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Skully

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Record is lagging (framedrops) while game is smooth
« on: April 05, 2015, 12:54:08 am »
Hey folks,

(tl;dr - version at the bottom)

I was using FRAPS a long time without any problems to record games, until Dragon Age Inquisition was released and... let's say, 15 minutes for a loading screen is a bit to much.
Since I recently bought a new PC I tried NVidia's Shadowplay and I was amazed due to the small size of the files and the fluent recording. However, the quality is not as amazing as it could be and the record got asynchronous, sometimes.
So I decided to give Dxtory a shot since I heard so much good about it. I downloaded it yesterday and wanted to try the trial first before buying a license - and I have to say, this has been a good decision.

So, what's the problem?
I want to record a game while playing and cut the video with an audio file in my cutting program, export, render it with MeGUI and upload the final video to my YouTube-channel. Now I realized that I'm not able to record properly with Dxtory since the framerate drops every few seconds - and we all know that lag is eviliest to happen to us. I could understand the game being slow due to... something, my system should handle it, I guess, but the thing is - My game is running smooth, constant 60 fps (according to the left of the two numbers displayed by Dxtory and any other program).

I've tried about five different games, at least as many different codecs and two hard drives but nothing seems to work, the recording is lagging awfully. I don't want to take down the quality, though, since that's the reason I want to use Dxtory.

My framerate dithers somewhere between 25-60, relative to game and engine, but none of the tests I did got me an acceptable result.

Here's a list of games/codecs/drives/settings I used (and can remember)

Games:
- Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons
- Dragon Age: Origins (mainly)
- Drakensang
- Hearthstone (this one was pretty smooth, but that's not that relevant since I won't want to record this and the game doesn't need that many recources)
- Middle-Earth - Shadow of Mordor
- Risen 3 - Titan Lords

Codecs:
- Dxtory Video Codec (both low and high settings, with the latter even the game's fps dropped to ~47, but I'm not sure aout the quality of the loew settings - and one of them with compress disabled, I think)
- FRAPS Video Decompressor (well, at least I tried, with it selected the program crashed)
- Lagarith Lossless Codec, the much recommended - YV12 and multithreading activated
- MagicYUV lossless video codec v1.1 (32 bit) (All supported, YUV 4:2:0 (and 4:2:2 I think), Rec.709, 2-4 threads (8 with auto-detect), dynamic and predict left)
- UtVideo YUV420 BT.709 VCM (3 divide frame count, predict left)

Drives the recording goes to:
- Seagate Barracuda 3TB ST3000DM001 (my drive I record to since I got my new PC; mainly used for videos, but since my C: isn't kind of small I installed a few games on it to save space)
- Intenso 3,5" Memory Center USB 3.0, 2 TB - WDC WD5000AAKX (external USB 3.0 drive with backups (system and old videos), my drive I recorded to with my old PC with FRAPS)
Of course I tried different games while recording, which are not on the same drive as I'm recording to. Although it's not working well...

Dxtory Setting:
- Key Frame Rate: 15 (I believe it's set by the codec used, at least I can't edit this one)
- Quality: 100 (same as above)
- Data Rate: 0 (same as above)

- Clipping deactivated (None, None, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0)

- Frame Rate: usually 60 - since YouTube added 60 fps recently. I want as much quality as possible, meaning 60 is a must, not 30 fps. If possible... However, on my last recording with 30 fps I got a little stuttering too...)
- File Output (Avi, RawCap doesn't seem to make a difference)

- Sync fps activated (I don't quite get the setting as I don't see any big difference...)
- Scaling: Percent, 100

- None of the adv. setting is activated (However, for the sake of completeness: Delay Hook: 5, Processing Threads: 1 by default, 2 with a few runs, Limit fps: 60)

My system:
- Intel i7 4770 CPU @ 3,4 GHz
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 4GB
- 16GB Kingston DDR3-1600 (2x 8GB) RAM
- Win 8.1, 64 Bit

Meh, I don't see any option to add a [spoiler]text[/spoiler] BB-Code, that'd be much more overseeable...

Is there anything more I can say/give informations about?
I can only add that I don't have any problems recording with FRAPS or Shadowplay (regarding the framerate of the recording. Well, at least with shadowplay).
I'd really buy a Dxtory-license, but the current perfomance seems not to be the quality I want. Sadly. I hope it's not because I don't have a license (yet)? I wont buy a 30€-trial version to come to the conclusion it doesn't work well either.

And here's the unedited enviromnet information:
Quote
[Dxtory]
Version: 2.0.128
UID: 6bef3d5e-9ec3-4ba4-a75c-15d50ba9b182

[Dxtory Files]
InstallPath: C:\Program Files (x86)\ExKode\Dxtory2.0
AppNames.txt Size: 1,047 bytes SHA1: 40cd39ab435dbcb3d44eba72b737a05b9a14410b
AudioStreamSplitter.exe Size: 37,424 bytes Ver: 2.0.0.1 SHA1: a2a2c79530d8b6bf8a2babdcf1efba3e5584c0ad
AudioStreamSplitter_ja.txt Size: 134 bytes SHA1: 489a5264d73a47edcce7c92edb131cf63e5e5709
AVIFix.exe Size: 72,192 bytes Ver: 2.0.0.119 SHA1: 7a09d66397e59a821aa710e53f9e241f77a7792a
AVIFix_ja.txt Size: 288 bytes SHA1: 9cab20780686687b84f604c77c73aaae3fd8126d
AVIMux.exe Size: 161,280 bytes Ver: 2.0.0.120 SHA1: 5196d86b22e66459b4dececc675099f8dd16422b
AVIMuxCore.dll Size: 178,176 bytes Ver: 2.0.0.3 SHA1: 77f91e5cbdb6516492937b09e8779fbfce339ad0
AVIMux_ja.txt Size: 1,701 bytes SHA1: fa240715d701f450bb95377aa8517a252329b619
CryptData.pup Size: 84 bytes SHA1: cf9d724807f965d372da4d168bebd78c5258d6ae
Dxtory.exe Size: 576,560 bytes Ver: 2.0.0.128 SHA1: d80062911606b6f963bed25a41b179a83efe95a7
Dxtory64.exe Size: 102,448 bytes Ver: 2.0.0.127 SHA1: cc69798363aac9c1040766a0e79e1ae1757b1ee2
DxtoryCore.dll Size: 6,876,720 bytes Ver: 2.0.0.128 SHA1: f32e541ee725901f7ab07793fea72ebd52c57ce4
DxtoryCore64.dll Size: 6,554,160 bytes Ver: 2.0.0.128 SHA1: d6a6b8d5a4d119a40f85ed5eb69a1f10e7bd02a1
DxtoryHK.dll Size: 154,672 bytes Ver: 2.0.0.126 SHA1: ad2429d46bf8002a104e27297e84173256910f71
DxtoryHK64.dll Size: 173,104 bytes Ver: 2.0.0.126 SHA1: 3a126079e0fb66e05c016d620bea6cb79061673b
DxtoryMM.dll Size: 1,125,936 bytes Ver: 2.0.0.126 SHA1: 798cd56c8dd928496e34fcaba11aa5d7e159b20c
DxtoryMM64.dll Size: 1,137,712 bytes Ver: 2.0.0.126 SHA1: 5211c132c7c4b7751b65ba375e3b832e5decb70e
DxtoryVideo.dll Size: 273,408 bytes Ver: 2.0.0.97 SHA1: b9c1ff13a061e189affef9ae37f5ae142450b189
DxtoryVideo64.dll Size: 303,616 bytes Ver: 2.0.0.97 SHA1: 497ef3f62908d7a1f9362fc347198b900fc7c131
DxtoryVideo64_Install.bat Size: 28 bytes SHA1: 308ae1e37b5e28ff7134beb319faad48280068b0
DxtoryVideo64_Uninstall.bat Size: 31 bytes SHA1: 3fbf8d3c3a5b375eda07e47a64534b91c8df5139
DxtoryVideoSetting.exe Size: 122,368 bytes Ver: 2.0.0.119 SHA1: adb248b7eca7001e64ba19054807ab6556126a87
DxtoryVideoSetting_ja.txt Size: 1,675 bytes SHA1: e532f36bd5ac6255659d240180637484661f0c83
DxtoryVideo_Install.bat Size: 26 bytes SHA1: b00e69772cc1cae9e86fe2b70ca290c488723fd7
DxtoryVideo_Uninstall.bat Size: 29 bytes SHA1: 0b0202cbc7fba373f42e1a6916fc2ad01edaa627
Dxtory_ja.txt Size: 17,473 bytes SHA1: 279546d8f8ea418fd9fb48d357986103d5bf5b4c
EULA_en.txt Size: 1,356 bytes SHA1: 340c6b3425ab78d83c6a8bd344b6cc58d152ce8f
EULA_ja.txt Size: 1,814 bytes SHA1: cded0d38ec6a1cb0e86bc264496deaa28082cb51
ignore_module_list.txt Size: 979 bytes SHA1: b21c3c09c8c0ee4f9f119a53f9c0b23d278261f8
LicReg.dat Size: 7,390 bytes SHA1: f46e444f53f248e5ec85c056a9d2ce4d839bda43
LicReg.exe Size: 96,816 bytes Ver: 2.0.0.4 SHA1: 0d236ac1394a97d35a67c63ec15e45a80f87db5b
LicReg_ja.txt Size: 707 bytes SHA1: 981af64897276c22867952f4972d9c29c6ee35e7
RawCapConv.exe Size: 210,480 bytes Ver: 2.0.0.128 SHA1: cac5e150375323370f68fd73c3e9806d003f82e5
RawCapConv_ja.txt Size: 1,869 bytes SHA1: 12086976f07abfc8d435abeee6c450c3cb2b07cd
RCStream.dll Size: 164,352 bytes Ver: 1.0.0.76 SHA1: 31266452f142cd7c856384945ffc410b2c9c8be9
readme.txt Size: 1,322 bytes SHA1: f8b7e31de7927309f7f3e03936374837906a94d9
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UpdateChecker.ini Size: 238 bytes SHA1: 796da23b4a505bf2ef370dc271d1a80585dff6e2
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[System Information]
CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770 CPU @ 3.40GHz
CPU Instruction Set: MMX SSE SSE2 SSE3 SSSE3 SSE4.1 SSE4.2 AVX AVX2 FMA3 AES
OS: Microsoft Windows 8.1 x64
OSVersion: 6.3.9600
OSLanguage: 1031
ServicePack:
Memory0: BANK 1 8,589,934,592 bytes
Memory1: BANK 3 8,589,934,592 bytes
TotalMemory: 17,179,869,184 bytes
Total Physical Memory: 17,121,087,488 bytes
Available Physical Memory: 13,241,647,104 bytes
Total Page File: 19,671,224,320 bytes
Available Page File: 14,696,157,184 bytes
Total Virtual Memory: 2,147,352,576 bytes
Available Virtual Memory: 1,775,669,248 bytes
PerformanceCounterFrequency: 3320322 (0x32AA02)
VideoCard: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 Memory: 4,293,918,720 Processor: GeForce GTX 770 DriverVer: 9.18.13.4788 DriverDate: 2015-03-13 01-00-00
Display0: 1920x1080 32bits 60Hz
SoundDevice: USB-Audiogerät Manufacturer: (Standard-USB-Audio)
SoundDevice: NVIDIA High Definition Audio Manufacturer: NVIDIA
SoundDevice: NVIDIA Virtual Audio Device (Wave Extensible) (WDM) Manufacturer: NVIDIA
SoundDevice: Realtek High Definition Audio Manufacturer: Realtek

[Audio Device]
Lautsprecher (USB Audio CODEC ) - CoreAudioOut
SyncMaster-4 (NVIDIA High Definition Audio) - CoreAudioOut
Mikrofon (USB Audio CODEC ) - CoreAudioIn, Volume 100

[Video Codec]
Dxtory Video Codec FCC:xtor
Cinepak Codec von Radius FCC:cvid
Fraps Video Decompressor FCC:fps1
Intel IYUV Codec FCC:i420
Intel IYUV Codec FCC:iyuv
Lagarith Lossless Codec FCC:lags
MagicYUV lossless video codec v1.1 (32 bit) FCC:magy
Microsoft RLE FCC:mrle
Microsoft Video 1 FCC:msvc
UtVideo Pro YUV422 10bit VCM FCC:uqy2
UtVideo RGB VCM FCC:ulrg
UtVideo RGBA VCM FCC:ulra
UtVideo YUV420 BT.601 VCM FCC:uly0
UtVideo YUV420 BT.709 VCM FCC:ulh0
UtVideo YUV422 BT.601 VCM FCC:uly2
UtVideo YUV422 BT.709 VCM FCC:ulh2

[Audio Codec]
Microsoft GSM 6.10
Microsoft CCITT G.711
Microsoft IMA ADPCM
MS-ADPCM
MPEG Layer-3 Codec
PCM
IEEE Float

[License Information]
License: Trial

[Additional Information]
Dxtory_log.txt: Empty
ErrorLog.txt: Available Size=32710

[Global Setting]
OptionFlag=

[Ignore List]

======================================================================

[Profile]
Name: Default
Path:

[Overlay]
Option: Left VertCenter VidoeFPS WriteFileFPS RecordState CapFrame CapFrameSS
Color: Sleep FF00FF00, Active FFFFBC00, Movie  FF00FF00, ScreenShot FF00FF00

[Folder]
SSFolder: D:\Filme\LPs\,Video

[HotKey]
MovieCapture: Ctrl + F9 (0x00020043)
PushToTalk: None
ScreenShotSingle: Ctrl + F11 (0x00020057)
ScreenShotRepeat: None
ScreenShotAuto: None
ToggleStatus: None
MovieCaptureFrame: None
ScreenShotCaptureFrame: None

[Movie]
Clipping:
ClipMargin: 0,0,0,0
ClipSize: 0,0
Scaling: Percent 100% 0x0
Codec: UtVideo YUV420 BT.709 VCM, Quality 10000, KeyFrameRate 15, DataRate 0
FrameRate: 30
Output: File AVI
Option: IncludeCursor SyncFPS

[Audio0]
Enabled: True
PushToTalk: False
Device: SyncMaster-4 (NVIDIA High Definition Audio)
Codec: PCM
Format: PCM 48000 Hz, 16 bit, Stereo

[ScreenShot]
Clipping:
ClipMargin: 0,0,0,0
ClipSize: 0,0
Scaling: Percent 100% 0x0
HighSpeedLimit: 0
RepeatInterval: 1000
Format: PNG
JpegQuality: 97
Option: IncludeCursor

[Advanced]
Option:
ThreadCount: 1
LimitedFPS: False
FPSLimit: 60
DelayHook: False
DelayHookTime: 5

======================================================================

[Profile]
Name: Battle.net
Path: C:\Program Files (x86)\Battle.net\Battle.net.5636\Battle.net.exe

[Folder]
SSFolder: D:\Filme\LPs\,Video

[Advanced]
Option:
ThreadCount: 1
LimitedFPS: False
FPSLimit: 60
DelayHook: False
DelayHookTime: 5

[LastUsingInformation]
DateTime: 2015.04.03 18:34:18
DeviceType: DX7 DX9
View0.Type=DX9Ex
View0.DevType=D3DDEVTYPE_HAL
View0.BhFlags=D3DCREATE_FPU_PRESERVE D3DCREATE_PUREDEVICE D3DCREATE_HARDWARE_VERTEXPROCESSING D3DCREATE_NOWINDOWCHANGES
View0.Format=D3DFMT_X8R8G8B8
View0.Size=1665x851
View0.HWND=0x0002060E
View0.WindowTitle=Battle.net
View0.ClassName=Qt5QWindowGLOwnDCIcon

======================================================================

[Profile]
Name: Brothers (32-bit, DX9)
Path: D:\Spiele\SteamLibrary\SteamApps\common\Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons\Binaries\Win32\Brothers.exe

[Folder]
  K:  Speed: 0MB/sec  Free: 127,521,017,856 Total: 2,000,395,272,192 Format: NTFS
SSFolder: D:\Filme\LPs\,Video

[Advanced]
Option:
ThreadCount: 1
LimitedFPS: False
FPSLimit: 60
DelayHook: False
DelayHookTime: 5

[LastUsingInformation]
DateTime: 2015.04.03 19:03:56
DeviceType: OGL DX7 DX9 DX11
View0.Type=DX9
View0.DevType=D3DDEVTYPE_HAL
View0.BhFlags=D3DCREATE_FPU_PRESERVE D3DCREATE_HARDWARE_VERTEXPROCESSING D3DCREATE_DISABLE_DRIVER_MANAGEMENT
View0.Format=D3DFMT_A8R8G8B8
View0.Size=1920x1080
View0.HWND=0x001B0458
View0.WindowTitle=Brothers (32-bit, DX9)
View0.ClassName=LaunchUnrealUWindowsClient

======================================================================

[Profile]
Name: Dragon Age: Origins
Path: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Dragon Age Ultimate Edition\bin_ship\DAOrigins.exe

[Folder]
  K:  Speed: 0MB/sec  Free: 127,521,017,856 Total: 2,000,395,272,192 Format: NTFS
SSFolder: D:\Filme\LPs\,Video

[Advanced]
Option:
ThreadCount: 2
LimitedFPS: False
FPSLimit: 60
DelayHook: False
DelayHookTime: 5

[LastUsingInformation]
DateTime: 2015.04.04 16:31:19
DeviceType: DX7 DX9
View0.Type=DX9
View0.DevType=D3DDEVTYPE_HAL
View0.BhFlags=D3DCREATE_MULTITHREADED D3DCREATE_HARDWARE_VERTEXPROCESSING
View0.Format=D3DFMT_A8R8G8B8
View0.Size=1920x1080
View0.HWND=0x001306A0
View0.WindowTitle=Dragon Age: Origins
View0.ClassName=DragonAge

======================================================================

[Profile]
Name: Drakensang
Path: C:\Program Files (x86)\Drakensang - Am Fluss der Zeit\drakensang.exe

[Folder]
SSFolder: D:\Filme\LPs\,Video

[Advanced]
Option:
ThreadCount: 1
LimitedFPS: False
FPSLimit: 60
DelayHook: False
DelayHookTime: 5

[LastUsingInformation]
DateTime: 2015.04.03 17:26:22
DeviceType: DX9
View0.Type=DX9
View0.DevType=D3DDEVTYPE_HAL
View0.BhFlags=D3DCREATE_FPU_PRESERVE D3DCREATE_HARDWARE_VERTEXPROCESSING
View0.Format=D3DFMT_X8R8G8B8
View0.Size=1920x1080
View0.HWND=0x2E140788
View0.WindowTitle=Drakensang
View0.ClassName=Nebula2 window class

======================================================================

[Profile]
Name: Drakensang
Path: C:\Program Files (x86)\Drakensang - Am Fluss der Zeit\drakensanga1.exe

[Folder]
  K:  Speed: 0MB/sec  Free: 127,521,017,856 Total: 2,000,395,272,192 Format: NTFS
SSFolder: D:\Filme\LPs\,Video

[Advanced]
Option:
ThreadCount: 1
LimitedFPS: False
FPSLimit: 60
DelayHook: False
DelayHookTime: 5

[LastUsingInformation]
DateTime: 2015.04.03 19:07:41
DeviceType: DX9
View0.Type=DX9
View0.DevType=D3DDEVTYPE_HAL
View0.BhFlags=D3DCREATE_FPU_PRESERVE D3DCREATE_HARDWARE_VERTEXPROCESSING
View0.Format=D3DFMT_X8R8G8B8
View0.Size=1920x1080
View0.HWND=0x001503C0
View0.WindowTitle=Drakensang
View0.ClassName=Nebula2 window class

======================================================================

[Profile]
Name: Hearthstone
Path: C:\Program Files (x86)\Hearthstone\Hearthstone.exe

[Folder]
SSFolder: D:\Filme\LPs\,Video

[Advanced]
Option:
ThreadCount: 1
LimitedFPS: False
FPSLimit: 60
DelayHook: False
DelayHookTime: 5

[LastUsingInformation]
DateTime: 2015.04.03 18:39:44
DeviceType: OGL DX7 DX9
View0.Type=DX9
View0.DevType=D3DDEVTYPE_HAL
View0.BhFlags=D3DCREATE_FPU_PRESERVE D3DCREATE_MULTITHREADED D3DCREATE_HARDWARE_VERTEXPROCESSING
View0.Format=D3DFMT_A8R8G8B8
View0.Size=1172x679
View0.HWND=0x00490314
View0.WindowTitle=Hearthstone
View0.ClassName=UnityWndClass

======================================================================

[Profile]
Name: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Path: D:\Spiele\SteamLibrary\SteamApps\common\ShadowOfMordor\x64\ShadowOfMordor.exe

[Folder]
SSFolder: D:\Filme\LPs\,Video

[Advanced]
Option:
ThreadCount: 2
LimitedFPS: False
FPSLimit: 60
DelayHook: False
DelayHookTime: 5

[LastUsingInformation]
DateTime: 2015.04.03 17:13:46
64bit Process
DeviceType: DX11
View0.Type=DX11
View0.CreateFlag=0
View0.FeatureLevel=D3D_FEATURE_LEVEL_11_0
View0.Format=DXGI_FORMAT_R8G8B8A8_UNORM
View0.Size=1920x1080
View0.HWND=0x001D031A
View0.WindowTitle=Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
View0.ClassName=Shadow of Mordor

======================================================================

[Profile]
Name: Risen 3 - Titan Lords
Path: C:\Program Files (x86)\Deep Silver\Risen 3 - Titan Lords\system\Risen3.exe

[Folder]
SSFolder: D:\Filme\LPs\,Video

[Advanced]
Option:
ThreadCount: 1
LimitedFPS: False
FPSLimit: 60
DelayHook: False
DelayHookTime: 5

[LastUsingInformation]
DateTime: 2015.04.03 17:24:58
DeviceType: DX9 DX11
View0.Type=DX9
View0.DevType=D3DDEVTYPE_HAL
View0.BhFlags=D3DCREATE_MULTITHREADED D3DCREATE_HARDWARE_VERTEXPROCESSING
View0.Format=D3DFMT_X8R8G8B8
View0.Size=1920x1080
View0.HWND=0x001E0744
View0.WindowTitle=Risen 3 - Titan Lords
View0.ClassName=Engine

======================================================================
VerifyHash: 6492dfdb5a3db8ffef796a7b80ad25404f45d0b2


tl;dr:
The game is running smoothly, only the right number of the two displayed is very often/almost always lower than the left. Which is bad and I want to fix. Any suggestions?

Thank you in advance and have a nice weekend/week/easter-stuff
/Skully

PS: This puzzle-captcha is so annoying^^