A Software Guide to Record Computer Games

A gamer needs always to record his game playing way in order to enhance his vision or to show to his surrounding people how he got the ultimate trophy. Uploading some sections to youtube for instance is also an option, therefore some tools to capture the game in a good way with all sorts of adjustment is needed. The problem in general as recording software tends to bog down the system affecting gameplay and not interacting with direct drivers of windows. Fortunately the software makers addresses in their updates those issues and the gamer now have many choices to settle a particular software on his pc to record his gameplay.

While searching on the net some softwares ranging from freewares to sharewares propose screen capture programs that makes screenshots and also video capture in some formats such as Mpeg4, XVid, Avi, Divx, etc. Here is a guide to a novice user to capture and manage games screenshots and videos:

1. Taksi – Inspired by Fraps, Taksi aims to provide an open source alternative to that great tool.  Can support live video compression with any VFW video codec your system has installed (i.e. XVid, DivX, MS Mpeg4, etc). Taxi is a freeware and do not record audio. The latest version is 0.7. 6  and it runs on  Win95/98/ME, WinNT4.0/2K/XP. May also run in vista and Win 7.

Home page : http://taksi.sourceforge.net/

2) GameCam – Game Cam can capture game screen shots, videos in AVI , Divx  as well as audio. Game Cam has a simple and easy to learn interface and it has very little effect on your FPS-rate while playing.  Game Cam also has a shareware version with more features. The videos are recorded using the Divx codec, which proves quite adequate for publishing on the net. When you are in a game and press the home key, a new window will come up and will show you a preview of the video that is being recorded. But some people find this feature to be annoying as it will distract your gameplay. Game Cam has also a community where you can interact and share your videos and photos.

Game Cam Community : http://www.gamecamportal.com/

Download : http://download.chip.eu/en/Game-Cam_575951.html

3) FRAPS – Works from windows 2000 to 7 and  can record still screenshots or full game movies. Just press F9 to start or pause the recording. FRAPS saves the video game into AVI format.  FRAPS is a shareware and the free version adds some watermarks. Also shows FPS on your screen while playing a game.

Download : http://www.fraps.com/download.php

4) WeGame – WeGame is a free game recorder that automatically records and publishes your video to the web. The recording is done to AVI files that are small enough for quick uploading to the web. users are free to browse, search, and comment on videos published on wegame.com.

Download : http://www.wegame.com/download/

5) ZD Soft Screen Recorder (Shareware) Can record games to Avi  video file for presentation or demonstration purpose. Screenshots are done in PNG format.  It uses unique screen recording technology to gain the best recording performance. Video width (from default to 1280 pixels)  and Height (from default to 720 pixels) can be adjusted as well frame rate till to 30 fps. The audio outpoot quality can be set to 44100HZ or 48000HZ. There is also a screenshot driver as an option for Windows 2000, XP and Vista Non-Aero which works on 32bit version. It is intended to increase region and desktop capture, but can temporarily disable directdraw effect. The driver can be uninstalled at any time. The trial version of the recorder is for 30 days and the videos are labelled during that period of time.

Homepage : http://www.zdsoft.com/

6) FastCap Pro (Shareware) Another interesting shareware is FastCap Pro. It can generate vivid movie of your 2D or 3D games with frame size bulk up to 1152 x 864 or diminutive frame size (e.g. 400 x 300) and many video and audio compressed formats e.g. Microsoft widow video1, mjpg, xvid as video compressed formats and mp3 and PCM as audio compressed formats. FastCapPro can show how numerous Frames per Second (FPS) you are getting in the corner of the game. . Your screenshots can be saved in JPG, PNG or BMP formats image sizes like 1024 x 768, 800 x 600, 600 x 480 etc. With FastCap Pro you will be able to use special functions like the “Intelligent Pause”. Press any key to pause recording so as to prevent capturing the unwanted video clips. Finally you will also be able to perform game benchmark tests. FastCap pro supports from Windows 2000 to  Vista and nVidia GeForce or ATI Radeon graphics card.

Homepage : http://www.ejoystudio.com/

7) PlawClaw – It allow full use of any multi-core processors to not slow your pc while recording a game video, the number of core can be adjusted. Works on from windows 2003 to 7. Video can be recorded with or without sounds. PlayClaw can also show you who’s speaking in games using Ventrilo or Teamspeak, making teamwork work better! Real-time chats could never been such easier, displaying nicknames of who’s speaking right over the game.  Screenshots can be recorded in BMP, TGA, JPG and PNG.  PlayClaw can measure how many frames per second (FPS) you are getting and perform various performance benchmarks in real-time. It comes in two versions paid and free. The free version adds watermark to the video.

Homepage : http://www.playclaw.com/en/

8. Growler Guncam – Allows users to create video from games and other programs. Guncam can turn this video into AVI files, animated GIF files, and even JPEG still shots. In addition to basic editing tools, visual effects can be added to films to give them an unique look. Growler Guncam strives for performance and quality sincz  maintaining a high frame rate is important.

Homepage : http://www.growlersoftware.com/

I am sure that there other available softwares to perform this recording feature. Basically YouTube will resize videos to 320—240, so maintain the same 4:3 aspect ratio of the game screen before hitting the record button. Or You can reduce the video size with VirtualDub, Super or  Windows Media Encoder  before uploading to YouTube. Apart from above list, which software do you use to record your games? Leave a comment below.

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