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BlackjackGabbiani
23rd Jan 2018, 2:57 AM
My actual gameplay looks fine. But my videos are a different story.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oWm7YO0Y4U&t=1889s Here's an example. Why do they look like this? I don't understand. I have a history of screenshots looking dark too.

EmileeFowler
23rd Jan 2018, 9:54 AM
Do you use any kind of lighting/shadows mod for the Sims 3?

GrijzePilion
23rd Jan 2018, 11:22 AM
That's normal, I get that too. It's a game limitation due to the way the renderer works. You have to use Fraps or a similar tool to properly capture in-game footage.

nitromon
23rd Jan 2018, 1:15 PM
What did you use to record? Looks like OBS. If it is you have to adjust the gamma correction.

GrijzePilion
23rd Jan 2018, 1:24 PM
Gamma correction won't help either. Trust me, I've spent an afternoon mucking around with OBS footage in Premiere Pro and I wasn't able to fix it. Looked bad even with my best efforts. OBS FUBARs your footage, simple as that. It butchers your contrast, it messes up the color channels, and the dynamic range is beyond horrible. Now I hadn't even heard of dynamic range a year ago, but ever since I did I've become VERY picky about it.

TS3 doesn't have great dynamic range by default, but with a bit of clever tonemapping you can get a pretty convincing picture out of it anyway. And I don't know about you but when I was filming that Let's play of mine I thought it was way too pretty not to have a true-to-"life" recording of it. I spent 750 to be able to have Sim sunrises that make you wear sunglasses, and if I have to use the clumsy Fraps to record it, so be it.

BlackjackGabbiani
23rd Jan 2018, 10:43 PM
It's not OBS but xSplit Gamecaster. I can never figure out OBS. I also don't have any light/shadows mods.

GrijzePilion
23rd Jan 2018, 10:48 PM
The same is true for xSplit.

nitromon
23rd Jan 2018, 11:17 PM
Gamma correction won't help either. Trust me, I've spent an afternoon mucking around with OBS footage in Premiere Pro and I wasn't able to fix it.

I'm not as picky about the visuals ;)

Generally gamma correction and saturation in the OBS control is suffice for me. But I guess it wouldn't be enough for people doing a lot of 3rd party rendering to beautify their visuals.

BlackjackGabbiani
23rd Jan 2018, 11:32 PM
So, how would someone help with this? Which way do I gamma correct?

(also what do you think of my videos aside from the dark?)

Alice1994
23rd Jan 2018, 11:51 PM
I had this problem when I tried to record with Mirillis Action. It just couldn't handle the game properly. (I'm still mad I paid money for this stuff >.<)
So maybe using different software is worth a thought?

I tried pretty much everything but in the end the guys at the official mirillis forums said that they couldn't help me...
Fraps works and I'm trying OBS today.

BlackjackGabbiani
24th Jan 2018, 1:43 AM
This is about the only software I have. As I said, OBS just is incomprehensible to me.

EmileeFowler
24th Jan 2018, 8:11 AM
Maybe you can edit your videos after you record them?.. :|

Here, 1st screen shot is made by pressing C in game, 2nd is a Windows screen shot. Same frame. Very dark due to Outdoor Lighting Tweaks v2.2 by dDefinder.
3rd one I tweaked with Photoshop, the UI is too bright even...

nitromon
24th Jan 2018, 8:33 AM
Maybe you can edit your videos after you record them?.. :|

Here, 1st screen shot is made by pressing C in game, 2nd is a Windows screen shot. Same frame. Very dark due to Outdoor Lighting Tweaks v2.2 by dDefinder.
3rd one I tweaked with Photoshop, the UI is too bright even...

I'm kinda confused, why is the 2nd one so dark? The outdoor lighting tweak is not an overlay is it? Which one do you see while you play?

EmileeFowler
24th Jan 2018, 8:58 AM
I'm kinda confused, why is the 2nd one so dark? The outdoor lighting tweak is not an overlay is it? Which one do you see while you play?

Hehe, you had me curious, so I took out the mod and tried taking screenshots.
Yup, the game is dark without the Lighting mod. My bad. :cry: I don't know why I was thinking that...
So apparently I have the same problem as the author of the thread. :D
To answer your question, the one I see while I play is the lighter one.

Volvenom
24th Jan 2018, 9:17 AM
Lots of people use obs to record, and they have videos with the same light as in the game.

Simsupply made a tutorial on how to use obs. There might also be others out there. I'm on my phone, so I can't help with the link atm. I might find it later.

daisylee
24th Jan 2018, 9:45 AM
I am totally curious now so will go and record a video in my game to see what happens. I do not recall them being dark in the few I have done in the past. Will see what happens now.

edit: I just did a video and it is just the same as my game. Done in the daytime and the video is no darker than in my game. I use no lighting mods, if that makes any difference. (?)

Volvenom
24th Jan 2018, 10:42 AM
I did tons of videos on sims3. I used Fraps mostly, but also a few at the end with obs i think. They all looked like the game.

daisylee
24th Jan 2018, 6:26 PM
I just turned on the camera in the game and did a short use of it and turned it off. The quality is not very good but I have zero idea what the settings are now as I do not do them. But the lighting was fine.

BlackjackGabbiani
24th Jan 2018, 10:22 PM
Maybe you can edit your videos after you record them?.. :|

That's a bugaboo since I have no idea how to do that. That's why so many of my videos are in different parts.

BlackjackGabbiani
3rd Feb 2018, 3:18 AM
Ok, I looked it up and can't find anything on how to "gamma correct" on xSplit. Turning up the brightness of the game itself won't help, will it? I'd rather avoid that if at all possible because I'm very photosensitive.

GrijzePilion
3rd Feb 2018, 11:37 AM
You'll have to use a compatible recorder. That means Fraps or the Nvidia thingy. Game Capture or whatever.

BlackjackGabbiani
3rd Feb 2018, 11:18 PM
I have Nvidia. And as I said before, my screencaps are dark too, so I doubt it's exclusively the recorder either.

GrijzePilion
4th Feb 2018, 12:10 AM
What do you use to take the screencaps?

Volvenom
4th Feb 2018, 12:28 AM
google your screen model and dark screenshots, and see what comes up

GrijzePilion
4th Feb 2018, 1:58 AM
Nothing useful will come up, it's not screen-related. That's to say, there is no screen that will not give you this issue.

BlackjackGabbiani
7th Feb 2018, 2:34 AM
I use both print screen and the in game camera to take the pictures.

GrijzePilion
7th Feb 2018, 1:21 PM
Print screen won't work; the in-game camera will.

BlackjackGabbiani
7th Feb 2018, 11:48 PM
It's still too dark though.

GrijzePilion
8th Feb 2018, 1:07 AM
If the in-game camera takes screenshots that are too dark, there is something seriously wrong with your game/your PC/you.

BlackjackGabbiani
9th Feb 2018, 6:54 AM
It's always been this way over multiple computers. I keep the screen "dark" because I'm photosensitive but it's still fairly bright (turn your monitor down to dim and you'll see what I mean) and this is much darker than that.

GrijzePilion
9th Feb 2018, 1:27 PM
I have LED monitors. When I dim them, they're dark. But I can't explain why you're having that issue if your game doesn't play by the same rules mine does.

BlackjackGabbiani
11th Feb 2018, 6:31 AM
What would I need to look at?