How to record video using Windows Media Encoder (Windows 8)

Epiphan’s video grabbers allow you to record high-quality video from multiple DVI, HDMI™, and VGA outputs using third-party software, for example, Windows Media Encoder 9. This tool converts live video and computer screen images to Windows Media formats. Windows Media Encoder 9 is installed on a target computer and is used to manage capturing, recording and streaming the video feed. This article explains how you can capture video feed and record it on a Windows 8 PC using Windows Media Encoder 9.


  • A Windows 8 PC or laptop
  • An internet connection
  • An Epiphan video grabber (our example uses DVI2USB 3.0)
  • A DVI, HDMI or VGA source you wish to record
  • Video grabber drivers installed (see the product’s download page for a link to the latest driver package)
  • Before starting, attach the video source to the video grabber using the appropriate cable and adapter
  • Plug the video grabber into the PC via USB 3.0 (or USB 2 is USB 3.0 is not available)

Step 1: Download, install and run Windows Media Encoder 9

  1. Download Windows Media Encoder 9. Use the following link.
  2. Restart your PC.
  3. Upon launching the application the New Session Wizard starts up.
    capture video using DVI2USB 3.0
  4. Choose the Capture audio and video option and click OK.If the Wizard does start automatically, click the New Session button on the main window’s toolbar.

Step 2 Setup WME to use your Epiphan video grabber

  1. Select the DVI2USB 3.0 frame grabber from the list of capturing devices available on your PC.
  2. Click Next.
    Select device
  3. Click Browse… to specify a destination folder for the recorded file and assign a file name.
    Click Next.
    Select output
  4. Select File archive as a distribution method for your video.
  5. Click Next
    .choose file archive
  6. In the Video field, select the Highest quality video (VBR 100).
    encoding options
  7. Click Next to specify the information about your video content. Otherwise click Finish.
    enter metadata

Step 3 Recording

  1. To start the recording, click Start Recording.
  2. To finish the recording, click Stop.
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