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I captured this screen a little late but it still shows that "the ghost entry" at 822.1 was never reached but it shows up at chart trader & DOM.

The fills show an buy entry for 2 contracts at 822.1 followed by 1 sold at 823.1 so that might explain the 822.1 price on the DOM but if that were the case the DOM should show your net position as long 1 instead of short 1. Recording the screen will help to find out exactly what is happening so that the vendors can pinpoint which one is at fault. Also recommend you capture the order screen to confirm fills and a T&S to provide a point of reference.

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Kalalex, while not your original question, I believe that screen recording a trading session (or portion of a session) can be very beneficial for learning purposes; an aid to teaching someone else, etc. You do have to watch the issue of storage, as the files can become quite large rather quickly. If you decide to record your trading on a regular basis, think about getting an inexpensive (not especially fast) external drive. Each day, after trading, transfer the screen recording file to the external drive for later use as needed. The only other thing to watch for would be any evidence that your system is being overworked/slowed down during trading as a result of adding the screen recording.

On Macs it is really easy to screen record. Quick Time Player 10 (included with new Macs) comes with screen recording capability. Quick and easy to use and makes a great video of a trading session. (In order to have a full range of choice of trading software, I run boot camp, Parallel's 7 and Windows 7 Professional to create a virtual PC environment (very fast and without problems in my experience)).

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That's what I'll try for my next trading computer....
A little intimidated though since I've never used a Mac before.

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That's what I'll try for my next trading computer....
A little intimidated though since I've never used a Mac before.

kalalex, I'd never had a Mac before either (until May of last year), and I do truly enjoy it very much (21" iMac with 2nd monitor). I'm old school, not a very techie person. If I can adapt to a Mac, I'm quite sure you will easily be able to do so. There is so much information online, almost every question you can think of is answered. Apple Stores are helpful. There are also books that I'm told do a pretty good job of guiding a person to proper usage of a Mac, but I haven't purchased one of them yet. I would recommend the 27" iMac. That screen is absolutely sensational and would be a great venue for a trader's workspace.

Sorry for going a little off topic in the thread.

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I agree with this, and originally I thought that was what this thread was about (from reading the title only).

I used to record with Camtasia both my chart/DOM and then "picture in picture" my webcam, which was used to correlate stress and anxiety with my behavior in the marketplace. For example, I could see if my butt was not firmly in the back of my chair (leaning over), and you could just see stress and anxiety in your facial expressions, and it would correlate heavily to stupid decisions in the market.

Those decisions then had nothing to do with market structure, but only with my own personal fear. It was an eye opening experience, and helped me a lot.

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I thought the same thing, did some searches for how to record a video. I found a download of Camtasia, but it said,

"... CamStudio... released a newer version which fixed some bugs (and) removed certain features. Gone was the ability to create SWFs, added was the requirement to register to use it, and over time, links to the various webpages that had CamStudio and its source code, became broken. However, I managed to find an earlier version complete with the related CamStudio video codec (comparable to Techsmith's excellent TSCC), the source code for both and just put the website up so people could download them ..."

CamStudio - Free Screen Recording Software


Not sure about that, but I guess I could see what happens.


I also saw Jing. Do you know anything about what programs work better than others?

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Let me see if this picture tells the story better than I do.
I captured this screen a little late but it still shows that "the ghost entry" at 822.1 was never reached but it shows up at chart trader & DOM. This happened many times till like 12:30. I know because I wanted to reproduce this a few more times so NT trace/log files have enough proof. All times are PST.
I blacked out broker/FCM/datafeed info since I'm not sure yet which party is the culprit.


So the consensus is that we are at the mercy of ( ) ---- broker, FCM, datafeed, platform ?
I heard/read many horror stories resulted from the failures in the process of electronic trading thus I used the word "inevitable".

I think I'll keep recording my trades. I saw some journal threads with video recordings when I searched for a program to record and I think it's not a bad idea either for journaling purpose.

I had something similar with NT before, several years ago. We discovered the issue was I was wireless when it happened. The correct price was in the trade log, not the dom, in my situation. If I logged off and back on it corrected itself, but I would just go flat since I did not know what happened, and then called the broker to confirm I was out.

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I thought the same thing, did some searches for how to record a video. I found a download of Camtasia, but it said,

"... CamStudio... released a newer version which fixed some bugs (and) removed certain features. Gone was the ability to create SWFs, added was the requirement to register to use it, and over time, links to the various webpages that had CamStudio and its source code, became broken. However, I managed to find an earlier version complete with the related CamStudio video codec (comparable to Techsmith's excellent TSCC), the source code for both and just put the website up so people could download them ..."

CamStudio - Free Screen Recording Software


Not sure about that, but I guess I could see what happens.


I also saw Jing. Do you know anything about what programs work better than others?

I use Camtasia. It is not Camstudio, two different things.

I use SnagIt for all my screenshots, and upload them to screencast, which the forum supports.

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I use Camtasia. It is not Camstudio, two different things.

I use SnagIt for all my screenshots, and upload them to screencast, which the forum supports.

Mike

Well, yes, I guess that is obvious. I am just very tired I guess. Thanks Mike. Bedtime.

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I wanted to put a +1 for Camtasia.

I've used a variety of screen recording software: Screenflow(Mac based), Camtasia for Mac, Camtasia Studio 6, Camtasia Studio 7, and now Camtasia Studio 8.

I originally liked the feel of Screenflow because the interface was more 'Mac-like', but I found that Camtasia Studio was just easier, more flexible, much quicker, much smaller file sizes, and better quality than Screenflow.

However, if you do get a Mac, I would not recommend Camtasia for Mac as it is a completely separate application design-wise & compatibility wise than Camtasia Studio.

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NT for the most part is one of the buggiest programs I've ever used - and I have the holy grail of computers. You learn it's quirks and get used to it with time.

Hopefully NT8 is an improvement, but my experience is that programs usually acquire more bugs as they get updated with fancier UI and bells/whistles.

And +1 for Camtasia

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NT for the most part is one of the buggiest programs I've ever used - and I have the holy grail of computers. You learn it's quirks and get used to it with time.

Hopefully NT8 is an improvement, but my experience is that programs usually acquire more bugs as they get updated with fancier UI and bells/whistles.

And +1 for Camtasia

What kind of bugs/quirks are you seeing? Maybe it's something some of the futures.io (formerly BMT)ers can help with.

From what I understand, NT8 is going to be able to take advantage of multiple cores for more than just backtesting as well as some other performance features that should help.

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