Lower CPU?
« on: 02:32:38 PM 11/07/15 »
A problem I have with recording games (I use OBS on a laptop that should work). I can play games, it's just that my video is always low quality and lagging, and according to OBS, it's because my CPU usage is high?? I've look into this, but I still don't know what to. Should I delete tasks in task manager? Do I need more RAM? Or should I start saving for a new computer?

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Lower CPU?
« Reply #1 on: 10:13:22 PM 11/07/15 »
I'm no expert since I'm new to OBS in general, but you may want to tinker with your bitrate and the resolution that you're recording at.  With out knowing your laptops exact specs I'm not sure if you'd need a new one or not. I don't think more memory would likely help if the CPU is the bottleneck.  Shutting down any tasks that aren't necessary couldn't hurt.

Re: Lower CPU?
« Reply #2 on: 07:17:10 PM 11/08/15 »
My bitrate and resolution is as low as I can bare it... my video's have such bad quality. I only keep OBS, the game I'm playing, and Audacity on.

But, eh, I'm going to try a different recording software. My test videos look soooo much better than the one's I recorded and published using OBS. I really hope this new one works. It's the fifth one I've tried... o-o
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Re: Lower CPU?
« Reply #3 on: 07:31:19 PM 11/08/15 »
If you find a decent one please let me know because I had that same problem with OBS plus additional problems. Last time I ran a log text on OBS I had 10+ problems and when I couldn't solve the problems through the forum I deleted it. I'm currently searching for a new recorder too.
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Re: Lower CPU?
« Reply #4 on: 09:06:03 PM 11/10/15 »
@Blewberries I'm very pleased with Bandicam so far. If nothing goes wrong between now and the holidays, I'll see if I'll have enough to by the full version! ^^

But theses things never really work for me... Bandicam is the fifth recording software I've tried...

Pros: Gorgeous video quality, clear in game audio, no lagging, can change the capture window size (basically what OBS does, but the developers actually tell you how to change it), shows the frame rate is the top left corner (similar to Fraps), offers both screen and game capture, and it's fairly simple to use.

Cons: The watermark and you can record for no more than ten minutes, but both of those are solved in the paid version.

I'd say definitely try it, but I guess it'll be hard to record stuff like ToS... Idk :P
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Re: Lower CPU?
« Reply #5 on: 09:42:08 PM 11/10/15 »
Town of salem you can get by with 100 Bitrate on OBS simply because it's not pixel heavy. Games with alot of movement you need to record at 3500 bitrate or you're kinda screwed in the quality department and I'm pretty sure for that you need at least and I5 processor and a GTX960 graphics card (That's what I use at least)

Re: Lower CPU?
« Reply #6 on: 10:02:32 PM 11/10/15 »
Well I need more than 10 minutes because the majority of my videos are over that limit.

I've pretty much given up hope of finding a decent open source recorder so I went back to OBS's  website and they've built another version from scratch which I'll be testing soon. It's called OBS multiplatform and so far it's much cleaner but it's taken some getting used to because they've added some new features and rearranged things.If it's any good I'll let you know.

So far off the trial versions of recording software, my favorite had to be Action! (It has the explanation mark) It's really simple to use but the trial lasts for 30 days and it has a water mark. But it has unlimited recording time and if you want to try any other trials I'd highly recommend it. It's what I'm saving up to buy. I just need something until then.
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