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How to Record Screen with Fraps

record screen with frapsFraps is a Windows application that helps you to capture your computer desktop easily. You can also record all the activities on your computer desktop. Game enthusiasts use it to record their gameplay action to share it with their friends and families. As of now, Fraps recording only supports games that use OpenGL and DirectX graphics technology. Fraps record desktop application is widely used by many to capture screens to create presentations, record videos of their product to create product demos, and create instructional videos and user guides. Videos captured by Fraps have outstanding clarity and comes as high definition videos. Here we will show you the main features of Fraps and how to record desktop with Fraps.

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What Can Frap Screen Recorder Do for You?

You can use Fraps to record desktop to either capture screenshots of your game or record the whole gameplay video to be shared among friends. With the free version, Fraps record Windows 10 only saves your captured screenshots as BMP files, and if you think of uploading or sharing it on social media channels, it is better to convert into more suitable formats like JPEG or GIF. Fraps desktop software can be used in many ways, including:

Benchmarking Software

Fraps capture tool can also be used as a benchmarking software to identify how many frames per second between two points of a video. The FPS will be displayed on the corner of the screen. With Fraps recorder, you can also perform custom benchmarks. These details can be saved to the computer to be used later for reviews.

Screen Capture Software

Fraps is commonly used for capturing screens from your computer desktop. You can capture the screen with just a click of a button. All your captured screenshots are stored in your computer disk automatically and time-stamped.

Real-time Video Capture Software

Fraps can also be used as a real-time video capture software that helps you to record all the activities happening in your computer desktop if you want to record your gameplay while you are playing your favorite game to analyze your performance and where you make certain mistakes or why can't reach the next level or to plan a strategy etc. Fraps Windows 10 recorder is your go-to software to record all your gaming activities with ease. With Fraps, you can capture videos up to 7680x4800 with custom frame rates from 1 to 120 frames per second!

How to Record Desktop with Fraps

Record desktop with Fraps is pretty simple and easy as you can capture your desktop with just a click of a button. Please follow the steps provided below to understand how to record a desktop with Fraps.

Step 1 Install Fraps on PC

Download the installer of Fraps by visiting its official website. After that, launch the installer on the PC and the main interface will appear.

fraps window

Step 2 Configure the 99FPS settings

From the main interface of Fraps, set the recording options by clicking the "99FPS" tab. From there, users will be able to change the file destination of recorded benchmarks videos. Also, this is where the "Benchmarking Hotkey" and "Overlay Hotkey" can be changed.

adjust benchmarking

Step 3 Set the settings of the movie and start recording with Fraps and save the video

From the "Movies" tab, users will be able to set the "Video Capture Hotkey" and set all the essential recording options. Also, audio options can be toggled from this tab and because Fraps can also capture video and audio simultaneously. To start recording with Fraps, launch the app, and then minimize it to the taskbar. After that, launch another application and then start recording by hitting the "Video Capture Hotkey," which is the "F9" key by default. The screen recording will begin shortly after that and then do the screen activity to record. Once done, end the recording by clicking the same hotkey that started the recording. This will save the video to the folder set by the tool.

movies tab

Once you are happy with the Fraps recording, you can again click the F9 button to stop the recording process. The video output file will be stored in the folder that is configured in your settings. Fraps don't encode your videos, and so your videos will be more extensive. But there are a lot of tools to encode your video if you want to upload the video to the internet. Encoding videos also helps to save space on your disk.

Best Fraps Alternative to Record Computer Screen

There are times that the Fraps is not working or it can’t record videos or activities on your computer. With that, we will introduce an alternative that you can use called the Acethinker Screen Grabber Premium. This tool is similar to Fraps wherein you can record all the activities on your computer screen as well as the audio. Plus, it can be utilized on both Windows and Mac computers. Aside from that, it supports many file formats to choose from such as WMV, MP4, MOV, AVI, and a lot more. To fully understand how to completely use this tool, follow the detailed steps written below.

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Step 1 Download and Install the tool on your Computer

Before starting to use this tool, install it first on your computer by clicking one of the “Download” buttons provided above. Launch the installation wizard and follow it to install on your computer. Open it to get familiarized with the tool.

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Step 2 Configure the Recording Settings

From here, you can change the recording settings of the tool by clicking on the “three-lines” located at the upper right corner of the tool then select “preferences”. You can see all the settings here and customize it according to your choice.

sgpremium set up settings

Step 3 Start Recording a Video

To start, click the “Video Recorder” option from the interface then choose your desired display screen by clicking on the “Custom” option. Also, make sure that the “System Sound” and “Microphone” are turned on. After that, hit the “Rec” button and a countdown will start, after that, it will automatically record the screen.

sgpremium start recording

Step 4 Stop the Recorded Video

Once done recording, hit the Red button from the floating toolbar to stop recording. Then, a window will appear. Hit the “Save” button located at the lower right corner of the interface to save the downloaded video on your computer.

sgpremium stop the recording button

Closing Thoughts:

As you can see, you can record your computer desktop with just a click of a button or capture screenshots with Fraps record in just seconds. I hope this user guide will help you answer all the questions regarding how to record desktop with Fraps. If Fraps can't satisfy all your recording needs, you can also use AceThinker Screen Grabber Premium as an alternative option to record your computer screen. If you have any comments or suggestions about this user guide on how to record with Fraps, please email us as we always love to hear your feedback and will respond to you at the earliest.

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Posted by Trafalgar Law on October 12, 2019 to Screen Grabber Pro

Last updated on September 3, 2020

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