I'm thinking about making video reviews of games. But Fraps creates lag and I lack a capture card. What to do?
Posted 09 January 2012 - 07:55 AM
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Posted 09 January 2012 - 03:34 PM
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Posted 09 January 2012 - 05:09 PM
Posted 10 January 2012 - 05:14 AM
I've used Blackmagic Intensity cards at college, they go for ~$200 retail and are -extremely- reliable/versatile, but there's definitely much cheaper options.
If you want an extremely affordable solution, you could go the Easycap route, record everything in standard definition and just upscale to 720p for Youtube. I personally wouldn't do this, but:
1) to be quite honest 95% or more of the people who ever watch LPs would never care anyway (with no offense to you or LPs in general of course)
2) upscaling to 720p theoretically should do absolutely nothing to get you a crisper image, but due to the way Youtube encodes a video, (namely its bitrate caps for each stream) the upscaled 720p will actually look better than the 480p stream.
This guy's PS3 footage is all Easycap if you want a gauge. He also makes PC game footage/clips/montages/whatever of the sickest quality as an aside, yet resorts to easycap for console.
Keep in mind that if you intend to capture HD, the PS3's HDMI output includes HDCP which necessitates a stripper (which will cost more than the capture card itself unfortunately) or the alternative is to record via component video, which will result in slight color bleed. (This was how we ultimately captured PS3 footage with the Intensity cards, whereas X360 used straight HDMI)
Posted 17 January 2012 - 09:20 AM
In window mode for BSNES, the framerate of Kirby Super Star goes from 60 frames per second to like 40-45 frames per second with audio crunchiness when using Fraps. Considering how a lot of my review plans would involve that emulator, that's not good...
Posted 17 January 2012 - 12:54 PM
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Posted 17 January 2012 - 09:05 PM
Well, like I said in my previous post, I got a second hard-drive recently and I dunno how much that helps since it didn't really improve Fraps's performance at all.
Well, here's the thing. I hate playing games in window mode and hate using lower resolutions so neither of those are options.
Posted 19 January 2012 - 08:55 AM
However, I recorded the resolution at 550x480. If I tried to make it 720p, it would lag the gameplay. The fact I'm allowed to play the game in fullscreen mode while recording it any resolution I want is probably the main reason I'm even able to record footage like that. I do get occasionally audio issues but it doesn't happen very much. Unfortunately, Generations lags a lot in that program but if I record it in 480p, the gameplay is at least around 30 frames per second. I guess with modern games, I'm going to be replaying a lot of sections for the sake of recording footage. :/ First game I'm reviewing is Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures. I've recorded almost 2 hours of gameplay so far and the footage has been fine. Would've really liked to record stuff about 480p but oh well.
Posted 20 January 2012 - 01:08 AM
If you're going to capture HD video, you actually need to dedicate a serious amount of hardware to it. Grabbing a 720p image isn't really that big of a deal for something like FRAPS; the issue comes when it needs to write that data to a HDD. The faster it can write that data, the less of a framerate impact you'll see in games (especially in Sonic Generations; that game is very, very, VERY heavily dependent on how fast it can stream data off the HDD).
This also applies if you're capturing video from a game console in HD, mind you.
It would not surprise me if the 2TB drive you're talking about is too slow for video capture. Most people serious about this kind of thing generally buy a storage medium specifically geared towards video capture - the faster the RPMs, the better. You could even get a SSD, but that's getting in to crazy territory. Your motherboard could also be a factor in this (but not likely).
The easiest solution is to buy an HD DVR. These come with a HDD built in and are guaranteed to work. But they're also $250+, because you're paying for video capture and storage together. However, you'll probably have to mess with splitter cables and all sorts of other nonsense.
The other option is to suck it up and capture in SD. For now, that's what I'm doing.
Posted 20 January 2012 - 11:52 AM
This is the second hard-drive I recently bought. I think I'll just stick with recording in SD for now, but it just sucks I can't even record Sonic Generations without creating a lot of lag and now Dxtory is having problems recording stuff with BSNES out of nowhere.
Posted 20 January 2012 - 10:38 PM