AMD Releases Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.7.2: ReLive Edition Refined for Gamers and Developersby Nate Oh on July 26, 2017 5:00 PM EST
In keeping with the ReLive Edition namesake, 17.7.2 improves on a number of features with AMD’s in-house capture and streaming software. Right off the bat, ReLive now has double the max recording bitrate, offering 100 Mbps Variable Bitrate Recording (VBR) as opposed to 50 Mbps VBR. The previous 50Mbps limit was artificially limited for testing and quality purposes, and with 17.7.2, ReLive has been tested and validated to support up to 100Mbps VBR.
With a “Camera Opacity” option under the ReLive Overlay tab, AMD has also enabled transparency for the webcam image. Obviously, with high transparency, the audience can see a HUD that might be otherwise obscured.
ReLive also has three new notifications: instant replay save, overlay record timer, and network connectivity issues. In saving larger instant replays, ReLive will give a notification to reassure the user that their clip is being saved. For the record timer, a timer is displayed under the Record overlay icon while recording.
Meanwhile under the Global tab, ReLive now has more audio controls: customizable microphone volume control, audio volume boost, and microphone push-to-talk (keyboard and mouse) support.
17.7.2 ReLive also reduces the performance impact of recording in graphics cards with smaller frame buffers – in this case cards with 4GB or less of VRAM. While the improvement in FPS overhead is rather modest, this does show that AMD is paying attention to the performance impact of ReLive on weaker cards.
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ComputerGuy2006 - Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - linkI read the title too fast, for a second I assumed they had tweaked the radeon software interface. I miss the old interface. The one that had a hierarchy on the left and the settings on the right. It was simple, intuitive and easy to use. Even after few years I am still not comfortable using this 'touch screen' type of interface, I often find myself frustrated while using it....
Cryio - Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - linkJust W7 and W10 targeted improvements? No W8.1? Seems wrong.
CBRworm - Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - linkAMD doesn't support W8.1 with the RX 5xx cards.
Cryio - Thursday, July 27, 2017 - linkSeriously?
highlnder69 - Thursday, July 27, 2017 - linkAny particular reason you are still using Windows 8.1 over Windows 10?
Alexvrb - Thursday, July 27, 2017 - linkComputer plugged in, check. Display connected, check. Modern system with latest-gen discrete graphics, check. Free Windows 10 upgrade... darn it! I knew I forgot something!
Alternatively, maybe alcohol was a factor?
Ascaris - Friday, July 28, 2017 - linkWhat do you mean "still?" I just migrated to 8.1 in February or April of this year.
Once I saw that I could wall off, remove, block, or rip out the Metro stuff nearly completely, the six years of security support vs. the three for 7 made it easy. I can avoid 10 for more than half a decade now-- that's a really long time for an OS, as I think you would agree. Maybe MS will actually have a coherent thought or two by then and reverse direction. If not, that's six more years of Linux getting better (I already dual-boot it now).
Surely you must not have missed all the reasons people avoid 10.
highlnder69 - Friday, July 28, 2017 - linkI simply cannot think of one reason why anyone would want to run Windows 8.1 when you can upgrade to Windows 10 for free. What exactly don't you like about Windows 10?
Ascaris - Saturday, July 29, 2017 - linkIt's all been said before, but if you want me to go over it again...
I don't like the spying. I don't like the forced updates. I don't like ads. I don't like "Windows as a service," aka permanent beta quality level. I don't like unwanted Candy Crush downloads, or downloads of anything else. I don't like Windows deciding to uninstall whatever it feels like, whenever it feels like. I don't like Windows deciding to replace my drivers with whatever it finds in the Windows catalog.
None of that stuff is in Windows 8.1, with the possible exception of the backported telemetry (which is also in 7 to exactly the same degree, and can be avoided or mitigated in the same way). Those are the major disqualifiers for Windows 10.
Windows 8.1 was a disaster in UI terms out of the box, but so is 10. I have used both, and I don't see 10 as a huge improvement over 8.1. Windows 8.1 has a full-screen tiled start screen; Windows 10 has the same thing scaled down to only take part of the screen. Is that really a big advantage? I can't stand tiles at all-- either way, an aftermarket start menu is going to be needed. Classic Shell, including Classic Start, is free and works very well. In both cases, as well as with Windows 7, an aftermarket tweaking tool is necessary to smooth the rough edges of File Explorer, and Classic Shell performs that task to perfection. It's so necessary that I've donated to the devs of the otherwise completely free Classic Shell; it's worth paying for.
The same is true with the File Manager's ribbon. It's one of the big issues I have with unmodded 8.1, but it has infected Windows 10 just as badly. With the ribbon being as hated as it is, why does MS insist on forcing it on people? I understand that some minority actually likes it, but most seem to dislike it... so if you must have the ribbon, make the traditional File, Edit, View... menu bar an option. Again, an aftermarket solution is necessary. Old New Explorer does it quite nicely.
I hate apps. My PC is not a phone! In Windows 8.x, they're just tacked on; nothing depends on them. I know from experience that 8.1 is perfectly stable and reliable without any of them present. A tiny utility called install_wim_tweak and a batch file dispatches all apps permanently, and that's that. They will never come back in 8.1, as 8.1 (despite being supposedly in mainstream support for one more year) only gets bugfixes and security fixes. There's not going to be some big architectural change that includes a dependency on some app, and there won't be some huge new version coming every 6 months that reinstalls them all as has happened in the past with 10 (repeatedly).
You don't know that removing apps is always going to work with 10. The last time I had 10 installed on my PC, it did have all of the 'apps' ripped out, including Cortana and Edge, but with 10's code base undergoing constant churn, there's no way to know that what worked in the last build will work in the next. Some reports from people still in 10 have validated this fear-- Windows 10 is no longer stable with Cortana removed.
You can't escape UWP in Windows 10. Many system dialogs are only in the UWP style, and this continues to get worse in each new build, as MS moves more and more functionality of the Control Panel into Settings. This process had barely started when MS abandoned 8.1 and began work on 10, and everything a person needs to do can be done in the classic Control Panel or in the MMC. As such, I've simply banished Settings on 8.1... references to it are removed from my start menu, and the tiny program called Metro Killer finishes the job, preventing the inadvertent triggering of anything Metro. Classic Shell already did away with the hot corners triggering the useless Charms, but Metro Killer makes sure.
RKCook - Friday, July 28, 2017 - linkPeople that avoid Windows 10 are doing so compared Windows 7.
Windows 8 was quite simply a horrid abomination for a desktop or laptop OS. 8.1 did a small bit to correct the glaring defects. And then took time to fix all of the problems with Win 10.
My laptop at work crapped out and I received a Win 7 loaner for a weekend. I realized that I like 10 better.