When it comes to recording your screen on Windows 10, OBS (Open Broadcaster Studio) is the number one software that everyone recommends. It’s a great app; it can record and stream, you can use it to set up scenes, and it can record the desktop, a specific window, multiple windows, and even webcam feeds.
One main reason OBS is always recommended is that it is free. The app is free but may run into weird problems and if you want to set up and use something more intuitive and simpler, you are likely to look for other options.
FRAPS for Windows 10
FRAPS is a popular screen recording tool for Windows. The app states that it supports Windows XP, 2003, Vista and Windows 7. There is no voice on Windows 8 / 8.1 or Windows 10 which some may think the device will not work on system Windows 10.
FRAPS works on Windows 10. It has a free version, and a licensed version that costs $ 37. The free version of the app comes with many limitations which means that it is not good but to run a trial of the app. If you plan to use it in the long run, you need to purchase a license.
The free version of FRAPS,
- Record a watermark video. The watermark is small and placed at the top and slightly neutral.
- Complete video recordings for up to 30 seconds.
- Screenshots can only be saved in BMP format.
Why use FRAPS?
While FRAPS is a paid app, it has its benefits.
- The app supports older CPUs, eg Pentium 4 which means no matter how old the hardware is on your system, you will be able to use this app to take screenshots and record screen broadcasts.
- You can use the app on it older versions of Windows 10, even those not supported outside of security updates.
- you can control the FPS of recording.
- Sound can be introduced in the recording.
- The the mouse cursor can be seen or hidden according to your preferences.
- you can add FPS counter to the recording.
- you can lock the frame of recording so that it does not fall below a certain level.
- For longer videos, the app can automatically split files into smaller chunks of 4GB.
- FRAPS offers a very clean recording interface. You won’t see transmissions or other signs of a recording app on the screen.
- There will be FRAPS automatically save a video or screenshot with the app name has been logged / imported, with the date and time added to the file name.
- One key limitation of FRAPS, whether you buy it or not, is that it can just register apps on Windows 10 and not the desktop itself.
- It they don’t seem to play nice with UWP or Microsoft Store apps. Check if the app you want to register can register before you buy a license.
- The app usually aimed at games and not other app types.
Register with FRAPS on Windows 10
To use FRAPS to register an app you need to do the following.
1. Change default media player
If the Movies & TV app is set to the main media player, FRAPS will not record your screen.
- Open the Options app (Keyboard shortcut Win + I).
- go to Apps> Default apps.
- Select Media player and select both Windows Media Player or other non-UWP app as a VLC player installed on the system.
2. Enable Windows 7/8 compatibility
FRAPS should work fine with Windows 10 but it is generally a good idea to enable compatibility mode for the app.
- Download and Install FRAPS.
- Right-click the EXE of the app or shortcut and select real estate from the context menu.
- Go to Compatibility tab.
- Enable the “Run this program in compatibility mode for” option.
- Choose either Windows 7 or Windows 8.
- Click Submit.
3. Start registering with FRAPS
- Run FRAPS with administrative rights.
- Open the app you want to register.
- Tap on the F9 key to start recording video or tap F10 when you need to take a screenshot.
- Tap on it F9 to complete registration.
FRAPS – FPS counters and criteria
FRAPS is a screen recording and screenshot tool but it can also display the default FPS for an app / game. This is a small but very useful feature. You can pick up the FPS counter with the F11 key.
FRAPS has not been updated in a long time. The UI is a bit old-fashioned but a popular old app. It offers a clean registration interface that is easy to manage. It only works as a stand-alone streaming tool for high quality video recordings, or for taking screenshots, it’s not bad.
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