Fraps – Review 3.6/5.0

Fraps is a universal Windows application that can be used with games using DirectX or OpenGL graphic technology. In its current form, it performs many tasks, including benchmarking screen capturing (take a screenshot with the press of one key, with no need to paste into a paint program every time you want to capture; your screen captures also are automatically named and time-stamped) and real-time video capturing (record audio and video while playing your favorite game at up to 1,024×768 resolution at 30 frames per second).

Fraps is proprietary and commercial software, but it is free to use for frame rate display and benchmarking, and free to use with limitations for video capture (30 second time limit, watermark) and screen capture (BMP format only).


* Pros
The frametimes benchmark feature is reliable
The maximum supported resolution is 7680×4800
You can capture screenshots at specific intervals

* Cons
You can only record 30 seconds with the trial version.
2 minutes video recording may take up 3.95 GiB on disk.
It hasn’t been updated since February 20, 2013

Here are 3 main functions of this software.

1. Benchmarking Software

Show how many Frames Per Second (FPS) you are getting in a corner of your screen. Perform custom benchmarks and measure the frame rate between any two points. Save the statistics out to disk and use them for your own reviews and applications.

2. Screen Capture Software

Take a screenshot with the press of a key! There’s no need to paste into a paint program every time you want a new shot. Your screen captures are automatically named and timestamped.

3. Realtime Video Capture Software

Have you ever wanted to record video while playing your favourite game? Come join the Machinima revolution! Throw away the VCR, forget about using a DV cam, game recording has never been this easy! Fraps can capture audio and video up to 7680×4800 with custom frame rates from 1 to 120 frames per second!

Screen Recording (MP4)
Game Recording (MP4)
Webcam Recording (MP4)
Sound Recording-WAV/MP3
Image Capturing (JPG)
Video Editing
Other functions

You may read some comments posted on other websites.

BEST REVIEWS | “Fraps 3.5.99 Review” by Dan Tennant

Fraps is perhaps the best-known game recording software, and for good reason. This software is very easy to use and produces high-quality videos. Our main problem with Fraps is its age. There have been relatively few updates for it in the last few years, and it’s starting to show. There simply aren’t many options when setting up your recording preferences. Fraps is still worth looking into, but its lack of options makes it less flexible than other game capture software. | “Really good recorder!” by weegee2899

* Pros
HD screen capture. screenshot taker. Framerate options.

* Cons
It’s not free. Videos can require a lot of disk space. You can only record 30 seconds with the trial version.

* Summary
Awesome recorder other than the cons. I highly recommend you download it from the official fraps site | “Fraps review” by Jim Norris

Fraps is an easy recommendation for gamers seeking the hard numbers from their favourite titles. It isn’t going to give you a mountain of data to consider, nor will it rate your system on a global database or test esoteric hardware features. It’ll just give you a single number – namely, your in-game FPS – but it is likely to be the exact answer you’re looking for and all you really need. It’s definitely worth a download. | “Do Fraps Really Work?” by Jim Norris

Fraps is getting our Thumbs Up rating, since it flat out works. It has an easy to use interface and it’s all very intuitive. After looking at a few different other options, Fraps performed better than anything else we looked at and at this price point so you can’t go wrong. They give you free updates so the $37 is a one-time fee and you can record as much as you’d like.