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Compressing Fraps gameplay videos while trying to maintain quality.

#1EpicKingdom_Posted 10/24/2013 8:32:08 PM
Do any of you like to record gameplay for lets say.. for a Youtube channel? I'm just wondering how some of you record / compress while trying to maintain the best quality possible. I realize that no matter what quality will be lost when compressing file sizes but anyways, I only know one way. Using Vdub with K-Lite codec pack. Just like this video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHtDaYHE8hA

But I am starting to question quality. Some videos looks fuzzy imo.. (If you take a look at my channel in my signature, what do you think? About my videos quality).

So best way to do so? Just wondering.
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#2-CJF-Posted 10/24/2013 8:46:44 PM(edited)
The best and simplest way is probably just tossing the video into handbrake, using the X264 high profile preset.

EDIT: Just looked at your channel and the quality of your vids aren't that bad. They are a little washed out and sometimes blurry, but I guess that's to be expected when a video is butchered by YouTube encode. Keep in mind, the video has been encoded twice since YouTube encodes it when you upload it to their servers. I'd still recommend trying the Handbrake method, it may provide better quality if you aren't already using X264.
#3EpicKingdom_(Topic Creator)Posted 10/24/2013 9:23:46 PM
So it could be Youtube's fault? Because I actually thought the compressed videos looked great when checking it on the desktop.
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http://www.youtube.com/user/PCGamingMasterRace87/videos
#4Darkcloud20Posted 10/24/2013 9:34:04 PM
-CJF- posted...
The best and simplest way is probably just tossing the video into handbrake, using the X264 high profile preset.


Don't do that. This will cause the video to have fraps compression, the compression from handbreak AND the one from Youtube. Try to get the recordings as loss less as your upload, hdd space and youtube allow you to.
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#5anonymous46773Posted 10/24/2013 10:17:57 PM
What I did with my last video was I just dragged and dropped all the parts into Windows Movie Maker ._.

It didn't come out too bad, actually, in my honest opinion. Still trying to figure out how to get rid of the black bars, though:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xa-YJmHWlto
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#6claytonbuckleyPosted 10/24/2013 10:22:56 PM
On the few occasions i have made videos for youtube of gameplay, i've just rendered the video in Sony Vegas Pro 12. While i have not found the optimal setting for rendering, it does look very good IMO.

Also be aware, i don't know alot about it but Youtube does reduce the quality further when you upload.
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#7EpicKingdom_(Topic Creator)Posted 10/24/2013 10:36:09 PM(edited)
I think it's Youtube because the videos I decompress onto the desktop (just tested) look great.. unless my internet is crap and I can't load up a 1080p video properly lol. I think I'll try Xvid next. I do have Sony Vegas but I have no clue on how to use it atm. Mabye I should try to keep the file sizes somewhat large? 1GB at least?

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http://www.youtube.com/user/PCGamingMasterRace87/videos
#8-CJF-Posted 10/24/2013 10:35:46 PM
Darkcloud20 posted...
-CJF- posted...
The best and simplest way is probably just tossing the video into handbrake, using the X264 high profile preset.


Don't do that. This will cause the video to have fraps compression, the compression from handbreak AND the one from Youtube. Try to get the recordings as loss less as your upload, hdd space and youtube allow you to.


Fraps does not compress videos, it's lossless. Either way you go, you're going to be compressing it twice, unless you feel like uploading the raw files fraps outputs to YouTube, which will be well over 4 GB for a few minutes of gameplay. Handbrake uses X264, which is the best codec currently available until HEVC becomes the standard, which will take several years.
#9call of dutyPosted 10/25/2013 8:00:42 AM
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