Dirt 2

Dirt 2 Multi-Monitor (Triple) Setup and Racing Video

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Capturing video of racing around the stages wasn’t quite enough for me. I wanted to go big. I’ve seen YouTube videos of games with 2 and 3 monitors put together and saw one for Dirt 2. So then I said to myself, "hey, I’ve got plenty of monitors sitting, why don’t I put that together and see what it looks like? So I did.

Let me present my Triple Monitor setup for Dirt 2. What you see are 3 of my 27 inch Samsung monitors together side by side. This is powered by my AMD FX 8350 CPU with 2 Nvidia GTX 660 Superclock GPUs in SLI.

With all 3 monitors hooked up you can go to the Nvidia Control Panel and turn on the Spanning or Surround feature (this is an enhancement to the SLI/PhyX feature). This makes all 3 monitors appear as one massive screen. My resolution was around 5870×1080. This was noticeable right away on the desktop as everything was extremely long and flat. There is even an adjustment in Nvidia for how to deal with the bezel of the computer screen. You can adjust the image by a few pixels to match up the image. It worked like a charm and the game was insanely wide. I did have to change this config in Dirt 2, but it understood it immediately and spanned the game across all 3 screens.

This was only a very quick test so don’t expect too much. I may have to try this again later at night, once it’s darker so you can’t see the desk or wall. I think that would be pretty immersive. It might even make me motion sick.

Anyway, it took less than 5 minutes to configure the video cards to work together. For those wondering, I had two monitors plugging into one card and a single monitor plugged into the second card. I know a lot of people use the Eyefinity to achieve the same thing, but this is a dual card solution and it seemed to work fine.

Besides the screen shots, I’ve included a quick game video so you can see my machine in action. Just so you know, the video was shot with a Canon AS2300 Point and Shoot camera. That’s the best I could do on such short notice.

Let me know what you think.

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Dirt 2, Shadowplay, Sony Movie Studio and Car Crashes

I previously wrote about Nvidia Shadowplay and how easy it was to capture game play video. Well, I decided to put that to the test. I also wanted to mess around with Sony Movie Studio and thought this would be a good time to put the two together.

Dirt 2 is incredibly fun and is my personal favorite out of the three (Dirt 2, Dirt 3, Dirt Showdown). But not all the stages go according to plan and I find myself in a few awkward predicaments. I decided to put some of those blunders together to not only showcase my driving but learn some new software at the same time.

Here is a compilation of some of my greatest follies. Now, unlike so many other videos, I’m not trying to crash the car. I’m actually trying to win the stage and drive as hard and as fast as I can. Sometimes cutting the corner doesn’t always work out to my advantage or waiting until the last moment to brake was one moment too long. But I’m not always at fault. There are plenty of times when the other drives crash into me or make a move that pushes me off the course.

Anyway, here’s a 2 part compilation of me driving around in Dirt 2. If you have a couple of minutes to spare, check it out and let me know what you think. And before you berate me too much over my driving, I’ve already completed the game once with a 1st place in every event. I’m going through again on a harder level to challenge myself.

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