Fraps – Easy Way to Create Game Videos

Fraps offers an easy way to record video while playing your game. I made a small video from Abyssfire game package. It was easy and fast.

Some usage hints:
– Start your game in fullscreen in order to record it (I couldn’t record windowed game)

Compression tips:
– Download VirtualDUB to compress the recorded video
– After launching the prog, remember to use “no sound” option
– I used “video > compression > Indeo video 5.10” with “80% quality” (thanks to Tim for this hint) to get the file size lower
– File > Save as AVI and you are done.

Juuso Hietalahti


  1. There is an alternative to fraps: d3dgear.com; a very nice tool that can do FPS and 3D game video recording.

  2. Another great tool is: Wink (http://www.debugmode.com/wink/)

    Easy to make tutorials / doc (in flash) for your project.

    “Wink is a Tutorial and Presentation creation software, primarily aimed at creating tutorials on how to use software (like a tutor for MS-Word/Excel etc). Using Wink you can capture screenshots, add explanations boxes, buttons, titles etc and generate a highly effective tutorial for your users.”

    Anyone know a good / (if posible free) AVI – > Flash convertor?

  3. Those look great. People, go check ’em.

    @Maciej: thanks for the info… It came with SP2 (I’m using it). What codec would you recommend? (in order it to work… and get a proper compression)

  4. Actually, on a more serious note… Have a look at the videos that feature on the front page of http://www.cloverleafgames.com

    I captured them with Fraps, registered copy, compressed and imported into Flash. The average size of those movies is about 300KB..

  5. Please remeber that Indeo codec is not a standard codec in Windows XP anymore (since SP1 or SP2 – I don’t remember correctly). The potential recipients of the video could not have this codec if their preinstalled system is based on XP SP1 (or SP2).

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