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AMCap is a small yet fully functional video capture application. It is a program much like Microsoft VidCap but which adds support for DirectShow.

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Version:9.22 History


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Version history / Release notes / Changelog:
August 22, 2012 - Version 9.21 (Build 156.3)

maintenance build.
improves Windows 7 compatibility.

* June 17, 2008 - Version 9.20 (Build 132.2)

- UNICODE only version
- Delayed snap feature fully rewritten and enhanced
- possibly supports more video capture devices
- removed UAC prompt in Vista
- fixed: STI registration was creating duplicate incomplete Registry keys (use sticlean.exe to remove all invalid keys from the Registry)
- fixed: OSD color changes were not applied
- fixed: TV programs with blank names were not loaded
- fixed copy of still images to the clipboard
- added YUV mode if deinterlacing is available
- added overlay feature to put a logo on-screen, to use a picture as comparator, etc.
- added support for additional video renderers (including custom video renderer)
- added the /vdevice parameter to override the video capture source specified in the .ini file
- added AutoPlay registration to installation so that AMCap is listed when a video capture source is plugged in
- added "Maintain Aspect Ratio" Window menu option. If this option is cleared the window can be freely resized to any aspect ratio otherwise aspect ratio is locked

* December 4, 2006 - Version 9.11 (Build 109.4)

- added "Remember camera controls" option to save and to restore camera information like pan, tilt, zoom, exposure, etc.
- added TV programs management (when an analog TV tuner is available)
- fixed an issue that could lead to invalid values being displayed in some error messages
- added a manifest for Windows Vista's UAC support
- added a digital signature to the executable
- added "Still Capture Pin..." option to configure high resolution if a Still pin is available
- added volume control and bargraph (VMR9 required)
- added simultaneous MPEG-2 preview and capture
- added support for Type-1 and Type-2 DV capture
- added crosshair option due to numerous requests
- fixed a bug that could prevent compressor property pages from showing in Setup >Compression tab
- added support for some media and remote control keys
- fixed menu bar on/off option always resizing the window to default size
- fixed an issue that prevented the preview window to be shrinked to a size smaller than the default video resolution
- fixed a possible crash when a still capture is requested and GDI+ is not installed
- improved error reporting, you should get less "(error message unavailable)"
- improved still capture, requires less configuration and possibly better performances
- improved overall MPEG-2 support, more tuners or capture cards should be supported
- improved MPEG-2 capture so that no external dump filter is required
- improved backward compatibility for capture sources with a video port
- the cursor is now automatically hidden in fullscreen mode

* June 21, 2006 - Version 9.10 (Build 88.3)
- fixed TV channel selection not working
- improved overall TV tuner management and support
- improved DV camcorder support
- improved capture file management, you're no more required to preallocate
a capture file anymore
- added new Setup with tabs (Capture > Setup... menu). Setup now gives
access to some options that were only accessible from the Registry
- added option to change OSD color
- added TV Channel management
- added TV audio menu
- added audio input and crossbar audio input menus
- added Synchro Start to start/stop DV camcorder playback at the same time
as the capture in one click
- added support for AVI compression and CODEC selection (experimental)
(see Capture > Setup... > Compression tab)
- added a new help file
- fixed many bugs

* March 2, 2006 - Version 9.08 (Build 75.3)
- added an installer for easy installation and removal

* February 15, 2006 - Version 9.08 (Build 75.3)
- added a new option in Capture > Still menu to always save the still captures to the same file. Every capture will overwrite the same file instead of creating a new timestamped file
- added a new "Auto Switch Inputs" option in Options > Video Input menu. If the video device has more than 1 input, AMCap will automatically switch from one input to the next one every 10 seconds

* January 4, 2006 - Version 9.08 (Build 70.3)
- fixed: the window had a wrong aspect ratio after being minimized and then restored

December 13, 2005 - Version 9.08 (Build 68.2)
- set both video capture and preview resolutions to the same size at startup if both are available. Previously only capture resolution was restored

December 12, 2005 - Version 9.08 (Build 68.1)
- fixed the settings were not saved in some exit conditions
- implemented Demo version

* November 3, 2005 - Version 9.08 (Build 63.4)
- reactivated the system menu from the taskbar button when the caption and the menubar are hidden in the application
- added on-screen display of TV channel (VMR9 required)

* October 18, 2005 - Version 9.07 (Build 61.2)
- added Window > Flip View menu
- added +/- accelerators to quickly toggle between the video inputs

* September 5, 2005 - Version 9.07 (Build 59.1)
- added /capture command-line parameter
- added save and restore feature for TV tuner input type (cable or antenna)
- added Options > Pause menu, to pause or unpause the live preview
- described supported command-line parameters

* August 29, 2005 - Version 9.06 (Build 58.1)
- added save and restore feature for TV tuner input type (cable or antenna)
- added Options > Pause menu, to pause or unpause the live preview

* August 5, 2005 - Version 9.06 (Build 54.4)
- added "/snap[:<delay>]" and "/close" parameters. /snap makes a still capture as soon as AMCap starts (if it was correctly preconfigured) or after the specified delay in milliseconds. /close closes the application when the still capture is done.

* August 3, 2005 - Version 9.06 (Build 54.3)
- added "/snap[:<delay>]" and "/close" parameters. /snap makes a still capture as soon as AMCap starts (if it was correctly preconfigured) or after the specified delay in milliseconds. /close closes the application when the still capture is done.

* June 10, 2005 - Version 9.06 (Build 52.5)
- fixed a memory leak
- enhanced STI to DirectShow device lookup

* May 17, 2005 - Version 9.06 (Build 50.2)
- added "Register for STI events" menu under Capture. This option enables AMCap to appear in the list of applications in the Events tab of the item properties in "Scanners and Cameras"

* May 4, 2005 - Version 9.06 (Build 49.3)
- changed still image filenames to unique time-based filenames to avoid overwriting
- added a "Copy to clipboard" option in the Capture > Still menu. If ticked the Snap option copy the image to the clipboard instead of to the disk
- remember and restore the selected audio input on entry and on exit

* April 12, 2005 - Version 9.05 (Build 48.2)
- added support for mouse wheel to change the TV channel

* March 25, 2005 - Version 9.05 (Build 47.5)
- added Remember > Image Controls menu to optionally save and restoreBrightness, Contrast, Hue, Saturation, Gamma, Sharpness, WhiteBalance,and Gain.
- the settings are now saved and loaded to/from an AMCap.ini file which must be placed in the same folder as AMCap.exe. This allows easy preconfiguration.
- added a Capture > Still > Format menu to specify the format in which still images are saved. JPEG and PNG are now supported.

* February 5, 2005 - Version 9.04 (Build 44.6)
- added keyboard accelerators for device control

* January 31, 2005 - Version 9.04 (Build 44.1)
- fixed: the application crashed if MPEG2 was selected but the device does not support it

* November 4, 2004 - Version 9.04 (Build 43.4)
- fixed: the selected video input was not correctly saved and restored

* October 28, 2004 - Version 9.04 (Build 42.4)
- added power management. Allows hibernation while previewing is active.

* October 18, 2004 - Version 9.04 (Build 41.1)
- added Zoom options for VMR9

* October 12, 2004 - Version 9.04 (Build 40.1)
- added Deinterlacing options for VMR9- save/restore the MPEG2 flag- added command-line parameters:
/640default to 640*480 on first launch
/nocaptionstarts application w/o caption and menu bar
/fullscreenstarts application in fullscreen mode

* July 23, 2004 - Version 9.03 (Build 33.5)
- added delayed still capture

* July 9, 2004 - Version 9.03 (Build 32.5)
- disables screensaver while in fullscreen mode- fixed a possible crash when video capture reaches the 2GB size

* June 17, 2004 - Version 9.03 (Build 29.4)
- delay loaded WMVCore.dll in case Windows Media 9 Series is not installed- removed the "Mode" menu and replaced it with a toolbar. Only available whena DV camcorder is connected- fixed lack of audio in preview when used with a DV camcorder and VMR9 orstill capture are enabled- fixed: keyboard shortcuts were not available in fullscreen mode (not VMR9)

* May 31, 2004 - Version 9.02 (Build 23.1)
- added support for hardware trigger (when hi-res still capture is enabled)- save/restore last TV channel- added the possibility of switching the TV channel by typing the channel onthe keyboard. Always use 2 digits (e.g. channel #1 is 01) Use DEL or BACKSPACE to correct the first digit- added PgUp / PgDn to switch to next / previous TV channel

* May 19, 2004 - Version 9.02 (Build 17.3)
- fixed a problem with the Window menu

* May 10, 2004 - Version 9.02 (Build 17.1)
- fixed: "Audio Format..." in the Options menu was not visible- added the Window > Remember Position menu option- added a warning if the requested capture file size is too large for thefile system of the partition on which it is created- added a "Mode" menu to control a DV camcorder. All commands may not be supported by the driver or the device- display full version numbers in About- added some links to my website in the Help menu- now shows progress while saving a WMV capture file- displays the actual capture file size after a capture

* April 29, 2004 - Version 9.02 (Build 14.4)
- added new shortcuts (capture, save)- arranged layout of controls in dialog boxes- remembers video compression/colorspace setting and compression settings- added an option to create a new capture file (in Allocate File Space) topreserve the current one(s)

* April 16, 2004 - Version 9.01 (Build 12.5)
- added support for full-screen mode support when VMR9 is enabled- added support for high-resolution still captures, only enabled if thedriver implements a still pin

* April 5, 2004 - Version 9.01 (Build 8.1)
- remembers video standard and video size from previous session- added still capture- added Windows Media 9 Series compression

* January 19, 2004 - Version 9.0 (Build 6.2)
- added multi-monitor support (VMR9) requires DirectX 9.0 runtimes- remembers video input from previous session- added full screen mode support

* Version 9.0 - 1st public custom version
- added "caption bar and menu on and off" and "always on top" features

* Version 9.0
- inital build release by Microsoft in DirectX 9.0 SDK

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Time-bombed demoware. The author doesn't disclose this before hand so who knows what else is hidden in it?

Posted September 18, 2010 by . Tool version 9.20 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 5 of 10 Functionality 5 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 1 of 10

windows server 2008 64 bit - that operating system is not included in the list provided by this web site, so I chose win 7

the prog captures OK the video if the sound is not captured otherwise skips many many frames (maybe 5-10% of all). That is regardless of video or audio compression - I tried different combinations.

the capture device is Pinnacle DVC-100

Posted June 08, 2010 by . Tool version 9.20 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 5 of 10 Value for money 5 of 10 Overall score 1 of 10

That's wierd. I have been using it for quite some time capturing a 1/2 hour show every weekend and never had that pop-up asking for money. In fact it's a very good capture tool for me, simple to use and no problems operating it. Only wish it had the ability to use huffyuv compression during the capture.

Posted April 09, 2006 by . Tool version 9.06 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

I lost a one time opportunity to capture a tv show because the creator of AMCap did not tell upfront that the program will run for only 20 minutes after which he would ask for a donation.

Had I been informed beforehand that AMCap will run for only 20 minutes I could have used another capture software.

This "freeware" program will run for only 20 minutes after which it will stop capturing and a pop-up window will appear that says;

Your support is needed

Thank you for trying my customized version of AMCap

I spent a lot of hours of research and development to
implement the numerous features that I was requested
and to make what AMCap is today.

Unfortunately as a freelance software engineer, I cannot
live with just freeware and I definitely need your support
to earn my living and to keep working on those projects.

If you like AMCap and you want to support my mork,
please click the Register button below to make a donation
online and to download a fully functional version of the
program. Thank you.

Posted April 09, 2006 by . Tool version 9.08(build 74.3) using OS WinXP
Ease of use 3 of 10 Functionality 4 of 10 Value for money 3 of 10 Overall score 4 of 10

Great great great tool.
Just that.

Posted July 02, 2005 by . Tool version 2.513 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

This is an excellent capture utility. I use with my ATI WONDER VE tuner card although the program was designed for hauppage cards. I get no dropped frames even while encoding another file using TMPGEnc at the same time as capture. Although you can't use compression while capturing the program does quite well using yuy2 format. Also this program worked when VirtualDub wouldn't.

Posted October 25, 2003 by . Tool version 1.00 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

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