FRAPS Video Conversion

Ok, this is for those of you who use FRAPS to grab video of your gameplay but have had issues converting the files from there…

If you don’t konw what FRAPS is, do yourself a favour and look here.
If you don’t think just recording game play is a good enough reason, Google machinima (or maybe look for classics like Red vs Blue.)
Info in this post comes mainly from here.
Now this may not be a problem for many, but if you have the issue such as no audio when you convert fraps avi’s, this is for you. For some reason, Adobe Premiere (as well as Sony Vegas) does not like the files generated by fraps when they include audio. Here is a quick method to get things in a format that will not cause issues. This was discussed more at length in this thread.
To Setup:
  1. Go download virtualdub at this site: http://www.virtualdub.org/
  2. Extract the folder from the zip and set it on your desktop, or at least make a shortcut to the VeeDub executable. (its VeeDub64 if you downloaded the 64 bit version)
  3. Download and install the Lagarith codec from http://lags.leetcode.net/codec.html (i used the windows installer link)
  4. Run Virtualdub, and go to File>Open Video File>YourFrapsFile.avi
Converting:
  1. Go to Video, select “full processing mode”
  2. Go to Video>Compression
  3. Select Lagarith Lossless Codec and click ok
  4. Go to Audio, then select “direct stream copy”
  5. Go to File, select “Save as AVI” and give it a name
The footage will be slightly larger than the fraps file, but will not be using the fraps codec which sometimes causes issues in editing programs such as Sony Vegas and Adobe Premiere.
So that’s that, feel free to convert or use it however you want now… like I did here, taking 1 gig of good graphics and bad driving and converting it to a 20mb flash video 🙂

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