Fraps records and benchmarks video in real time from DirectX and OpenGL games and applications. It captures onscreen video and audio, adds timestamps and counters, and benchmarks frames per second, frame times, and minimum-maximum average. It can save screenshots as BMP, JPG, PNG, or TGA files, with optional frame rate overlays and repeat screen capture. Updates include support for AVI files larger than 4GB.
Screen Capture settings: We could add frame rate overlays to screenshots and set Fraps to capture screenshots at specific intervals until the Screen Capture hotkey is pressed, making Fraps a serviceable security or monitoring app.
Hotkeys: Fraps includes many hotkey options, such as Benchmarking and Overlay hotkeys. We could set the software to stop benchmarking after a specific number of seconds, hide overlays, and configure other options.
Movies: Video capture settings include common and custom frame rates, full and half size frames, loop buffer length, and the option to split movies every 4GB of recording capacity -- just enough for a DVD. Movies can record Windows, stereo, or multichannel sound, as well as external inputs.
Trial limitations: The free trial limits recording time to 30 seconds, disables loop recording, saves screenshots in BMP format, and adds a watermark.
Fraps is a useful tool in the hands of serious gamers or anyone who wants to capture onscreen video or benchmark their video performance. It's not expensive, and the free trial reveals enough to help you make up your mind.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Fraps 3.5.99.
Fraps is a universal Windows application that can be used with games using DirectX or OpenGL graphic technology. In its current form, it performs many tasks, including benchmarking screen capturing (take a screenshot with the press of one key, with no need to paste into a paint program every time you want to capture; your screen captures also are automatically named and time-stamped) and real-time video capturing (record audio and video while playing your favorite game at up to 1,024x768 resolution at 30 frames per second).