Best screen recording software?

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  1. GM029

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    Which screen recording software do you use to record your game? I'm ready to record a progress video on my game and would like to post it to YouTube. Looking for recommendations. This is using Windows 10.
     
  2. fxokz

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    fraps is okay
     
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  3. GM029

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    Thanks fxokz! I will give Fraps a go
     
  4. slojanko

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    OBS is a free screen recording software that I used and has almost no impact on performance for me.
     
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  5. Blakkid489

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    OBS is okay. It great way to separeate mic from game sound if thats your thing.

    I use Bandicam. It records easily in any format to high quality. Only problem is the mic combination is crappy and not easily manageable.
     
  6. MattNJ

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    I have heard good things about Camtasia.
     
  7. Bingdom

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    OBS - Can take a bit effort to set it up correctly. Personally, I believe it's the best recording software.
     
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  8. MishMash

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    Having used a number of screen recording programs over the years, I can say that OBS (Open Broadcast Software) smashes all of the common ones (Fraps, Hypercam (lol), bandicam) out of the park. It is completely free, supports custom scene organisation (so you can capture specific windows, specific monitors etc), you can move all of the feeds around in the image, there are a whole host of plugins to add additional functionality too.

    As far as performance goes, its pretty lightweight, and you can scale up/scale down the quality as you need with ease. It is perfectly capable of capturing a very high quality feed at a high framerate :)! Finally, there are also options for GPU accelerated encoding which can aid performance too.

    I'm a huge advocate for well made software, so OBS gets my vote any day of the week :) (I have also never lost footage with OBS, I have done with fraps).

    The only benefit fraps has is that it is catered for game capture, though certain things don't work correctly with it. Its not a bad piece of software, but Its not as good as OBS. (its also not free).
     
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  9. Camtasia is a great program, but it's a tad expensive. You could check their other program, Snag It, which is much cheaper. I couldnt get it to work with my setup maybe it will work for you. They also offer a student discount (I don't think you even need proof of being a student).
     
  10. Bingdom

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    Why pay for something that will deliver the same results? :)
     
  11. Coded Games

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    Camtasia has a lot more features than OBS does, which could justify it's price. It has a full video editing program built into it.
     
  12. I had some issues with fraps getting to work with my microphone, plus fraps would only record a certain window and it was really annoying. Also, I got sick of importing into and using Vegas. And as ^he said, it has its own built-in editing.
     
  13. Bingdom

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    But the OP is asking for recording software to record his gameplay, not for a trailer. Maybe they'll change their mind later.
     
  14. Alyxx

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    I use FRAPS myself but there is better stuff to use, especially for streaming.
     
  15. ymike

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    I use D3DGear game recording software, its performance is really good.
     
  16. roytheshort

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    Unregistered Hypercam 2?
     
  17. GM029

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    Thanks guys, I've been trying OBS, it works pretty well for my current needs. I want to record a video of my game and put a little commentary over it so I want it to record both the game sound and external mic which OBS appears to do. It took me a minute to realize that I needed to be in full screen mode before it would record video (I'm sure there is a setting for that).
     
  18. Sensei

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    Hey, I can recommend you Action! Mirillis software. I have only trial version, but i can say it works for me - it's interface is "intuitive", so it is really easy to use (i'm noob, tried other softwares and they were too confusing for me).
    Anyone tried it?
     
  19. 0.Bytes

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    It is probably not the best, but one of the softwares that I really like to have is "atube" you can do pretty much everything with this software =p and it is free

    It is really easy to record screen, + the files are not that heavy and you have a bunch of different formats to choose for your video.

    Besides that you can download audio from youtube (dont do that because it may not be legal xD) and it is also a file converter and some other things.
     
  20. Tayoyo

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    I like bandicam too
     
  21. BattleRifle BR55

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    This is easily the best option, especially for gaming.
    [​IMG] Zero performance loss!!!!!!!!!!!!1!
     
  22. Guest User

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    I use Fraps for recording and Camtasia for editing, Fraps is the best, try it :)
     
  23. Yacob

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    How about Nvidia Shadowplay or Windows 10's Windows button + G?
     
  24. Blakkid489

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    I think fraps and bandicam have a similar system. If anything, fraps is more undesrtanding but bandicam uses less cpu. With fraps, if your cpu can handle it then you can record some boss frames. Bandicam just needs a better mic system.

    In truth Bandicam is the way to go
     
  25. Guest User

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    Agree. Fraps generate separated large-size AVIs.
     
  26. Gamebot

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    Camtasia is what I use. It works great! The only issue you may come across is TRUE "FULL SCREEN" not wanting to record. You can just resize the recording area not in fullscreen.
     
  27. Bingdom

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    Theres a setting to disable that.
    The reason it exists is because fat32 can only support no larger than single 4gb files. fat32 is supported by both Windows and Mac OS.
     
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  28. Nocturne

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    Windows 10 XboxLive video recorder is actually pretty damn good. Can record at 30 or 60 fps, has different options for quality and you can trim down your videos within the Xboxlive app too. I haven't used anything else since I started using it. :) If you want to try it, hold the Win key and press G. ;)
     
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    obs studio!
     
  30. Falconsoft-Industries

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    I heard camtasia is spyware and infects the computer, is this true?
    ;)
     
  31. Bingdom

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    It certainly is! A professional company has its ways!

    --
    But seriously, the only times when it is a virus is when you obtain it from an unknown source (except if the trusted website gets hacked). Get it from the techsmith website and you should be fine.
     
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  32. Coded Games

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    Everything is a virus if you download it from download.com or sourceforge or any of the other garbage websites.
     
  33. Gamebot

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    I have had it for several years, upgrading when needed. Hasn't caused any issues yet. As posted above get it from the techsmith website. Payed version actually works better! Though, the remove color sometimes gets touchy even with chroma green. Tends to take green out of the whole scene. Anyone else have this issue?
     
  34. chance

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    Finally got around to trying this... and you're right.

    Fewer features than dedicated recording software, but for a built-in Windows app, it's very good. Even with the default settings, the video quality is high. It's easy to launch, and it stops recording when the game window is closed.
     
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  35. Williams Smith

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    I used TuneFab Screen Recorder to help me record the games and along with Window Game Bar. screenshot-record-video-and-audio.png
     
  36. Lonewolff

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    OBS does a pretty decent job.

    If I really want to have top notch quality, I'll capture each frame in game and run through Premiere or something, but that is tedious.

    If quality isn't my main concern, OBS al, the way.
     
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  37. sitebender

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    Windows 10 / XBox recorder. Even records GameMaker games in full screen.

    Other than that I have a subscription to ScreenCast-O-Matic.
     
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  38. Lonewolff

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    Actually, I have heard that is great also. Haven't tried yet though. Makes sense to use something native.
     
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  39. sitebender

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    I wish more Youtubers / streamers did this as they all seem to have problems with GameMaker on full screen. You should always have options for windowed, large full screen windowed and all those frills. Oh and the game should always start in windowed mode, because some monitors / systems have a tough time with full screen in general. Others have a tough time with full screen + v-sync.

    About the full screen + v-sync warn users it can make your screen go black due to monitor / hardware compatibility and then to turn off v-sync before going to full screen. I've seen a lot of complaints in user forums about how a game is a black screen when it starts. Sure the remedy is alt + Enter in most cases, but not everyone knows that.

    If you do start in windowed mode make sure that the window stretches to a visible amount. I remember being in a GameBoy game jam where a streamer never bothered to look into the options to find full screen or screen stretch, so they recorded in the default size which was the GameBoy's native resolution. The streamer probably couldn't find settings as such a tiny resolution makes things tough to read.

    Oh and when you stretch, stretch in increments of 50% (100% 150% 200% 250%). 50% looks far less ugly than other percentages like when I tried 25% or even filling the game window to 90% of the screen.
     
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  40. William Lee

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    Hello,
    As for me, I usually used tuneskit screen recorder to capture the process in video format when i'm playing the games. It's easy to operate and the quality is high. Besides, it supports various output formats and devices such as iphones, android phones, smart TVs, etc. I can even share this video recordings to the social platforms like Youtube, facebook, etc.
     
  41. K12gamer

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    I was going to suggest that too.

    I tried OBS and Windows 10 recorder....The first few seconds of my videos appear blurry after I posted them to Youtube.
    Then they clear up and look fine.
    Not sure how to fix this...Is the problem on Youtube's end...or with the capture programs themselves???
     

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