Originally Posted by Richbk
I've tried using FRAPS but even without setting it to lossless the files sizes are about 1Gb per minute. It also doesn't capture smoothly at 60fps but is fine at 30fps. I've tried a few different capture programs and editing programs to try and capture but so far have had no joy. It's a shame because it's a very good, easy to use card but it's let down by it's limiting software.
When I used the FRAPS trial, it limits the capturing to 30 seconds. The files are usually over 300 MB but less than 400 MB. That equates to under 1 GB per minute.
I downloaded a program called HDTune Pro and tested my speeds on both drives. On one drive I was getting consistently over 50 MB/s write speed, and the other was giving me a little over 60 MB/s. Although I did notice it seemed like it took a very long time to get up to full speed, like 10-15 seconds or so. Does that seem right?
Just doing the math, this sounds like enough speed to write over 3 GB per minute. If FRAPS is using ~1 GB per minute, how is it my drives are not fast enough as it is?
I suspect it is more to do with my less than optimal set-up. I suspect my puter is trying to access the HDD for some other task while grabbing, and so the HDD speed is not being dedicated to the capture.
I notice that when I do a fresh install with a newly formatted drive my PC always seems snappy and very responsive. After several months it seems like it gets clogged up and the HDD spins a lot more and I am left waiting a lot more. By the way, I freed up space on both drives and defragged them both, so that is not the issue (anymore). FRAPS still stutters badly.
I bet FRAPS would work smoother for me if I did a fresh clean install and didn't load a bunch of programs on my puter. In other words a PC dedicated only for HD capture and different than my everyday machine.
I need to purchase another drive so I can perform a back-up of my files and then do a fresh clean install. My PC seems sluggish. I do not know how to optimize my system so the HDD isnot always spinning or being accessed.
It doesn't help that I only have 2GB of RAM right now, and 256 MB of that is set-aside for the onboard graphics, leaving me only 1.75 GB.
I am running XP SP3.