If you have a modern AMD graphic card, chances are you can leverage AMD Radeon Graphic card’s software to capture screen recording natively. For those who run on NVIDIA, there is an equivalent software called ShadowPlay that offer the same functionality. In this guide, we will do a deep dive into AMD’s screen capture utility, ReLive, that comes with the Radeon graphic card driver. The advantage of using the graphics card’s native driver software to screen recording is that it’s completely relying on the GPU to capture the screen, not using any CPU cycle for such intensive task.
Before we proceed further, make sure your AMD graphic card is supported, click here for more details. The next step is to make sure you have an up-to-date driver installed.
I have a Radeon RX 560 installed, but my driver is outdated. Running 17.1.1 Radeon Software, as you can see it’s missing the ReLive tab on the bottom. Go to https://www.amd.com/en/support and download the latest driver.
Go to ReLive tab and install if it says “ReLive has not been installed”
Now make sure ReLive is enabled after installation by toggle ReLive to On. ReLive is designed to capture in-game recordings, but you can use that to capture desktop screen recording. To do that, make sure “Record Desktop” is set to On.
Once you have turned on ReLive it will show you all the keyboard shortcuts to use ReLive. It could be overwhelming as there are many settings to check out, but if you just need to know how to restart recording, just need to remember this keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+R it’s a Windows system-wide hotkey that will start record your primary display and press it again it will stop. As all the keyboard shortcuts are customizable if you want to change the default key binding simply click the action and override your new keyboard combo.
By default, all video is saved under your <Profile_dir>\Video\Radeon ReLive folder. You have the option to
You have the option to turn on or turn off the overlay while recording.
What’s the difference between AVC and HEVC encoding type?
There are quite a few settings under your disposal to play around with, many of which are quite straightforward, except the Encoding Type. Let’s take a look the difference between an AVC vs HEVC encoding type.
As you can see, when recording with HEVC encoding type the GPU load is around 45% whereas when switched to use AVC encoding type, the GPU load increased to 75%. We are only recording the desktop without any gaming load.
Another difference is the recorded video size. If you take a look at the file with the same length video, the file size of recorded with AVC encoding type is about twice as big compared to HEVC. While HEVC seems superior in all areas, not all device supports the new codec. If you need to use the video for post-production, make sure your video editor supports h.265 codec, and often times it takes more time to render an h.265 video than an h.264 video.
If you have an AMD graphic card, consider using ReLive to record screen-cast instead of another third-party tool. Simply because it’s more optimized and designed to tailor to the GPU your system is running. What you want to avoid is any tool that uses CPU to record instead of GPU, that is if you have a dedicated graphics card. Hope you’ve learned something on screen recording. Enjoy!