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I want to start recording some of my gameplays, but with Fraps slowing my FPS down to like 30-40fps in MW2, it feels pretty unplayable!

Why is Fraps killing my fps? I'm storing my recordings on a different hard drive, I have enough RAM, I get 150fps+ normally and I even set my game and Fraps to different cores! What else can I really do? confused.gif

Thanks! smile.gif
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post #2 of 11
Try recoding at half the resolution and don't cap the FPS. And make you record TO another drive.
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Originally Posted by SkippyDogg;14375379 
Try recoding at half the resolution and don't cap the FPS. And make you record TO another drive.

But half resolution doesn't look good... I want at least 720p! And yeah, I am. frown.gif
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Originally Posted by allenottawa;14388757 
But half resolution doesn't look good... I want at least 720p! And yeah, I am. frown.gif

Then increase the core clock on your CPU. I believe that is what is holding you back.
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Originally Posted by SkippyDogg;14388792 
Then increase the core clock on your CPU. I believe that is what is holding you back.

But I've locked the game and Fraps to different cores! frown.gif When I run my games by themselves it's fine, but as soon as I start recording it slows way down.
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But I've locked the game and Fraps to different cores! frown.gif When I run my games by themselves it's fine, but as soon as I start recording it slows way down.

Yes but when recording its very CPU heavy even though your not compressing on the fly, it's trying to record your "HD" video but it takes a lot of power to do it.
post #7 of 11
Record at a higher framerate (like 60 FPS instead of 30).
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post #8 of 11
Have you made sure its set to capture at 60FPS? By default its set at 30FPS, that sounds like your issue to me.
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post #9 of 11
That's not too surprising really. Fraps even on my rig slows to a measly 30 fps while recording anything and I don't have it locked while recording. Used to bug me but got used to it I guess for recording.

You may want to try XFire's or even Afterburner etc, there are other options out there. Haven't tried them myself however so not sure how good they are.


EDIT: so wait, that whole lock FPS while recording is a joke option in Fraps? And all you actually have to do is just record at a higher rate?

Holy crap I'm an idiot, didn't even think of that. doh.gif


Well heck OP, I gues do as Pio said, just up the record rate.

I really don't get the whole lock fps option while recording then if it locks it anyways at that rate. So pointless to have that option.

Edit: Yeah, I really wish it wouldn't lock whatever fps you were recording at but at least setting it to 60 fps gets ya 60 fps while recording. But that eats up a bit more space aye, meh compromise I guess.

Well thx, I learned something new myself. smile.gif After all these years I never tried that cause I never really wanted anymore than 30fps recorded. Now I know better.
Edited by rx7racer - 7/29/11 at 1:34am
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So I have this new idea to record gameplay at a full 60FPS. You play the game with two "monitors" in duplicate mode. So now the game is playing on both screens. But then one of the monitors are on a TV-out plug. Then you run a cable form the graphics card to a TV-Tuner in another computer!

So then your outputting video and another computer is recording it through the TV-Tuner. No slow downs, right?
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