Hierophant wrote:right click a game in Available>Play to AVI Record>OK>OK
Right here I get the AVI file error. Normally I won't see the error if MAME is in full screen, but I'll hear it ping me behind a black screen. If I hit the Windows key that will clear the black screen and there is the AVI File Error message. The game can still play after that but there's no way to record an AVI.
This works for me
I think you might be missing a codec(s).
If I do it the other way you mentioned then I get the same error as you (i'm using v119 by the way).
With this .avi method I don't get any errors, however when it first launches the game it's just a black screen. All I have to do though is press the windows key which straight away takes me back out and it has a little box where I can choose how I want to record (I've just been leaving it on the default setting so far) and once I click ok the game starts up and I just use my avi record hotkey (the one you find when you press tab in-game and go to 'special controls') and it starts recording.
Pressing the same button again stops the recording.
The game runs fine for me on this default setting. Might jerk a little for the first five or so seconds (good time to select your characters), but I don't remember it being unplayable after that and also the jerking doesn't show up when you actually watch the video.
The files take up A LOT of space for me so far, but I might be able to fix this by playing around with stuff. If not, then when you and I play Hiero, I'll do the recording as I have lots of free hard drive space.
To give you an idea, one of my recordings goes for 42 seconds and takes up 653,487 MB
Another thing, the colours were messed up using the default settings in the first screen you come across Hiero, but I fixed that by going to 'Color Option' and ticking the box that says 'Convert 16bit to 24bit'. Don't tick the 8bit option, it looks like crap.
Anyway, I'm going to try again now at 30 frames per second and will edit this post in about 10 minutes with the results.
Edit - Ok, 30 frames per second wasn't acceptable.
I'm going to see how much I can cut the filesize down by opening one of these uncompressed .avi files in sony vegas and rendering it as a .wmv. This method works great for my counter-strike source videos and so far they have been much much larger .avi files than these, plus they go well on youtube.
Edit 2 - Ok, I did that and got the 653,487 MB filesize down to 24,701 MB. I could probably make it look better and stuff but I'm pretty happy for now with how this video turned out for that filesize. It does the job.