Fraps (derived from Frames per second) is a universal benchmarking, screen capture, and real-time video capture Windows application that can be used with games using DirectX or OpenGL graphic technology.
It is commonly used to determine a computer’s performance with a game, as well as record gaming footage. The program is very popular in the making of amateur machinima films.
Fraps can take screenshots in various formats: BMP, TGA, JPEG, and PNG. However, only the BMP format is available in the freeware version.
Benchmarking Software – Show how many Frames Per Second (FPS) you are getting in a corner of your screen. Perform custom benchmarks and measure the frame rate between any two points.
Save the statistics out to disk and use them for your own reviews and applications.
Screen Capture Software – Take a screenshot with the press of a key! There’s no need to paste into a paint program every time you want a new shot. Your screen captures are automatically named and timestamped.
Realtime Video Capture Software – You can record video while playing your favourite game. Come join the Machinima revolution! Throw away the VCR, forget about using a DV cam, game recording has never been this easy! Fraps can capture audio and video up to 7680×4800 with custom frame rates from 1 to 120 frames per second!
The lossless Fraps codec allows decoding of Fraps-encoded videos using a media player capable of decoding the AVI container format. Or it allows transcoding to other video formats with the use of the right software. Moreover, the Fraps video codec manages to capture videos with minimal impact on game performance.
This is because encoding on-the-fly to a high-compression format such as DivX would have a large negative impact on game performance (as of 2007) and only a very fast hard drive could record the immense amount of data produced in using uncompressed video. The Fraps format is a compromise of the two.
Fraps 3 – New features and a new look! It is now compatible with Windows 7 and the latest DirectX 11 games. Ventrilo and TeamSpeak users have long wanted a way to record their microphone and speakers at the same time. Added realtime sound mixing to the video recording so you can now capture both sides of the conversation!
NVIDIA have recently included stereoscopic 3D support directly into their drivers. If you play your DirectX9 (D3D9) game with 3D Vision enabled you can use Fraps to record the game in full 3D too! You’ll get a side-by-side stereo AVI recording that you can drop straight in to a stereoscopic 3D player!
Finally, we are aware that more and more people are putting Fraps to professional use. We’ve added a new option to force lossless RGB compression to ensure that you always have the highest quality video output to work with.
Changes in Fraps 3.5.99:
- Fixed counter not appearing in Aero desktop (DWM) and DX10 games after latest Windows Update
Homepage – http://www.fraps.com
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