A multi-camera recorder that might be helpful
There aren’t a lot of instances where a multi-camera recorder might come in handy, but when in certain situations, it’s absolutely necessary. Situations like a huge international call or just a local meeting being conducted through Skype will need a multi-camera screen capture software in order to fully document everything that’s happening. One way of being able to record several cameras simultaneously is by using the program, Multi-Camera Recorder developed by Minicool. However, it may well be that the Multi-Camera Recorder is more trouble than it’s worth. Should you bother with this software, or should you just stick to traditional recording methods?
Weird Set-up Process
Annoyingly, this Multi-Camera Recorder requires two programs to be downloaded and installed in order for it to work properly. Since the program is client-server based, you need to install both the Client and Server of the program. You’ll acquire the IP address you’re going to use when you install the server while the client will be able to send and receive audio and video files. It’s a little complicated at first, but once you get used to it, it’s actually fine. That said, it would have been so much nicer and easier if users didn’t need to install both of them. The installation time for both of them is quick, though, so that lessens the difficulty a bit.
The program actually has a lot of useful features. It can record up to 16 cameras. It is also able to convert videos from VCR file format to AVI file format. The program can also take snapshots. Users can also edit the customization options of the program. Users can change the size, resolution, and directory of the program.
Not Good Aspects
Unfortunately, the bad far outweighs the good with the Multi-Camera Recorder. From the very first time you use this program, you’ll be met with absolute confusion. The weird set-up process has been mentioned above, but that has instructions at the very least. Everything else will have to be done through trial and error. It doesn’t help that the program has a lot of typographical errors and there are no help files to be found. The recording itself isn’t that difficult of a process. It’s looking for the recorded files that’s confusing. For some reason, none of my files show up. They can be accessed through the built-in player, but you can’t open the files from that player either.
You’ll also notice that the files are saved in VCR file format which is incredibly uncommon. This makes it hard for other media players to play. Additionally, the recordings have lags. If even one camera recording causes lags, it’s only fair to assume that recording with a lot of cameras will bring an even less stellar performance.
Not Worth the Trouble
Quite frankly, I don’t see the necessity of having a multi-camera recorder like this one, but Minicool’s offering is even worse since it’s actually more problematic. If you really need to record a lot of people, I think you can make do with just recording from one screen.