Fraps on Windows 8.1
|Stable release||3.5.99 / February 26, 2013|
|Operating system||Windows XP and later|
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). Because of the way it captures the screen contents, Fraps needs to run with administrative privileges.
Fraps records video at high resolution if the computer is sufficiently powerful. The maximum supported resolution is currently 7680×4800.
Fraps uses a proprietary codec. Therefore, playing Fraps video output requires Fraps or ffdshow must be installed. Compression is relatively low and the resulting file sizes are relatively large: A two-minutes-long screencast of a full HD screen (1920×1080) may take up 3.95 GiB on disk. There is an option to encode the RGB value of every pixel, but the default is to use a YUV scheme for better compression. The color space used is Rec. 709, full range.
Since version 3.5.0, Fraps has the ability to store the entire session in one huge video file. Prior to this update, all Fraps footage was split at 4GB and the split files would have to be joined at the transcoding stage. However, for backwards compatibility and limiting damage in case of a crash, there is still an option which allows users to use the old recording method of splitting videos.
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