Felix Kjellberg (better known as PewDiePie) has made a career out of playing video games, while playing video games and recording himself. His YouTube channel earned him $12 million (about Rs 82 crore) in 2015, and he has since partnered with Disney-owned Maker Studios to create and collaborate on original content for YouTube’s paid subscription service – YouTube Red. The partnership has expanded. With fellow web stars for a variety of things in Revelmode.
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While we can’t help you develop the personality that’s behind the continued success and loyal support of PewDiePie’s Bro Army, we can show you the right set of tools you need to record your game videos – an amateur or as a professional.
There are dozens of free screen recording tools you can pick up that will do the job; If you’re on Windows 10, the pre-installed Xbox app also has some simple recording features. The problem is that control and flexibility are limited. Other apps like Fraps are an option, but they consume a huge amount of space to record videos.
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But one of the best ways to do this we’ve used is with GeForce Experience, a companion app for video cards that makes recording gameplay footage extremely easy. If you have a PC with Nvidia card – And most gamers do – No need to install anything. Thanks to its software suite, called Nvidia GeForce Experience, you won’t need to look very far. So, for the purposes of this tutorial, we will focus on what Nvidia has to offer.
What do you need?
Whether you plan to record and share on YouTube or live stream on Twitch, the Nvidia GeForce Experience is quickly becoming your easiest bet. The game recording feature of GeForce Experience is called ShadowPlay. Your PC needs to tick a few boxes before you can record your videos. First and foremost, any simple Nvidia card will not work. The current requirements state the following:
- Must have desktop GPU
- GeForce GTX 600 Series or higher
- Notebook must have GPU
- GeForce GTX 660M
- GeForce GTX 670MX / 675MX
- GeForce GTX 680M
- GeForce GTX 700M Series or higher
You’ll also need a minimum of 4GB of RAM and Microsoft Windows 7, 8, or 10. There’s an easy way to tell if your system is compatible: Open GeForce Experience and look in the top right. If you see a ‘Shadowplay’ button, you’re all set.
Recording video games: options at your disposal
Open the shadowplay floating box by clicking it in the upper right corner. The power switch on the left controls whether Shadowplay is on or off. To the right of the power switch are four buttons, which control how you record your gameplay footage and its various qualities. And a two-line summary above the buttons explains all the options you’ve selected. By default, it goes to: In-game resolution, 60 fps, 50 Mbps, H.264.
The first of those four buttons controls Record Mode, and there are four options: Shadow and Manual, Shadow, Manual, and Twitch. If you plan to edit and piece together footage after playing the game, you only need to concern yourself with the first three. The fourth is self-explanatory, in that it connects to your Twitch account and lets you live stream your content. Nvidia has said it will build in support for YouTube GamingGoogle’s answer to Twitch, soon.
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Choose your record mode
So what do shadow and manual mean? Manual is the easiest. All control lies with you – the user and the player – and you decide when to start recording and when to stop. This is controlled by keyboard shortcuts found under preferences, which you can change to anything you like. By default, Alt + F9 starts and ends a recording.
Shadow, on the other hand, has gamers going “Oh my god!” helps to capture. Moments that would have been great to watch, but weren’t recorded manually because you weren’t expecting them at all.
How does this work? If you select Shadow and Manual, or Shadow, the GeForce Experience service will continuously record your game in the background. And after you – for example – score a beautiful goal in EA Sports FIFA, or a huge kill streak in Dota 2, and realize you need to save that moment forever, you just need to hit the Save Shadow Data button. Need to hit ( Alt + F10 by default). Whatever happened will be saved in all its glory.
shadow time The button allows you to set how much is recorded and placed in a temporary folder while you continue playing. You can choose from anywhere between one minute to 20 minutes. It will save those specified minutes as soon as you press Alt+F10. The only thing to keep in mind with this setting is that the file size can be huge, especially at high bit rates. At 1080p game resolution, 60 FPS and 50 Mbps – a recorded file comes in at 1.9GB for XX minutes of video.
Storage is a serious concern
You can use over 50GB of storage after two hours of playing Rocket League, as we managed in a recent playthrough. This is where the third button – the quality decider – comes in handy. It offers three presets – Low, Medium and High – and a custom option to set your own resolution and file bit rate. If you stick to the given settings (1080p at 60 fps), a 5-minute record will result: 563MB low, 825MB medium, and 1.9GB high. Obviously with Custom, the file size depends on the settings you choose.
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here we recommend
If you have a fairly powerful CPU and GPU, and a lot of free hard drive space, we recommend in terms of the Nvidia GeForce Experience settings for recording in-game video:
- Go for the Shadow and Manual for the Best of Both Worlds: Flexibility and Control
- shadow time 10 minutes
- Quality on High, which is 60 fps at 50 Mbps
- Record at in-game resolution, preferably 1920×1080 or higher
- in-game audio only
Now that you’re armed with this all-new knowledge of video game recording, load up on your favorite game, because it’s time to be the next PewDiePie. or something like that.
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