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HOW 2 RECORD VIDEO GAMES 4 DUMMIES: A GUIDE

Medicris Mar 11th, 2015 (edited) 624 Never
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  1. [02:09PM] <Bloax> Medicris: you should really write up a How 2 Record Games 4 Dummies guide
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  3. ok
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  6. ------------------------------------------//// HOW 2 RECORD VIDEO GAMES 4 DUMMIES ////----------[ http://pastebin.com/ELd68pqY ]
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  8.  
  9. So you wanna show your friends your 1km quickscope across the map in call of battlefield modern strike 7, huh?
  10. Well look no further, I'll walk you through the nitty gritty of this shit so some other poor sap doesn't have to
  11. for the 50th time. This won't take long, I promise.
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  15. STEP 1: INSTALL A RECORDER
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  17.  
  18. Well, no shit. You're gonna need a game recording program to record games. There's a bunch of choices out there, really,
  19. but only a few matter. Let's start with a personal favourite:
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  22. DXTORY
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  24. tl;dr +customizable to a fault, allows any codecs, fast, per-game profiles, the best for editing, ongoing updates
  25. -about 15 minutes' worth of initial setup and tweaking depending on your hardware setup
  26. THE option for serious users
  27.  
  28. It's basically to Fraps as Photoshop is to MSPaint. Loaded with options to fine tune everything to run smoothly on almost any
  29. system, which this guide will be focusing on later. It's machine-translated from Japanese so you'll get some engrish,
  30. but it's solid and completely customizable.
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  33. FRAPS
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  35. tl;dr +it just werks
  36. -but completely inflexible, don't use if you have a slow drive or don't have plenty of free space (>60GB), practically abandoned by author
  37.  
  38. It's basically the MSPaint of screen recorders. It's fast and will work for most people who like things that just werk,
  39. but you get nothing in the way of advanced features or customization if you want them. You're stuck recording at either
  40. 100% size or 50%, meaning if you want to record something in 720p you're gonna have to play at 1280x720.
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  42. As of writing there's also no option to split game and mic tracks for later editing. It mixes both into one track, meaning if your mic
  43. is too quiet in the recording you can't fix it in post. The recordings also get fucking huge since it's practically
  44. uncompressed, you'd best have a second hard drive to record on or it's gonna have a bad time.
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  48. NVIDIA SHADOWPLAY
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  50. tl;dr +it's free if you have a Nvidia card, fast, convenient, never a "I wish I recorded that!" moment
  51. -but quality takes a hit (especially blurry text) and not editor-friendly
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  53. Included with Geforce Experience, it's something that records up to the last 20 minutes of gameplay in Shadow Mode, which you
  54. can then choose to save. It's impossible to miss moments, it runs fairly fast, the filesizes are small, and it can stream to
  55. Twitch. Downsides are it only works on Nvidia cards, it records in a compressed video format (that means blurry/blocky) and like
  56. Fraps, cannot separate mic and game audio.
  57.  
  58. Will lose even more detail if edited in Sony Vegas or similar, and will slow down said video editors.
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  61. OPEN BROADCASTER SOFTWARE
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  63. tl;dr +it's fast and features almost as many options as Dxtory, including audio track splitting
  64. - lossy codec only which means video editors are gonna have a hard time
  65.  
  66. Primarily a streaming application, it also has an option to stream to disk. Filesizes are sane but the only codec option is lossy (this can be remedied somewhat by cranking the bitrate, but don't try to stream at 5000kbps afterward!).
  67.  
  68. Will lose even more detail if edited and exported in Sony Vegas or similar, and will slow down said video editors.
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  72. BANDICAM
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  74. a shit
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  78. =========================================================================
  79. STEP 2: CONFIGURATION (MOSTLY TAKING THE GUESSWORK OUT OF DXTORY)
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  81.  
  82. So with your recorder set up, most don't need much else configuring. With Fraps, you can't. For everything else, there isn't
  83. much and it's all very simple. This will focus on Dxtory, though the tips here can apply to the other programs.
  84.  
  85. Recognize that your graphics card doesn't really matter in choosing here, Dxtory itself takes next to nothing and the vast
  86. majority video codecs only use the CPU. The compromise with video codecs is speed vs. quality+size, and the goal is to find a
  87. balance that works for you.
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  90. RECOMMENDED SETTINGS
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  92.  
  93. [1.] Install a video codec. There's three real options here:
  94.  
  95. The Lagarith codec is a fast, lossless, free codec with smaller filesizes than what FRAPS uses. Very editor-friendly.
  96. INSANELY good filesizes on simple-looking games (DOS, NES, Shovel Knight, Minecraft etc). *Start with this*.
  97. Download HERE: http://lags.leetcode.net/codec.html
  98.  
  99. The UTVideo codec is faster than Lagarith but needs more space, along the lines of FRAPS' codec.
  100. If your CPU speed can't keep up with Lagarith, try this. As of writing, it doesn't play nice with Sony Vegas 11.
  101. Download HERE: http://umezawa.dyndns.info/wordpress/?cat=28
  102.  
  103. x264 compresses extremely well, but editors will be slow to read them. Some detail will be lost, but that's the price
  104. for tiny files. If your disk drive can't write fast enough for other codecs or you have little freespace (<30gb), try this.
  105. Download HERE: http://www.free-codecs.com/download/x264_VfW.htm
  106.  
  107.  
  108. [2.] In the Video tab of Dxtory, set your codec, framerate, and size. Press the little paintbrush icon to configure the codec.
  109. In Lagarith and UTvideo, go with YV12 mode with multithreading enabled. RGB mode's the best quality possible but is slower
  110. and needs more space.
  111. Recommended settings for Lagarith: http://i.imgur.com/PDZTEcn.png
  112. Recommended settings for UtVideo: Select YUV420 BT.709 or YUV422 BT.709. The settings within explain themselves.
  113. Recommended settings for x264: http://i.imgur.com/H9XAdKd.png
  114.  
  115.  
  116. For resolution and framerate, *you won't need more than 1280x720 @ 30fps for Youtube*. 60fps will double the data and processing
  117. needed to record that Youtube will seldom use, and going above 720p offers little quality benefit at Youtube's current bitrates. Few will see it unless they decide to watch fullscreen.
  118.  
  119. If 720p recording is just too slow (get a quad core!), 480p is fine too. Most people don't watch Youtube in fullscreen in the first place.
  120.  
  121. *Tip*: For some reason percentage scaling seems to work faster than a raw resolution, probably because it leaves cropping out of
  122. the workflow. It's easy, really: to record at 720p you divide 720 by your vertical screen size.
  123. Ex. You play at 1920x1200. You want 720p recordings. 720 / 1200 = 0.6. That means 60% will get you 720p recordings. Easy!
  124.  
  125.  
  126. [3.] Set up your sound recording in the Audio tab. Pretty easy, just select PCM 16-bit 44100hz stereo for your Speakers, and
  127. 44100hz mono for your microphone. To add your microphone or any other device, hit the green + button.
  128. http://i.imgur.com/PH2NK3t.png
  129.  
  130.  
  131. [4.] Set your recording folder, overlay and hotkeys in the Folder and Hotkeys tabs. Pretty self-explanatory, go for
  132. a short folder path like E:\DxtoryVids. It also helps to use a separate hard drive to record to, for many reasons.
  133. *DO NOT record to an SSD if you can help it for lifespan reasons!*
  134. http://i.imgur.com/SztlF4l.png
  135.  
  136.  
  137. [5.] The rest is easy to figure out, but you'll want to look at the Advanced tab for a second. Adjust the number of CPU
  138. threads for Dxtory to use, you may use as many threads as you do cores, though most codecs don't get much out of more than two.
  139. Two's fine, but experiment if you want.
  140. Dxtory also comes with a framerate limiter, which is always nice. Capping framerates gives your hardware more time to focus on recording or streaming instead of drawing as many frames as it possibly can.
  141. http://i.imgur.com/cZj46Yi.png
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  144. ---------------------------------------//// You're done, good job. Go make webbums. ////----------------------------------------
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  146.  
  147. (Speaking of, use this branch of WebM for Retards, it's fixed and updated more)
  148. https://github.com/nixxquality/WebMConverter/releases
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