Setup Intel Quick Sync Video screen recording acceleration on Desktop PC with 2 displays connected


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Introduction

This tutorial requires to connect your Intel® HD Graphics card to a monitor. You may also check the tutorial about activating Intel® Quick Sync Video without need to connect Intel HD Graphics card to a monitor.

The tutorial is designed for desktop computers with Intel processors supporting Intel Quick Sync Video technology and with additional NVIDIA or AMD PCI-E graphics card installed.

Requirements to setup Intel Quick Sync Video on desktop PC with additional PCI-E graphics card:

  • Hardware supporting Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
  • A monitor with two video inputs or two monitors
  • Two cables to connect 2 graphics cards with monitor
  • Latest version of Action! and Intel graphics drivers

Why Intel Quick Sync Video technology is so cool?

  • Ultra fast raw AVI Action! recordings export to MP4 format with low CPU usage
  • Real-time HD video recording directly to MP4 format with low CPU usage

Please follow the steps below to setup your PC to make Intel Quick Sync Video technology available in Action!

Check your hardware specification

Check if your CPU model supports Intel Quick Sync Video technology. You can check your desktop processor model graphics specifications at Intel website:
http://ark.intel.com/#DesktopProcessors

Mirillis Action! - Intel Graphics Specifications

Enable Intel graphics card in BIOS

Check your PC BIOS User Manual or instructions to see how to enable Intel integrated graphics (iGPU). Enable Intel graphics and save BIOS changes.

Connect Intel card to monitor

To enable Intel Quick Sync Video technology it is required to connect Intel HD graphics card to monitor. If you have 1 monitor you can connect your cards as follows:
- connect your NVIDIA/AMD card via DVI or HDMI to your monitor and make it main display in Windows Screen Resolution settings
- connect your Intel HD graphics card to your monitor VGA input or any other free input and set it as extended display

Mirillis Action! - Connect Intel HD graphics

If you have 2 monitors you can connect it as follows:
- connect your NVIDIA/AMD card to 1st monitor and make it main display in Windows Screen Resolution settings
- connect your Intel HD graphics card to 2nd monitor and set it as extended display

Mirillis Action! - Connect Intel HD graphics

Install the latest Intel graphics drivers

It is strongly recommended to install the latest Intel graphics drivers available for your Intel HD graphics card model. Intel Quick Sync Video acceleration may be not available or may work incorrectly with old graphics drivers.

Open Action! and select Intel Quick Sync acceleration

Run Action! and check File format settings in Video Recording tab. MP4 (Intel Quick Sync Video) should be now available.

Mirillis Action! - File format settings

Open Action! Export Settings and check Use hardware acceleration for video encoding, Intel Quick Sync Video acceleration should be now available.

Mirillis Action! - export settings