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What's some good software these days for locally recording a video (such as making a gameplay video)? I just used Xsplit to make something, but it looks terrible, even with the highest quality presets, and I don't see any advanced options anywhere.

Looking for something free to use, hopefully.
 

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Bandicam looks quite good. I have been using it after being a long time fraps fan.
 

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What's some good software these days for locally recording a video (such as making a gameplay video)? I just used Xsplit to make something, but it looks terrible, even with the highest quality presets, and I don't see any advanced options anywhere.

Looking for something free to use, hopefully.
Bandicam is good and Fraps is good as well. I think most people use Bandicam though. :toast:

EDIT: You can also use Handbrake to convert/compress the video file if it is to big. :toast:
 

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When using fraps, beware of the amount of storage space you're going to need! I had a dedicated 2TB drive for frapsing
 

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When using fraps, beware of the amount of storage space you're going to need! I had a dedicated 2TB drive for frapsing
Yea, fraps can make huge files.. So, it's good to compress the file with other software like Handbrake. :toast:
 

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Rcoon is right, Fraps when recording stores the video in a RAW format so it can get large FAST. I believe bandicam has a compressing feature as it records but I have not researched this further.
 

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Yea, fraps can make huge files.. So, it's good to compress the file with other software like Handbrake. :toast:
Fraps also works better when you record onto a blank drive that is not in use, then you wont get lag in your games etc while recording. The advantage of the RAW files is they keep the quality! Also XMedia Recode is a great conversion program, and offers ten billion conversion options (and it's german)
 
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Afterburner is a good Program for Game recording, Mostly because of it's Small amount of Impact on your system. It unfortunately requires a workaround to Record Game Audio, and commentary, but if it's just gameplay your after, afterburner is a Great choice.
 
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Fraps also works better when you record onto a blank drive that is not in use, then you wont get lag in your games etc while recording. The advantage of the RAW files is they keep the quality!
Fraps does compress it a bit. With a proprietary codec.
And IDK, I get better quality, much smaller filesize and better performance when using ffmpeg + x264. So that "advantage" is a bit hard to see... ¬____¬
 

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I used Fraps awhile back and just starting to use Bandicam now(I think its better), I use WinAVI and Handbrake for converting my videos.

For live streaming I use Media Flash Encoder in combination with VHScrCap and justin.tv
 
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Bandicam looked good, but it split up my video into 20 second segments? Also, it doesn't have microphone support. Forgot that I was also looking for mic support.

Just found the mic option.
 
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The only one of these I used before was Fraps for recording gameplay footage. For converting I used Badaboom (when I had an 8800) to convert it to FLV. Right now I use Any Video Converter.
 

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Afterburner is a good Program for Game recording, Mostly because of it's Small amount of Impact on your system. It unfortunately requires a workaround to Record Game Audio, and commentary, but if it's just gameplay your after, afterburner is a Great choice.
Afterburner is my choice as well. They fixed the game audio and microphone issue a few versions ago. There is now an option to record from 2 audio streams and mix them in Afterburner.

The only problem with Afterburner now is that it won't record from 64-bit games. But those are rare still.