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Recording Full Screen Games



Screen Resolution Change

Some fullscreen games will change the screen resolution when they start. If the recording started before the game launched, this can cause the recording to stop. To handle this, use the "Record Fullscreen After…" feature and select when "Screen Resolution Changes".

  1. Click on the pulldown menu next to the recording button at the bottom of the main window.
  2. Select "Record Fullscreen After…"
  3. Select "Screen Resolution Changes" from the popup and click OK
  4. Go into fullscreen in the game. After the game changes the screen resolution, the recording will start.
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Performance

Ideally, all games would be recorded at 60 fps at their maximum resolution. While this is possible, for some games it may not be depending on your Mac's capabilities. To maximize recording performance:

  • Record at the lowest acceptable resolution
  • Record at the lowest acceptable frame rate
  • Record at the lowest acceptable quality
Capture Scale

If the destination for your recording is a place like YouTube, where the maximum resolution is 1080p (at least for the vast majority of viewers), you can tell Screenflick to limit the recorded video to 1080p, while still playing the game fullscreen at a larger resolution. For example, playing games on a 27" 5K Retina iMac means the screen is actually 5120x2880 pixels. That's huge. Using the "Scale" option in Screenflick to limit the capture to 1080p will reduce the amount of work Screenflick needs to do by 7x. That will VASTLY improve the recording performance.

Frame Rate

If you find that your game's performance is lower when recording, lowering the frame rate from 60 fps to 30 fps will make a big difference.

Recording Quality

Adjust the recording quality in Screenflick's preferences. — See the Advanced tab in Screenflick's prefs and adjust the quality slider down a bit to affect how much CPU power is needed. The lowest quality setting uses quite a bit less CPU than the highest setting at the expense of some quality, which may not matter in your case.

Game Settings

Make sure the game has V-Sync turned on. With V-Sync off, the frame rate of the game can go above the maximum of the display (and the chosen recording FPS in Screenflick) which can steal precious CPU and GPU processing power away from Screenflick. It can also cause hiccups in the frame render and capture timing which can result in a "stuttering" effect when playing. Turning V-Sync on will reduce the chance of this happening.

Finally, reducing the actual quality of the video game rendering itself can improve recording performance. Remember that both the video game and Screenflick are sharing all of your computer's resources, so some compromises might be necessary to keep both running smoothly.

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Recording Game Audio

Most games will behave well, but if you encounter a situation where the game's audio wasn't recorded, you may need to slightly change your recording setup, such as starting the recording before launching the game and trimming the recording before exporting.

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