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Recording Videosync output

Introduction

The best way to record video from Videosync is to use the Syphon Recorder application, made by Tom Butterworth and Anton Marini from syphon.info.

Syphon Recorder

Note that this is a real-time recording process, not offline rendering. This means it will only result in smooth recordings if your machine can handle the video playback well.

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If your machine has a hard time playing back and recording at the same time, there is the option to use Networked playback and run Syphon Recorder on the machine that runs Videosync.

Step-by-step guide

Follow the following steps to get started with recording:

  1. Download and install Syphon recorder.
  2. Run Videosync, your Live Set, and Syphon Recorder.
  3. Enable Master Syphon Out in the Videosync Preferences. You will now see that Syphon Recorder mirrors your Videosync output.
Recording Setup Recording Setup
  1. In the Syphon Recorder Preferences, input the resolution of the resulting material and the codec you want to use.
Recording Settings Recording Settings
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Note that Syphon Recorder doesn't offer H264 as a codec since it is not well suited for real-time recording. Assuming disk space is not a bottleneck, we recommend to record in high quality photo-jpeg and convert to H264 or another codec later. Read more about various properties of video codecs in Encoding Video.

  1. In Syphon Recorder, press Record.
Tip

First make a short recording to check if the quality is as you expect before starting a full recording of your work.

Recording video with audio output of Live

As the Export Audio/Video feature of Live currently only works with Live's own video engine, combining the audio output of Live with the video output of Videosync takes a few extra steps. The Syphon Recorder has an audio recording feature, but it's not possible to select the audio output of Live as an input right away. For this, an audio loopback application is required.

We recommend using Rogue Amoeba's Loopback for this.

Loopback steps

  1. Create a virtual device and copy these settings:
Loopback Settings Loopback Settings

In the image above, the "Output Channels" section allows for recording the audio in Syphon Recorder. The "Monitors" section allows for monitoring the audio output of Live over your speakers.

  1. Select Loopback Audio (or whichever name you have chosen for the virtual device) as the input source in Syphon Recorder:
Loopback Settings Loopback Settings