Fraps 3.4.7 Review – Best software to capture game video
When it comes to game recorder, Fraps is always the first one come to our mind. For it enables gamers to record games with high quality making minimal damnify on the performance of games. According to data from CNET, its total downloads reaches nearly 40 thousand.
Fraps is a fully functional Windows utility developed by Beepa. Just as its name, short for Frame per second, Fraps can record live footage from many of your favorite video games Frame by Frame in real time for latter playback. Following will look in-depth at this new version, Fraps 3.4.7, released in recent month.
Different from other screen recording program, Fraps 3.4.7 is especially designed for OpenGL graphic and DirectX technology based applications. Without either of both, it could not function properly on Windows. Obviously, it could not work to help capture screen movements under Windows 2000 and XP. As for Windows Vista and Windows 7, which operate through DirectX, it can just be functional when Aero interface is used.
Operating system: Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
Distinctive features of Fraps 3.4.7
Fraps is a powerful recording program which allows users to record computer screen and take screenshot on pc while playing on computer. It supports to record both video and audio of the gameplay. While it has features that other genre programs don’t have, for instance, benchmarking, video capture and screen capture.
For the sake of determining the relative performance characteristics of certain object, benchmark is often used. Especially in computing, a benchmark is often used to evaluate the coefficient of performance of computer hardware.
Fraps has the function to benchmark game on your computer. It displays FPS (frames per second) meter in any one of the four corners of your computer screen. On FPS tab, users can perform benchmarking trials to estimate the performance of the computer under different circumstances.
Since the Fraps has the capability to record the video games at whatever screen resolution you set, it also can record video while playing games in full screen mode with clicks, most people choose Fraps to record game footage. You can select the FPS value, such as 30, 50, 60 fps. It can also record external voice from microphone if you want to make commentaries about your recording.
After recording, it can help save the file to standard AVI video format, which is supported by many video sharing websites. Therefore, you can upload your video without any conversion.
Besides record video from computer screen, Fraps also has the ability to take screenshots during playing by clicking hotkey, and with the selection to output the file to various image formats like TGA, PNG, JPG, or BMP. “Screen capture settings” provides “include frame rate overlay on screenshots” option, you can check it to take overlaid screenshots.
File size: 2.2 MB
Pros and cons of the program
Every coin has two sides, the Fraps 3.4.7 is no exception. Following illustrate the pros and cons of the new version in detail.
1. Record to high quality video.
2. Record with ease, click default hotkey “F9” to start and stop recording.
3. Can be workable to any games.
4. Record external voice through microphone
1. Screenshots can only be saved as bitmap format.
2. Can only work for windows 2000 and above, no Mac version.
3. Video can just be saved as single AVI format.
4. Recording takes up a lot of space, make your gaming laggy.
Fraps 3.4.7 is a straightforward and easy-to-use program to record from gaming. Benchmarking different settings, recording screenshots, capturing screen video can make recording have much more delightful, which makes this $37.00 USD program a must-be to record video games from computer.