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Hey all,

I currently use Bandicam and quite love it, however it is not 100% what I am looking for. Ideally I would like to find a software equivalent to the 'Elgato Game Capture HD', a device which lets you record the last few minutes of play in the event you weren't recording at the time something awesome happened. I would love something that could record live to a temporary file (either in my RAM or maybe onto my SSD), and when I hit a pre-assigned key it dumps the video footage to a file on my hdd. Anyone know of something like this?

Thanks,
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I think you may be optimistic about finding a software package that temporarily loads a recorded file to the memory. It would seriously bog down your system.
After Effects temporarily loads a video to the memory for smoother playback for example, however it will only do so upto a certain point. Then it just dumps the temporarily buffered video and starts over again...
If you record a video the software would have to limit, maintain or completely stop a recording when the memory becomes too full.

BandiCam is a nice program for recording though, it features the AVI container 2.0 which allows the video files to be recorded beyond 4GB in a single session.
However, you could try the typically popular Fraps or the less known PlayClaw?
http://www.fraps.com/
http://www.playclaw.com/

Or even this?
http://camstudio.org/

Good luck!
post #3 of 19
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Thanks for the suggestions, though I have tried all of the above and Bandicam works the best of the group. The only feature missing is a flashback ability. $160 (before taxes and shipping too!) seems far too much for just some occasional fun xD

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I think you may be optimistic about finding a software package that temporarily loads a recorded file to the memory. It would seriously bog down your system.
After Effects temporarily loads a video to the memory for smoother playback for example, however it will only do so upto a certain point. Then it just dumps the temporarily buffered video and starts over again...
If you record a video the software would have to limit, maintain or completely stop a recording when the memory becomes too full.

BandiCam is a nice program for recording though, it features the AVI container 2.0 which allows the video files to be recorded beyond 4GB in a single session.
However, you could try the typically popular Fraps or the less known PlayClaw?
http://www.fraps.com/
http://www.playclaw.com/

Or even this?
http://camstudio.org/

Good luck!

I wouldn't use camstudio unless the game is in a window. I tried it a few times with some games in fullscreen and it didn't work, so go with FRAPS for full screen recording. Camstudio is still a great program though. It's really simple and lightweight. IIRC there's also a lossless codec pack you can add on. smile.gif

If camstudio does work in fullscreen games, somebody please tell me.
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what about MSI afterburner?
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I'm using media express from Black Magic, I'm not quite sure if it fits your needs but I enjoy using it. While this is a similar topic I'd like to ask if anyone knows of capture software that allows me to just view an Xbox game on my laptop in full screen?
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Weird double post. Disregard.
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Quote:
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what about MSI afterburner?

MSI Afterburner is an overclocking tool... not a video recorder...
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Originally Posted by Necrodox View Post

I'm using media express from Black Magic, I'm not quite sure if it fits your needs but I enjoy using it. While this is a similar topic I'd like to ask if anyone knows of capture software that allows me to just view an Xbox game on my laptop in full screen?

I am not 100% either, but I wanted software not hardware. If I was to buy hardware I would get the 'Elgato Game Capture HD', as it is not only cheaper, but I know for a fact it does exactly what I want.

Any more input here, or am I doomed to hardware only recording solutions (that imo are far too expensive xD)?
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Xfire can do that as far as I know, you can choose how much ram to use for the flashback feature and I think it can go back like 10s but I'm not sure since I only tested it once a long time ago.

not sure if it's what your looking for or how well it does since I didn't test it much but you can give it a go.
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post #10 of 19
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MSI Afterburner is an overclocking tool... not a video recorder...
I am not 100% either, but I wanted software not hardware. If I was to buy hardware I would get the 'Elgato Game Capture HD', as it is not only cheaper, but I know for a fact it does exactly what I want.

Any more input here, or am I doomed to hardware only recording solutions (that imo are far too expensive xD)?

Afterburner has an option to do recording as well. I was not pleased with it though.

Play Claw and FRAPS are hands down the best ones around (with the exception of Roxio's since I haven't tested that).

Here is my opinion of the two :

Playclaw :
-You will not take as big of a performance hit with a little tweaking.
-Converting the media files will make you want to strangle a kitten.

FRAPS :
-Cheap
-Easy to setup
-A breeze to convert the media files
-Significant hit to your performance, requires your to be beyond the games recomended requirements to get a decent resolution and fps capture.

If you have the power FRAPS is the way to go. The files will drop into any video editing software with no extra process where as PlayClaw uses a different format and is a nightmare to convert them to an accepted format.

As far as the "flashback" feature is concerned I don't know any software that does that but do expect to take a performance hit.
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