Simple Guide to Recording CSGO Frags

If you want to share your epic gaming highlights in amazing quality, and stunning slow motion this guide will show you the easiest and quickest way. There’s no shortage of video recording tools available, from capture cards to software, but I recommend the latter. Your Nvidia and AMD graphics cards have recording software build in, and with a few tweaks in the software itself and using the CSGO console, i’ll show you how to use them to full effect. If you’ve ever wondered what big youtubers use to collect their content and create fragmovies, it’s these methods.


Graphics Card Capture Software

Nvidia Shadowplay (Free)

Nvidias GeForce Experience Software for PC’s harnesses your graphics card to capture high resolution footage up to 60 frames per second. This TUTORIAL will show you the ins and outs of the software, so take a look and familiarize yourself with the controls.

AMD ReLive (Free)

AMD’s own capture software for Radeon graphics cards is a fairly new software that operates similarly to Nvidias Shadowplay. This TUTORIAL shows you how to get yourself up and running so you can begin recording in CSGO when you need it.


Sorting your CSGO Console and Demos 

First off, you will have to enable the ingame console in CSGO, so start up the game and on the main menu, go to Options > Game Settings > Enable Developer Console and turn it on, designating a key for you to be able to bring it up while in game.

The best way to record your game play, without dropping FPS and making sure you have all your hardware running at maximum efficiency is to record in CSGO itself, we will worry about capturing the footage through Nvidia Shadowplay or AMD ReLive in a moment.

Once you join a match, open up your console and type in “record demoname” without the apostrophes. This will begin the recording, and once you’ve finished wrecking noobs, open up the console again and type in “stop”. That will stop the demo, and we can use it to capture footage from.

Recording demos in console

The demo is a .dem file that will be saved to your CSGO folder, just in case you wanted to know, that you can reach by going to Local Disk (C:)/Program Files> Steam> SteamApps > common > Counter-Strike Global Offensive > csgo

If you can’t get any decent frags like myself, you can download demos from friends, and to be able to replay them you should put them in this folder too. You can access them the same way as your own demos, through the CSGO console.

How to Capture your Frags

Open up CSGO, and change your video settings to the resolution you want, 1920×1080 being HD and a perfect fit for youtube, and crank up your CSGO video quality to the max. You can access these settings from the options tab on the main menu, and going to Video Settings. Click save to any changes you’ve made, and head back to the main CSGO screen you see when you open up the game.

To play the demo, bring up the console, and type in “play demoname” and the demo will begin playing. This is where the fun starts! The demo will begin playing from the beginning, which is no good to you if the frags are at round 17. To skip ahead, open up the console and type in “demoui”. This will bring up the demo player interface where you can skip rounds, scrub through the match, speed up or slow down the action, and in another tutorial I will show you how to make amazing fly-by shots as if you’re flying a drone around the map.

“demoui” – Demo Playback

Skip ahead to the round with the frags and press pause. To remove the HUD, so you can see your frags in all their glory, open up the console and type in “cl_draw_only_deathnotices 1”

Now with the HUD gone you can begin playing the demo using the demoui, you can begin to capture the footage with either Nvidia Shadowplay or AMD ReLive, and then you can sit back and watch the frags, and once they finish you can stop the Nvidia or AMD capturing and the video file of your frags will be saved in the designated folder you chose.

You can trim the edges of the footage to make the clip more exciting, remember that nobody wants to watch 20 seconds of a video before the action starts. If that’s all you wanted, then we’re done, and you can upload the clip in amazing quality for everyone to see.



Wait, we didn’t even cover slow motion!

Now that you have a little experience in how to collect your footage, and how the demoui works, there are two tips that we can use in order to create a slow-mo.

First off make sure that your capture software, either Nvidia or AMD settings are set to record at 60fps if possible.

By using the demoui, you can playback the frags at 1/2 speed, but the issue that you run into is that when you speed up the footage in your Editing Software, the ingame sounds becomes squeaky.

In order to counter act this, go into console and type in “host_timescale 0.5” and this slows down the in game sounds to half speed as well, so that when you speed it up again in your Editing Software it sounds normal. You can even record your frags at a quarter speed, which will mean you have to change the host_timescale to 0.25. To change your sounds back to normal speed just type in host_timescale 1.0.

If you choose to capture the frags at 1/2 speed, with host_timescale 0.5,  and the capture software was recording at 60fps. When speed up the frag footage to normal in your Editing Software, your video will actually be playing at 120fps. This means that you have room to slow down the frags 4 times slower than normal! (That’s if you render the movie out at 30fps) If you want to go further, you can capture your frags at 1/4 speed, and with host_timescale 0.25 and your footage at the end, when sped up to normal will be a whopping 240 frames per second! Giving you loads of room to work with!


Sony Vegas and Adobe Premier Pro Audio Stretching

Now as a quick ending, I want to include a little tutorial on how to speed up your slow-motion clip in these two editing softwares, and how to change the pitch of the audio so it sounds correct.

In Sony Vegas, drag and drop your slow-motion footage into the timeline. Then Right Click on the video, go to properties, and it comes up with the playback rate. If you have recorded the footage at half speed, you will have to set the playback rate to double, which is 2.000. Now your footage is at normal speed, but your audio will sound weird. To fix it, right click on the audio and go to properties, and click “Lock to Stretch” as seen in the two screenshots below. Your footage will now be perfect for you to edit any way you want.

Unfortunately, as I don’t use Adobe Premier Pro as an editing software, i’ve had to include this short TUTORIAL on how to do it.



Hopefully this quick tutorial helped you start the beginning of your editing adventure. If there is anything i’ve left out, or anything at all you would like me to add. Then please leave a comment and I can amend this post!

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