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How To Record Videos Games On Your Computer

teacher avatar Robin Haney, Web Developer and Online Instructor

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4 Lessons (17m)
    • 1. Introductory

    • 2. How to Install Open Source Broadcaster

    • 3. Configuring Settings in Open Source Broadcaster For High Quality Recordings

    • 4. Configuring Audio Settings

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In this course you are going to learn how to create high quality recordings on your favourite video games from your PC. If you ever wanted to capture a moment, do video game commentarys, or upload footage to YouTube then this course is going to get you off to a good start.

We are going to be using a program called Open Source Broadcaster which is FREE to download to capture our game footage. 

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Robin Haney

Web Developer and Online Instructor



My name is Robin Haney and I am an instructor here at Skillshare. I primarily teach web developing and programming tutorials. 

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1. Introductory: Hi. My name is Robin. Never gonna be your instructor for this short correspond sculpture. In this course, you're going to learn how to use open source Broadcaster to record video game footage on your PC. You can take this footage, edit it. I have your voice were uploaded to YouTube and do whatever you want. The project for the scores will be to record a simple five minute video of you playing a game. And you can record your voice over or do whatever you like. So if you ever wanted to do you to gameplay walk throughs or anything like that in this course is gonna be perfect for you. Thanks for watching and look forward to seeing you inside the course. 2. How to Install Open Source Broadcaster: all right. The first thing we have to do is install open source broadcaster before you can start recording video games on our PC. So what I'm gonna do here is I'm gonna had a head on over to Google and type in open source broadcaster or O B s. It's gonna be this first link here, and it's also mobius project dot com Now, on the homepage here, we have two options for your pick from obese, classic or studio. I'm gonna go with Classic since Classic will allow us to do pretty much everything we need to do. The studio version is mostly used for live streaming and different things like that's a little more fancier. So we're just going to stick to the classic version and I'm gonna give that a download. And once that's done downloading, I'll meet you back here and we'll continue on and it actually install will be us onto our computer. All right, so my damn it is pretty much complete now. So I'm gonna go ahead and just click you here in the bottom, and this is gonna prompt me to run the program. And here we can actually install the program, so I already have It. Looks like I already have a Bs writing. I'm just gonna close that really quick here, and we'll find that file again. You know, read you the installation. And there we go. Well hit next. Agreed to the terms of service. And now O BS will start installing on our computer, and it should install pretty quickly. All right, we could if we hit, finish and check this box to run over. Yes, it will start ups, and that's it. We now have Mobius on our computer. Pretty easy, fast and quick installation. 3. Configuring Settings in Open Source Broadcaster For High Quality Recordings: so I'm just gonna bring it up here on your screens. We can actually see O. B s. There is hope. So this is what the dashboard of obese looks like when we were recording or streaming. Now, Obvious is predominately a streaming program for websites like Twitch. But we can also use it to record locally as well. So let's go in our settings. In the general settings, there's a few options here. We can do things like selector language. I'm gonna go with English. We can also make a profile which is going to save our settings. And I'm gonna call this something like local recordings. And once I saved this, whenever we save settings, it'll kind of set them all in this one profile. So if you want to make a separate profile for streaming or, you know, separate recording file, it has certain features. You could do that as well. And all these options are pretty good. We can just leave them. How they are in the video encoding section is a meal of the stuff that doesn't make sense, and even I don't really understand it. But you're gonna want to go ahead and match up everything that I have here. So make sure this CBR check this box not checked. Make sure your quality balance that zero and just put your max bet rate to a really high number and you're gonna want to use a custom buffer size and set it to zero. That's unlimited. And just make sure you have sitting there all set up to it by default. It set up to stream, but we don't want to stream. We just want to record locally our audio settings. You set them to what? If you like. I hadn't set up here pretty good. So this is pretty good, high quality. And you should have issues if you set them up similar to what I have here. Next up, we can go toe broadcasting's also make sure you save, uh, just gonna hit Yes, and make sure you hit apply every time you change setting. So they actually say and in the mode we're gonna go to file open only. So it's just gonna record the file and that's it. And we can pick a file path here, and I'm gonna go to my favorites folder, go to desktop, and I'm gonna select this folder called O BS Recordings. You can make it if you don't have one. And next up, we have to give a default name for our videos, and I'm just gonna call it video. So whenever record a video is going to be called video, and then if you have multiple recording to the same video, it'll be like video, one video to video, three kind of thing. And you'll see how that works once you start actually recording. So that's set up to go. And all of these things are pretty good, but not to change anything here. Next up, we can go to video, and your video adapter is gonna be your graphics card or whatever you have installed there . Your resolution is probably gonna be what your monitor is that, um, I'm going gonna go ahead and change my near as I have two monitors, but I want him my main resolution to be 10 80 p. So there you go, and I'm gonna do a resolution downscale of 7 20 p. Since I actually render my videos in 7 20 p. Um, that might not really make sense. If you're not used to doing this kind of stuff, but just pick whatever resolution you're monitors and use that for now, in my FPs, which is my frames per second, I'm gonna set to 62 that my corns air really smooth and you know that's not choppy or anything like that. Anything above 25 or 30 is usually pretty good as well. And your audio weekend said our desktop audio device, since obvious also records or computer sounds. Um, next up we have our microphone and make sure you have your microphone plugged in and I'm gonna pick my microphone year. If your microphone does not like pop up, try to hit re initialize and you know it might pop up there. Also, we have some commands. Here's some push talk to delay, so this means that we can set up a certain button to record a microphone. We can also do a desktop boost or, ah, microphone boost if you know our microphone is a little bit quiet, or you want to make our desktop computer noises louder, and there's offer also a mike offset setting that basically changes like the delay time for recordings and usually don't need to mess around with that unless you're streaming. So we have our hot keys here and we can use them to do different commands so we can put certain button if you want to quarter voice, um, different buttons for broadcast and start recording. Stop recording all that kind of stuff. If you guys want, you can set some hot keys in the vast sitting, there's some very important things you need to take care of. So first off, I'm going to make sure you have used Custom X to 64 quarter sayings. I have no idea what this does, but apparently this determines the quality of your videos and just kind of keep all these settings the way they are. You can kind of watch my video here, and, um, I think this is the basic default settings. But the main thing you want to do here is make sure this C R F equals 20 is CRF equals 20. Now the way this works is this is a quality range in the higher the number you have, the higher the quality, and I think it goes up to 30 or 40. But at that point, it really pushes your computer, so I'd recommend trying something around 15 to 20. Trial 20 Sief computer can handle it. And if it doesn't just illegal lower until you get to that point where you know, you find that sweet spot. But 20 for me has been pretty good in the quality is really well, so you know, you can try that open. See Otis again. All these settings you can just keep is they are the quick sink in quarter. We don't need to worry about our browser we don't need to worry about. And the cool thing about O B s that also come to the built in noise gate. So if you have a lot of noise in the background of your videos, you know you got a fan in your room or an air conditioning when it's really hot or something like that, you can actually enable a noise gate. And this whole, like, kind of cut out that noise. It only pick up noise when you're talking. Um, so you gonna experiment that? I think it gets turned on by default, but I'm just gonna turn it off just so. And you might want to write off Justin beginning because sometimes it won't pick up your voice If you're sayings aren't set up pretty good, but usually the noise gate, like wait out of the box, it's pretty good. So just give it a go and see what you think and I'm gonna actually uncheck it here because , um, yeah, it's gonna not use it for now, but definitely tried out because it is pretty cool. So are sitting there pretty much good to go now, what we can do is we can start making a scene and adding our video game. So and scenes here, I'm gonna go at the scene, and I'm going to call it something along the lines of video game capture and inter scene. We go sources, and I'm gonna add game capture. Now I'm going to just pick a game here that I have on my steam called Started Valley. And here is the wind whips. Next, any exit out of that. So take that back up here and what this next window is is this is the sightings we configure for this recording. Now, the application here is gonna be the game itself. Now I don't have the game opened up so I'm just gonna go ahead and open up really quickly. And some games are kind of picky here. They won't show up correctly, and we're going to troubleshoot different things we can do. So I'm gonna break this game sticking on my other monitor so that you guys can still see. Oh, yes. Here. And I think the game is running now so we can go back into this application tab and we're gonna find the game. Appear so I can see here we hit Refresh. I can see your study. Valley is right near the top years. I'm gonna give it a click. Click it here and now our game is selected so we can hit. Okay? And I'm going to go to make sure this box is checked it for the sources and hit preview stream so we can see her game here. I'm gonna open a pregame. An early monitor. You could see that everything is running and this is the previous screen for what we're gonna be recording. We can see here that the resolution isn't, you know isn't set really good. So there's a couple things we can do and the first thing we can do is chance of resolution in the game. Um, and this will help and usually fix most problems. But we're gonna load, and we're going to start up a game. And we got electric, configure some settings and inside the game that, you know, fix this and get this to work. So I'm just going to start a file here, navigate to my settings for the game. I think it's read here. I'm gonna screw down to resolution. I'm gonna have to uncheck this at a windowed mode just for now, because for some reason is all I mean, like the resolution, I'm gonna go full screen and OK, so it's set to 10. 80 p so we can see here now that I think the rest like I can't choke tokens, the backgrounds, old black, But, um okay, I'll just ah, go inside another screen here and see if we can fix it. Oops. Okay, so it looks a little bit better now. The resolution is kind of more adapted here, but we start this black border on the outside. So one way we can fix that is by changing the settings and O b s. So what I'm gonna do here is I'm going to go into I'm actually gonna change us back to window and would really quickly. All right, so now the resolution is a little bit better, but again, it's still not perfect. So what I'm gonna do is I'm going to go into O B s and we're going to right click on our sources and go to properties. And this brings up that screen from before and when you click on stretch image to screen here, give that check market okay, we can see again and did a little bit better, but it's still not perfect. There's a little that little bar there. So we can do here is weaken, weaken, do a little bit more we can go back to. We can move our screen here, and then it kind of doesn't really fix that. We can zoom in a bit again. That doesn't want toe. That doesn't work really well because he wanted to kill him, you know, make it still looking, but kind of stretch and fill up the whole screen and let's get rid of the game window here . Rid of that. So we're gonna do is wouldn't go back into our study value in hip properties once again. And this time we're gonna hit ignore aspect ratio. They hit OK, and now the game is stretched to cover the whole entire screen, and that looks much better. So again, you don't want want any block bars or anything like that because people don't want to see that. And this is going to give you your best resolution. And again, it can kind of take a little while. Some games are kind of pain, but to do it. But if you screw around with the game first and then do the settings and O. B s usually you can, you know, come to at least some kind of happy resolution. It still looks pretty good. So our recording screen and argan looks pretty good, and I think we're ready to record. So we're gonna do is we go up the settings and as you record, um, sometimes your audio might not be perfect, but again, we're just going to with test here. So if I hit record are screen and after recording out, and if I play my game, I'm just gonna do some stuff on my game here so we can actually see it when you recorded later. It's gonna capture a game footage here and you'll notice here at the bottom. I'm just gonna hit stop record, and I'm gonna find that file on my desktop. It's good. Close some stuff here because I got a lot of stuff open goto O. B s recordings. And here we have our videos. I create earlier. So I'm gonna go ahead and open up the one we just recorded, which I believe is video 01 to give that open. And here we can see myself plain, and we have a video copy of me playing decoy. Um, O P s is really simple to use again. Takes a little bit of, ah, learning curve. But after that, you can actually record your video games and make your videos. And this is a video I did before once again when I was just kind of messing around trying to some settings before he actually started recording this course or anything like that. So again, we're just gonna close that up 4. Configuring Audio Settings: and one last thing I want to talk about before he finished this course is if we go to our scenes here and I'm going like our game isn't running, so nothing is showing up here. We can see here that we have a microphone and a little speaker. I'm notification here, and what's happening here is when I talk into a microphone, it's getting picked up here. And if I click the microphone button, if it's red, that means active. And if I click it in and goes gray, that me just not active. And we can change his audio sayings once again using the audio here. And we could do it desktop boost or microphone boost, and you're gonna have to mess around a little bit, because again, every computers a little bit different. And then when you play certain games, sometimes the game volume is real loud, and right now it's just picking up my microphone because I don't have anything running. But what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna play you to veto here. We can now see that the YouTube video is being picked up on our desktop here. This little thing right here is going to record all the sounds in our desktop. So if you're playing a game or something, I mean, you want to get that picked up, you can click that there. But if you want to meet your desktop, for example, you can just click, click the speaker. It'll be great out. And then we can hit our microphone year in a just recorder voice. So again, it depends on what you want to do here. Um, really, if you want record your voice and your desktop or for an accord, just one, but it's gonna take a little bit of time to get the settings right. You're gonna have to maybe, you know, make your microphone louder and your game volume a little bit lower takes a little while to get it set up. So always do like a practice video beforehand, just in case. So your audio is not completely horrible. But after that, you're pretty much good to go. You can take your videos here. You can upload them to YouTube, and that's pretty much it for this course. Um, you know, I hope you guys like this course. Your project for this course is going to be too. Record a video of yourself, playing a game, and you could do a commentary, or you can just record the game sound. But I just want you guys to show that you know, you you learned how to actually do it and create that video. You can upload it to YouTube or just, you know, posting the project descriptions just so we can see in among check your project. I'll give it to you. Okay. And, um yeah, the whole point of this course is to teach you how to record video games on your computer. So I hope you guys like this course. If you like that, please give me a review. And once again, thanks for watching I hide a blast, creating this course. That was fun. And I hope you guys learn something new. If you have any questions, please not hesitate to send me a message or post in the course discussion sayings