What is 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.
This guide explains how Ansel works and how to make the most of it and provides a comprehensive list of all the games that support it, plus which Nvidia cards it works with.
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.
Nvidia Ansel supports 35 games from 31 developers.
Here is a complete list of all Nvidia Ansel games (as of the time of writing).
|Game||Publisher||Developer||Release Date||Price (USD)|
|Agents of Mayhem||Deep Silver||Volition||August 16, 2017||39.99|
|ARK: Survival Evolved||Studio Wildcard||Studio Wildcard, Instinct Games, Efecto Studios, Virtual Basement||August 29, 2017||59.99|
|ATOM RPG||AtomTeam||AtomTeam||November 28, 2017||14.99|
|Aven Colony||Team17||Mothership Entertainment||July 25, 2017||29.99|
|Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition||Gearbox Publishing||People Can Fly||April 8, 2017||39.99|
|CAT Interstellar||Ionized Games||Ionized Games||October 7, 2017||4.99|
|CHKN||Katapult||Katapult||April 1, 2016||14.99|
|Claybook||Second Order||Second Order||October 18, 2017||19.99|
|Conqueror's Blade||Booming Games||Booming Games||In Beta||-|
|Conan Exiles||Funcom||Funcom||January 31, 2017||29.99|
|Dark and Light||Snail||Snail||July 20, 2017||29.99|
|Dishonored 2||Bethesda Softworks||Arkane Studios||November 11 2016||39.95|
|Fade to Silence||THQ Nordic||Black Forest Games||December 15, 2017||29.99|
|For Honor||Ubisoft||Ubisoft Montreal, Quebec, Toronto & Blue Byte||February 14, 2017||66.95|
|Formula Fusion||R8 Games LTD||R8 Games LTD||June 1, 2017||19.95|
|Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice||Ninja Theory||Ninja Theory||August 8, 2017||29.99|
|Kona||Parabole||Parabole||March 17, 2017||19.99|
|Mass Effect: Andromeda||EA||Bioware||March 21, 2017||59.99|
|Middle-earth: Shadow of War||WB Games||Monolith Productions||October 10, 2017||59.99|
|Mirror's Edge Catalyst||EA||DICE||June 7, 2016||14.99|
|Nioh: Complete Edition||KOEI TECMO GAMES CO., LTD.||KOEI TECMO GAMES CO., LTD.||November 7, 2017||49.99|
|Obduction||Cyan Inc.||Cyan Inc.||August 25, 2016||29.99|
|Paragon||Epic Games||Epic Games||March 18, 2016||Free to play|
|Pro Evolution Soccer 2018||Konami||Konami, PES Productions||September 14, 2017||59.99|
|Raiders of the Broken Planet - Prologue||Mercury Steam Entertainment s.l.||MercurySteam||September 22, 2017||Free to play|
|Snake Pass||Sumo Digital||Sumo Digital||March 28, 2017||19.99|
|Tekken 7||Bandai Namco||Bandai Namco||June 2, 2017||49.99|
|The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt||CD PROJEKT RED||CD PROJEKT RED||May 18, 2015||39.99|
|The Witness||Thekla, Inc.||Thekla, Inc.||Jan 26, 2016||39.99|
|Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands||Ubisoft||Ubisoft Paris, Annecy, Bucharest, Montpellier, Milan, Belgrade and Reflections||March 7, 2017||66.95|
|Transformers Online||NetDragon Websoft||NetDragon Websoft||March, 2012||-|
|War Thunder||Gaijin Entertainment||Gaijin Entertainment||August 15, 2013||Free to play|
|Watch_Dogs 2||Ubisoft||Ubisoft||November 29, 2016||66.95|
|WRC 7 FIA World Rally Championship||Bigben Interactive||Kylotonn Racing Games||September 15, 2017||39.99|
In a post on Nvidia's blog, we learned that Fortnite, Unreal Tournament, Lawbreakers, The Division and No Man's Sky would be supporting Nvidia Ansel. That said, this post was from May 2016, so don't hold your breath.
We contacted Epic Games for information on Fortnite and Unreal Tournament support, but representatives did not comment on the matter and told us to check the company news page for any announcements in the future.
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 Titan V 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.
|GeForce GTX Titan V||10 Series||Volta|
|GeForce GTX 1080 Ti||10 Series||Pascal|
|GeForce GTX 1080||10 Series||Pascal|
|GeForce GTX 1070 Ti||10 Series||Pascal|
|GeForce GTX 1070||10 Series||Pascal|
|GeForce GTX 1060||10 Series||Pascal|
|GeForce GTX 1050 Ti||10 Series||Pascal|
|GeForce GTX 1050||10 Series||Pascal|
|GeForce GTX Titan X||10 Series||Pascal|
|GeForce GTX 980 Ti||9 Series||Maxwell|
|GeForce GTX 980||9 Series||Maxwell|
|GeForce GTX 970||9 Series||Maxwell|
|GeForce GTX 960||9 Series||Maxwell|
|GeForce GTX 950||9 Series||Maxwell|
|GeForce GTX 980M||9 Series Mobile||Maxwell|
|GeForce GTX 970M||9 Series Mobile||Maxwell|
|GeForce GTX 965M||9 Series Mobile||Maxwell|
|GeForce GTX 960M||9 Series Mobile||Maxwell|
|GeForce GTX 950M||9 Series Mobile||Maxwell|
|GeForce GTX 880M||8 Series Mobile||Kepler|
|GeForce GTX 870M||8 Series Mobile||Kepler|
|GeForce GTX 860M||8 Series Mobile||Maxwell|
|GeForce GTX 850M||8 Series Mobile||Maxwell|
|GeForce GTX Titan Black||7 Series||Kepler|
|GeForce GTX Titan||7 Series||Kepler|
|GeForce GTX 780 Ti||7 Series||Kepler|
|GeForce GTX 780||7 Series||Kepler|
|GeForce GTX 770||7 Series||Kepler|
|GeForce GTX 760||7 Series||Kepler|
|GeForce GTX 750 Ti||7 Series||Kepler|
|GeForce GTX 750||7 Series||Kepler|
|GeForce GTX 780M||7 Series Mobile||Kepler|
|GeForce GTX 770M||7 Series Mobile||Kepler|
|GeForce GTX 765M||7 Series Mobile||Kepler|
|GeForce GTX 760M||7 Series Mobile||Kepler|
|GeForce GTX 690||6 Series||Kepler|
|GeForce GTX 680||6 Series||Kepler|
|GeForce GTX 670||6 Series||Kepler|
|GeForce GTX 660||6 Series||Kepler|
|GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST||6 Series||Kepler|
|GeForce GTX 650 Ti||6 Series||Kepler|
|GeForce GTX 650||6 Series||Kepler|
|GeForce GTX 680MX||6 Series Mobile||Kepler|
|GeForce GTX 680M||6 Series Mobile||Kepler|
|GeForce GTX 675MX||6 Series Mobile||Kepler|
|GeForce GTX 670MX||6 Series Mobile||Kepler|
|GeForce GTX 660M||6 Series Mobile||Kepler|
Note: We contacted Nvidia for information on Ansel support for the Titan V, which had not been listed on its website. We also contacted Hello Games but received no response, and CD PROJEKT RED's team were unavailable to comment.