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I'm trying to capture footage from a Desktop PC, I don't want to use FRAPS as the quality isn't good enough for what I need and it adds a load of overhead.

I've tried a BlackMagic H.264 but when I click capture and click it to finish my clip doesn't appear to save (It seems the software is pretty unreliable).

Is there a better solution for this? I'd like to capture 1080p with multichannel audio.

Just to clarify, I am using the HDMI out of a Radeon HD5800 card so I'm looking for a hardware solution.

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What is the footage from the Desktop PC? If it's just the desktop, CAMTASIA will do the work. If it's a game, like Skyrim, you'll need something more specific. Are you trying to capture with a second computer? Or the computer that is running the software is the same recording? –  Johnny Bigoode Dec 27 '11 at 16:23
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There are many applications which do this, some free, some not - FRAPS should certainly be able to cope if your CPU/GPU is powerful enough (and in fact this may be the limiting factor for whichever application you choose)

So your question title - "what is the best way" - is easy to answer: use a screen capture application, and ensure you have sufficient power to cope.

In the body of the question it looks like you are asking for recommendations on which application to use. This is not really an answerable question - it will vary depending on your exact needs, but many applications will do just fine, given the prerequisites mentioned above.

update - I have been using WeGame, and it works really well, and is lighter weight than FRAPS.

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Bandicam works well for recording the desktop, has alot more options then fraps and will encode to any of several formats as you record if you want less disk use then frap's basically uncompressed recording

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I've used CamStudio quite a bit in the past. It has worked well for me, though I can't quite know if it is what you are looking for.

Also, as was mentioned in @Johnny Bigoode's comment previously, Camtasia is probably the solution/application that will give you the most range. It has a lot of features and has been around for quite some time, so it is well-polished.

Good luck!

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