Recording Video Games – What You Need to Know

Do you want to start recording footage from your video games? Maybe you would like to create gameplay videos and upload them to YouTube?

If you want to record video games there are a few things that you should know, especially in terms of what you need and what you can expect.

What Do You Need

The first thing that you need is a way to record the video footage that you want, and this can take on several forms depending on whether you want to record it on a computers or console:

  • Video capture cards or devices will plug into your console and allow you to record gameplay. It is important that you select a device that is compatible with your console.
  • Game recorders are software that runs on a computer and will let you record games, such as Gecata by Movavi. Different software may have different features and capabilities.

It is worth noting that many platforms nowadays have built-in recorders on the console itself and even Windows 10 has a Game DVR feature that can record video clips from games.

Quality Can Be Expensive

As much as you may want to record amazing high quality videos in 1080p or 4K at 60 frames per second with the highest possible graphics settings – it is essential that you temper your expectations. The fact of the matter is that if you want to record high quality gameplay videos you need to have the hardware to back it up.

In order to record high quality gameplay videos on a computer, your computer needs to be able to run the game with high graphics settings while simultaneously recording – which is no mean feat. It will need a decent amount of processing power, a good GPU, lots of RAM, and possibly a dedicated Solid State Drive (SSD).

Similarly better video capture cards and devices can be costly as well. Keep in mind that even if you do record on a video capture device, you will eventually want to encode and edit the video on a computer – and that will require a good system as well.

Find What Works

Unless you happen to have deep pockets or already have a high performance computer – your best bet is to find what works based on your existing hardware. In short you should adjust the graphics settings of your game and try to find a balance that still provides a good frame rate (i.e. above 30).

At the same time you may want to close any background processes or unnecessary programs that may affect your computer’s performance.

Although this may be far from the ‘perfect’ solution it should allow you to end up with gameplay videos that have good quality and a decent frame rate. For most purposes that is more than enough, and if you ever become a professional gameplay video creator you can always invest in a high performance computer that will let you crank up the graphics to full while recording.

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