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  • Open Broadcaster Software icon

    Open Broadcaster Software

    Full-featured screen recording and live streaming software for Mac, Windows and Linux.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

    • OBS support screen or individual window recording, just like Fraps
      Guest • Aug 2015 Disagree   Agree
    • It can record and stream video in games, applications, and on the desktop.
      ShujinAug 2015 Disagree   Agree
    • While the primary function of OBS is broadcasting, it can be used (albeit with a little difficulty) as a screen recorder.
      Guest • Aug 2015 Disagree   Agree
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    Bandicam

    Bandicam is the most advanced game recording software and Windows screen recorder.

    Freemium Windows

    • The UI is more user friendly and it is a snap to use.
      Guest • May 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • CamStudio icon

    CamStudio

    Record your computer screen with audio input from Mic or Speakers. Also shows mouse clicks in addition to the regular cursor. Simple interface with ability to record in AVI or export as swf.

    Open Source Windows

    • Discontinued The last update was on October 19th, 2013.
    • Warning As described on VirusTotal comment (https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/1ddb733efb11769a05cc735d555e9a4df92c4cdf29fa47ea3864e57e67dcf884/analysis/1411383540/): if you download CamStudio from SourceForge.net, the VirusTotal results are 0/53. After installing this SF version, it immediately says that there is an update available. When the link is clicked, it takes you to camstudio.org, which has a zip file that, scanned with VirusTotal, gives you 15/53 result. So do NOT download and install the "update": it's a malware. Installer as of 09/22/2014.
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    SimpleScreenRecorder

    SimpleScreenRecorder is a Linux screen recorder that supports X11 and OpenGL. It is easy to use, feature-rich, and has a Qt-based graphical user interface. It can record the entire screen or part of it, or record OpenGL applications...

    Open Source Linux

  • Evolve icon

    Evolve

    Evolve is a desktop app and community for serious gamers. It makes it easy to cast your games on Twitch, share captured screenshots and videos on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, and show off your achievements and playtime. It...

    Freemium Windows Web / Cloud

  • Kazam icon

    Kazam

    Kazam is a simple screen recording program that will capture the content of your screen and record a video file that can be played by any video player that supports VP8/WebM video format. Optionally you can record sound from any...

    Open Source Linux

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    recordMyDesktop

    recordMyDesktop is a desktop session recorder for GNU / Linux that attemps to be easy to use, yet also effective at it's primary task. As such, the program is separated in two parts; a simple command line tool that performs the...

    Open Source Linux BSD

    • Discontinued Latest release, 0.3.8.1, from 2008-12-13
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    ActivePresenter

    ActivePresenter is a solution for creating screencast videos, handouts, manuals, documentation, and interactive training presentations. With the full-featured editor, ActivePresenter allows you to edit audio/video, tweak the look and...

    Freemium Mac Windows

  • Action! icon

    Action!

    Action! allows streaming and real-time recording of Windows desktop in a superb HD video quality.

    Commercial Windows

  • Debut Video Capture Software icon

    Debut Video Capture Software

    Debut Video Capture allows you to record video from a webcam, video capture device, streaming video, entire desktop or a portion of your screen and save it in any of a wide range of video file formats including AVI, FLV, and WMV....

    Freemium Mac Windows

  • Screencast Capture Lite icon

    Screencast Capture Lite

    Screencast Capture Lite is a tool to continuously capture the desktop screen, storing this information in video files. The application supports recording from the primary screen, from a chosen window or from a fixed region. It encodes...

    Open Source Windows Accord.NET Framework

  • LoiLo Game Recorder icon

    LoiLo Game Recorder

    LoiLo Game Recorder is a completely free, fast, simple and very effective videogame recorder. It can use either a Windows GUI hook to capture desktop windows, or an OpenGL/DirectX hook to capture most games. Recording is as simple...

    Free Windows

    • Bundleware Loiloscope is automatically installed along with this but can be uninstalled afterwards with no harm done.
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    Krut

    Krut is a screencast tool that is written in Java and well suited for making video tutorials (instructional videos) on most platforms. Krut records movie files, including sound, of selected parts of your screen. The files use the...

    Open Source Windows Linux

  • Ezvid icon

    Ezvid

    Ezvid is a freeware video and slideshow maker for Windows. Ezvid has built-in "one click" screen capture and screen recording functionality. Ezvid can import still images and video, and can upload finished videos to YouTube....

    Freemium Windows

    • Warning The site ezvid.com has a bad reputation on WOT. You can read the comments at https://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/ezvid.com
    • Bundleware Be careful during the installation: https://alternativeto.net/discussions/applications/11718/be-careful-in-the-installation/
  • FlashBack icon

    FlashBack

    Free software which lets you record your screen, add a PIP webcam and select multiple options to export your video to. It will first store a lossless proprietary file which you can review frame by frame and then easily experiment with...

    Freemium Windows

  • FFsplit icon

    FFsplit

    A freeware application that lets users stream high quality content similar to XSplit Broadcaster and Flash Media Live Encoder. Currently, the application is in early stages of development. This project is actively looking for...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated. Last version, 0.7.0.25, released on December 3rd, 2014, can be still downloaded from the official website.
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    Dxtory

    Dxtory is a movie capture tool only for DirextX/OpenGL application. In order to acquire data from Surface Memory directly, It operates very much at high speed. Arbitrary cropping and free scaling are supported by hardware.

    Commercial Windows

  • iSpring Free Cam icon

    iSpring Free Cam

    iSpring Free Cam is free screen recording software for Windows that lets you easily capture all or part of your screen, record your voice & mouseclicks, then edit your video and save it to your computer or share it instantly on...

    Free Windows

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    Screen Recorder

    Screen Recorder is a free open-source screen recorder software for Windows environment, records specific part of Windows desktop screen as an AVI file. The option of recording system playback sound or sound from input sound devices is...

    Open Source Windows

  • TinyTake icon

    TinyTake

    Free 5 minutes recording and 2GB space and no youtube uploads, $29.95/year premium.

    Freemium Windows

  • HyperCam icon

    HyperCam

    HyperCam v2 is a video capture software that records AVI movies (screencam) directly from your monitor, for software presentations, software training, demos, tutorials, and fun! HyperCam supports text annotations, sound, and screen...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued HyperCam v.2 is no longer offered for sale by Hyperionics. Last version, 2.29, released in May 2014, can be downloaded for free from the official website.
  • VokoScreen icon

    VokoScreen

    A small program to create screen videos including sound recording. Although this program is really small and inconspicious, it includes exceeding capabilities to generate training videos, installation videos, browser and Skype...

    Open Source Linux

  • D3DGear icon

    D3DGear

    D3DGear is very fast video game recording software, game video recorder and video game live stream broadcasting software for PC. D3DGear video game recording and broadcasting performance and quality are superior among other game video...

    Commercial Windows

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    glc

    OpenGL video capture application. Easy and fast. Totally worth the try.

    Open Source Linux

    • Discontinued The latest confirmation was the 2 Jul 2013 https://github.com/nullkey/glc
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    Plays.TV

    Recording begins automatically as you start your game. Everything that’s important to you – webcam, mic, mouse clicks – can be captured with virtually no impact on system performance or hard drive space. Only Plays.tv identifies your...

    Free Windows Web / Cloud Chrome

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    Taksi

    Taksi is a utility that allows you to take screenshots and record video clips of your favourite games and other 3D-graphics applications. Inspired by Fraps . Other features: Taksi can support live video compression with any...

    Open Source Windows

    • Discontinued The project seems to be no longer developed. Last stable version, 0.7.6, was released in June 2006, and last beta version, 0.7.7.9, in July 2010. They can be still downloaded from SourceForge.
  • UltraVNC Screen Recorder icon

    UltraVNC Screen Recorder

    There exist a lot of screen recorders, but all lack the speed for doing some full screen recording. The speed is just to low or cpu to high. Online compression can only be done with some real-time disk eating codecs.... Even the...

    Open Source Windows

  • Microsoft Expression Encoder icon

    Microsoft Expression Encoder

    Expression Encoder imports and encodes video files, produces live webcasts, enhances media with watermarks and advertising, and publishes with Silverlight. * encode high quality videos for devices and the web * Silverlight...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued Expression Encoder 4 Pro is no longer available for sale. The free version of Expression Encoder will continue to be available for download, but it will be no longer developed.
  • Istanbul

    Istanbul is a desktop session recorder for the Free Desktop. It records your session into an Ogg Theora video file. To start the recording, you click on its icon in the notification area. To stop you click its icon again. It works on...

    Open Source Linux GNOME MATE

  • iShowU HD icon

    iShowU HD

    Real time screen recording for your Mac. Want to capture everything on your screen? 3d games bogging down ordinary screen capture software? Those days are over: welcome to iShowU HD. Built for speed. Built to “just work". iShowU...

    Commercial Mac

  • GLXOSD

    LXOSD is an on-screen display (OSD)/overlay for OpenGL applications running on Linux with X11.

    Open Source Linux

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    Screeny

    Screeny gives you the freedom to capture your videos or images at any size. You can click & drag to resize the capture area or input the exact pixel dimensions to set to the size of the capture area. All the while you will get...

    Commercial Mac

  • ScreenRecord Studio icon

    ScreenRecord Studio

    The all-in-one screen capture production suite. Easily capture on-screen action to a movie from start to finish. It’s the best of both worlds: the power of MediaEdit and ScreenRecord. It includes everything you need to create your...

    Commercial Mac

  • 321Soft Screen Video Recorder icon

    321Soft Screen Video Recorder

    321Soft Screen Video Recorder is designed to record your computer screen (full screen or a fixed area) into AVI video file for further purposes like editing, burning DVD, making slide show movie, etc. Your may run your software or...

    Commercial Mac Windows

Fraps Comments

Status?

Comment by Anamon
about Fraps Nov 2014

I was planning on buying a license for Fraps, but then I noticed that the last update is from February 2013, which makes me a bit uncertain. Does anybody know about the status and future of the project?

Not that I think the program is in dire need of any improvements or bugfixes. But almost two years without an update is a long time, especially for a program that used to be updated quite regularly (usually at least once a month, and never a gap longer than 6). Also, the last version number "3.5.99" looks like it was supposed to be the last release before a bigger update.

As the price is relatively high, I would hesitate a bit to register a software when maybe I'll soon no longer be able to get any support.

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Open Source?

Comment by Artemp
about Fraps Sep 2013

Is there an alternative to Fraps Open Source? Only need to measure the FPS.
Please help.

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Very useful but has two problems as far as I am concerned. ...

Comment by bjornhallberg
about Fraps Jun 2011

Very useful but has two problems as far as I am concerned. First, it splits files at 4 GB even on NTFS. Second, I wouldn't mind some compression options for those of us that would like to sacrifice a little CPU to decrease file sizes. Perhaps compression is a pipe dream even on a modern quad-core ... I don't know.

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