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Nvidia Rolling Out ShadowPlay, the Gaming PVR, on June 25

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 27 comments

Never miss recording that amazing moment ever again.

If you've read our GeForce GTX 780 review, you may remember us making mention of an upcoming Nvidia feature called ShadowPlay. We described it as an always-on DVR for gaming, so that should give you an idea of what this feature does.

As part of a GeForce Experience software package coming June 25, ShadowPlay leverages the NVEnc fixed-function encoder built into Kepler-based GPUs and automatically records passing gameplay. The user can manually select the rolling block of time recorded, be it the last two minutes or 20 minutes. This way, if something particularly interesting happens during the game, a hotkey combination will trigger an instant saving of the past set amount of time to a file, and a new rolling record file is started. Those who crave ultimate control can also use hotkeys to start and stop recording, similar to how it works for other tools like Fraps.

So why not just use Fraps? Besides the rolling record feature, ShadowPlay incurs far less of a performance hit. Where Fraps records the raw data, ShadowPlay encodes and compresses more efficiently into an H.264 video file, which leaves more system resources to outputting frames. This also means that ShadowPlay video files are just a fraction of the size of a Fraps output – we're talking hundreds of megabytes with ShadowPlay rather than gigabytes with Fraps.

Ultimately, ShadowPlay will be a boon to gamers who love to record and share their gaming moments. This will make it easier than ever.

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    vmem , June 12, 2013 7:13 PM
    I sense even more "game play" videos on youtube!
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    brandonjclark , June 12, 2013 7:44 PM
    This had better come to Radeon.
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    renz496 , June 12, 2013 7:46 PM
    Would be nice if there an article later to compare Shadow Play and FRAPS video capturing and to see pro and con for both softwares. So far the con might be the feature only available for geforce user :p  . will AMD going to release something similar to radeon user? If i'm not mistaken the 7k radeons also have something similar to nvidia NVENC inside it's hardware
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    DarkSable , June 12, 2013 7:55 PM
    Okay, that's cool. The ability to not have to sift through the boring stuff and only starting recording (before) the interesting stuff happens...
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    renz496 , June 12, 2013 7:58 PM
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    This had better come to Radeon.


    Not gonna happen.
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    Amdlova , June 12, 2013 8:31 PM
    may be this show more fps than reality... :)  How bad will this make against the war Nvidia and AMD?
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    SirGCal , June 12, 2013 10:35 PM
    And not to Titan?!? Wha?!? I'm sad... What about my 690... I use FRAPS all the time. Being able to dump it for something better wouldn't make me sad at all. Even if it was just a live recording and not the capture the past thing this mentioned... I'll still take it. But the 7 series wasn't something I was looking at to be honest. I was considering a Titan but... I'm a rare, weird extremist like that...
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    twinshadow , June 13, 2013 2:31 AM
    I use Msi Afterburner with my 7950 it uses 3 different types of compression you can also set the resolution and frame rate
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    renz496 , June 13, 2013 3:05 AM
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    And not to Titan?!? Wha?!? I'm sad... What about my 690... I use FRAPS all the time. Being able to dump it for something better wouldn't make me sad at all. Even if it was just a live recording and not the capture the past thing this mentioned... I'll still take it. But the 7 series wasn't something I was looking at to be honest. I was considering a Titan but... I'm a rare, weird extremist like that...


    AFAIK Shadow Play should be able to work with any Kepler based gpu
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    renz496 , June 13, 2013 3:06 AM
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    I use Msi Afterburner with my 7950 it uses 3 different types of compression you can also set the resolution and frame rate


    isn't that MSI AB approach is a bit similar to FRAPS?
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    xyriin , June 13, 2013 3:19 AM
    This would actually provide a nice backup if not live streaming. As for FRAPS I'd say it's seeing less and less use these days with the convenience and ease of streaming with OBS or Xsplit.

    Twitch has made editing videos fairly painless with simple slider adjustments for highlighting and effectively one click uploads of highlights to YouTube. (it's really 3 clicks, but takes less than 5 seconds)
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    ubercake , June 13, 2013 7:31 AM
    This is a cool feature. It will definitely get me youtubing.
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    Mike Honcho , June 13, 2013 10:00 AM
    This will produce some of the most epic gaming videos the world will see. Awesome concept. Can't wait.
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    booyaah , June 13, 2013 11:07 AM
    Nvidia is starting to build themselves a nice little software utility ecosystem, while AMD is still stuck on trying to fix microstutter lol.
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    ubercake , June 13, 2013 12:07 PM
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    Nvidia is starting to build themselves a nice little software utility ecosystem, while AMD is still stuck on trying to fix microstutter lol.


    I seriously hope AMD does fix the microstutter issue. I like to have options.

    Right now they aren't even on my radar. That sucks from a consumer standpoint.
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    redeemer , June 13, 2013 3:10 PM
    Nvidia better fix their drivers 320.18 has to be one of the worst releases yet, recording feature is nice however
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    renz496 , June 13, 2013 5:14 PM
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    Nvidia better fix their drivers 320.18 has to be one of the worst releases yet, recording feature is nice however


    I haven't check the driver feedback thread over nvidia forum yet what exactly common problem people are having with the drivers? For me the driver working just fine with my GTX660 SLI
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    iam2thecrowe , June 14, 2013 12:34 AM
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    Nvidia better fix their drivers 320.18 has to be one of the worst releases yet, recording feature is nice however


    I haven't check the driver feedback thread over nvidia forum yet what exactly common problem people are having with the drivers? For me the driver working just fine with my GTX660 SLI


    i think its mainly crashes, these disappear as soon as you use NVidia inspector to force a stable clock rate, rather than boost clock bs that causes crashes in quite a few games for me.
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    cats_Paw , June 14, 2013 1:18 AM
    GPUs graphic power is growing so strong compared to games that they even add this stuff to sell their products...
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    renz496 , June 14, 2013 2:31 AM
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    Nvidia better fix their drivers 320.18 has to be one of the worst releases yet, recording feature is nice however


    I haven't check the driver feedback thread over nvidia forum yet what exactly common problem people are having with the drivers? For me the driver working just fine with my GTX660 SLI


    I have been using the driver since it came out so far works fine with me. Only have driver crash (stop responding) this week which is the first since first i insralled the driver on my machine. Maybe it did not affecting my machine that much

    i think its mainly crashes, these disappear as soon as you use NVidia inspector to force a stable clock rate, rather than boost clock bs that causes crashes in quite a few games for me.


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