When comparing FFSplit vs ShadowPlay, the Slant community recommends FFSplit for most people. In the question“What are the best software tools for live streaming?” FFSplit is ranked 2nd while ShadowPlay is ranked 6th.
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Pro Light resource usage
Pro Simultaneous broadcast
FFSplit allows streaming to multiple services at the same time.
Pro Clean interface
Pro GPU accelerated encoding
If you want to record 1080p 60fps, this will get you there. If you were having performance issues using CPU encoding before, Shadowplay will most likely work 10x better that you swear that it doesn't appear to be recording at all.
Pro Allow recording video after the fact
ShadowPlay can set up a recording buffer and only save to a local file if needed.
Con No built-in game source capture
FFSplit requires an external program for capturing game source.
Con Windows only
FFSplit runs only on Windows. Other operating systems such as OSX or Linux are not supported.
Con Very limited methods for manipulating source
FFSplit can't rotate, crop, pan, tilt or zoom sources. There's also no de-interlacing, chroma key, color or gamma adjustment support. FFSplit can only resize the source, adjust transparency and adjust volume.
Con Doesn't work on Windows XP
FFSplit works on Windows Vista or later.
Con Nvidia cards only
Only works with Nvidia cards, so those with AMD cards will not be able to use this app.