Upcoming Action! 3.0 NEW FEATURES

March 26, 2018 Category: , , , 9 Comments

Action! has a long history of updates. We have fixed issues, added new features, changed existing ones – all in all, we’ve worked really hard on creating the best Screen and Game Recorder. We do all of that for YOU!

We are very proud to present Action! 3.0 to you guys! For that occasion, we’ve prepared a list of new features you will most likely enjoy really soon.

Let’s start with the first feature, that can be seen right off the bat:

Interface

We decided to redesign the interface to match preferences of our users to a greater extent. We’ve made sure that all features are visible, and locations of pre-existing features remain unchanged, so veteran users won’t have to learn about Action! from scratch.

Action! screen recorder interface

New interface can be expanded like any normal window to reveal more options and features. You will no longer need to scroll down to reach additional settings, and also you will have an access to a greater number of saved videos.

Drawing Panel

One of the newest additions to the software is our Drawing Panel. Essentially, you can draw on your desktop/screen/game as you record. In order to record anything you do with your drawing panel, you need to switch to Screen recording mode and run game in windowed or borderless windowed mode.

You can draw various shapes, write simple text, and use variable line width.

screen recorder Action! drawing panel

In order to turn the Drawing Panel on, you need to click on the pencil icon on top of the Action! interface (or click CTRL+H by default). Then, a panel will appear on the bottom left of your screen. Choose desired Pen shape, color, and width, and then turn on drawing mode. Click “Clear” button to remove everything you’ve drawn on your screen. In order to keep what’s on your screen while recording, simply turn off drawing panel. To completely hide drawing panel, click on the pencil icon in Action! interface or click CTRL+H again.

Account manager

Action! screen recorder Account manager

First change to the interface that aims at making life of live-streamers a bit easier, if you stream to different social media and streaming services. Account manager lets you swap accounts from which you stream with a single button. While the option to stream simultaneously is not present in Action! (although it will be available in our upcoming Professional Live-streaming software), Account manager definitely makes things slightly more convenient for you guys.

Custom URL overlay sources

Action! screen recorder preview

Finally, we’ve added an option to add additional overlay graphics from Custom URL sources. This means, that your live stream may now include various widgets from streamlabs, muxy or other overlay services.

Some of the possible widgets include: chat box, donation goal, alert box and other types of notifications.

We do hope, that this change will encourage all of you to discover how live streaming can be a cool experience, and how professional it may look like with Mirillis Action!

Aux audio feature

Action! screen recorder Aux audio

This is one of the features we’ve received a lot of feedback on. We’ve decided to add a feature that records chosen audio sound into separate audio file. We are currently working on a way to increase the number of separate audio tracks in a video.

In order to record additional audio file, go to audio settings, and tick “Aux audio” feature and chose a device you want to record.

Thanks to this feature you may record only a single audio device (either speakers or microphone). For example, you may run game audio on speakers, while keeping all sounds from your voice chat such as Teamspeak on headphones and save it into separate audio file, so it doesn’t merge in.

CPU & GPU monitoring

Action! screen recorder benchmark

NOTE: Hardware monitor is smaller than on the screenshot above – the scale is increased here only for visibility purposes

If you’re wondering how your hardware “feels like” when playing this insanely demanding game, you will no longer have to download and install new software just to monitor your PC temperature. Combined with benchmarking feature, you already have a complete tool to control your PC performance. This includes network monitoring feature alongside CPU & GPU one. This will help you control your live-stream/recording and make sure that your broadcast is going well.

New benchmarking view

Action! screen recorder benchmark

Previously, our benchmarks were saved in .csv file in form of pure numbers frame by frame. This was often illegible. We’ve decided to change this format into .HTML file to run in your browser and present all benchmarking information in form of a simple and convenient chart.
The way you start benchmarking remains the same.

Live preview of video composition

Action! screen recorder overlay sources

Yet another useful tool for your recording purposes and live-streaming. Very often it happened that Action! users forgot to change or add an overlay graphic, recorded for hours and ended up having incomplete video. With live preview composition, you may check the status of your recorded screen, check if all overlays are positioned correctly, including webcam, URL overlay widgets, and other stuff.

To check your video composition, simply click on the top left side of the window “Preview” button.

There are still lots of features we plan to add in Action! 3.1, but for now that remains a secret. We really do hope you enjoy those new features and use them often!

If you have more suggestions on how we might change or what we might add in future Action! updates, please let us know. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Author: Mirillis Team

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9 Comments

  • Robert says:

    Recording of id tech5 based games is still very bad, no improvement here since 2.8.2 version.
    Framerate is around 22-23 after starting recording with AMD card. Please fix this!

    Please add Vulkan support for fullscreen mode!

    • Mirillis Team says:

      Hi Robert,

      Thank you for your feedback. This is something we are working on, however, this issue is present across all recording software, not Just Action!. The engine proves to be very problematic for the purpose of recording games.

      Vulkan support is coming for game recording mode. We are planning on implementing Vulkan support for the official release of Action! 3.0

      • Robert says:

        Hello Team!
        Sorry for the late answer.

        Maybe this information can help you in some way (I hope so):
        Not all recording software are affected, OBS Studio with the integrated AMD Encoder (created by Xaymar) is working perfectly with tech5 based games. His encoder is open source and can be found on Github. Maybe you can find a trick or some technical information from his work to fix Action recording.
        I tested the plugin and it’s working perfectly, the video and the game during recording is running on stable 60fps.

        • Mirillis Team says:

          Thank you for your feedback. We’ll apply fix to this, and hopefully, it will be ready by next week alongside Vulkan support and 4k webcam support. I’ll be looking forward to your feedback once the fix is released to know if it worked for you 🙂

  • Christian Tvilling says:

    I’ve for the longest time had an issue with my exported clips, from any version of Action. When importing the footage to Premier Pro or other editing software, the audio always moves out of sync 2-3 minutes into the time line.

    I know you’ve received this feedback a lot, because the internet is littered with questions about this issue. Yet, no official reply as how to fix it. Best I can tell it’s something about Action saving footage with a variable framerate or something.

    It makes editing footage a massive pain in the ass, as I have to continously sync up audio. I’ve been looking and hoping for a fix for this for over a year, with no luck. Has this issue been addressed in Action 3.0?

    I’ve used your software for years, and it’s always been the one I suggest to friends. Sadly, they too have this issue in the editing room.

    Best Regards,
    A concerned fan

    • Mirillis Team says:

      Hi Christian,

      Have you tried recording with less FPS and checking if the audio keeps desyncing just as much?
      It is possible that if you’re recording in 60 FPS and your game drops below that amount, it might cause some issues with this. Alternatively, try using variable framerate in your editing software.

      Thanks for your feedback

  • Alex says:

    @Christian Tvilling .. your issue with the audio going out of sync, can I ask… Are you recording your mic at the same time? I found that when I do this, I lose sync over time. But when I do not record my mic, audio remains synchronised for long recordings. Thought that might help..

  • Larsus says:

    Hey there! I’m a little late, I know, but I just discovered that this version was out (I was still using the 2.8.2 version, and didn’t get any notifications regarding the update. I found out we were already on 3.1.2 by chance, and manually dowloaded it. Not sure if intentional or not, but oh well, now I’m up to date :D)

    After downloading this new version (looks awesome, and I love all the new features, especially the “Preview” tab), I quickly checked if you had finally added one of the most requested features since the very launch of this fabulous software… but sadly, you didn’t =( I’m talking about being able to separate recorded webcam footage into an individual file, instead of always having the webcam recording automatically “baked in” with the gameplay / desktop recording.

    Look, I really love this program, it is in deed the best recording program out there, at least for me. But we’ve been asking for this feature for a really long time:

    https://mirillis.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=34625
    https://mirillis.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=35872
    https://mirillis.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=36586

    (Those are the only threads I could find, but I remember reading way more back in the day regarding the requested feature)

    … and still, nothing =( I don’t think I have to explain why this is such a needed and basic feature that should have been thought of when you added webcam support in the first place. I’m not demanding anything here, of course not, but please tell me, is this a planned feature, was it forgotten or has it been turned down altogether? If so, is it because of some major limitation as of today that would make it impossible to implement at this stage?

    I’ve always wanted to think that this would eventually be added, but with every new update bringing in new cool features (love them all, for real), the less likely I see it happening. Please, let us know about anything regarding this feature, we’d really like to see it become a thing 😉

  • Mike Feliu says:

    I’ve been back and forth with your customer support and I applaud their attempts in trying to help me. However, I’ve tried live streaming my games using your software and it keeps cutting out. I have used other software and it works. Your software offers a lot of great functions but I feel ripped off being some of them don’t work.