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So I was sitting around thinking...
And came up with an idea which sounds killer (I've never heard of this before)

So, as everyone already knows, fraps is used for capturing game play. HOWEVER, if you want to make sure you'll nab every awesome moment, you need to have fraps recording all the time (making you HDD shrink at a cyclic rate)

Here's my idea... why not make a program that does essentially the same as fraps, but instead of recording and saving everything, when something of awesomeness happens, you just hit a dedicated key and the last 15 seconds (or however long you want) are saved.

This would basically work just like a DVR in the sense that the HDD would be constantly caching, say, the last 2 minutes (or whatever length of time) waiting for you to press a key and it will save.
    
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Seems like a pretty good idea, but it would suck if you didn't press the button in time and you miss the awesome moment.
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Well, theres the beauty in the idea.

Nothing would stop you from changing the length back in which is saved. You theoretically could set it for save the last "any" amount of time (2, 5, 20, 60 seconds) But obviously, the longer back you save, the more performance impact it would have. But saving 10 seconds would be less of a headache than the constant lag from fraps
    
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FRAPS does that already, standby recording. Hold your designated hotkey to start the loop, when you hit your hotkey again it starts with the previous 30 seconds.
Edited by forty2skates - 7/31/11 at 9:34am
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Should have done some research...

Quote from FRAPS website

10th February 2011 - Fraps 3.2.9 Released
Fraps 3.2 brings a new feature for registered users - loop recording, constantly capture the previous 30 seconds of video.

To start the buffering press and hold the video capture hotkey for a second. The Fraps counter will turn pink to show that video is being cached. When you want to save the action simply tap the capture hotkey and the recording will continue as normal (including the previous 30 seconds of footage).

Never miss a moment again.

Fraps, or it didn't happen!



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Fraps already can do this, you just have to pre-determine when said awesome moment will happen and hit record before you execute that awesome moment.

It would also pay to hotkey your record button close by to WASD, or one of your mouse buttons (mouse button 4 or 5 for example).
Edited by Saq - 7/31/11 at 2:54pm
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To start the buffering press and hold the video capture hotkey for a second. The Fraps counter will turn pink to show that video is being cached. When you want to save the action simply tap the capture hotkey and the recording will continue as normal (including the previous 30 seconds of footage).
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Xfire has done this for a long time too, has some issues with certain games though :l
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