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« on: January 23, 2015, 09:18:18 PM »

I've been playing Infinifactory and would like to post some gameplay video, but they don't have any in-game function for that yet. The only thing I have for recording gameplay is the recorder that comes with FRAPS freeware which is limited to 30 seconds. I'd like to find something better, freeware if possible, to record the in-game footage. I'm running Win7 64bit and have gobs of RAM and processor, so that isn't an issue. Any recommendations would be appreciated!

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« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2015, 11:55:04 PM »

I've used Fraps (paid) forever without problems, but I've heard some people prefer Action.  Is Xfire still around?  They used to have video recording.  The MSI afterburner had some video recording bundled with it.  I've heard of Bandicam but never tried it.  Can't twitch and Ustream record gameplay as well?  Maybe you should ask Hark.  He posts tons of videos.
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« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2015, 12:35:47 AM »

Thanks for the suggestions. Action has a 30 day trip so I think I'll give it a try.
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« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2015, 12:44:46 AM »

I use OBS.  On mobile or I would post the link.  It's open source and works very well.
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« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2015, 07:25:00 AM »

If I'm not streaming with OBS I use Bandicam. It's like Fraps without the enormous performance hit, it also automatically compresses the video as it records so it doesn't eat away the space on your hard drive like an angry lion. I've also heard some really good things about MSI Afterburner.

Modern graphics card are also starting to come with automatic recording functions that don't hit your performance at all because they capture directly from the card using the manufacturer's software. Those are the best ones, but if I'm not mistaken I heard those kinds of things had trouble capturing older games.
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« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2015, 06:32:21 PM »

I used OBS (Open Broadcasting Software) for Twitch and loved it but I think when Amazon acquired Twitch TV, some change occurred and I'm no longer able to do direct capture from games via OBS. I can only do a "Windows capture," which doesn't sound like a big change but simply doesn't seem to work as fast or conveniently, and I'd rather not accidentally share views of my desktop, as happens when you're alt-tabbing out of a game back to Steam or your desktop (if you're direct capturing the game, you're just seeing the view inside your game period).

I searched for a solution but to date haven't found any. icon_frown I don't really understand what happened, and am unsure if Amazon changed something in how Twitch interacts with OBS, or what.

Before that -- and maybe now too -- I used unregistered FRAPS. This limits you to 30 seconds I believe. While that seems short it does help prevent accidentally devouring all of one's hard drive space with one video. And it tended to sort of inspire me to edit together 30 second snippets via Windows Movie Maker to share as "compilation" videos on YouTube.

The time limit kind of forced me to look for opportunities to record something concise and special (say, a Soul Jar event in Diablo III), rather than "hey let's record on Twitch for 3 hours and then let's go back and trawl through it for interesting snippets." Actually I enjoyed both things but whatever happened to OBS in my situation has made it less of my go-to now.
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« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2015, 11:13:26 PM »

Bandicam here.
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« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2015, 12:39:46 PM »

I used to use fraps, but now use obs for both recording and streaming.  Nothing changed for me when ownership changed hands, also twitch settings should have nothing to do with obs ability to capture Game source either.  Likely some unrelated small system change somewhere else bj. 
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« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2015, 04:09:04 PM »

Win10 will have that functionality built into the Xbox app (which, as demonstrated at the Win10 event, is not restricted to just MS games).

The version of the app out now does not have it.
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« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2015, 08:05:54 AM »

If you happen to be using nvidia in your gpu, you can use the shadowplay function from their software.

Link posted for the lazy scaggers wot can't use google... biggrin http://www.geforce.com/geforce-experience/shadowplay

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« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2015, 03:26:36 PM »

Quote from: TheAtomicKid on January 28, 2015, 08:05:54 AM

If you happen to be using nvidia in your gpu, you can use the shadowplay function from their software.

Link posted for the lazy scaggers wot can't use google... biggrin http://www.geforce.com/geforce-experience/shadowplay

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I have an Nvidia card, I'll have to check that out.
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« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2015, 04:35:58 PM »

Quote from: jztemple2 on January 28, 2015, 03:26:36 PM

I have an Nvidia card, I'll have to check that out.

Now I remember why wasn't using Shadowplay, it's only for a limited number of games supported by the Nvidia Experience. Still, I've now enabled it to record the last 10 minutes if I'm playing any of those game.
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