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Godot can record non-real-time video and audio from any 2D or 3D project. This kind of recording is also called offline rendering. There are many scenarios where this is useful:
Recording game trailers for promotional use.
Recording cutscenes that will be displayed as pre-recorded videos in the final game. This allows for using higher quality settings (at the cost of file size), regardless of the player's hardware.
Recording procedurally generated animations or motion design. User interaction remains possible during video recording, and audio can be included as well (although you won't be able to hear it while the video is recording).
Comparing the visual output of graphics settings, shaders, or rendering techniques in an animated scene.
With Godot's animation features such as the AnimationPlayer node, Tweeners, particles and shaders, it can effectively be used to create any kind of 2D and 3D animations (and still images).
If you are already used to Godot's workflow, you may find yourself more productive by using Godot for video rendering compared to Blender. That said, renderers designed for non-real-time usage such as Cycles and Eevee can result in better visuals (at the cost of longer rendering times).
Compared to real-time video recording, some advantages of non-real-time recording include:
Use any graphics settings (including extremely demanding settings) regardless of your hardware's capabilities. The output video will always have perfect frame pacing; it will never exhibit dropped frames or stuttering. Faster hardware will allow you to render a given animation in less time, but the visual output remains identical.
Render at a higher resolution than the screen resolution, without having to rely on driver-specific tools such as NVIDIA's Dynamic Super Resolution or AMD's Virtual Super Resolution.
Render at a higher framerate than the video's target framerate, then post-process to generate high-quality motion blur. This also makes effects that converge over several frames (such as temporal antialiasing, SDFGI and volumetric fog) look better.
This feature is not designed for capturing real-time footage during gameplay.
Players should use something like OBS Studio or SimpleScreenRecorder to record gameplay videos, as they do a much better job at intercepting the compositor than Godot can do using Vulkan or OpenGL natively.
That said, if your game runs at near-real-time speeds when capturing, you can still use this feature (but it will lack audible sound playback, as sound is saved directly to the video file).
Enabling Movie Maker mode¶
To enable Movie Maker mode, click the "movie reel" button in the top-right corner of the editor before running the project:
The icon gets a background matching the accent color when Movie Maker mode is enabled:
Movie Maker status is not persisted when the editor quits, so you must re-enable Movie Maker mode again after restarting the editor if needed.
Toggling Movie Maker mode while running the project will not have any effect until the project is restarted.
Before you can record video by running the project, you still need to configure the output file path. This path can be set for all scenes in the Project Settings:
Alternatively, you can set the output file path on a per-scene basis by adding a
String metadata with the name
movie_file to the scene's root node. This
is only used when the main scene is set to the scene in question, or when
running the scene directly by pressing F6 (Cmd + R on macOS).
The path specified in the project settings or metadata can be either absolute, or relative to the project root.
Once you've configured and enabled Movie Maker mode, it will be automatically used when running the project from the editor.
Command line usage¶
Movie Maker can also be enabled from the command line:
godot --path /path/to/your_project --write-movie output.avi
If the output path is relative, then it is relative to the project folder,
not the current working directory. In the above example, the file will be
/path/to/your_project/output.avi. This behavior is similar to the
--export command line argument.
Since Movie Maker's output resolution is set by the viewport size, you can
adjust the window size on startup to override it if the project uses the
canvas_items stretch mode:
godot --path /path/to/your_project --write-movie output.avi --resolution 1280x720
Note that the window size is clamped by your display's resolution. See Rendering at a higher resolution than the screen resolution if you need to record a video at a higher resolution than the screen resolution.
The recording FPS can also be overridden on the command line, without having to edit the Project Settings:
godot --path /path/to/your_project --write-movie output.avi --fixed-fps 30
--fixed-fps command line arguments are both available
in exported projects. Movie Maker mode cannot be toggled while the project is running,
but you can use the OS.execute() method to
run a second instance of the exported project that will record a video file.
Choosing an output format¶
AVI container with MJPEG for video and uncompressed audio. Features lossy video compression, resulting in medium file sizes and fast encoding. The lossy compression quality can be adjusted by changing Edit