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FPS drop in CounterStrike: Global Offensive or Battlefield One? Turn off XBox’s GameDVR

Today, right after I launched CounterStrike: Global Offensive from my Windows 10 powered home PC for playing my usual match, I was welcomed with an odd popup message warning me about having XBox’s GameDVR turned ON, which reportedly results into a severe performance drop. The popup pointed me to this post from the official Steam Support website, which explains how to turn off GameDVR option for good. Since I’ve never heard about GameDVR before I digged the topic, until I stumbled upon this other post from the PCGamesN website which explained everything even better.

To cut it short, we’re talking about an hidden feature bundled with Windows 10 patch 1607, also known as Anniversary Update (which we reviewed earlier this year), which auto-enables Microsoft’s Xbox-powered game recording software known as GameDVR. Problem is, it seems to cause some major issues with most games, especially those released by Valve such as CS:GO.

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CS:GO Video Making Tutorial from DEMO / Replay Files – Part 2 of 3

This tutorial, split into three parts, explains how to release a FullHD, 60fps Youtube-ready video from one or more CS:GO Demo / Replay Files.

In the Part 1 we talked about hardware and software requirements, explained how to properly configure the environment in order to obtain a consistant, top-notch quality raw recording of a specific game action sequence made of a single WAV file and a vast amount – 1 for each frame – of uncompressed TGA  files. In this Part 2 we’ll learn how to convert these recordings into single AVI files and how to import them into a video-editing software such as Sony Vegas. Eventually, in the Part 3, we’ll address some common issues and also see how we can improve this technique by configuring our system in order to save some valuable time for most of the steps.

By following the required steps you’ll be eventually able to create FullHD, ultra-smooth 60fps game videos just like the following one:


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CS:GO Video Making Tutorial from DEMO / Replay Files – Part 1 of 3

A while ago I wrote a post about converting CS:GO demo/replay files to AVI using the internal console command  startmovie  and Lagarith Lossless Codec: although that tutorial still a viable way to produce good-looking 30fps movies in a decent fashion, the technique below is most suited if you want to make top-notch movies/montages and upload them on Youtube now that the Youtube player supports native 60 fps playback.

That’s why I made this tutorial, which is basically an updated version of the former one. By following the required steps you’ll be able to create FullHD, ultra-smooth 60fps game videos just like the following one:

To better separate its core concepts the tutorial has been splitted into three sections:

  • Part One will focus on system requirements, CS:GO configuration settings and raw recording techniques in order to obtain a frame-by-frame recording footage (tga + wav) of each video part using the CS:GO spectactor-mode.
  • Part Two will focus on converting each raw footage obtained during Part One into a single high-quality AVI file, importing them into Sony Vegas – or any similar video editing software – to create our project/montage.
  • Part Three will address some common issues, as well as  introduce some process/system optimizations in order to speed-up some steps and save some valuable time.

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CS:GO – How to convert CSGO DEMO to AVI files

UPDATE: There’s an most recent version of this tutorial available for FullHD, 60 fps video: click here to read it!


Who doesn’t know about CounterStrike: Global Offensive (CS:GO)? It’s the latest installment of the eagerly-known CounterStrike first-person shooter video game series by Valve Entertainment Software, played by millions of players worldwide. In the unlikely case you never heard about it, you can read some informations on Wikipedia, on the CounterStrike Community Wiki and/or on the official website.

If you found this article you most likely know what the game is about and, most importantly, you’re well aware that you can use the game recording interface to save the replays of all your matches in your hard-disk drive: technically they will be stored into a lossless proprietary format (DEMO files, with .DEM extension) which can only be played from within the game.

What’s if you want to make a video containing your best moments / highlights and maybe upload it on YouTube? You’ll have to convert one or more .DEM files into a video container file – such as AVI, MP4 and so on. This guide will show you exactly how to achieve such result without using external programs such as FRAPS, HyperCam, BandiCam, DXTory and so on.

Why not use external programs?

Because there’s no reason to do that. You don’t want to use a screen-capturing software when you can avoid to, because you will definitely lose some of your video quality during the process. You can jump this step because the CS:GO engine has its very own fully-featured, built-in video recording mechanism that can easily handle the conversion task: you just need to learn how to properly use it.

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