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when i start to record COD4 gameplay using fraps on my FPS drop from 91 to 40... and the game laggs alot...

Is there any way to make it not lag?

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I have set mine to record at 90 fps (without vsync it lags like hell but with vsync its like its not recording at all) so smooth
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I have set mine to record at 90 fps (without vsync it lags like hell but with vsync its like its not recording at all) so smooth
whats Vsync?
    
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You will need to set core affinities of the game and fraps. I have found the best results are to dedicate three cores to the game and one core to fraps. This is for BC2, but since you're trying to record COD4, you should assign them two cores each.
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post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by freddy-b View Post
when i start to record COD4 gameplay using fraps on my FPS drop from 91 to 40... and the game laggs alot...

Is there any way to make it not lag?

Thanks.
freddy-b
It's going to happen. Fraps requires substantial resources to record, especially at higher resolutions.

Try recording in half-size if you are recording in full-size, and record at a max of 30fps. Youtube will convert 60fps down to 30fps anyways.

Your hard-drive has a lot to do with it as well. Faster hard-drive will get you some FPS boost, but it's also heavily CPU oriented.

If you are recording in full-size FRAPS then you are recording whatever resolution you are running in an UNCOMPRESSED format, which takes up a HUGE amount of space, and can be limited by the speed of writing for your drive. Sometimes I make 1 minute full-size lossless RGB with FRAPS and they are a few gigs large.
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You will need to set core affinities of the game and fraps. I have found the best results are to dedicate three cores to the game and one core to fraps. This is for BC2, but since you're trying to record COD4, you should assign them two cores each.
It shouldn't matter. Windows will equalize the load among all cores, assigning coreaffinity is only useful if you don't want programs to utilize more than a certain amount of logical CPU's. For instance, when virtualizing, you don't want to overcommit logical CPU's when they aren't needs so you would set coreaffinity for each VM to a set max # of logical CPUs to be used.
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whats Vsync?
Vertical synchronization (v-sync, v-synch, vbl-sync, vbl-synch) refers generally to the synchronization of frame changes with the vertical blanking interval.

Basically, if ur monitor is 60hz vsync will cap fps at 60.
120hz.. 120 fps etc etc
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Some of this info is 100% correct, and some of it is 100% incorrect.

I had this issue years ago - when I built my new rig I specifically chose raid0 HDDs for Fraps, I am willing to bet that your hard drives are limiting the amount of FPS it can capture at a given time - Get faster hard drives and the problem is solved.
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It shouldn't matter. Windows will equalize the load among all cores, assigning coreaffinity is only useful if you don't want programs to utilize more than a certain amount of logical CPU's.

Maybe in theory, but it sure doesn't work in my case. If I leave everything allowed to use all four cores, then I get around 30fps recording in BC2. If I do what I stated before, I can record at a constant 60fps.
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Some of this info is 100% correct, and some of it is 100% incorrect.

I had this issue years ago - when I built my new rig I specifically chose raid0 HDDs for Fraps, I am willing to bet that your hard drives are limiting the amount of FPS it can capture at a given time - Get faster hard drives and the problem is solved.
Agree with this 100%

My 640gb WD Green drive gave me rubbish FPS when using fraps. Changed it to my quicker 150gb Maxtor and all was fine, was getting decent FPS again.
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