Current list of game capture software

Discussion in 'Video Recording Hardware & Software' started by ETAdmin, Apr 3, 2014.

  1. ETAdmin

    ETAdmin Administrator Staff Member

    Going to try to build out a list of current options. I'll update the first post as more things are suggested.

  2. Thalmor Wizard

    Thalmor Wizard Moderator Staff Member Site Contributor

    Here's some more capture programs I've found over the years:
    * Hypercam 2: Was originally paid, but now free for use. Makes massive files as only the Full Frames (Uncompressed) codec is decent. Restricted to 1024x768 @ 30fps to prevent lagging.
    * Camstudio: Not bad for some things, but mostly bad. Restricted to 2GB file limits, recordings do not stop when 2GB is reached, so lots of stop/start recording is required to keep within 2GB limit. Also if lots of objects on screen, video will flicker.
    * Camtasia Studio: Good program for backup if your main program isn't working, also good for games which can't be recorded using Fraps or DxTory. Pretty expensive and their included codec is decent quality, but not perfect.
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  3. My default capture software is Mirillis Action!

    Action! - Record everything!

    Action! allows streaming and real-time recording of Windows Aero desktop in a superb HD video quality. With Action! you can record and stream your gameplay, web player videos, display game framerates, add live audio commentary to create high quality tutorials, record music, capture screenshots... and more!

    Stream gameplay and desktop activity to popular services!

    Action! LIVE Streaming service allows to stream all your gameplays, videos or desktop activity to popular streaming services like, YouTube, Ustream, Livestream, Aliez and more!
    Read more about Action! LIVE Streaming

    Record your gameplay in HD. Benchmark games performance.

    Action! outstanding performance and GPU utilization allows the smoothest real-time HD gameplay video recording ever! Display current and average game framerate (FPS) during gameplay and save your benchmark results.

    Smooth Windows Aero HD desktop recording, easy tutorial creation!

    Action! defines a new standard of performance
    and user experience for real-time desktop
    recording software. Record smooth high framerate
    HD videos of your dekstop and applications activity,
    add microphone audio commentary and create great tutorials with ease!

    Continuous Windows desktop
    and gameplay recording!

    With Action! Active screen recording mode you can record your videos continuously, no matter how many times you switch from Windows desktop to fullscreen gameplay and back. All your Windows desktop actions and gameplay will be recorded to a single video file.

    Export your recordings to popular formats and devices!

    Select one of many predefined profiles and push
    a button to export your recordings to popular formats, devices, Facebook or YouTube™. Save energy and time using optimized and hardware accelerated video exporting with NVIDIA® CUDA™, AMD APP
    or Intel® Quick Sync Video technologies.

    Upload to YouTube™ or Facebook

    Export and upload your recordings to popular services and social networks like YouTube™ and Facebook. Action! provides predefined exporting profiles for YouTube™ and Facebook, just push a button to export and automatically upload your recordings
    to your favorite service fast and easy.


    Hardware acceleration for HD video recording in MP4 format!

    Action! introduces real-time FullHD 60p video recording directly to MP4 (H.264/AVC) format with AMD APP or Intel® Quick Sync Video acceleration. Record your desktop or gameplay directly to MP4 format and enjoy smooth videos and super small file size.

    Dual webcam video recording

    With Action! you can add up to 2 webcam streams to all your real-time gameplay and desktop recordings! Share more than only your facial expressions! With Action! webcam recording is easy, just select your webcam, set webcam video position and size and start recording!

    Outstanding slow motion effects

    Stand out with stunning gameplay and desktop recordings! Create high quality, smooth, slow motion effects using Action! 120 fps recording option and make your video recordings more entertaining and original.

    Support for Logitech G13/G15/G19 multimedia keyboards

    Action! brings the ultimate experience for PRO gamers with Logitech G13/G15 or G19 multimedia keyboards. With Action! and Logitech keyboard LCD panel you can monitor games or screen recording FPS, average FPS, recording time, free disk space and more. All displayed with clean and stylish interface.
    Action! Remote Control for mobile devices with Android!

    Action! Remote Control application allows to monitor and control your Action! gameplay and screen recordings with Android mobile devices!
    Read more and download application

    Real-time web videos recording. Record what you see.

    Record videos from websites and other applications in real-time. Action! allows to record videos from defined display region, selected application window or in fullscreen mode. With Action! you can record videos from ANY web player, no matter which video service you are using!

    User friendly and stylish interface

    Action! is compact, stylish and user friendly.
    Built-in managers for recordings, benchmarks and screenshots allow to browse, delete selected items and export recordings to popular formats and devices. With outstanding performance and sleek design Action! defines new standard of user experience for games benchmarking, gameplay and desktop real-time recording software.

    Record live audio commentary

    Action! allows to record additional live audio commentary during gameplay or dekstop recording making easy creation of tutorials and game walk-through videos. Microphone settings provide full control of microphone input volume and mixing level with system sounds.

    Capture screenshots

    With Action! you can capture multiple screenshots of your games or desktop. Just press a hotkey and screenshot will be saved directly to a file on your hard disk without interrupting your work or gameplay.

    Record what you hear!

    Action! can record everything you hear on your PC. Audio recording function allows to record all sounds, music and game audio. Using microphone you can easily create podcasts. Additionaly Action! can encode in real-time the recorded audio in M4A format, making the recorded audio files small and compact.

    Easy video recordings playback.

    Action! includes an internal ultra responsive player optimized for raw high-bitrate AVI video recordings playback. Double click video recording thumbnail on the Action! list to start playback!

    The outstanding performance!

    Action! defines a new standard of performance for gameplay and desktop recording software. It uses Mirillis ultra-fast, multicore optimized, proprietary video codec (FICV - Fast Intra Compression Video standard) which together with highly optimized application engine provides the ultimate performance of real-time
    HD video recording.


    - Paid software
    - Very easy interface
    - Semi complete solutions (Record, Stream (Mic and Dual Webcam), Upload to Youtube self-engine)
    - Output AVI and MP4
    - DirectX 8, 9, 10, 11 and OpenGL compatible
    - Intel Quicksync and AMD APP Hardware Acceleration
    - Windows 7, 8 only (Not XP)
    - Record max 120fps0
    - Full compatible with most editors like Vegas, Premiere or Virtualdub

    Click for full features:

  4. There's alot more.

    Gregion - I think only works on windows 7, but not sure, a REALLY good alternative to fraps,
    Taksi - Open source, works for some, not others (My vids had stripes on them :/)
    eZVid - Terrible, but still an option. (It's fraud in my opinion, search it on google.)
    Overwolf - Meh, kinda works.
    Apowersoft Online - Lags like crazy, still an option.
    Microsoft screen encoder - I don't like it, maybe you do.
    Razer Game Booster - Lags. End of story.
    Smart Pixel Game Capture - Just googled that one :> I don't know about it.
    VSDC Video editor - Has a screen recording option in it. It's laggy.
    DVDvideosoft - Yeah

    There were other copies of camstudio, I forgot the names. They worked better, but still, I didn't like them. (Unstable)

    Litecam - No
    Hypercam 3 - Maybe
    Capture cards - Not a program, you buy the capture card, may be worth it depending on your needs.
    Screencast o matic - Mainly for screencasts
    D3Dgear - Had some stutter, but very high FPS, may work for you

    I hope you like the list, I couldn't think of many paid software off the top of my head, because I used to spend hours on researching free game capture software that didn't lag. (Ya I'm a nerd)
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  5. I would recommend D3DGear, it is paid software, it is very fast game recording software and game live streaming software.

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