Fraps screen recorder is a screencasting tool from Beepa company. Fraps is not like other screen recording apps as it is best suited for game-play recording. I noticed that this software can not start recording unless it detects a game is running either in full screen or windowed. Fraps comes in a free and paid version and the features you have access to depend on the one you choose to work with.
This Fraps review will give you a deeper insight on the features that you are empowered with once you decide to use it. I am not sure whether any further development of Fraps has been going since the last changelog on the official website is dated back on February 2013. Despite that, Fraps has a ton of features to offer to fit as a good screencasting tool.
The most outstanding feature with Fraps is the ability to indicate the frame rate on the screen in real time during game-play. Better yet, it can serve as a benchmarking tool with which you will be able to determine the frame rate, frame times and even the minimum/maximum/average of the framerates between any two points of your recording.
You get detailed information regarding the frame rate using the fully packed FPS statistics option and in addition an option to stop benchmarking automatically after a period of your choice. To use the FPS feature, an overlay is provided to allow you to display the current FPS value real-time on any corner of your choice and also opt whether to update the value once every second or continuously. Both the benchmarking and overlay features are backed up by customizable hotkeys for fast implementation.
When it comes to the actual screen recording, Fraps provides several options with the first being a customizable saving directory for your recorded videos. You can at any time change the directory to where you have enough storage space. A customizable hotkey is available for you to use when you need to start recording once the game is up and running.
Regarding the frame rate, Fraps lets you choose from 60, 50, 30 and even a custom frame rate of your preference. Better yet, you will be able to lock the framerate to a constant value at the click of a button. During the video capture you have two output options that you can work with at a maximum resolution of 7680×4800 and 1-120 frames per second;
- Full-size – With this mode, Fraps lets you save the recorded video with the same resolution as the game screen you were recording meaning the resolution will not be altered at all.
- Half-size – This means that Fraps will output the recording at half the resolution of the game screen. For instance, if you recorded 1280×720, the final output will be 640×360 an exact half of the original resolution.
Sound capture is also not left out in Fraps. Without much hassle, Fraps is able to record your Windows 7/8/8.1/10 PC system sound which forms a part of the video recording. This system sound is mostly the sound coming from the game being played although you are not limited in case you need to include sound from external input like the microphone.
You just need to select the external input device to use and you will be ready to record once you have enabled the option. An interesting feature is that you will be able to set a custom key such that external input in only recorded when the set key is pressed. Fraps is able to capture system sound in either stereo or even multichannel format. If need be, you are also free to show or hide the mouse cursor on the video.
Since Fraps saves the recording in AVI format, the output size can be very huge meaning you need to have enough storage space depending on how long you intend the recording to be. Else, you can use a video converter that will compress the video to a considerable and shareable size. On top of that, Fraps let you split the recording after every 4 Gigabytes instead of having one single huge file.
Fraps is not left behind when it comes to dealing with screenshots. Some other similar software will miss this feature but Fraps even gives you extra control to what you will be able to achieve with snapshots. You are provided with a customizable saving directory and a hotkey for instant capturing. We have talked about fps overlay previously and in the snapshots also you can decide whether to include the frame rate at the time of taking the screenshot.
If you want to take continuous screenshots, you can just set an interval after which you just need to press the hotkey to stop the process. However, it is good to note that with the free version you will be able to only save the snapshots in BMP format. Fraps can handle screenshots of up to 2880×1600 and 3480×1200 resolutions.
Free Fraps version comes will enable you to make a recording by the limitations are too much. Why do I say this? First of all is the fact that you can not make a recording of more than 30 seconds. These 30-second videos are watermarked by the manufacturer and you can not use the loop recording feature. When recording the screen, the full-size recording is not available in the free version.
We talked about screenshots saving format as only in BMP format but with the full version, you will be able to save directly to JPG, PNG and TGA formats. Once you cough a sum of 33 euros you get to join the members club where you enjoy all the features including free updates.
The final decision on the Fraps version to use ultimately falls on you as the user. Based on what you want to achieve, the version to go for will be crystal clear. This is no ordinary screen recorder as it will not record the normal usage but only games. That means, unless you are a gamer, you have to look for an alternative screen recorder for other kinds of recordings.