Kaleider Video Capture and Playback

Video Player Kaleider is not just about creating pretty static images.  The display can continually evolve as different effects are rendered and pattern tiles are shifted with automated Wandering motions.  While in Rooms mode, Roaming can be activated to travel around 3D environments, with patterned Bubbles bouncing off intricately tiled walls.  Of course, such action can easily be recorded using the Scripting function.  However, the resulting Scripts can only be played by the Kaleider program.  The Video Capture feature makes it possible to preserve performances as AVI or WMV Video files that can be played with any common video program.  Video files can be shared and viewed from websites.  Action can also be captured as sequences of still image files, which allows greater control and flexibility for producing high-quality animations.

The Video Player is available to play captured Kaleider Videos and most other Video files.  (Videos and Image Sequences can also be played in the main Kaleider window to serve as the source for effects.)

Video Options The Video Options screen provides parameters that control how animated Kaleider scenes are captured to Video files or as sequences of still image files.  (Press the button on Edit Tools to access.)  Either AVI or WMV (Variable Bit Rate or Contstant Bit Rate) Video files can be produced.  Still Image Sequence files can be saved in most common image formats.  Optionally, an Image Sequence Control File can be created along with an Image Sequence capture to contain timing data for each frame, allowing much more precise control over animation of the still images.

Just press the button on Edit Tools to initiate recording.  The Capture button will change to while recording.  Press again (or hit the Esc key) to stop capturing.

Kaleider Image Sequence Player Image Sequences can be played as animations with the Image Sequence Player, accessed via the button on Edit Tools.  The Image Sequence Player also provides options to record to AVI or WMV Videos while playing animations.  Particularly when using a Sequence Control File, better efficiency and more precise control over timing is possible, often resulting in captured Videos of greater quality.

HINT:  It can be very useful to first capture actions as a Script (Script files are very small).  Then after the Script has been perfected, it can be played while Video Capture is activated.  That's also a good way to compare different Compression formats.