Taking Tomb Raider Screenshots and Gameplay Video

This page offers tips for taking screenshots and video of your Tomb Raider gameplay. You are welcome to contact me with question about PC game screenshots, but I'm afraid I can't help with console screenshots or video capture. I'd suggest doing a Google search or asking questions on the various Tomb Raider forums.

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Classic Tomb Raider Screenshots (TR 1-5)

Fraps screen capture utility

Fraps: Real-time video capture and benchmarking.

To create gameplay videos in Tomb Raiders 1-5 for PC, you'll need the same tools described in the next-gen screenshot/video section, below.

The older TR games include a variety of methods for taking screenshots:

TOMB RAIDER: Runs in DOS, so you'll probably need a separate screenshot grabbing program like Fraps.

You may also want to look into Glidos, a glide wrapper designed for DOS, which allows you to easily install Tomb Raider and Unfinished Business with enhanced graphics and audio. See my downloads page for more info on Glidos, and Dracman's Shotgun City site for some screenshots made in the Glidos version of TR1.

TOMB RAIDER GOLD and the 'UNFINISHED BUSINESS' bonus levels: Press the forward-slash key (/) and the game will start dumping screenshots (in .pcx format) into your TR directory. (Press the slash key again to stop it, or you'll quickly eat up your hard disk space!)

TOMB RAIDER 2: The 's' key takes one screenshot at a time, saved to your TR2 directory in .pcx (or .tga if in 16.7 million colour mode) format also.

TOMB RAIDER 3, THE LAST REVELATION (TR4) and CHRONICLES (TR5): The apostrophe (') key takes the screenshots in .tga format only.

The in-game hotkeys may or may not work with newer versions of Windows. If you find they don't, you'll need to use a separate screen-grab program.

STEAM SCREENSHOT MANAGER: If you own the games through Steam, you can use the Steam client software's built in Screenshot Manager. Pres F12 during gameplay to take a screenshot in .jpg format, which is then stored in a folder on your hard drive. To access the screenshots you've taken, open the Screenshot Manager: In the Windows System Tray (bottom right near the Windows clock), click the little triangle to "Show Hidden Icons." Then right-click the Steam icon and choose Screenshots from the pop-up menu (as shown here). Or navigate to the screenshots folder directly. It should be something like Program Files (x86)\Steam\userdata\xxxxxxx\760\remote, where the x's are a number representing your Steam ID. Within the 'remote' folder, you'll find a separate folder containing screenshots for each game.

THE PRINT SCREEN KEY: Depending on your video hardware, you may also be able to use your computer's 'Print Screen' key to capture single screenshots. This copies an image of what's on screen to your clipboard. You can then paste it into a graphics program like Photoshop or PaintShop. This can get a little cumbersome if you want to take more than one screenshot at a time, since you have to switch back and forth between programs for every picture.

IMAGE VIEWING & EDITING: If you're having trouble viewing the .pcx or .tga files, you'll need a graphics program, such as Photoshop, PaintShop, etc. Or, download IrfanView freeware at irfanview.com. Or switch to a dedicated screen-capture program like Fraps, which can take screenshots in .bmp, .jpg, .png or .tga format. (And, no, I don't own stock in Fraps; I just like the program.)

TR1 & 2 FOR MACINTOSH: Press F13 or Shift-Tab for PICT format screenshots, which you can then paste into your favorite image editing program.

MAC OS X: See these screen capture tips on About.com.

If you have recommendations for Macintosh screen-capture software or techniques, please let me know and I will include them here.

Next-Generation Tomb Raider Screenshots

For the PC versions of the newer Tomb Raider games (Angel of Darkness through the latest releases), I recommend a dedicated screen-capture utility like Fraps. There are other screenshot programs out there, but I use Fraps exclusively and recommend it highly. It can take screenshots in a variety of formats (.bmp, .jpg, .png or .tga) at the press of a key and store them in the folder of your choice. So there's no need to pause the game to manipulate files. Fraps can also can automatically take a screenshot once per second, or at the interval you set. Please visit Fraps.com for more info.

If you own the games through Steam, you can also use the Steam Screenshot Manager (details above).

For the Macinsosh Tomb Raider games, try a dedicated screen-capture program like Snapz Pro, Screen Recorder-Pro, ScreenFlow or Camtasia.

Tomb Raider: Underworld screenshot

Tomb Raider: Underworld screenshot. Click to enlarge.



Recording Tomb Raider Computer Gameplay Video

Fraps (the same program recommended for screenshots, above) can also do video capture. It works with both the classic and new games. You can set it to record at various screen sizes and framerates, and it can record in-game sound as well as external input, like a microphone—great if you want to record let's-play videos or other commentary.

If you want to transfer your Fraps videos to YouTube or share them on the internet, you'll probably need to edit out unnecessary sections and reduce the file size for uploading. For that, you'll need editing software like Windows Movie Maker or VirtualDub (details below). The Fraps site has a basic tutorial on using VirtualDub to compress Fraps videos. There are also several video tutorials on YouTube.

For the Macinsosh Tomb Raider games, try a dedicated screen-capture program like Snapz Pro, Screen Recorder-Pro, ScreenFlow or Camtasia.

Recording Tomb Raider Console Gameplay Video

Dazzle capture card

EasyCap capture card

In order to record your console gameplay, you'll need a capture card (such as Dazzle, EasyCap or one of their more expensive cousins), plus various connector cables and splitters, and a computer to do the recording. Since I'm primarily a PC gamer, this isn't really my area, but several players have recommended the following tutorials for recording gameplay video from your PlayStation, PSP, Xbox or Wii. If you have other suggestions or would like to contribute a tutorial for this site, please let me know.

Once you've recorded your gameplay video, you'll need basic video editing software to format your videos for the internet. There are many excellent paid programs out there. (Just Google "best video editing software.") But if you'd prefer a free program try these:

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