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I have seen some videos (on YouTube) of LoL games where the commentator analyze the match and he's able to move freely through the map.

Are these video made from a streaming live game or are they made by replaying something saved locally on PC?

How to save and replay a match?

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You can record games with

The LRF file just plays with the game itself. You can browse the match, but you don't have information your character did not saw during the game.

Besides those limitations, I think it is possible to record video of this with comments.

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Wow amazing tool ^_^ – camiloqp Apr 18 '11 at 14:49
Hey, thanks a lot, it's really fantastic! I tried yesterday to record and replay a match and it worked well. The only drawback is that I didn't found a way to jump to a specific point in time. – Drake Apr 19 '11 at 15:11
It's not a perfect tool indeed. But a good start. Maybe they'll try to do better I do not follow the devs stages. – M'vy Apr 19 '11 at 15:22
Just a note: recent versions of LoLReplay provide the option to simultaneously record a spectator view of your games which functions exactly as an actual spectator view would. (Of course, this means you won't be able to see chat.) – Schism Oct 6 '12 at 3:18

You have to do some initial setup but after that it works automatically, sending you an email after each game. The email contains instructions on how to view the replay, which is in spectator format. You view the game using the LoL client, which means you do all the things you can when you spectate normally e.g. rewind, see the whole map, see every player's build.

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Nice one. Is this new? – h0ch5tr4355 Oct 20 at 12:38
If you want a solution local to your machine, I recommend League Summoner Information. It has other tools as well, but the replays are what I use it for. – nukeforum Oct 20 at 12:58
Also, this question could definitely use an updated answer. Quite a bit has changed in the last four years. – nukeforum Oct 20 at 12:59
Yeah I came across this question from a google search, so I believe it's worth putting a newer answer. – robbie_c Oct 20 at 13:05

As far as I know, League of Legends supports no replay functionalities natively. There are some external apps though, please check:

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The videos you must have seen, are most likely official LoL streams, for events like the W.C.G or other tournaments. Those matches are ran on a special server (and by special I mean not the ordinary we usually login to play); did you notice on such matches, that the commentator had the whole map revealed? or did you notice that the commentator was actually a 6th member of one of the teams?

Phreak is usually the commentator of these matches, the following are some archived streams from some of the Tourneys, were you can see what I have explained here:
IEM WC LoL: Grand Final
National ESL League
Notice specially on the latter how on the champion selection there are 6 players instead of the routinary 5, 2 of the extra players are MOD summoners, that have a summoner spell (check while the game loads, the summoner spell the 6th player has!) that reveals the map and allows them to move freely through the map.

Now, on your second question, there is no such thing as replays implemented on the game for now, people have been requesting it along with the new map Magma Chamber; I think it should be finally implemented with the launching of Season II.

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Yes, I noticed that commentator can see the whole map. In the specific case I was looking at this Roam Alistar video: – Drake Apr 18 '11 at 13:46
@Drake the video you posted is just a fan video, whose commentator is Teemo if Im not wrong? Also notice they recorded the game using a 3rd Party Tool and not an official recorder. Re-check the links I gave to see the powers of a Live mod on a game, you are able to see the whole map but REVEALED, no fog of war :) – camiloqp Apr 18 '11 at 14:12

As far as I know, there are two ways to record a game.

  1. You can record your point of view (using video recorders, such as Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) which is free or Fraps, to explicitly know where you were looking at, where did you pointed your mouse, etc.). Of course I bet there're more programs around that do the same thing.
  2. Record the entire game as a demo to play within the client. There are many options, I'd opt either for (doesn't need to install) or League Summoner Information (LSI).

Not necesarily has to be one of two, you can do both. The first one does cost your fps in-game whereas the second one doesn't.

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Then there's Lol Replays, which is often bugged for many players (heck, even the website doesn't respond most of the time), rendering it personally useless, and the same thing applies to BaronReplays, but hey, maybe it's just me and my gaming machine, lol! – Fabián Oct 20 at 14:44

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