record at 60 FPS, all that does is dramatically increase the amount of data that needs to be encoded and written to the drive. This will greatly exacerbate the problem of low drive write speed, and thus poor frame rates while encoding, not help them.
Secondly, both of your drives are slow for sequential writes. 60MB/s is not enough for full frame, 60-FPS recordings. 1080p @ 60 fps could potentially run into issues at double that. SSDs are not good FRAPS drives. Random access times do nothing to help FRAPS, and smaller/cheaper SSD tend to have crippled sequential write performance, even relative to HDDs. Also, FRAPs writes enough data that recording extensively on MLC drives can shorten their useful lives appreciably.
Originally Posted by CocoCrunch;14495334
I tried VirtualDub, but when I picked compression as "ffdshow Video Codec" (In the video tab, then compression), it won't let me save the .avi file. The error it gives is "An unknown error has occurred (may be corrupt data). (error code -100)".
I have K-Lite Mega codec pack and K-Lite 64-bit codec pack installed. I tried VirtualDub with both videos I recorded from FRAPS and MSI Afterburner Video recording software, but VirtualDub gives me the same error. I can watch the video I recorded from FRAPS and MSI Afterburner fine, but I can't compress it in VirtualDub.
Anyone know of a solution or a better software than VirtualDub for video compression? If you could post the compression instructions for the software you are referring to, it would help.
Why would you try to compress with the same codec FRAPS uses? Even if it worked it would degrade video quality and not make the files any smaller.
VirtualDub should work fine, with the right settings, but it doe suse the outdated VFW, and there are better alternatives. Personally I prefer AVIDemux and encode with MPEG-4 AVC (x264) for video, with a custom profile, and MP3 for audio.
Neither of these programs are especially easy to use, and neither will tolerate incorrect settings well.
Originally Posted by bojinglebells;14494741
FRAPS once was the best option to the point where it was the only option I'd consider for high quality recordings, and while beepa has finally started to improve things on a fairly regular basis, FRAPS has always been (and still is) absolutely terrible when it comes recording live game play (even with massive sacrifices in IQ)
I've been using the program since 2003 and haven't ever had the issues you describe, except in the days before PCI-E (AGP, with it's serious lack of bandwidth from the card, was an enormous bottleneck).
I can record any game I own with FRAPS, at the same settings I normally play at, without impeding playability in the vast majority of cases, and have been able to do so since my first PCI-E setup (an Athlon 64 with an X800Pro).Edited by Blameless - 8/7/11 at 6:48am