Recording gameplay videos has become a popular way for gamers to share their accomplishments, show-off, or even create content. Despite the fact that there are more tools available nowadays to record such videos, many still find that recording high quality gameplay videos can be challenging.
If you would like to start recording better quality gameplay videos, there are a few areas that you should try to optimize and improve:
- Resolution of the recording
The resolution of the recording should be the same as the game resolution, otherwise the video will have a lower definition and less details than what you see on your screen. Typically games nowadays run in 1080p, which is the resolution that you should try to record at as well.
- Framerate of the recording
The framerate of the video that you record will determine how smooth any movement is in it, and so the higher it is the better. For gameplay videos you should try to record at 60 frames per second if you want the video to look really high quality and fluid.
- In-game graphics
Because gameplay videos are essentially recorded based on what is on your screen, if the in-game graphics settings aren’t high then the quality of the video that you record will look poor. That is complicated further by the fact that games and recording both take up system resources, and your computer will need to be able to handle that load.
As a rule you should set the in-game graphics as high as possible so long as they don’t impact your game’s performance while you’re recording. If the game starts to lag and its frame rate drops – dial back the graphics settings slightly.
- Audio quality of microphone input
While the quality of the system (i.e. game) audio should be an area that you don’t need to worry about, the quality of audio from a microphone is another story. Typically gameplay videos contain audio commentary recorded on-the-spot via a microphone – and that audio quality will vary depending on the quality of the microphone and whether or not there is any background noise.
If you’re going to be recording audio from a microphone, it may be worth investing in a good microphone to begin with. On top of that you may need to tidy up the audio, adjust the audio levels, and edit it later during post-production.
If you look into the factors listed above, you should be able to improve the quality of your gameplay videos. All that you really need to get started is a game screen recorder, such as Gecata by Movavi for example.
As you may have noticed the one area that may impact the quality of your gameplay videos that is difficult to handle is the in-game graphics and the impact they can have on your system resources. If that turns out to be an issue, you may want to strategically upgrade parts of your rig to cope with it better.