Have you tried to record in-game footage from one of your games and been disappointed with its quality? If you have then you may have noticed that as soon as you start recording your game’s performance begins to drop and frame rates suffer. The same can be said of the video quality that is recorded, as it may have missing frames and look jerky.
The fact of the matter is that most modern games tend to consume a lot of system resources, and when you add the task of recording video to that mix your computer may not be able to handle the load. That being said there are a few steps that you could take to improve the video quality when you record in-game footage:
Check that the computer can handle the game’s graphic settings
Take a minute to check the game’s performance with its current graphic settings, and is able to maintain a stable and high frame rate (normally between 30 to 60 frames per second). If it cannot that means that your computer is never going to be able to handle recording in-game footage while running the game with those graphics settings and so you should lower them and try again.
When lowering graphic settings, try disabling effects such as lighting, shadows, and other areas that tend to be resource-heavy.
Close as many apps and background processes as possible
Needless to say you will want all your system resources to go to the game or recorder, so try to close any other apps and background processes that aren’t needed. It may not make a huge difference, but every little bit can help.
Use a dedicated hard drive for recording
As you’re recording your system will be saving video onto the hard drive – which will mean that its performance will drop if you try to perform any other tasks (i.e. load game resources). That is why as a rule of thumb it is always best to record onto a dedicated hard drive that is not being used for any other purpose – meaning that it should be completely idle when not recording.
Take advantage of Solid State Drives (SSDs)
Although technically you can get by with regular hard drives, it should be noted that the superior read and write speeds of SSDs are a huge asset and will boost performance all round. When you record onto a SSD there will be less bottlenecks that could affect the video quality, and if you run your game off a (different) SSD it will perform better as well which will also help the quality.
Update graphics drivers
If you haven’t updated your graphics drivers in a while, you should do so. Normally newer graphics drivers tend to perform better and you will want them to do so if you intend to record gameplay.
As you can see the tips listed above will help you to increase your game’s performance as well as improving the recording as well. Both are required if you want to capture high quality in-game footage, as any issues with one or the other will ultimately affect the quality of the video.
Make no mistake if you’re hoping to record high quality in-game footage while still running on the highest possible in-game graphics settings – you will need a computer that is able to shoulder that load. On the other hand if you’re willing to lower the graphics settings to the point where your computer can handle it, you’ll find that you can record the footage you need without too many issues.