Fraps on Windows 8.1
|Stable release||3.5.99 / February 26, 2013|
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows|
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).
Fraps will record video at high resolution, if the computer is sufficiently powerful. The maximum supported resolution is currently 7680×4800.
Fraps utilizes a codec optimized for high performance over compression ratio. In order to play back Fraps video files, the Fraps program, or alternatively the ffdshow codec, must be installed on the computer. Due to the relatively low compression and resulting large file sizes, the videos must be transcoded to a more highly compressed format such as H.264 before the recorded videos can be played back smoothly on most media players. There is an option to encode the full RGB value of every pixel, but the default is to use a YUV encoding scheme for better compression. The color space used is Rec.709, full range.
Since version 3.5.0, Fraps included the ability to generate videos as one huge physical file. Prior to this update, all Fraps footage was split at 4GB and the separated videos would have to be joined at the transcoding stage. However, for backwards compatibility, and for limiting damage in case of a crash, there is still an option which allows users to use the old recording method of splitting videos into 4GB chunks.
Since version 3.5.0 the minimum system requirements have changed. Now it is required a CPU with SSE2 instructions (Pentium 4 & above) and Windows XP or higher.
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