Screen capturing options - Windows Streamer

Starting with Splashtop Streamer v3.3.2.0 for Windows, there are a few screen capturing options available directly in the interface. Changing the screen capturing option may help issues such as black screens or distorted graphics. Note, if you change the capturing option during a remote session, you must disconnect and reconnect for the change to take place.



A Windows API which is commonly used to capture graphics, which is also the default capturing method we currently use. Note: Starting from 3420, we have changed to use Hardware as default option for better performance. We won't change your current setting though after streamer automatically updated.


Also a Windows native API, but provides better resource control and performance. We would expect that with this capturing method, it will use less CPU and provide a better user experience in the remote session.

This requires Windows 8 or later with the remote computers to work.

Nvidia Graphics

We have optimized our products for users who have an NVIDIA graphics card in the remote computers. What this translates to is higher frame rates and lower lag time that will lead to a better experience for all remote desktop usages, especially multimedia. 

This requires an Nvidia graphics and a supported driver with the remote computers to work. You will not see the Nvidia capturing method as an option if the computer does not have an Nvidia card/supported driver.

NOTE: NVIDIA Graphics is no longer supported as a screen capturing option on Windows 8 and newer machines running Streamer v3.4.6.0 or newer.

Mirror driver

When the mirror driver is installed, Splashtop streamer uses a different way to capture the screen. This has proven to help with slow screen refresh and high CPU usage issue on a Windows computer, and other few issues.

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