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Lag Spikes with Fraps while recording Minecraft..

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March 20, 2014 12:56:00 PM

I have been using Fraps to record, and I seem to be getting lag spikes while recording Minecraft. I've been debating if it's because I record on to my internal hard drive, but I'm not sure.

Here are my specs:

Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz

EVGA SuperClocked 02G-P4-2662-KR GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

8 GB DDR3 Ram

1 TB Hard Drive

450 Watt Power Supply

1680 x 1050 Monitor

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March 20, 2014 1:26:07 PM

As far as I know, you'll experience lag while recording anything with Fraps. I'm not sure if it's because you're writing to your disk, but I know that Fraps intervenes and takes a picture of every frame of the game, which will decrease performance.
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March 20, 2014 1:37:05 PM

Tips for smooth recording:

- However many CPU cores your game uses, you should add +2 for recording/compressing/writing to disk
- Turn Crossfire/SLI off. Game capture software generally performs better when capturing off 1 GPU
- Have a dedicated hard drive used for NOTHING but capturing video. Keep it clean.
- 8GB or more of DDR3 RAM of the fastest speed supported by your CPU
- Record @ 30FPS in one of these standard widescreen resolutions: 1280x720, 1600x900, 1920x1080
- You 'can' record multuchannel audio *OR* downmix to stereo. Multichannel is a direct stream copy but larger file. Downmixing uses a little bit of CPU power to remix multichannel to 2 channel stereo, but is a slightly smaller file

It is probably your system hard drive being too fragmented and busy to record and write smoothly.
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March 20, 2014 2:07:16 PM

Swartz55 said:
As far as I know, you'll experience lag while recording anything with Fraps. I'm not sure if it's because you're writing to your disk, but I know that Fraps intervenes and takes a picture of every frame of the game, which will decrease performance.

The thing is though, Minecraft is incredibly easy to run. I get around 400 fps while playing, so it must be the hard drive.



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March 20, 2014 2:10:26 PM

maddogfargo said:
Tips for smooth recording:

- However many CPU cores your game uses, you should add +2 for recording/compressing/writing to disk
- Turn Crossfire/SLI off. Game capture software generally performs better when capturing off 1 GPU
- Have a dedicated hard drive used for NOTHING but capturing video. Keep it clean.
- 8GB or more of DDR3 RAM of the fastest speed supported by your CPU
- Record @ 30FPS in one of these standard widescreen resolutions: 1280x720, 1600x900, 1920x1080
- You 'can' record multuchannel audio *OR* downmix to stereo. Multichannel is a direct stream copy but larger file. Downmixing uses a little bit of CPU power to remix multichannel to 2 channel stereo, but is a slightly smaller file

It is probably your system hard drive being too fragmented and busy to record and write smoothly.

It seems like you copy/pasted that, 30 FPS in a game like Minecraft looks like a choppy mess, and I obviously have 8 GB of ram and no SLI. Though, I will think of getting a separate hard drive for recording.

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