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Been wanting to record some gameplay for a few months, but I don't have the room on my mATX case for another HDD, I know USB 2.0 won't cut it for recording gameplay at 1080p60 but will a USB 3.0 be up the task?

More specifically, I've been looking at one of these http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=1000 with 2TB capacity.
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post #2 of 8
TBH, I'd use Dxtory and record 720p 30FPS on an external HDD for smaller file sizes and you definitely won't have an issue with an external HDD and you won't be able to tell the difference on YT for the most part. I record to a crappy 45MB/s 160GB laptop drive though, I'm sure you'll be able to record to a external HDD.
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Raw or (near) losslessly compressed video recording likely isn't going to work well over USB 3.0 at 1080p60, but many software video recorders have compression options that can easily get the bit rate to what you are looking for, while still looking good. FRAPS produces files with fairly massive bitrates and is not the most well suited for this.

Regarding the external drive, I recommend getting your own drives and putting them in your own external enclosure.
Edited by Blameless - 11/11/13 at 9:37am
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I don't know much about using external drives, but if you are wanting to record for YT, you only need 30FPS. That is the playback frame rate it runs at. Makes it easier for the rendering process as well.
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I haven't fiddled much wih FRAPs or other recording apps, but doesn't it force your game to 30 FPS if you record at 30 FPS? It's gonna be for YT so yes, I don't really need it to be RAW quality.
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Originally Posted by Icarian View Post

I haven't fiddled much wih FRAPs or other recording apps, but doesn't it force your game to 30 FPS if you record at 30 FPS?

FRAPS forces the game to a whole number multiple of the recording frame rate. If you are recording at 30 fps, you can play 60, 90, etc, if your system is capable of maintaining such a frame rate while recording.
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I haven't fiddled much wih FRAPs or other recording apps, but doesn't it force your game to 30 FPS if you record at 30 FPS?
It's gonna be for YT so yes, I don't really need it to be RAW quality.[/quote]

If near perfect quality is not important, FRAPS is far from the best choice of recording programs.

Look into MSI AB, DXTory, PlayClaw, and others.
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Tried Dxtory, I like it more than FRAPS for sure, especially since I can record at 30 FPS without having to play at 30 FPS, and it also seems to have a lesser impact on performance, even if it's just 3~ FPS, but it seems that the files weight more than FRAPS', a minute long video recorded at medium quality with Dxtory's Codec at 1200p30 is about 3.77 GB while it weights 2.89 GB with FRAPS, even at its lowest quality it still weights more than FRAPS, at 3.24 GB, I don't know how the quality compares, but it seems kinda weird that even at lowest quality settings Dxtory puts out larger files than FRAPS,
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FRAPS file sizes are normally some of the largest, but you've evidently stumbled upon a situation where FRAPS is providing better compression.

I haven't used dxtory since the previous version and don't know what options are available.
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