Video Quality Settings Guide

Modified on Wed, 01 May 2024 at 12:19 PM

Medal offers a wide range of recording quality options so that you can capture your game play no matter what components you're running in your PC! There are a number of options to toggle between. You can customize your Resolution, FPS, Bitrate and Length of clip quickly and easily from your clip settings page. 


Medal offers a variety of resolution settings, from low quality all the way up to UHD 4K recording capability.

Recording resolution is the number of pixels (dots) used to create an image.
Higher resolutions use more pixels to create an image. This means that greater amounts of detail can be expressed in the image.

FPS (Frame Per Second)

Frames per second, or FPS, is the measurement of how many video frames your clip will capture per second of the video. 

For example; 30 fps means that the clip will capture 30 frames per single second of the video. The higher the frames, the smoother your video will be, but increasing your frames can also result in decreased clip performance if your system isn't capable of handling heavier workloads.  

Increased FPS in your clip will also result in larger file size per clip. 

With Medal, we offer a range of FPS options, from 24 all the way up to 144 fps. 

Keep in mind, however, that increasing the FPS settings past your in-game FPS value won't result in any benefits and will just utilize more resources. 


Medal offers bitrate options from 3M all the way up to 100M, but you might be asking, what does this do for me?

Video bitrate is the the amount of data encoded per second in a video. Generally speaking, the higher the bitrate of the video, the higher the quality of the video. 

Not to be confused with your resolution, which is the pixel size of the video. A lower bitrate on a video will result in a more compressed video with lesser quality, while a higher bitrate video on the same resolution will result in a higher quality video with a much larger file size. 

High bitrate settings can be very resource intensive, so it's important to make sure that your PC is capable of utilizing high bit rates efficiently prior to switching to one.


Medal allows you to clip all of the best moments from your games, up to 120 seconds long, with the additional option to turn on Full Session Recording so that you can endlessly record until you're done playing!

Video Encoder

Medal allows you to pick between the GPU and CPU to take on the encoding work.
In most cases, the GPU encoder will be able to manage most games, but there will be times when the CPU may need to be selected for a smoother recording.

In order for the GPU option to appear, your GPU drivers will need to be installed and updated.
Your GPU will also need to support GPU encoding.

For Nvidia, your GPU will need to support NVENC.
Click here to open up this Nvidia page, expand the NVENC - Encoding menu and search for the exact name of your GPU and look at the # of NVENC/CHIP table.
(If you do not see your GPUs name, select GeForce, QUADRO, TESLA or DGX depending on your GPU).

If the # of NVENC/CHIP of your GPU has at least a count of 1, then your GPU does support NVENC; if not, your GPU likely does not support NVENC.

For AMD, your GPU will need to support VCE/VCN

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