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@  Holmboy : (18 September 2014 - 08:29 AM) LOL @Kuba - NEVER!!! All your RB are belong to us! Doing pretty poor in Fantasy Football so far, but this weekend I'm disciplining Myelencephalous, Adrian Peterson style! :chair:
@  Holmboy : (18 September 2014 - 08:12 AM) Haven't played Detiny much since last week, it was becoming way too repetitive for me. The story is bleh and the diversity of planets just fell flat. It wholly deserves the reviews it is getting. The gameplay is solid especially with friends so I should be getting back into it this weekend.
@  Dbl Incertion : (17 September 2014 - 11:19 PM) Nov 11 and Nov 18 are gonna be very expensive weekends for me. Farcry 4, ass creeds, gta v halo master dragon age.... Yeah plus mordor in 2 weeks
@  TheBMT : (17 September 2014 - 08:31 PM) Tbh... Id love a Destiny type game for the Mass Effect series.  The PVE in ME3 was just a tease to what could be.
@  twentyONE : (17 September 2014 - 05:50 PM) I have to admit that I am enjoying Destiny much more than I thought I would...especially the PvP.  Yes the missions are repetitive and there isn't much replay factor for me but overall I am really enjoying it.  Although, how long I and many others stick around for the PvP remains to be seen.
@  DBMgamer : (17 September 2014 - 03:09 PM) Hey Red I think the source of the "Destiny Derailed" reviews came from the combination of the disjointed story and the lack of content.  The gameplay is great for me personally but I don't get why Bungie sandbagged the content (there are 3 areas just on Russia we can't play yet).  I think should Polygon review it after the 2nd DLC lands and more areas of the game are accessible it would score better
@  twentyONE : (17 September 2014 - 01:30 PM) That nostalgia, that thirst: Headlong, Relic, Terminal....Rat Race, Damnation, Hang 'em High.....Avalanche, The Pit, Sandtrap....Longship, Burial Mounds, Waterworks, Valhalla....
@  kubucjuszowy : (17 September 2014 - 04:15 AM) Holmboy, give me my RB back! :)
@  DBMgamer : (16 September 2014 - 06:22 PM) Updated the Destiny Unlock codes, got 3 more free emblems
@  TheBMT : (16 September 2014 - 05:13 PM) Well I guess it was bound to happen.  In my rush to respond to messages and delete one.  I blocked communication of a friend... and have no idea how to fix it lol
@  Dbl Incertion : (16 September 2014 - 09:56 AM) Maybe in a year or two.
@  Myelencephalous : (16 September 2014 - 09:25 AM) get a PS4 dbl!
@  Dbl Incertion : (16 September 2014 - 08:40 AM) I've found it quite difficult to group up. Missed out on the weekly strike due to only having 1 friend still playing.
@  TheBMT : (16 September 2014 - 08:29 AM) Does anybody see any similarities with Destiny to the game Too Human?
@  TheBMT : (16 September 2014 - 08:25 AM) haha, I havent had any one to play with the entire time.  It has been challenging, but ive been lucky so far. First time with the Vex was like "f*ck ME"
@  Myelencephalous : (16 September 2014 - 07:28 AM) @BMT, you will now realize how difficult the game gets if you don't have friends to play with that are at the same level!
@  TheBMT : (15 September 2014 - 10:12 PM) kinda enjoy ranking up to 20 prior to continuing the missions too much in the story.  Feel more like a proper guardian.
@  TheBMT : (15 September 2014 - 10:11 PM) I just now hit Venus in Destiny after hitting lvl 20.  Having the extra difficulties unlocked is a nice addition for doing it solo.
@  Myelencephalous : (15 September 2014 - 10:12 AM) I shot this vid yesterday for all the train lovers - one of the largest steam engines in the country; it creates a mild earthquake as it passes and was setting off car alarms  https://www.youtube....h?v=aa5kBWk01xE
@  Myelencephalous : (15 September 2014 - 09:58 AM) coooool  https://www.youtube....h?v=dVGaIJEGZSI
@  TheBMT : (14 September 2014 - 06:06 AM) I didnt really get over hyped for destiny, tho I think I was just hyped in general to get my hands on a new Bungie game.
@  Dbl Incertion : (14 September 2014 - 01:18 AM) I'm gonna agree - ryse, watch dogs, destiny,  wolfenstein, and others have just been .... Average. I'm hoping shadows of mordor is good. Especially since it's not been over hyped. Also IM LOOKING AT YOU HALO 1-4 Xbox one collection!!! That's gonna be sweet. +gta V
@  Andrew6679 : (13 September 2014 - 09:42 PM) I feel like the hype games get now days is just too high for them to meet. It's devistating to games and their sales.
@  Andrew6679 : (13 September 2014 - 09:26 PM) Ouch. This isn't what I wanted to hear. Well alright.
@  Dbl Incertion : (13 September 2014 - 07:03 PM) Fun for a short while particularly just because it's new but that wears off the 7th missions that's cut/pasted. Multiplayer is imbalanced like crazy and strikes are fun once or twice.  Overall playing it because nothing else out yet I want to touch.
@  THE RED DRAGON : (13 September 2014 - 06:05 PM) It's growing on me - but i'll be rdy to move on as soon as the next game hits.  Its fun to play something new and its a lot better with friends.  Not GOTY
@  Andrew6679 : (13 September 2014 - 12:11 PM) How did Destiny turn out eveyone? I have been trying to isolate myself from it since i had to cancel my order.
@  Chilli2627 : (12 September 2014 - 12:25 PM) art of the instakill  http://youtu.be/QwNVQvygCNQ
@  Dbl Incertion : (12 September 2014 - 11:24 AM) 3 buddies bought the game already down to 1 friend left playing it.. . f**king blows...
@  Dbl Incertion : (12 September 2014 - 11:23 AM) Man.... Why is destiny just Peter Dinklage opening locks and doors and us fighting off waves of enemies. .. . . And why is every boss fight a "Hey look over here while 2 other guys shoot you in the balls" .... =-(
@  Dbl Incertion : (11 September 2014 - 01:53 PM) Xbox streaming sounds super f**king AWESOME!
@  DBMgamer : (11 September 2014 - 12:11 AM) @BMT none of the Heroic or Nightfall stuff has happened yet, those will challenge you once they start up
@  TheBMT : (10 September 2014 - 09:37 PM) Dissapointed Bungie doesn't have a "Legendary" difficulty option in Destiny
@  Myelencephalous : (10 September 2014 - 11:52 AM) Just don't forget about mastering the crucible... more to come on that one!
@  Holmboy : (10 September 2014 - 08:47 AM) I agree Myelencephalous, tons of fun with you guys yesterday! The best part is hearing everyone scream like a girl whenever a high level enemy sneaks up on you and you have to run like a bitch to regenerate for a bit.
@  Dbl Incertion : (10 September 2014 - 08:46 AM) Strongly agree holms, the group/party system blows, cant talk to others to form up strikes, bunch of shenanigans. . . . Most fun was playing with a friend and realizing my titan helm had a huge "Horn" coming straight out of it lol. Game play is ok, WHY CANT WE FLY OUR SPACE SHIPS! missions are reptetitive and they re use caves and dungeons like this is Dragon Age 2.
@  Holmboy : (10 September 2014 - 08:43 AM) I'd be lying if I didn't say that Destiny's story and variety of missions is a bit underwhelming. It's strengths lie in having fun with freinds online, which it does come through in spades. Onto Venus we go...
@  Myelencephalous : (10 September 2014 - 07:30 AM) Thanks to Holmboy and Silent for the all day gaming session yesterday.  The game definitely starts to get hairy on the higher levels and is a ton of fun.  We earned a bunch of trophies, awards, and glimmer!
@  DBMgamer : (09 September 2014 - 04:26 PM) Ok got an Updated Code list for Bungie.net Destiny redeem portal
@  DBMgamer : (09 September 2014 - 04:22 PM) @BMT lol
@  TheBMT : (09 September 2014 - 03:59 PM) Dammit bungie... I cant resist your games.  Picked up Destiny on the way home from work.
@  Dbl Incertion : (09 September 2014 - 11:11 AM) Lol here's my review of your review of their review.... Brrrrrrrrrrrrt
@  Dbl Incertion : (09 September 2014 - 11:03 AM) http://www.gamezone....eeds-to-go-away
@  twentyONE : (09 September 2014 - 06:59 AM) FYI: official reveal of "Final Stand" tonight.  Leaks/rumors show it as a prequel to '2142' ..and there's Effin' SNOWBOARDS!! ...so pumped!!
@  Dbl Incertion : (09 September 2014 - 12:36 AM) Coming from a mmo background I don't want to just face bash into the same 2 heroic raids of a launch title due to nothing else besides a 6v6 pvp game.
@  Dbl Incertion : (09 September 2014 - 12:35 AM) Maaaaan..... I hope this game doesn't fizzle out due to lack of content. http://www.goodgameb...hours-complete/
@  DBMgamer : (09 September 2014 - 12:15 AM) oh nevermind Grumpy already answered it
@  DBMgamer : (09 September 2014 - 12:14 AM) @21 its from Young Frankenstien
@  Myelencephalous : (08 September 2014 - 10:35 PM) My Destiny is downloading!
@  Grumpy Joe : (08 September 2014 - 09:31 PM) @21 being old i remember "young frankenstein" And gene wilder  as being a great oscar worthy actor
@  TheBMT : (08 September 2014 - 08:51 PM) really want to play Destiny, but got too much goin on to be distracted by it.
@  twentyONE : (08 September 2014 - 08:41 PM) DESTINY, DESTINY...no escaping that for me!  (Bonus for not Googling that and know what it's from)
@  Dbl Incertion : (08 September 2014 - 07:52 PM) Destiny in 2 hours! Woo
@  Holmboy : (08 September 2014 - 01:14 PM) I'll be picking up Destiny and NHL 15 tonight at Midnight, took the day off tomorrow so if I'm too tired tonight, I'll be up early to play all day. Hope to see you guys out there!
@  Chilli2627 : (08 September 2014 - 11:16 AM) IGN livestream of Destiny right now! http://www.twitch.tv/ign
@  Chilli2627 : (08 September 2014 - 09:09 AM) I'll be away from home till thursday :(
@  Myelencephalous : (08 September 2014 - 08:07 AM) soooooo who else called off work tomorrow?
@  Dbl Incertion : (07 September 2014 - 08:50 PM) http://www.inquisitr...ation-and-xbox/

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#1 Mister Maf

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 02:05 AM

Everyone knows about Fraps, the screen recorder most commonly associated with gaming. It works by simply copying what's on your screen and encoding it into a video. This is inefficient and very heavy on your computer.

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This is Dxtory.

Dxtory is a screen capture program developed by a Japanese software team with a poor English translator. As such, their website looks kind of sketchy, but don't fear - it and the program are legit. Unlike Fraps and other screen recorders, Dxtory hooks right into DirectX and OpenGL and captures video as the media is rendered. As such, unless your computer is too poor to be dealing with recording things anyway, the bottleneck (the thing holding back your performance) is actually usually the write speed on your hard drive (luck you, SSD owners). Because it captures directly from DX and OGL, it only works with things that use those - the most common, of course, being games!

Dxtory can be purchased from its website, or you can download the trial. Alternatively, you can get a full copy of the software somewhere else. Ask me via PM or Steam for help on this.

I made the video below recording with Dxtory. Check out the framerate at the top left.



Bam, now you know how to rocketjump in 720p in a game you've probably never played.

How to set up

Here I will go over the most important tabs and settings.

Overlay

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This tab is pretty straightforward. It lets you configure the overlay that appears on your screen reading out your framerate and recording status, but the defaults are good.

Write folder

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This is where you set up the file location for Dxtory to save your recordings/screenshots to. You must do this for the program to work. To add a video destination folder, click the icon displaying a Folder+ and navigate to the location you want to save to. Clicking the speedometer icon will perform a hard drive write speed test to give you a better idea of what to set your file write speed to.

Hotkeys

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This tab is also straightforward. Here you set your keybindings for the various functions. The only one I care about is toggling video recording, so I have that bound to the Home key and everything else unbound.

Video

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The big one. This tab is where you configure how exactly your video will be recorded.

The default Dxtory codec that comes with the program is very high-quality and also produces massive files. Make sure you have a lot of hard drive space for extended recording sessions, and beware of making files over 4 GB if your hard drive format is FAT32 (FAT32 cannot recognize files that large - check the Properties of your disk in My Computer and look for "File System" - if your computer is any kind of recent, it should be NTFS). The codec you see me using here is different and I'm also trying to figure out if it's even any better, so just ignore it. The pen icon adjacent to the codec dropdown lets you change codec settings - with the Dxtory codec, it just lets you choose quality (I recommend High, because while True produces lossless-quality video, the files will be unbelievably huge).

YouTube displays videos at 30 FPS, so recording above 30/29.97 is purposeless if YT is your target. You should try to avoid recording below 25 for fast-paced games or 20 for slower ones. Note that this is only the framerate that the video is recorded at, not a cap on your ingame framerate. Your ingame FPS will obviously be lower if your recording FPS is higher.

Make sure the File Output box is checked to tell Dxtory that you want it to save the video to your disk. DirectShow Output is for feeding the video live into other programs and unneeded for basic recording. Your file format should be AVI for the most compatibility.

Finally, you should set the recording resolution. The simplest thing to do is choose one of the resolutions displayed on YouTube (listed here). Again, the greater the size, the bigger the toll on your hardware but also obviously the better the quality.

Audio

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The Audio tab is just as self-descriptive as the Video tab. Dxtory is capable of recording multiple audio sources in parallel (i.e. your speakers and microphone) and encoding them into the video. To add an audio source, click the + icon and choose from the dropdown menu.

Advanced

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I would be lying if I said I knew what most of these did, and so would most other people who use the program. This is probably the biggest area where the poor English translations become an issue, as the hover tooltips are of very little help. What I can say is that the multi-GPU box is good for people using multiple GPUs, the CPU processing box is good for if your CPU is powerful enough to handle extra load to let your GPU work more on the game, and the thread count dropdown is for people with multicore CPUs. You're on your own for the rest.

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Once you have all that configured, you should go into a simple game to test it out. Dxtory requires the game to be running in fullscreen mode, so make sure you aren't windowed/borderless windowed if you don't see the FPS overlay. Check out your framerate while recording during idle and gameplay and also check the sizes of the files produced. Tweak your settings as you see fit, but rest assured that no matter what settings you may have to lower, you're still getting a damn better performance than out of just about any other recorder. Also remember that you can turn down the game's graphical settings to improve your FPS without sacrificing video recording quality. The audience will very much prefer a crisp smooth video of aliased blocky models to a choppy blurry video of slick graphics that they can't really see anyway.

Note that it will create a new settings 'profile' (the dropdown at the top) when you use the program with a new game. I happened to notice that my advanced settings were different on many of them because I changed some after they were created but not others. It is nice to have, though - for example, I have the Force CPU Processing advanced option turned off in strategy games because those use a lot of CPU power.

My tip for getting the video files into practical sizes is to churn them through Windows Movie Maker or other video editing program before you upload them. This will get them into an acceptable file size without visibly sacrificing quality.

I can't wait to see what you guys come up with if you want to give this a go. Give me a jingle if you want to get your hands on a copy of Dxtory to try out to see if you want to buy it. ;)
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Posted 26 July 2012 - 08:27 AM

Cool, thanks for the guide. I'll check out the trial and see if I want to get into recording gameplay videos.

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 09:04 AM

Mafia you ought to make a tutorial video


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Posted 26 July 2012 - 10:38 AM

There are actually a ton of them on YT already.
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Posted 26 August 2012 - 08:52 PM

Any idea as to how I can remove the big `ole DXTORY.COM off the screen? :Tounge:

EDIT: Never mind. I registered it.

Dayuum. I made my first commentary. It`s such a large file but I managed to shrink it in Windows Movie Maker. Should be on YT soon.

Edited by Alpine gremlin, 27 August 2012 - 10:32 AM.

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 03:18 PM

Any idea as to how I can remove the big `ole DXTORY.COM off the screen? :Tounge:

EDIT: Never mind. I registered it.

Dayuum. I made my first commentary. It`s such a large file but I managed to shrink it in Windows Movie Maker. Should be on YT soon.

Yeah, lol. The watermark is for unregistered trials. The files with the default codec are indeed massive, but the quality is fabulous and churning them through WMM is an easy way to scale them down for upload.
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Posted 02 October 2012 - 04:06 PM

So apparently Dxtory got an update, but now I have the unregistered version of it. It`s making me buy a license and won`t take the one I used for the previous version.

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