Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 25th Dec 2010 17:38 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes First of all: the entire OSNews team would like to wish you a very merry Christmas. Even if you're not religious, there's always porn on the internet, right? Anywho, these wishes are a bit tardy, but that's because I've been fighting a battle with my computer the past few days trying to find a way to record Minecraft footage so I could make a Christmas wish from inside my creations - a losing battle, so it would seem. So, for Christmas, I have two OSNews Asks items for you to ponder. First, help me record Minecraft footage. Second, and this is of more practical use to myself and probably others as well, help me to set up an automatic backup solution that backs up the contents of one folder on an external hard drive to another external drive.
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"In order to assist in recording game videos in Windows - you can try disabling the hardware acceleration features of your video driver.

Yes, but won't that, uhm, hinder performance of Minecraft?

Not a lot I suspect if you have a fairly fast machine.

I can *almost* play Minecraft on my Atom netbook with intel video - which I assure you does not benefit from hardware accleration ;)

Overlay is probably the culprit here - which allows the video card to draw directly to the screen without going through the OS's video compositing layer. Without the OS being able to capture the video before it is displayed to the screen - it has no way to intercept the contents that the card is sending. By disabling overlay, the video card is sending the contents back to the OS which then composites it and sends it back to the screen.

If you want to capture from the OS, that's sort of your only choice - otherwise you must install some kind of capture device between your card and your screen.

I suspect Fraps somehow disables hardware overlay features automatically.

Edited 2010-12-25 20:02 UTC

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umccullough Member since:

I can *almost* play Minecraft on my Atom netbook with intel video - which I assure you does not benefit from hardware accleration ;)

I was able to more or less record full screen (F11) minecraft video at 30fps using the first screen capture app I found: Screen Video Recorder - by knocking down the hardware acceleration feature in windows xp to the 3rd tick from the left (disables direct3d it seems). This is running on my old AMD X2.

I also decreased my screen resolution slightly which helped a bit, and it's not like minecraft has a lot of detail to capture ;)

Minecraft's performance problems seem to have little to do with graphics hardware and more to do with CPU usage since it's written in Java.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:

The troubleshoot slider is no longer there in Windows 7.

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