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JoeZ99 [Avatar]
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I spend way too much time on YouTube, mostly watching videos about the war in Ukraine along with videos on the UFO topic. I notice that lately, many of these videos look like Zoom videos. Often, the presenter will show him/her self in a small square, then share his desktop, which often will be showing other online videos, or other imagery, text, etc. I know this can be done with Zoom but I don't know if it can be done without Zoom. If they're not using Zoom, how can this be done using standard video programs like Cyberlink? I have made videos with Cyberlink and before that with MS Moviemaker but I just can't figure out how these YouTube videos are made to look like Zoom videos.

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Hello,

Yes, you can do this with CyberLink Screen Recorder. Depending on which version of PowerDirector you already have, you could have a version of Screen Recorder already. Go to Plugins > Screen Recorder to launch it.

This tutorial provides a quick overview of most of the features of version 4.

https://www.cyberlink.com/learning/screen-recorder/1359/record-with-screen-recorder-4

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JoeZ99 [Avatar]
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Quote Hello,

Yes, you can do this with CyberLink Screen Recorder. Depending on which version of PowerDirector you already have, you could have a version of Screen Recorder already. Go to Plugins > Screen Recorder to launch it.

This tutorial provides a quick overview of most of the features of version 4.

https://www.cyberlink.com/learning/screen-recorder/1359/record-with-screen-recorder-4

Cheers
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Well, using a screen recorder isn't the solution I'm seeking. What I'm curious about is how some YouTubers do the following: they may present themselves in a small square, while presenting documents and even live online sites- while talking about those sites. This is typical in Zoom presentations where a presenter can show his/her desktop and whatever is on it- including online sites. I've been trying to do this with Zoom, with only myself being active. I can indeed put myself in a square in the corner while showing my desktop and any type of document or live online site. But, if I try to record all of this- the recording doesn't come out right. The recording will show the desktop and what's on it, but not the square with me in it. By the way, I'm using a logitech digicam or whatever they're called. The video and sound on it is OK if not terrific.

As for Cyberlink's screen recorder- I can't get it to work (I have V17 of the video program). I asked here about this and it was suggested I should download an updated driver for my video card. But this is an old Dell PC- and I hesitate to attempt updating a video driver for fear it may mess up the system. I plan on buying a new PC in the next few months and I expect the screen recorder will work on it- especially since I'll buy the latest version of this video editing program.

So, in conclusion, are these YouTube folks using Zoom to do this sort of presentation or just editing programs? Here's an example of what I'm talking about- it's one of the many YouTube channels I watch every day on the Ukraine war: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUWwc7Q2520

I really want to learn this trick. And yes, my next effort will be to check out Zoom's community forum, if they have one. I'm a fairly advanced computer user so I can figure this out eventually but it would be helpful if somebody could point me in the right direction.
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Well, using a screen recorder isn't the solution I'm seeking. What I'm curious about is how some YouTubers do the following: they may present themselves in a small square, while presenting documents and even live online sites- while talking about those sites. This is typical in Zoom presentations where a presenter can show his/her desktop and whatever is on it- including online sites. I've been trying to do this with Zoom, with only myself being active. I can indeed put myself in a square in the corner while showing my desktop and any type of document or live online site. But, if I try to record all of this- the recording doesn't come out right. The recording will show the desktop and what's on it, but not the square with me in it. By the way, I'm using a logitech digicam or whatever they're called. The video and sound on it is OK if not terrific.

As for Cyberlink's screen recorder- I can't get it to work (I have V17 of the video program). I asked here about this and it was suggested I should download an updated driver for my video card. But this is an old Dell PC- and I hesitate to attempt updating a video driver for fear it may mess up the system. I plan on buying a new PC in the next few months and I expect the screen recorder will work on it- especially since I'll buy the latest version of this video editing program.

So, in conclusion, are these YouTube folks using Zoom to do this sort of presentation or just editing programs? Here's an example of what I'm talking about- it's one of the many YouTube channels I watch every day on the Ukraine war: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUWwc7Q2520

I really want to learn this trick. And yes, my next effort will be to check out Zoom's community forum, if they have one. I'm a fairly advanced computer user so I can figure this out eventually but it would be helpful if somebody could point me in the right direction.
Joe Z


Hi,

When you say SR recorder doesn't work, can you give a few more details? Your settings and workflow etc. - I ask because I cannot get my webcam overlay to work if I call up SR from within PDR, with the webcam selected. If I call up SR as a standalone or deselect the webcam in PDR then I can get my screen recording and my webcam overlay perfectly, which I believe is what you require?

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Hi,

When you say SR recorder doesn't work, can you give a few more details? Your settings and workflow etc. - I ask because I cannot get my webcam overlay to work if I call up SR from within PDR, with the webcam selected. If I call up SR as a standalone or deselect the webcam in PDR then I can get my screen recording and my webcam overlay perfectly, which I believe is what you require?

Cheers
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The SR simply crashes- instantly. I didn't try it with the webcam. My PC is a high end (as of 2014) Dell XPS desktop. It's video card is a AMD Radeon R9 270. I have 24 gigs of RAM on the system. I contacted Radeon and they said I should install a driver update- but I'm always cautious about such major updates. No doubt it would be successfull but this is my business computer and I can't risk having it fail. Years ago I used to "get under the hood" but I'm now too old for that. No doubt, if the driver didn't work, the system could be restored but I don't want that anxiety.

As I noted, I think the YouTubers aren't using a SR. It's as if they were using Zoom but probably not. When I try this with Zoom, the little box I'm in has buttons on it- but I don't see that in the YouTube videos. And as I said, if I use the Zoom record system- only the desktop gets recorded, not me in the box- unless I'm not showing/sharing the desktop and it's only me in a window- then I will get recorded- but not both me and the desktop. If you take a look at the video I mentioned in my last post you'll see what I'd like to do. I see this in many YouTube videos. Maybe this is possible with some high end video programs? I suppose I could ask the YouTubers how they do it- but most of these channels have big audiences and there are usually hundreds if not thousands of comments- so they probably don't even read them.

I'll be buying a new Dell in a few months and the latest Cyberlink.
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Hi,

When you say SR recorder doesn't work, can you give a few more details? Your settings and workflow etc. - I ask because I cannot get my webcam overlay to work if I call up SR from within PDR, with the webcam selected. If I call up SR as a standalone or deselect the webcam in PDR then I can get my screen recording and my webcam overlay perfectly, which I believe is what you require?

Cheers
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hmmmm... I starting to begin to get a sense of this from what you say- so, perhaps this is how the YT videos I'm talking about are done- that is- with them in a corner window while showing whatever is on their desktop. So, I guess, what you do is run PDR, then call up SR, and the webcam from within SR.... makes perfect sense, except SR keeps crashing- that is, the program (I downloaded V2) and it pops up and it waits for me to start it working with F9 but when I do that- it crashes- and it knows it crashed as it says so and that I can send out a crash report. As I noted previously (I think)- it was suggested to me, probably in an older message thread, to download a new driver for my video card-which I've hesitated to do since that gets me nervous that installing it might bomb out my entire computer (probably won't but that's my anxiety). So, as I also noted earlier, I intend to get a new PC in a few months which should have an updated video driver, then I'll purchase the latest PD. So, with PD and the SR and my logitech web cam, I might be in business. Have you had any success since you posted the above comment? If so, and if you have any video produced this way- on YT or other streaming service, I'd like to see it.
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Hello,

Version 2 is a very old version and does not have all the features. Make sure you have the latest patch installed, which fixed a crash issue in April 2019. You can find it here:

https://www.cyberlink.com/support/index.html?action=download

Since you want to create a specific type of video, you may want to consider getting the full Deluxe version 4. You will get it at a discounted price if you have one of the upgrade versions of PowerDirector. You just need to have your product key for your PowerDirector during installation:

https://www.cyberlink.com/store/screen-recorder/upgrade_en_US.html?affid=2581_1366_540

Check out this tutorial video from Maliek, where he demonstrates how to create a reaction video with Screen Recorder 4. It will show you most of what you can do.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGLGbgCUsqE

Cheers
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JoeZ99 [Avatar]
Member Private Message Joined: Oct 12, 2014 08:05 Messages: 56 Offline
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Quote Hello,

Version 2 is a very old version and does not have all the features. Make sure you have the latest patch installed, which fixed a crash issue in April 2019. You can find it here:

https://www.cyberlink.com/support/index.html?action=download

Since you want to create a specific type of video, you may want to consider getting the full Deluxe version 4. You will get it at a discounted price if you have one of the upgrade versions of PowerDirector. You just need to have your product key for your PowerDirector during installation:

https://www.cyberlink.com/store/screen-recorder/upgrade_en_US.html?affid=2581_1366_540

Check out this tutorial video from Maliek, where he demonstrates how to create a reaction video with Screen Recorder 4. It will show you most of what you can do.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGLGbgCUsqE

Cheers
PowerDirector Moderator


Version 4 also crashes- most likely it is a video card problem so I'll wait until I get a new PC- but thanks for your comments! At least now I have a good idea of how to proceed- once I get the new PC.
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You may want to try the steps listed in this post before giving up. Please be sure to download the latest nVidia driver for your card from nVdia here instead of using the link to the older driver in that post.
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