How to Record a Demo

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  1. HADES

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    Introduction

    In CS:S, while in-game, you can record your screen. Such a recording is often called a "Demo". Demos you record are stored on your computer in a .dem file usually in your cstrike directory.

    Recording a demo

    You must have the Developer Console enabled for this to work. Also, you should be on the server and in Spectate mode.
    1. Open console (hit ~ key)
    2. Type record Demo1;clear;status
    3. Hit enter, then hit Esc
    Now everything you see and hear in-game is being recorded to a file called Demo1.dem in your cstrike folder. To stop recording:
    1. Open the console again and type stop
    2. Hit enter
    Uploading a demo

    To upload a demo visit one of these websites:
    You should be able to upload a demo without registering an account. Simply click on their Upload/Browse button then navigate to your game directory and select the demo you want to upload.
     
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    Finding your Demo

    This is where it gets slightly tricky because all games have their own folders it saves demo.dem files too, so heres the easiest way to explain how to find it if your not familiar with file systems, or just search in YouTube for (how to find your demo in "game name here") and something should show up.

    1. Open your Steam Library (where all your games are) and look for Counter-Strike:Source (or the game your getting the demo for) and right click on the game in your Library.

    2. Select Properties from the drop menu and click the Local Files Tab at the top of the Properties window.

    3. Click the Browse Local Files button in the Local Files Tab, which should take you to the Main File Directory for your game.

    4. Now with source engine games the demo.dem files are almost always saved in the 1st folder after going in from steam, and its usually named the game or a variation of it.

    So for Counter-Strike:Source if you go into Steam and browse files then the demo files are in the cstrike folder you'll see when the file explorer opens, if you do it for Left 4 Dead 2 through steam then you double click left4dead2 folder you see when the file explorer window opens.

    If you look at the top of the file explorer window it should show the "path" of the folder which usually looks like:
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Counter-Strike Source\cstrike
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Left 4 Dead 2\left4dead2

    You can right click on the demo.dem files and copy to paste them on your Desktop where your icons are, then when you use Filedropper and click upload, you can click on Desktop on the left side of the file explorer window for uploads and find your demo easily.

     
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    If your not playing a Source Engine game or a game with its own Record function

    If your not playing a game with its own record function you can always use a program like Xsplit or OBS etc. Just make sure you open the in-game console and check the players Steam ID while doing the Recording or we cant tell who it is. If the player leaves after you start the recording then go through the steps to find a Steam ID using the Steamid.io website before you end your demo recording.

    We absolutely prefer Demo recordings in Source Engine games, any other way / program for recording should only be used if the standard In-game Demo way is not available in the game.
     
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