- can be found in the toolbar of Planets4.
- The VCR.EXE (Video Combat Recorder) is the standard application of VGA Planets 4 that shows space combats.
- Normally it will be executed automatically by the Client, but it can also be run as a standalone application.
- If the fight takes place in the orbit of a planet, the planet will be shown in the center of the window, otherwise it will look pretty much the same just without a planet.
- Ships are displayed using their top-view pictures.
- Wings are displayed as triangles.
- Pods are displayed as crosses.
- Bases are displayed as squares.
 How to Save VCR
Look at the VCR you wish to save, than go in C:\Planets4\temp\TEMP.VCR rename TEMP.VCR to anything you wish but keep .vcr, you can move the vcr file to any place you want. Start VCR.exe and browse to your saved vcr location to view them, you can also share your best vcr battle with other players.
 VCR Settings
You can modify your PLANETS4.INI file to change the behavior of the VCR display. Here are some options.
- VCRMaxSpeed=0 to 10 (currently broken and only allows 0 to 1)
 Problem under Win7/Vista
 Unable to open or play VCR using windows 7 64 bit
open to edit your C:\planets4\planets4.ini file. Near the bottom, where it lists ; DefaultVCRDirectoy=C:\planets4\temp or whatever is there, change it to read DefaultVCRDirectoy=C:\users\(your windows user alias)\AppData\Local\Temp\ close and save the file. Now when you open your rst and load a VCR the path is listed, just click on "TEMP.VCR" and load then enjoy the battle again.
 msvbvm50.dll is not found
It could be that you get message that msvbvm50.dll is not found. Follow the instructions from the MS Knowledge base:  This should solve the problem.
 Unable to initialize DirectSound
1. On my first Planets run, when clicking the VCR tab in client interface and choosing a VCR fight to watch, clicked "load", an error message box pops up.
"Unable to initialize DirectSound - sound card may not be present"
then after five or six seconds .....
"Runtime error '282' No foreign application responded to a DDE initiate" box popped up.
2. Tried to install vcr15mix.exe wavemix.dll application. For some reason Win 7 doesn't execute the vcr15mix file. Normally it runs in a command DOS type box but in Win 7 it doesn't run at all. No extraction of the files happens. I was informed that if you have WinZip installed, that may work. Didn't try but is supposed to work in Vista according to Zolzar.
If you use Winzip, WinRar or 7zip or any other compression software you can right click on vcr15mix.exe install file and extract the content, this step is also needed in vista 64. Lord Lancelot 05:49, 7 May 2009 (CEST)
3. WORKAROUND : Copied from previous planets installation that used vcr15mix VCR.EXE, VCRSUP.DLL, WAVEMIX.INI, WAVMIX32.DLL files and pasted them into C:\Planet4 directory (your choice)
4. After doing this and opening a vcr you will still get the Runtime error '282' message box but if you do not acknowledge the box, VCR plays and sound works properly.
Ignore the box, do not click "OK" or the red "X" in upper right hand corner. If you do either one, Planets immediately drops out of memory.
After a re-boot the problem with VCR disappeared.
June 28,2009 - Had problem with VCR again and another problem "Runtime error 380" while trying to view different sectors of the universe but only in one game. Runtime error 380 disappeared for one turn in that game then reared it's ugly head again the next turn. Windows 7 has a built-in troubleshooting routine, go to "Control Panel" - "Action Center" - "Troubleshooting" - "Programs" section. Run programs made for previous versions of Windows. Choose PLanets 4 from the list and follow instructions. It automatically configures planets to run optimally.
 Alternate VCR
Trouble running the default VCR ? Not working ? No sound ? Try this one from Tim.
VCR.EXE 4.000.015 vcr15mix.exe (255 k) Does not use DirectX (uses wavmix32.dll )
Seems to be no working VCR for Windows 7 64bit right now.