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Recommend me a lightweight recording program?

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CasualCastiel

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I want to try recording some games, but I tried a couple of the lighter programs (I forget the name now... ) and it wouldn't work.

I need to record, with or without broadcasting to twitch (thought with would be preferred, but it'd mostly be for youtube), preferably free (but I'll look at non free options).
I need something relatively lightweight because my PC isn't an awesome gaming superb PC, it's more like a toaster. XD

Now, I know a lot of people recommend OBS, but I'm wary because I've been told OBS is pretty heavy on the resources with the encoding while streaming/recording, which would slow everything up exponentially. Do I have any options that will allow me some game/screen recording, or am I doomed until I get a new videocard/PC?
 

sage

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Unfortunately, I can't help you with your search.
However, I am interested in this thread, so I'm going to sit by and watch.
 

JYN

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TOP 5 Recording Softwares
(5).ZD Soft Screen Recorder: https://www.zdsoft.com/
(4).D3DGear: http://www.d3dgear.com/
(3).Fraps: http://www.fraps.com/
(2).Dxtory: http://exkode.com/dxtory-features-en.html
(1).Action: https://mirillis.com/en/products/action.html
Do keep in mind, these are all paid - there is free trail versions

[Haven't tried it but It's popular] Try CamStudio:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/camstudio/
[No Installation] Try Screenr:
https://www.screenr.com/

2 Recording Softwares w/ Editing Programs in One Package!
8/10 Recommendation From Me - Try Camtasia:
http://discover.techsmith.com/camta...JvWQtsbS5igJRjcoxzCG26RmM4TckVFWUhRoC0hHw_wcB
9/10 [Watermark & Trademark Intro] Try Ezvid:
http://www.ezvid.com/

Do keep in mind, some are for advanced users and some are user friendly and also some will eat up your CPU/GPU and RAM Usage because it's recording and using PC Resources however it doesn't hurt to try each and one of them until you found the one that doesn't and is perfect for your uses!

[Audio Recorder] Audacity
http://audacityteam.org/

[Editing Programs] After Effects:
http://www.adobe.com/uk/products/aftereffects.html
[Editing Programs] Sony Vegas Pro:
http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/vegaspro
 
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CasualCastiel

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@BoundlessMotion thank you for the list!!

I think I tried either camtasia or camstudio... they all look interesting at first glance, I'll have to give the sites a better look when I'm more awake, though! But thank you guys~!

If anyone has more recommendations or can vouch for any specifics/has tried them and recommends or doesn't one in particular, feel free to keep posting. :)
 

JYN

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@BoundlessMotion thank you for the list!!

I think I tried either camtasia or camstudio... they all look interesting at first glance, I'll have to give the sites a better look when I'm more awake, though! But thank you guys~!

If anyone has more recommendations or can vouch for any specifics/has tried them and recommends or doesn't one in particular, feel free to keep posting. :)
Anything that's YouTube Related PM ME! I got most of the answers, If It's OBS - goto Xyphien, He knows since he streams, not sure if he uses OBS though.
 

screwthetrees

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I use OBS for both streams and recordings, it provides just as good for both.
Pretty darn handy, even my old computer could record using it and if you want to increase the FPS all you simply have to do is tweak the settings.
https://obsproject.com/download

To be honest, OBS is just as taxing as all the other recording applications. It drags on the CPU and Harddrive just like all the other applications.
There are settings to make the video less compressed that will free a bit of the CPU at the cost of
your harddrive.

When recording in 1080P 60FPS it drags 25% of my processor, that's not too bad, fraps is even worse when it comes to that dragging 33% of my processor.

On the other hand, if you have an intel Card or a nvidia card you might be able to use quick sync or NVENC to offload the processor.
 
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CasualCastiel

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Anything that's YouTube Related PM ME! I got most of the answers, If It's OBS - goto Xyphien, He knows since he streams, not sure if he uses OBS though.
Thanks! :)

When recording in 1080P 60FPS it drags 25% of my processor, that's not too bad, fraps is even worse when it comes to that dragging 33% of my processor.
On the other hand, if you have an intel Card or a nvidia card you might be able to use quick sync or NVENC to offload the processor.
Hmmm interesting! I would've thought FRAPS to be a bit better with the resources, but apparently I was wrong. Not on NVidia so can't use those. Thanks <3

I guess I'll have to investigate a lot more about OBS's settings too!
 

screwthetrees

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I guess I'll have to investigate a lot more about OBS's settings too!
Yup, the things that touches the CPU the most is:
1) The bitrate. The higher the bitrate, the more processing power but also better graphics.
Here is a guide for settings:
  • Recommended bitrate for 1080p: 3000-3500
  • Recommended bitrate for 720p: 1800-2500
  • Recommended bitrate for 480p: 900-1200
  • Recommended bitrate for 360p: 600-800
  • Recommended bitrate for 240p: Up to 500
2) The FPS, generally recording at 30 FPS is the most usual settings, recording at 60 FPS is exetremely taxing (twice that of 30 fps) so if your CPU is not that strong i would reccomend going with 30.
3) No downscaling, yup suprisingly downscaling will actually drag more on your CPU, just leave it as "none" and you will offload your recording.
4) Changing the base resolution, this is the rendering resolution of the OBS scene, if you make this smaller it wont affect the screen region you record, lowering this will reduce CPU, just remeber to change the bitrate according to the above guide.


That should about do it, tweaking this to your liking will probably allow you to find the optimal recording aswell as the optimal streaming :)
 

CasualCastiel

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Yup, the things that touches the CPU the most is:
1) The bitrate. The higher the bitrate, the more processing power but also better graphics.
Here is a guide for settings:
  • Recommended bitrate for 1080p: 3000-3500
  • Recommended bitrate for 720p: 1800-2500
  • Recommended bitrate for 480p: 900-1200
  • Recommended bitrate for 360p: 600-800
  • Recommended bitrate for 240p: Up to 500
2) The FPS, generally recording at 30 FPS is the most usual settings, recording at 60 FPS is exetremely taxing (twice that of 30 fps) so if your CPU is not that strong i would reccomend going with 30.
3) No downscaling, yup suprisingly downscaling will actually drag more on your CPU, just leave it as "none" and you will offload your recording.
4) Changing the base resolution, this is the rendering resolution of the OBS scene, if you make this smaller it wont affect the screen region you record, lowering this will reduce CPU, just remeber to change the bitrate according to the above guide.


That should about do it, tweaking this to your liking will probably allow you to find the optimal recording aswell as the optimal streaming :)
Thank you! That's incredibly helpful!!
 

Xyphien

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If you upgrade to windows 10 it has a pre-built in recorder for games. Though I think it caps out at 10 minutes, which is kind of lame. But you could just do multiple 10 minutes and combine them into one I guess. If not, you can always say screw quality and go wit hypercam
 

Triblaze

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If you upgrade to windows 10 it has a pre-built in recorder for games. Though I think it caps out at 10 minutes, which is kind of lame. But you could just do multiple 10 minutes and combine them into one I guess. If not, you can always say screw quality and go wit hypercam
Really, how do access the built in one?
 

CasualCastiel

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If you upgrade to windows 10 it has a pre-built in recorder for games. Though I think it caps out at 10 minutes, which is kind of lame. But you could just do multiple 10 minutes and combine them into one I guess. If not, you can always say screw quality and go wit hypercam
Hmm, I wanted to upgrade (but after all the issues and now the privacy concerns, I kinda don't anymore XD), but only my laptop - and it's worse than my PC, so there won't be much gaming done there. XD Still, interesting to know! Really, for what I wanted to do 10 minutes isn't too bad, as I wasn't aiming for let's plays (just yet, anyway XD) or anything, more just to show a bit of gameplay.
 
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