New screen recorder – Shadowplay
If you have an Nvidia 600 or 700 series graphics
card you can use a new screen recorder called Shadowplay. Simply download Nvidia Experience,
and turn it on from this screen. It works on some kind of magic as it doesn’t
slow down your game AT ALL and yet can record up to 10 minutes of footage on Windows 7,
or 20 on Windows 8. Don’t ask why. Or how. You don’t even have to be recording to get
the footage. As long as you have the Shadowplay control panel running in the background and
this icon in the corner of your game, if something awesome happens you press a shortcut and it
will automatically save the last 10 minutes of gameplay.
So far it’s worked on every game that I’ve tried, from oldies such as Operation Flashpoint
and Unreal Tournament, all the way through to Max Payne 3 and Counter Strike Global Offensive.
It saves a very high quality, 60 fps file. It takes a couple of seconds to do so, during
which your gameplay won’t be recorded. This can become a bit problematic if you’re recording
something long like, say, a Counter Strike match and you end up getting into paranoid
habits of saving the demo every time a new round starts, just to be sure it doesn’t run
out part way through. It’s not 100% perfect yet, though- I’ve encountered
a problem where I can still control my mouse, but it’s as if it saves up my key presses
then spews them out about 10 seconds later, causing me to die in Left 4 Dead 2 or to jump
in a river in Max Payne 3. This is very annoying, though there’s always
a possibility that it was from something else on my PC that happened to change the same
time as I started using Shadowplay. It’s accompanied by an annoying beepy sound. Looking on the
forums, nobody else has encountered it so it really could just be my PC.
All in all, it’s a great idea, I’m sure it won’t be long before AMD releases something
of its own to counter it and it’s going to make high-quality recordings and ‘ooh did
you see that?’ moments far more common on youtube, which can only be a good thing.
And cut. Oh wait it’s not that kind of video.