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Recording Minecraft gameplay

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 in Gaming by Nick

When it comes to recording Minecraft gameplay, it can be tough at times. Minecraft itself is a big resource hog and recording it can be a hassle. After recording gameplay on two computers (a desktop, which gets a 3.3 on the Windows Experience Index, and a laptop, which gets a 4.2) I have come to the following results.

Recording Software

  1. Fraps
    • The absolute best recording software for Windows. It isn’t free though, but at $37, it does the job great.
    • The movie quality is excellent but the file size can be big at times
  2. CamStudio
    • Its free and it works, but I’ve never had success with making great Minecraft recordings with it. The results are usually choppy and laggy
  3. Camtasia Recorder
    • Part of a bigger program (Camtasia Studio), Camtasia Recorder is good for recording what your doing like typing on Notepad or a Photoshop tutorial, but when it comes to recording Minecraft gameplay, I have had no luck.

Tips:

  • Minecraft
    • Set Graphics to Fast
    • Limit Framework On
    • Render Distance Short/Tiny
  • Computer
    • Make sure anything related to Flash is not running (ex. YouTube video)
    • Try to have only Minecraft and the video recorder running
    • Set Minecraft’s priority to high (Open up Windows Task Manager and right click Minecraft. and click ‘Go to Process’. Right click the process and then ‘Set Priority’ to high)
    • Do the same for the recording software

 

Note: All tests where using Windows 7 on average, consumer hardware

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