How to Record Screen with Nvidia GeForce Experience ShadowPlay?

Nvidia Geforce Experience is a useful app that comes bundled with Nvidia GPU drivers, offering an easy-to-use utility - ShadowPlay for hardware-accelerated screen and gameplay recording. And this article will walk you through the process.

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Kevincy Kevincy | Updated on Dec 29, 2023

Nvidia GeForce Experience Screen Recorder - ShadowPlay

Geforce Experience offers an integrated gameplay recording feature called ShadowPlay. It utilizes the GPU's dedicated encoding capabilities to record your screen, gameplay, victories and highlights efficiently, with minimal impact on performance. Now, Nvidia has officially rebranded "ShadowPlay" as "Nvidia Share", but personally, ShadowPlay seems pretty cool! :-)

The biggest advantage of Shadowplay is, of course, there is no additional cost and video screen recorder required, as long as you have an Nvidia graphics card. Sounds great? So, you may want to figure out how it works. Next, we will walk you through the steps to record your screen or gameplay using Nvidia Geforce Experience.

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Preparations before GeForce Experience Recording

Many people may think that such a powerful function would be very cumbersome in operation. In fact, as long as you are using an NVIDIA graphics card, open the Geforce Experience software, and enable the in-game overlay of this function, which basically completes the first preparation. If there is no Geforce Experience app on your PC, follow the steps to download it and activate "IN-GAME OVERLAY" feature.

Step 1. Download and install GeForce Experience from Nvidia's official website:

Step 2. Launch GeForce Experience, and sign in with your Nvidia account if prompted..

Step 3. Press the "Gear" icon next to your account name to open the "Settings" interface.

Step 4. Go to "GENERAL" tab and turn on "IN-GAME OVERLAY" option.

Step 5. GeForce Experience provides optimal settings for over 1000 games. Just switch to "GAMES & APPS" tab, scan and optimize your game settings.

Note: To ensure a smooth GeForce Experience recording, you'd better have a GeForce GTX 750 or higher graphics card with 496.13 Driver or later on a PC with at least 4GB RAM or higher. The requirements will be updated in the near future.

Preparations for GeForce Experience Recording

How to Record Screen and Gameplay with Nvidia GeForce Experience?

After you complete the above preparations, here's how to record gameplay using Nvidia GeForce Experience ShadowPlay:

Step 1. Start the game you want to record or get ready for recording desktop activities.

Step 2. Simply press the hotkeys "Alt + Z" to access the ShadowPlay overlay panel.

Step 3. To make GeForce Experience record screen, press the hotkeys "Alt + F9". NVIDIA ShadowPlay will start the GPU-accelerated video recording.

Step 4. Just press the hotkeys "Alt + F9" again to finish the recording.

Optional. Before you start recording with Nvidia Experience, you're allowed to customize the ShadowPlay settings by clicking on the "Gear" icon on the ShadowPlay overlay panel. Here you can specify a desired destination directory to save your recordings, change keyboard shortcuts, and modify video quality, length, resolution, frame rate, and bit rate as you wish.

Record Screen with Nvidia GeForce Experience

Tips for Best Recording Quality

  • For gamplay, choose "In-game" option. For screen activity, set resolution to 1080p or 4K based on your monitor resolution. Higher is better.
  • Use 60 FPS frame rate for smooth, high-quality footage.
  • Experiment with various bitrates depending on resolution. Higher bitrates improve video quality.
  • Disable applications running in the background to get better game performance for recording.
  • Position microphone close to your mouth and reduce background noise for clearer audio.
  • Check recordings to ensure system sounds are audible along with your mic.

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Step 1. Install and runInstall and run HD Video Converter Factory Pro. Open "Recorder" on the startup interface.

Step 2. Four recording modes are available in the Screen Recorder, just choose one based on your needs:

  • Full Screen Mode: capture your screen in a full display screen.
  • Gaming Mode: only work in coordination with Custom Mode or Full Screen Mode to record video at 60fps by default.
  • Audio-Only Mode: only record audio of system sound or Microphone.

Step 3. Choose your desired recording format, quality, frame rate, audio, and turn on GPU acceleration. Then specify a location.

Step 4. Hit "REC" to initiate the GPU-accelerated video recording after a 5-seconds countdown, without FPS drops and lagging.

Step 5. Press "Ctrl + F1" to stop it, and the recording will be saved in your specified directory.

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Final Words...

If you have a decent PC with GeForce GPUs, it's a fairly efficient way to record screen and gameplay using Nvidia GeForce Experience. However, if your computer is not qualified or powerful enough, HD Video Converter Factory Pro is also a great option, which can not only satisfy your video capturing need, but also enable you to edit and polish your recordings. Even a novice can handle this utility without any difficulty.

We hope this guide helped you learn how to utilize your Nvidia GPU for recording smooth, share-worthy gameplay videos. Let us know if you have any other questions!

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