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Complete Nvidia Ansel guide: All the games and graphics cards that support it

We break down how Nvidia's screenshot tool works and how to make the most of it.

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Nvidia Ansel The Witcher 3 capture

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What is Nvidia Ansel?

Nvidia Ansel is an in-game capture engine with options to take regular screenshots, super-resolution screenshots, stereo screenshots, 360-degree screenshots and stereo 360-degree screenshots.

With an array of options provided and the ability to reposition your camera, you can easily choose what you capture.

How do I use Nvidia Ansel?

If you have the latest Nvidia drivers (you can download them through GeForce Experience or Nvidia's website) and a supported graphics card, using Ansel is relatively easy. Once you're in one of the supported titles, you can click ALT+F2 simultaneously to launch Ansel on top of your game screen.

Once in the Ansel menu, you can adjust the main settings such as field of view, enabling or disabling the grid of thirds, beta image enhancement, brightness, contrast, camera angle, positioning and more.

Once you have adjusted the settings and the camera placement, click "Snap" for Ansel to begin capturing your masterpiece. This can take quite some time, especially if you're using the highest super-resolution image.

It's best if you leave Ansel to do its thing while it's taking the picture. Sometimes your game can completely crash and exit if you leave the game tab. It is worth noting that this only happened to me in Watch_Dogs 2, but it might occur in other cases as well, so it's better to be cautious.

The default save location for Ansel captures is in your "Videos" directory, inside a folder named after the game where you're taking the screenshot. If you don't like the default save location, it can be changed by launching NvCameraConfigurator.exe from Program Files/NVIDIA corporation/Tools/Ansel.

If you press ALT+F2 again, hit escape or click "Done", it will close the interface.

Types of Ansel images

Screenshots: Nvidia Ansel's screenshot tool is like any other screenshotting tool, such as the one built-in to Steam. Ansel's regular screenshots don't do the software any justice and look softer than they should.

Super Resolution Screenshots: These screenshots are the key to Ansel. Super Resolution Screenshots allow you to choose your resolution in increments along a slider up to a resolution of 63360x35640, 33 times Full High Definition (this value can be tinkered with outside of the app so that it's even larger!). This absurd quality means you can take a photo from one area and completely adjust what is in frame in editing, without making the image look blurry. It also means these files are massive, so make sure you have adequate space on your drive.

Stereo Screenshots: Stereo screenshots place the same screen image side-by-side, doubling the width of the final product but keeping the height.

360 Degree Screenshots: Ansel allows you to take two different types of 360-degree screenshots, regular 360 degrees and 360-degree stereo screenshots. These images give a more immersive view into the beautiful worlds that are present in today's games.

Longevity of Ansel

Ubisoft was initially one of Ansel's big supporters with three massive titles toting support for the new software. Assassin's Creed: Origins, a prime candidate for Ansel support, included its own photomode.

In a response to finder's query, Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed: Origins team told us the reason they used an in-house solution was because "we wanted the feature to be universally accessible for all players."

The idea of Ansel is great and the community surrounding the art that is in-game photography is strong and ever-growing. People really enjoy sharing their creations with the community, or just keeping them for themselves to enjoy. Photo modes present inside games are here to stay for the foreseeable future, but whether Ansel will evolve with the industry and stay current or become irrelevant is something we've yet to see.

Ansel is fairly future-proof in the sense that it can already handle much larger resolutions than what is typical today, and this makes for fantastic and rich photos that are far ahead of other solutions, such as the built-in Xbox screen capture tools and the new photo mode in Assassin's Creed: Origins.

Ansel Games

Here is a complete list of all Nvidia Ansel games (as of the time of writing).

Game Genre
Agents of Mayhem Action-adventure
ARK: Survival Evolved Action-adventure
ATOM RPG Role-playing game
Aven Colony City builder
Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition First-person shooter
CAT Interstellar Adventure
CHKN Sandbox
Claybook Puzzle
Conqueror's Blade MMO
Conan Exiles Action-adventure
Dark and Light MMORPG
Dishonored 2 Action-adventure
Fade to Silence Role-playing game
For Honor Action-adventure
Pacer (Formerly Fomula Fusion) Racing
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice Action-adventure
Kona Adventure
Mass Effect: Andromeda Action role-playing
Middle-earth: Shadow of War Action-adventure
Mirror's Edge Catalyst Action
Nioh: Complete Edition Action role-playing
Obduction Adventure
PixArk Action-adventure
Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 Sports
Spacelords Action-adventure
Snake Pass Platformer
Tekken 7 Fighting
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Action role-playing
The Witness Puzzle
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands Open world shooter
Transformers Online Battle arena
War Thunder Action
Watch_Dogs 2 Action-adventure
WRC 7 FIA World Rally Championship Racing
Battlefield V First-person shooter

What graphics cards are supported?

Being a Nvidia product, Ansel is exclusively available on Nvidia graphics cards. If you've got a Nvidia graphics card from the RTX 2080 Ti to the GTX 650, you should be able to run Ansel.

Here's a complete list of all of the graphics cards that are supported by Ansel.

ModelSeriesArchitecture
GeForce RTX 2080 Ti20 SeriesTuring
GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER20 SeriesTuring
GeForce RTX 208020 SeriesTuring
GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER20 SeriesTuring
GeForce RTX 207020 SeriesTuring
GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER20 SeriesTuring
GeForce RTX 206020 SeriesTuring
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti10 SeriesTuring
GeForce GTX 166010 SeriesTuring
GeForce GTX 165010 SeriesTuring
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti10 SeriesPascal
GeForce GTX 108010 SeriesPascal
GeForce GTX 1070 Ti10 SeriesPascal
GeForce GTX 107010 SeriesPascal
GeForce GTX 106010 SeriesPascal
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti10 SeriesPascal
GeForce GTX 105010 SeriesPascal
GeForce GTX Titan X10 SeriesPascal
GeForce GTX 980 Ti9 SeriesMaxwell
GeForce GTX 9809 SeriesMaxwell
GeForce GTX 9709 SeriesMaxwell
GeForce GTX 9609 SeriesMaxwell
GeForce GTX 9509 SeriesMaxwell
GeForce GTX 980M9 Series MobileMaxwell
GeForce GTX 970M9 Series MobileMaxwell
GeForce GTX 965M9 Series MobileMaxwell
GeForce GTX 960M9 Series MobileMaxwell
GeForce GTX 950M9 Series MobileMaxwell
GeForce GTX 880M8 Series MobileKepler
GeForce GTX 870M8 Series MobileKepler
GeForce GTX 860M8 Series MobileMaxwell
GeForce GTX 850M8 Series MobileMaxwell
GeForce GTX Titan Black7 SeriesKepler
GeForce GTX Titan7 SeriesKepler
GeForce GTX 780 Ti7 SeriesKepler
GeForce GTX 7807 SeriesKepler
GeForce GTX 7707 SeriesKepler
GeForce GTX 7607 SeriesKepler
GeForce GTX 750 Ti7 SeriesKepler
GeForce GTX 7507 SeriesKepler
GeForce GTX 780M7 Series MobileKepler
GeForce GTX 770M7 Series MobileKepler
GeForce GTX 765M7 Series MobileKepler
GeForce GTX 760M7 Series MobileKepler
GeForce GTX 6906 SeriesKepler
GeForce GTX 6806 SeriesKepler
GeForce GTX 6706 SeriesKepler
GeForce GTX 6606 SeriesKepler
GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST6 SeriesKepler
GeForce GTX 650 Ti6 SeriesKepler
GeForce GTX 6506 SeriesKepler
GeForce GTX 680MX6 Series MobileKepler
GeForce GTX 680M6 Series MobileKepler
GeForce GTX 675MX6 Series MobileKepler
GeForce GTX 670MX6 Series MobileKepler
GeForce GTX 660M6 Series MobileKepler

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