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Fraps (Video Capture Software) Setup and Recording Tutorial!

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In this video and written guide, I'll be covering how to setup and optimize your game capturing experience by using some simple software called, Fraps. From my research and capturing experience, Fraps has been the easiest to use, while providing the best quality in output footage. If you plan to record anything on your computer or from your gaming adventures, check out this guide to help make sure you can have everything setup correctly, efficiently, and without capture lag that plagues most video makers. Please enjoy this Fraps Setup and Recording Tutorial and if you have any questions or feedback, feel free to post them below in the comment section or on our forums.


  • Fraps (Video Capturing Software) Setup and Recording Tutorial:

Fraps (Video Capture Software) Setup and Recording Tutorial!

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    So, I get asked everyday how I capture, record game footage and basically I rely on some awesome software called, Fraps. If you want to do any game recording I suggest this program over most but it's really up to you. You can purchase the Fraps program for $37 from their website at Fraps.com. There is also a trial version you can test with first but it will only allow you to record 30 seconds at a time.

  • Once you get Fraps, you'll want to set it up for your computer and gaming environment. Open it up and make sure you're on the 'General' tab. You can check whichever boxes you like but I prefer to keep these two checked only while filming ingame footage. When you need to film your desktop or other software, check the 'Monitor Aero desktop' selection.
  • Next, click the FPS tab. Here you can monitor your FPS and save benchmarks. I don't use any of these and hide the overlay so it's not in my videos.
  • Then, click the 'Movies' tab. This is one of the most important tabs so pay close attention. First, set where you want your footage to go. While I'm using my standard 'C:' drive, it's always a good idea to save to a seperate harddrive if possible. This can help cut down any lag you may experience. Second, set your Video Capture Hotkey to something simple that is almost never used for anything else. Third, change your Video Capture Settings to match what you're recording and encoding. I suggest 25 or 30 fps and Full-size if you don't lag after testing it and have a decent amount of harddrive space, or Half-size if you lag and have a small amount of space. Fourth, check the Record box to capture sound and lastly leave the last three selections unchecked.
  • Next, click the 'Screenshots' tab and set the save location, capture hotkey, image format, and other settings.
  • Finally, if you're willing to do a bit of testing, open up your task manager in admin mode by searching taskmgr in the search bar in the start menu. Run in admin mode by right-clicking and selecting run as admin. Then click the processes tab, right click the fraps.exe, and select 'set affinity'. If you have multiple processors you can block Fraps from being run on a few and have WoW run on those instead. Seperating the CPU usage can help improve performance and reduce capture lag.
  • Well, there yeah go. Let me know what questions you have about Fraps or other programs in the comments below or on YouTube.
  • Thanks for watching/reading^^!
  • "Now go .. record yourself owning somebody or something!"