How to Capture Your Gameplay Using Radeon™ ReLive

Article Number: DH-023

​​ Overview
Radeon™ ReLive (ReLive) software allows users to capture, stream and share gameplay videos and screenshots. Capturing gameplay
using ReLive is easy to configure and has a minimal impact on performance, which is measured in frames per second (FPS).

This document provides information on how to install and use ReLive.  The contents of this document is organized into the following sections:

ReLive Requirements
These are the requirements to use ReLive.

Radeon™ ReLive is currently supported on systems with AMD Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture based Desktop Graphics. These include:

    • Radeon™ RX 500 Series
    • Radeon™ RX 400 Series
    • Radeon™ Pro Duo
    • AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury, R9 300, R7 300 Series
    • AMD Radeon™ R9 200, R7 200, R5 300, R5 240 Series
    • AMD Radeon HD 8500 – HD 8900 Series
    • AMD Radeon HD 7700 – HD 7900 Series
       
  1. Radeon™ ReLive for AMD Radeon products is supported on the following Operating Systems
    • AMD Radeon™ RX 500 Series Graphics products and newer are only supported on Windows 7 and Windows 10 64-bit.
    • AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury, Radeon™ Pro Duo and Radeon™ RX 400 Series Graphics products are only supported on Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 64-bit.
    • All remaining products are supported under Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 32bit and 64bit versions.
  2. Radeon™ ReLive is currently supported on DirectX 9, 10, 11, and OpenGL APIs
  3. The availability of specific ReLive recording functions will depend on the GPU being used. For more information on encoding support, please visit Radeon ReLive.
  4. R9 300 series and older products have encoding support up to 1080P resolution at up to 60 Frames Per Second (FPS).


Install ReLive
Radeon™ ReLive software is packaged with the Radeon™ Software Crimson ReLive Edition driver. 

To download Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition driver, please visit the Drivers + Download Center.

Once the file download is complete it can be installed.  For instructions on how to install Radeon™ Software, please refer to KB Article: How To Install Radeon™ Software Crimson ReLive Edition on a Windows Based System.

At the end of the Radeon™ Software installation, the following screen should appear:


Select "Install Radeon ReLive" to install Radeon ReLive.  Restart the system once the installation is complete.

Enabling ReLive
To use ReLive, it must first be enabled from within Radeon™ Settings.

Open AMD Radeon™ Settings by right clicking on your desktop and select AMDRadeon™ Settings.


Select ReLive.
 

Enable ReLive by setting the feature to On


 

Global Settings
Before you can begin capturing gameplay it is important to configure the options available within the Global ReLive tab to suit your preferences. These options include:

    • Record Desktop
    • Save Folder
    • Audio Capture Device
    • ReLive In-app Toolbar
    • Customizing Hotkeys



Record Desktop
Record Desktop allows you to capture content directly from your Windows desktop. You must turn on Record Desktop in order to capture gameplay if you are using a next generation API, such as DirectX® 12 or Vulkan – these applications must concurrently be running in borderless windowed mode.

Save Folder
Save Folder is the location where all screenshots and gameplay videos are stored. The location can be changed to a folder or hard drive of your preference. The default location is within your Windows > Users > Username > Videos folder.

Note! Gameplay video recordings can be very large, so please select a hard drive with adequate free disk space.

Audio Capture Device
Audio Capture Device detects any microphone connected to your system and can be used to capture your voice while streaming or recording gameplay. Select a microphone using the drop-down arrow if you have more than one microphone in your system. If you do not select a microphone, the default microphone will automatically be selected for you.

Customizing Hotkeys
ReLive uses default Hotkey combinations that can be customized to suit your preferences. These include:

    • Toggle Toolbar Hotkey
    • Toggle Recording Hotkey
    • Save Instant Replay Hotkey
    • Toggle Streaming Hotkey
    • Screenshot Hotkey
    • Toggle Microphone Hotkey
    • Toggle Camera Hotkey

Default hotkeys are shown in the screenshot below:

Click on a Hotkey and then press the desired key on your keyboard to save a customized Hotkey.

Toolbar
The Toolbar allows you to modify or activate ReLive settings during gameplay by selecting a toggle. The settings from left to right are:

    • Settings
    • Record
    • Stream
    • Screenshot



Press the default Hotkey combination (Alt+Z) during gameplay to bring up the Toolbar.

Settings
After opening the Tool Bar, click on the Settings icon to adjust the options as described below (from left to right):

    • Return to Previous Menu
    • Microphone
    • Indicator Position
    • Instant Replay
    • Record Desktop
    • Toolbar Position


 

 

Microphone
The Microphone can be toggled on or off through the Toolbar.

Indicator Position
The Indicator is a visual notification that appears on screen during gameplay to notify that you are recording or streaming.

Indicator Position can be adjusted to different corners of the screen through the Toolbar.

Save Instant Replay
ReLive can be configured to automatically record your gameplay. Further detail will be provided in the next section of this document.

Record Desktop
Record Desktop can be toggled on or off through the Toolbar.

Toolbar Position
Toolbar position is the location of the Toolbar when you press the Toolbar Hotkey.

The Toolbar Position can be adjusted to different locations on the screen.

Recording Settings
The recording tab allows customization of the visual and sound quality of your gameplay footage and contains different settings which affect the file size of your video. These include:

    • Recording Profile
    • Recording Resolution
    • Recording Bitrate
    • Recording FPS
    • Encoding Type
    • Audio Bitrate
    • Instant Replay


 

Recording Profile
Recording profile contains predefined quality settings that control the level of quality and file size of your gameplay footage. These include:

    • Low
    • Medium
    • High
    • Custom

These profiles automatically adjust the recording resolution and recording bitrate depending on which profile you use.


In the example below, the Low profile was selected.

Selecting Custom allows full control over the Recording Resolution, Recording Bitrate and Recording FPS, Encoding Type, and Audio Bitrate as displayed in the image below.

Recording Resolution
Recording resolution allows customization of the output video resolution of your recording. Setting a lower resolution than the native resolution of your monitor will result in a smaller video file.

Selecting In-Game will automatically match the resolution used in your game with the Recording Resolution output video.

Note
! The availability of Recording Resolutions will depend on the GPU being used.

Recording Bitrate
Bitrate is the amount of data dedicated to a second of video, measured in Mega Bits Per Second (Mbps). The higher the bitrate, the better the video image quality and the larger the file size of the output video file.

The default bitrate is 30 Mbps and can be adjusted in increments of 0.1 Mbps.


Note! When using high Bitrates, please ensure there is adequate free space on your hard drive. If there is insufficient free space on your hard drive, the output video file will not save.


Recording FPS
Recording FPS allows customization of the Frames Per Second used in the video output file. Using a higher FPS value (up to a maximum of 60 FPS) will result in smooth video playback.

Recording FPS can be set at 30 or 60 FPS.

 Note! The availability of 60 FPS will depend on the resolution used.

Encoding Type
Encoder Type refers to the type of video encoding used to capture recorded gameplay.

HEVC (also known as H.265) is the latest video compression standard which offers higher quality and smaller file sizes as compared to AVC (H.264).1 More advanced information on these encoding formats is available online.

 
Note! HEVC is currently only supported on RX 400 series and newer Graphics products.

Audio Bitrate
Audio Bitrate is the amount of audio data measured in Kilobits Per Second (Kbps). The higher the Bitrate, the better the audio quality and the larger the file size of the output file.

The Audio Bitrate drop down arrow allows selection of Audio Bitrate from 32 Kbps up to 320 Kbps, with increments of 32-64 Kbps.


Instant Replay
When enabled, Instant Replay will continuously record your gameplay which allows you to playback up to the last 60 minutes of the session.

To access the replay footage, the video file is stored in your Save Folder. This can be useful if you want to replay recent game footage but you have not enabled recording.

To enable, click Instant Replay.


Once enabled, the Instant Replay slider can be adjusted in increments of 30 seconds, up to a maximum total of 60 minutes per session.

 

 

Streaming
Streaming allows transmission of your gameplay via streaming services such as Twitch or YouTube so other users can follow your session. A user account and agreement to the terms and conditions with the applicable streaming service may be required.

ReLive offers many customizable settings which can influence the quality of your stream. These include:

    • Streaming Profile
    • Streaming Resolution
    • Streaming Bitrate
    • Streaming FPS
    • Audio Bitrate
    • Archive Stream


 

Streaming Profile
Streaming Profile contains predefined settings that control the level of quality of your gameplay footage. These include:

    • Low
    • Medium
    • High
    • Custom

These profiles automatically adjust the streaming resolution and recording bitrate depending on which profile you use.


Note! Streaming consumes internet resources/bandwidth. Users with limited internet plans should verify that they have adequate bandwidth available. Depending on your internet service, the availability of bandwidth may impact the quality of your stream and you may potentially incur additional charges to your internet service.

In this example below, the Medium profile was selected.

Streaming Resolution
Streaming Resolution allows customization of the output video resolution of your stream. Streaming Resolution is the quality at which you are broadcasting.

The Streaming Resolution drop down arrow allows selection of Streaming Resolutions of 360, 480, 720, 1080 and 1440.

Streaming Bitrate
Streaming Bitrate is the amount of data measured in Mega Bits Per Second (Mbps) dedicated to a second of video. The higher the bitrate, the better stream video quality.

The bitrate slider can be adjusted in increments of 0.1 Mbps.

Streaming FPS
Streaming FPS allows customization of the Frames Per Second used in the stream. Using a higher FPS value (up to a maximum of 60 FPS) will result in a smooth viewing experience for your viewers.

Recording FPS can be set at 30 or 60 FPS.


Audio Bitrate
Audio Bitrate is the amount of audio data measured in Kilobits Per Second (Kbps). The higher the bitrate, the better the audio quality of the stream.

The Audio Bitrate drop down arrow allows selection of audio bitrate from 32 Kbps to up to 192, with increments of 32 Kbps.

Archive Stream
When enabled, Archive Stream saves a video copy of the stream to the Save Folder which can be later viewed or edited.

By default, Archive Stream is set to Off.

Note! When turning on Archive Stream, the video file size will vary depending on the Streaming profile selected and the duration of the session. Please ensure there is adequate hard drive space available.

Overlay
The overlay tab allows customization of system information and graphics that appear on your recording or stream. These include:

    • Show System Info
    • Show Camera
    • Show Custom Overlay




Show System Info
Show System Info enables a notification banner which contains CPU, GPU, and System Memory information to appear at the start of a recording or stream. The notification banner will disappear after a few seconds.

Show System Info can be set to Yes or No.

System Info Location
If Show System Info has been enabled, the Show System Location option enables customization of the location of the System Info banner.

The Show Info Location drop down arrow allows repositioning of Show System Info into different corners of the screen.

Show Camera
Enabling Show Camera allows a camera connected to the computer to overlay a video image on top of the content being streamed. This allows the streamer to be visible to the viewers whilst providing live commentary.

The Show Camera option enables customization of camera settings, when set to Yes. These settings include:

    • Show Camera On Screen
    • Custom Camera Location
    • Camera Size
    • Show Custom Overlay


 

Show Camera On Screen
Enable this option to overlay the video camera image on top of the live stream.


 


Custom Camera Location
By default, the camera is positioned at the top left of the streamed content. Custom Camera Location allows repositioning of the camera video frame.

Camera Location X (horizontal) and Y (vertical) represent the position of the camera video frame, determined by the number of pixels from the upper left corner of the screen.

Camera Size
The Camera Size option allows you to select from three predefined sizes or create a custom camera window size.

    • Small
    • Medium
    • Large
    • Custom

 

If the Custom Camera Size option is selected, the Camera Width and Height (in pixels) can be manually entered.

Show Custom O​verlay
The Show Custom Overlay option allows a custom image to be imported and displayed on the live stream. This can be useful for branding purposes or to provide information such as Twitter handle, Facebook page, or more to viewers.

Enable the Show Custom Overlay option, select Custom Overlay Image and point to the overlay image on your system.

Note! The image must be in PNG format. Other formats will be rejected by the software.


Footnotes