I'm new to making gameplay videos and I need some tips. I use fraps and windows movie maker but what compression software should I use(must be free)? Also what resolution is recommended? I'm going to be making gameplay videos for crysis warhead and assassins creed.
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XviD is the best compression codec IMO. I've heard WMV 9+ isn't bad either, but I don't have much experience with it.
Resolution really just depends on how well your computer can keep up when you're recording video, because it takes a huge toll on performance. The weak link is usually the hard drive not keeping up with writing 30+ fps with each frame taking up several megabytes uncompressed. Compressing the captured video at the same time is pretty much out of the question, you'll be doing seconds-per-frame in a game like Crysis or Assassin's Creed. This is why people who are really serious about it set 2 10k rpm Raptors in RAID 0 for video recording.
thx, but i don't compress during playing, i record with fraps then compress afterwards.