I'm thinking about making video reviews of games. But Fraps creates lag and I lack a capture card. What to do?
Posted 25 January 2012 - 07:55 AM
It all depends on what codec are you using to process the video information while you're recording actually. Also depends on how many cores do you have to spend :P For example, I use the x264vfw codec, of which I assign 4 cores to record (that's way too much actually :P)
I have a Phenom II x6 and I can record pretty much anything perfectly using an standard 7600rpm HDD with DXtory. I have recorded a few Melty blood matches as an example:
Its 480p, but that's because its the native game res :P
PS: don't use BSNES. Its almost 100% accurate and that means it eats your cpu. Its funny but Yoshi's Island title screen runs at like 40fps on this Phen II x6. Just get the latest Snes9X and you'll be doing miracles :P
Posted 25 January 2012 - 04:20 PM
If you're aiming to record a SNES game, I suggest SSNES. It is only half of an emulator on its own, using the actual emulation cores from BSNES, SNES9x, or other emulators, but handling the video and audio output itself. The reason I suggest it is because it supports realtime video output using ffmpeg, which is frankly a lot less intensive than using external recording software. Still gotta make sure your HDD can keep up, but it mostly eliminates CPU/GPU issues when recording.
Posted 30 January 2012 - 12:56 AM
I will give SSNES a try though.
Posted 30 January 2012 - 11:45 PM
Posted 31 January 2012 - 05:12 PM
this is what I used to use to deal with simple systems. There's a lossless codec and the demands to use it for 256x224 resolutions aren't too great. I don't know much about video recording but it handled 320x200 recording reasonably well (note this was passed through to Windows Movie Maker an butchered along the way)
but it does require you to run in windowed mode at the original resolution for good results and you might need to experiment a bit.
there are better methods for systems which have bigger resolutions. It's not at all good for high definition video... but I'd expect it to cope with the SNES.