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

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.

  • vmem
    I sense even more "game play" videos on youtube!
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  • brandonjclark
    This had better come to Radeon.
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  • renz496
    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
    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
    10960808 said:
    This had better come to Radeon.

    Not gonna happen.
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  • Amdlova
    may be this show more fps than reality... :) How bad will this make against the war Nvidia and AMD?
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  • SirGCal
    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
    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
    10961535 said:
    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
    10962168 said:
    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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