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    [How-to] Recording Eve with Open Broadcaster Software (OBS, it's free & fast)

    Local Recording & U!

    So there are a bunch of different programs to record Eve with. Fraps, MSI Afterburner, OBS, Nvidia Shadowplay and more.
    If you already have a program and it's working for you, just use that. If not, read on.

    Local Recording with OBS (Open Broadcaster Software)

    DOWNLOAD it here.

    OBS is built for streaming, but also does a good job for local recording with minimal resources and small files. However it does take 10 minutes to set up.

    Source:
    After installation you need to add a source to the scene. Just rightclick the space and add a "Game Capture" source. Select eve in the drop down menu, it needs to be running for this. Capture mouse cursor should be checked. Hit [OK]



    Settings:
    Go to encoding.
    • Use CBR [ ] should be unchecked!
    • Quality Balance: [10]
    • Use Custom Buffer Size [x] and set it to 0 <-- Important!
    • Max Bitrate: 1000



    Go to Broadcast Settings:

    Mode: File Output Only and select a File Path. Set a hotkey for recording and stop recording. I suggest F9.


    Audio settings:

    Here you can choose an Microphone device if you want to record your own audio. I set Push-to-talk to the same hotkey as in TS.

    Advanced:

    [x] Custom x264 Ecoder Settings: crf=15


    On modern Computers, just leave x264 CPU preset on default setting. Now you can try if this works for you. With my 6 year old CPU i needed to set the x264 CPU Preset to ultrafast (Warning, will genereate big'ish files) otherwise it recoding was laggy and missed frames.

    PS: I'm not an expert on encoding, so if you have suggestion feel free to comment

    Resources:
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    Thanks for this, will try it out.






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    +rep, will get this as sick of FRAPS hogging my fucking HDD.

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    I'm not finding it producing small files at all.
    And it isn't smooth capture if not at higher than normal priority, and super/ultrafast encoding.

    Or is 100-200MB/min not large compared to FRAPs?? VLC still seems much better but for no audio.
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    Idk about that, and i'm fucking stupid.

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    I got ~50MB/min, 30fps with veryfast CPU preset. That is way waaaaay lower than fraps. Did fraps not record 1,3GB/min or something similar?
    It might be possible to tweak it a bit with setting the crf option higher. Try 20.

    My 6 year old computer could also record smoothly, though only with ultrafast.
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    Yeah FRAPS files are multiple gigabytes for a few minutes of footage, it's fucking ridiculous, especially since half the time you start it up and then nothing happens, so you end up constantly having to review the files and delete junk, it's a pain in the arse.

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    Here's a filesize comparison. 1 minute video recorded with OBS and Fraps



    Also for some reason everytime when I stop recording and then start again my recording picture goes black?

    This thread should be stickied.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smarnca View Post
    Also for some reason everytime when I stop recording and then start again my recording picture goes black?

    This thread should be stickied.
    Mhh. Can't elp you there. You might try the OBS forum: https://obsproject.com/forum/

    And yes, a sticky would be nice.
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    If you have an AMD card, there is a beta version where you can use AMD VCE GPU acceleration. Just like Intel QuickSync or Nvidia NVENC.

    https://obsproject.com/forum/threads...support.13996/
    You may also need to install MS VC++ 2013 runtimes.

    I have not tested it too much yet, but it seems to work and take of load from the CPU. I don't know the best settings yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smuggo View Post
    +rep, will get this as sick of FRAPS hogging my fucking HDD.
    [Url="http://www.youtube.com/tqpfdj9.gif[/img] all of my this.

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    Because I just wrote this for reddit, I though it might also be useful here. A small list of different recording programs.

    There are different software out there with different pro and cons, here are a few:
    • fraps: been around for a long time but still works. Very simple.
      • - cost money ~37 USD
      • - HUGE files
      • - Huge CPU usage.
      • + good image quality

    • DXtory. I never used it myself, can't tell you much about it. Customers seem happy though.
      • + Good image quality to filesize ratio
      • - cost money, 3800 JPY (27 EUR?)

    • OBS aka OpenBroadcasterSoftware. My personal favorite, can do a lot, but this also leads to a somewhat confusing UI.
      • - confusing UI
      • - first time setup for local recording takes about 10minutes
      • + can be used to stream (for twich, youtube live etc.)
      • + is free and opensource!
      • + good quality and very good filesize (h264)
      • + Can use hardware acceleration on Intel and Nvidia cards ( experimental on AMD)
      • + low cpu usage. It worked on my 6 year old machine.
      • Small guide on how to set it up for local recording with good quality[1]

    • Shadow play: ???
    • AMD thingy:
      • cancer tier in a bad way. At least so are my experience.
    • MSI Afterburner
      • It has hardwareacceleration (AMD, INTEL and NV)
      • Just like OBS and shadowplay it can bufferrecord.

    • VLC - no experience, but somehow you can also record with it.


    TL;DR: You got money and want something quick and simple? Go for DXtory. You don't mind to spend a couple of minutes to set something up: OBS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by root View Post
    I got ~50MB/min, 30fps with veryfast CPU preset. That is way waaaaay lower than fraps. Did fraps not record 1,3GB/min or something similar?
    It might be possible to tweak it a bit with setting the crf option higher. Try 20.

    My 6 year old computer could also record smoothly, though only with ultrafast.
    That year i was mostly playing bg2.

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    Thank you so much for this!

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    Been using OBS and it works great still.

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