I recently took the card reader out of my lil' bro's old PC, and put it in my own. I did this because I wanted to record video's with good quality (720p or higher), but I really disliked those rediculous file sizes, even though I have a 1 TB harddisk. I will mostly use it for Modern Warfare 2 matches, but most of the vids on YouTube were recorded using a 360 or PS3, and of course all of them were good quality because of the SD cards.
My questions are:
1. How do I use an SD card to record PC games? 2. Is any SD card good enough? 3. IF I record something, will it have decent quality? (Probably related to question 1) 4. Is it better to use Fraps or any other software recorder?
(And yes I used Google, and I tried different recorders, but either the file size was huge, or the quality suxed.)
Set whatever recording program you use (e.g. Fraps, WeGame, etc.) to record to whatever drive letter your SD card is. As far as quality goes, an SD card is pretty much an SD card. It either works or it doesn't; you're not going to get better resolution or clarity based on what card you have, and it certainly won't be any better or worse than recording to a hard drive. This is digital recording, not analog.
As for recording software, I don't like Fraps. For starters, it's almost $30, and it will limit your game's frame rate to whatever frame rate you record at. It also generates enormous files. I used to use WeGame, because it could record in slightly lower quality without impacting your in-game frame rate and files would be much smaller. My only gripe with it is that now it's no longer 100% free. You can still record in the lower-quality "Web" mode, but you have to be a paid subscriber to record "HD" high quality.
If I were you, I would just get the free version of WeGame and use the Web mode. It looks just fine.
Um, I got an example of the Web mode from WeGame, and it sucks pretty bad.
For the ones playing MW2: admit that it was a pretty nice shot.
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20th November 2007
I guess I'm not quite sure why you want to record to an SD card... The file size is still the same, and the transfer rate from a card reader is slower than a hard drive.
EDIT: BWAHAHA! 666th post!
I thougth that maybe the filesize would be smaller or something like that. But apparently it isnt.
A file is the same size regardless of what it's stored on. The only thing you could try is compressing it with WinRAR or something similar, but even then it can only do so much.
Compressing to Winrar would not be usefull if I wanted to post a vid on YouTube ;)
FRAPS is good for the job, you just need to get the latest version, and you do need to setup it decently, or you'll be recording 1gb/1s :p. And a simple conversion in windows movie maker does the job if you want to have smaller files.
XFire can record in-game videos with a small variety of settings. Just throwing that out there.