How to reduce lag when recording

Bandicam has less lag than any other capture programs

However, the operation of Bandicam is closely related to the performance of a system.
The recording of streaming video requires a lot of system resources (CPU, GPU, RAM and the like).
- Important factors for recording: GPU, CPU > RAM > SSD, HDD (SSD or HDD may not affect the recording performance unless you use the YV12 or RBG24 codec because they create much larger files.)

If the performance of the computer is not good enough, the computer will slow down or there will be a skipping phenomenon.


How to reduce lagging

To reduce lag while recording, use a desktop instead of a laptop, reduce the video resolution of the recording target, reduce the video size, FPS, video quality and try the hardware-accelerated H.264 encoder of Bandicam.

1. Reduce the video resolution of the recording target

Change the resolution

If your game has an option to change the video/display settings, reduce the video resolution and play in windowed mode instead of full screen. It will increase the FPS and reduce the lag.

2. Try the hardware-accelerated H.264 encoder of Bandicam

If you are using the latest grahpics card or Intel CPU, try "Nvidia NVENC H.264 Encoder", "Intel Quick Sync Video H.264 Encoder", or "AMD VCE H.264 Encoder" of Bandicam.

3. Try Chrome or Firefox

Video stuttering issue, Bandicam

If you have been experiencing video stuttering issues like above, try Chrome or Firefox. If you are using 'Internet Explorer' or 'Edge' on Windows 10, check the 'Use software rendering instead of GPU renderingview' option, and try again.


4. If you are using Windows 10 Laptops, try changing the graphics performance settings

Windows Start Menu -> Graphics Settings -> 'Browse' Classic app -> Select C:\Program Files\Bandicam\bdcam.exe
-> Options -> Select 'Power Saving' or 'High Performance' in Graphics specifications.

graphics performance settings, Bandicam


5. If you use an NVIDIA graphics card, select "Prefer maximum performance"

1) If you use the 'Game Recording Mode', set the game to maximum performance at the NVIDIA Control Panel.
2) If you use the 'Screen Recording Mode' or 'Device Recording Mode', set Bandicam to maximum performance.

NVIDIA Performance issue, bandicam lagging

(NVIDIA Control Panel -> Manage 3D settings -> Program Settings -> Add 'the game or Bandicam' -> select "Prefer maximum performance" at the Power management mode.)

6. Reset Bandicam to default settings, and try again

Reset Bandicam settings


7. Change the Bandicam settings

bandicam, How to reduce the recording lag


  • Reduce the video size from "Full Size" to "Half Size"
  • If you change the size value (from "Full Size" to "Half Size") in the options of the setting section under the video tab, this will lower the quality of the video but help prevent slowing down the computer.

  • Reduce the FPS from "30" to "15"
  • If you change the FPS value (from "30" to "15"), this will record the video at 15 frames per second and help mitigate slowing down the computer.

  • Reduce the video quality from "80" to "50"
  • If you change the quality value (from "80" to "15"), this will lower the quality of the video but help prevent slowing down the computer.

  • Try the "Motion JPEG" and "PCM" codecs
  • If you change the codec value (from "MPEG-1 and MPEG-1 L2" to "Motion JPEG and PCM"), this will increase the size of the video but help prevent slowing down the computer.

  • Try the "H.264" and "PCM" codecs
  • If your computer supports the H.264 encoder, you may try the "H.264" and "PCM" codecs. It will enhance the recording ability of Bandicam by using the GPU. For more information about this, visit https://www.bandicam.com/support/tips/hardware-acceleration/.

8. Plug your graphics card into the primary slot on the motherboard

- If you put your graphics card into the secondary slot, please plug your graphics card into the primary graphics card slot.

9. Change the recording mode of Bandicam

Change the recording mode of Bandicam

  • If you use 'Game Recording' mode, try 'Screen Recording' mode.
  • If you use 'Screen Recording' mode, try 'Game Recording' mode.

10. Upgrade your Windows, graphics card, CPU and RAM

- If you have upgraded your OS to Windows 8 or Windows 10, you can reduce lag by using the enhanced capture method in the 'Screen Recording Mode' of Bandicam.
- If you still have problems, you may upgrade your graphics card, CPU, and RAM to increase the performance of your computer.


If the above method does not solve the problem, please send the video file to bandicam@bandicam.com


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