for the recording outside of the green, and I’m going to have SimsUshare. Let’s say I have SimsUshare playing over here. Notice the green is a little smaller. I can either make the recording area bigger or I can shrink SimsUshare, either way, depending on how big you want your video.
Now also, I may want to remove the menu over here while I make my videos, so I go to the menu and say “Hide Menu,” now it will record the arrow cluster. If I want it to not have that arrow cluster recorded, I can click on the bottom left there. So now, to record this, I am going to click on “Start Capture,” it will then give me a countdown and it will start recording the video. Now to end the video, in the system tray, there will be a little icon that has this little “A” sign, and I just click on that, and there will be a stop button. I click “Stop,” and it opens up here and I’m set to go.
There’s some basic editing capabilities with the free version of Active Presenter, but I would suggest checking out the full version because it does have a lot of nice features. That’s basically how you record a screen in Windows. Very nice tool.