Once you’ve worked out a story to match your game and decided which portions of the visuals you would be using, your next step would be capturing the visuals.
You may have already heard of the versatility of Camtasia Studio, but it will not do for capturing games. If you’re looking forward to a smooth and problem-free capture, you should try using Fraps, Game Cam or PlayClaw.
Game Cam, available for download at planetgamecam.com, offers a free version but there will be a watermark on the output video. To remove it you'll need to register the program for $29.95.
Fraps is available from fraps.com and works with Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista and Windows 7. It can capture video up to a resolution of 2560 x 1600 and 120 frames per second. It’s offered for $37.
PlayClaw (playclaw.com) is another program also for the Windows platform offered at $29.95.
Make sure you have enough hard disk space when using these machinima programs. You may want to defrag your hard disk before starting capture to ensure everything proceeds without a hitch.
You should also refrain from running other applications in the background while running these machinima software programs as they are resource-intensive. You don’t want the program crashing in the middle of a capture.
If you’re feeling a little worried about your ability to learn any of the programs, head to YouTube where you’ll find training videos to help you out.