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Hey guys, been off the forums for a bit after being occupied with RL for a while, however I've just picked up a copy of GTA IV, and I was messing around with possibly using it to film some short machinima's and just general dorky film making purposes.

However, after trying to record clips, it seems the ingame editor only records clips which are 30-40 seconds long. Is there any way to force the game to record more than that long, when pressing F2?

Thanks, and Rep to anyone who can provide the answer, as I've been searching online for a good bit now.

Wesker.
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Are trying to make movies with it or just gameplay? Not sure on the question but you should just buy FRAPS for normal gameplay.
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Hey guys, been off the forums for a bit after being occupied with RL for a while, however I've just picked up a copy of GTA IV, and I was messing around with possibly using it to film some short machinima's and just general dorky film making purposes.

However, after trying to record clips, it seems the ingame editor only records clips which are 30-40 seconds long. Is there any way to force the game to record more than that long, when pressing F2?

Thanks, and Rep to anyone who can provide the answer, as I've been searching online for a good bit now.

Wesker.
Don't think there is a way to force it to record longer, maybe there is a mod somewhere though.

It'll usually record a clip depending on how 'interesting' it thinks the last however many seconds of gameplay have been, sometimes you'll get 1min+ clips or sometimes you'll get 20 second clips, seems to be very unpredictable. Usually if you're just recording stuff while playing, if something interesting happens push F2 straight afterwards and it should all be there ready for you to edit ingame. Your other option is to record a ton of clips then edit it together, you'll end up with a lot of stuff overlapping but it shouldn't be an issue once you've edited. If you're not worried about editing ingame and just want some clips then use FRAPS or another capture program and record the gameplay.
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Are trying to make movies with it or just gameplay? Not sure on the question but you should just buy FRAPS for normal gameplay.
Apologies for not making it clear. I'm looking to do machinima's basically, which the in-game editor is a lot better suited for, from what I can tell, as it takes the game environment and renders it so that you can film from that. I am trying to figure out how to film extended sequences with it.

I'm no John Woo, just want to be able to have a bit more filming time per clip.
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CHECK OUT MSi after burner - beast of a capture device

compresses footage too at an alright bitrate output as well. get the beta version 2.20 i believe --- http://event.msi.com/vga/afterburner/download.htm
    
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I use fraps, I then take the raw video and edit it in Sony Vegas or adobe premiere pro myself.
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Thanks for the suggestions on the video capture stuff guys.

However, again, I must iterate that the filming abilities of the GTA Editor are much more suited to what I need to do. By using the editor, I can place cameras wherever I would like in a scene and independently film rather than just capturing what is onscreen.

That is why I wish to increase clip length.
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From what I've seen others say, apparently, It depends on your system and what you have done. (It saves movement, what cars are around you, where all the pedestrians were and what they did, ect...) to the RAM and then when you press F2 it gets all the info and remakes what just happened from what it can remember (what was still in the RAM)

I don't think there is any way to extend the clip length unless you have lots of RAM as it would just keep writing to it and you would run out

Even if there was a mod that would do it, the video capture would just eat RAM I believe. If it saved to the HDD then there wouldn't be too much of a problem apart from the constant HDD access slowing down loading It's a shame Rockstar didn't think of that...

(I might be wrong but that's what I've heard about it)
Edited by GAZ_MAN_432 - 10/23/11 at 6:26pm
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Thanks for the suggestions on the video capture stuff guys.

However, again, I must iterate that the filming abilities of the GTA Editor are much more suited to what I need to do. By using the editor, I can place cameras wherever I would like in a scene and independently film rather than just capturing what is onscreen.

That is why I wish to increase clip length.
I ran into a similar issue when me and a few friends tried to make a few quick chase sequences. We just recorded a load of clips, although being able to record once huge clip would have been very helpful.

Just had a look to see if there is a way to change the clip length and I'm not sure there is a way. There may a be mod for it, but I certainly couldn't find it when I looked around for one last year, and I couldn't find anything just now either. I think your best option unless someone can find a mod for it is to record clips every 20 seconds or so, hope that it all ends up being recorded and then edit all the clips together so they don't overlap. You could probably cover up any gaps with some clever camera work as long as they're not too big.
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If it is linked to ram limitations, try enabling GTA4 to use 4gb instead of the normal 2gb I assume it uses/limits itself too.

Other than that, use MSi afterburner to record FROM that camera angle, instead of the ingame recorder. I dont really know the details because I do not own GTA4 for PC, only 360
    
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