Nvidia rolls out ShadowPlay support in latest GeForce Experience update

By Shawn Knight
Oct 28, 2013
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  1. The latest GeForce Experience software update includes support for ShadowPlay, a feature that was first showcased back with the GeForce GTX 780 last May as a method to record in-game action to share with others online or to keep in...

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,192   +511

    I noticed these changes when GFE updated my drivers. I wish companies would release these types of apps as separate downloadable option and not as a complete package. Although you have the option not to install them, you still have to download them. How many people will actually make use of the ShadowPlay and the Shield option as opposed to how many won't. I myself would only like to have the graphics & physics driver updated, the rest of the package adds no real value for me.
  3. EEatGDL

    EEatGDL TechSpot Booster Posts: 240   +43

    I tried the shadow mode and there were two things that were a little bit of a letdown: the forced 1080p resolution and not the resolution you're using your monitor and that the RGB is not lossless so the colors look more opaque. Besides that, the performance impact is an abyss apart from FRAPS, which was impressive. My maximum buffer for ShadowPlay is of 10 minutes -yes I moved the bar to the right limit- instead of 20. Haven't tried manual so I don't know if there is a difference in RGB quality between shadow and manual -video recording quality is set to high.
  4. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,097   +724

    Very impressive how there is a minimal performance hit.
  5. EEatGDL

    EEatGDL TechSpot Booster Posts: 240   +43

    I have something to add: now I know why my limit was 10 minutes in shadow mode: Windows 7. Also, something I didn't mention in the last post was that there are random hiccups and glitches in the recorded video [in a 6 minute recording I lost audio 3 times for a total of about 2 seconds]. That's only in the resulting video and you aren't bothered while playing at all. These problems aren't present in manual recording.
  6. wastedkill

    wastedkill TechSpot Addict Posts: 769   +154

    So if I wanted to record for 40mins could I? I am kinda confused about the recording bit...
  7. EEatGDL

    EEatGDL TechSpot Booster Posts: 240   +43

    In manual recording you should be able to, not in shadow mode. In shadow mode you need Windows 8 to enable the 20 minutes recording, in Windows 7 you will be limited to 10 minutes; again, in shadow mode. All of this considering you have either a 600 or 700 series card.
  8. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 873   +80

    I have just tried it in Shootmania with the latest nvidia suite (gpu, client and shadowplay updates) and had 0 issues. Of course this all might be dependant on users hardware and what not.

    My first thoughts, absolutely love it! The quality while recording is great (RGB mode like in Fraps would be great) as well as FPS indicator. Another superb advatange is that it does not save up the files in huge sizes. A 3:11 minute clip took just over 1GB (1.07GB) recording audio ingame/iTunes.

    + Recording Quality
    + Recording hardly impacts the performance in-game
    + The compression of video data allows you to record without worrying about the HDD

    However, id like to see more options implemented as I have mentioned earlier.

    - FPS indicator
    - In-depth settings for audio recording (from which source audio is recorded at what quality and channel settings)
    - In-depth settings for video recording (lossless RGB, FPS capping)
    - Recordings of Window mode gameplay and perhaps ability to record other material besides games
    - Beyond 10 minutes of gameplay recordings for (save last gameplay). Manual recording allows beyond 10minutes.
    - Screenshots and the ability to set timer on automatic screenshot capture
    - Share to Facebook, Twitter, +Google, Youtube and include Livestreaming

    The overall software has huge potential. Considering it is only available to nVidia card owners + you do not have to pay for recording software (unless you are a naughty boy/girl :p). Hopefully they keep working on it and really make this a powerful tool for recording gameplay and sharing it with others around the globe.
    misor likes this.
  9. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TechSpot Guru Posts: 1,828   +392

    You know, I had been hearing about this and so syced out because I can record with something other than fraps on my laptop. Then I read the fine print and laptops even though it installed are not supported at this time...Darn :(
  10. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 873   +80

    Damn, another addition/negative to hit the list, that's a bummer. If they can polish that out, damn this tool can be tool for recording gameplay to have. Maybe I am just over-excitited that I can record with such beauty and ease (I can record with fraps easy peasy, but I can see the performance change).

    Fingers Crossed for constant updates :p
  11. slamscaper

    slamscaper TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 102   +10

    MSI Afterburner has had a recording feature for ages and it works great for me. The performance impact is minimal because it uses motion jpeg encoding for the video. The downside is that motion jpeg isn't very efficient, so you wind up with large file sizes. That said, you can run the video through another encoding app later on to trim down the size.


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