I use the 2 programs that Strechious listed which is OBS and Resolve.
There are other options for capturing like Awkanic listed with Shadowplay if you have a Nvidia card. Also if you have Windows 10 you can install the Xbox app from the Windows Store for free and that has the capabilities of capturing video. There are a couple of options also for video editing that I know of. If you have Windows you can get Windows Movie Maker for free. There is another program called HitFilm Express that is free. If you have a Mac you could get iMovie for free which is pretty good.
Since someone went ahead and necroed this post… The last time I tried to record boundless, the quality fell to pieces once it started raining. I’m a noob with recording - would that be a setting I have screwed up or can a GTX 1070 just not keep up with the demand of rendering the game at 60fps with rain while also recording using OBS? I used OBS in the past for other games with several different graphics cards to record a variety of short clips with no issue, hence why I never bothered trying out shadowplay but I’m guessing that might be the better route to go since I have a GeForce card.
I was thinking of recording the next addition to my city and that’s what I’m afraid of. Record the building and chiseling of something to only have it look like poo. If anyone has any ideas on lossless recording I’m all ears.
Boundless is a very CPU heavy game. I never have any GPU issues with it, only CPU (my CPU is a bit dated, but still pretty powerful).
If you want the absolutely best possible recording and the best possible visuals, the cheapest way is to use two CPUs with CPU encoding (“software” encoding). Buy a capture card and run the output from the “game” computer into the “recording” computer. You likely might be able to do the same with an i9 or other similar high base clock rate CPU, but that will likely be a lot more money.
If you are looking to max performance without best quality, you definitely want GPU encoding (“hardware” encoding) for Boundless if you have a better GPU. GPU encoding producing a much lower overall quality video, but it can often be a low “cheaper” in terms of performance. Especially for CPU bound games like Boundless.
Also, to contribute to the original conversation:
Streamlabs OBS is definitely the software I would recommend nowadays. It is a fork of OBS, but not open source and filed with a ton of other features OBS did not have.
Streamlabs OBS can do CPU and GPU encoding, but if you are looking for something more lightweight and “easy” to record quick clips with, then I definitely just recommend using out of the box Game Bar feature in Windows 10. It does GPU encoding and should have little to no effect on your game. You can also use AMD ReLive (AMD GPUs only) or nvidia Shadowplay (nvidia GPUs only) as an alternative to Game Bar.
Video captures and editing is the way to go! If you’re on a budget, there are some awesome options out there. You can do CPU and GPU encoding with it, so it’s flexible for different setups.
But hey, if you just want a quick and easy recording, check out the Game Bar feature in Windows 10. It does GPU encoding and won’t bog down your game. If you’re rocking an AMD GPU, AMD ReLive is worth a shot. Nvidia peeps, give Shadowplay a go. Both offer solid alternatives to Game Bar.
Oh, and guess what? I stumbled upon this rad online video editor recently. It might come in handy if you wanna spice up your clips without hassle.