Thanks for posting and sorry to hear you have a problem with WS 9.
To speed-up investigation, could you please:
1. Give us more info regarding Hosts and Guest config - OS, CPU, RAM, Video, etc...
2. Could you please replicate the initial 'failer' and attach attach latest UI log (WS menu Help -> About -> UI log path).
I get similar results - capturing a video of a ESXi VM produces only a static screen , same with a 2003 VM without tools.
Video capture seems to depend on the OS running inside the VM.
I tried several different guests and the only one that produced a video that really had moving pictures was with a Linux VM without vmware-tools.
the issue is still there in Workstation 9.0.1. Also I can second the posting from continuum, the videos themselves are bad. Whe I try to transcode them for upload, I still have the blank frames. Using VLC for display here helps me nothing, also the VLC transcoder does not like you files....
Here is the information I've got from VMware through my support request.
After discussions with our engineering team I found that our engineering team are aware of this issue (Reference PR / Bug - 854329) and it is been worked upon which they are trying to address the reported issue in VMware Workstation future releases.
Explanation - Movie encoder has problems relating to encoding latency, and bandwidth estimation. They tend to get worse as the size of the guest resolution increases, or the host encoding speed slows down. This can also depend on the guest video driver, since a well-functioning video driver will tend to give us better knowledge about which screen portions are actually dirty. Hence we are re-writing our movie backend which will be addressed in VMware Workstation future releases.
So they are working on it but it will only be in VMware Workstation 10. I'll downgrade to VMware Workstation 8 myself since it was working well for me then. Some of you might try to lower the guest's screen resolution or color deep.
I'll also be looking at alternate screen capture products like CamStudio to record my guest sessions.
So for now we're left hanging to find workaround by ourselves and we'll get support back for that functionality in VMware Workstation 10 or later only.
I've been trying to do a screen video capture using Camtasia 8.04 under Vmware 9.
The host is Windos 7, 64bit. Tried Snagit 11 and everything on the guests, Win7 Ultimate 32bit,
XP SP3 32bit and a "installable Windows8 under Vmware. Nothing worked. Either audio stopped
or everthing froze.
I was trying to make a video showing installing Classic Shell from Sourceforge and then the Registry
fix to disable Charmshint and TopLeft hot spot.
Found this, installed on Win 8 on Vmware 9.01, and it works
My headset with mic worked. I chose Techsmith Screen Capture codec as compressor.
VLC plays it. Hope Links are allowed. If not search for free-screen-video-capture.html