Today we are taking a look at Fraps. This is a piece of software that allows real-time video capture & benchmarking for your video games. It is pretty neat and if you are a video game streamer, reviewer, or just someone who finds things like framerate interesting. Fraps is going to be something that you find very useful.
How to Download Fraps
To download Fraps, click on the Download button at the end of the review.
The Program Review
There is a free version of Fraps that you can download on their website. The free version is more of a demo that lets you test it out to see if it is for you. It is good for giving you a little taste, but your videos have a watermark and you are limited to how much footage you can record at any one time.
One of the good things about the premium version of Fraps is that it is a one-time deal. You pay them $37 and you get full access to the program including any future updates. There is no annual license that you have to worry about paying for each year. You pay once and it is yours.
The benchmarking software that is part of this is pretty awesome and great if you want to know how a certain game is performing. With this turned on, you will get a little notification in the corner of your screen informing you of the FPS you are getting. You can even set benchmarks to measure the FPS between two points in a game.
For example, if you were playing a game like Doom Eternal. You could set a benchmark for a section of the game with no enemies and then one when the screen is full with enemies to see what the difference in FPS is. If you are writing a review, wanting to know how your PC is performing, or are just interested in this kind of stuff, this is pretty cool.
Fraps also has some great screen capturing going on. With just one click, you can capture any image from a game, and then you can choose what kind of file it is such as JPEG. There is no messing around here either, it automatically will create a timestamp for you and give it a title.
The video capture software here is great too. What is neat about the video capture feature that Fraps has is just how simple it is. If you want to record gameplay and not worry about adding a ton of effects or anything like that, Fraps is for you. With this, you can record up to 7800×4800 and you can set the framerate between 1 and 120!
The whole simplicity of Fraps is perhaps what I like the best about it. From seeing what a game’s FPS is, capturing high-quality images, and recording gameplay. This makes doing all of that nice and easy. If you are a video game reviewer/blogger or someone who likes to make video reviews, Fraps is going to be very useful for you.
- I liked how simple and straightforward it was to use
- The way you can benchmark the FPS of certain areas of a game was cool
- You can take high-quality screenshots with the click of a button
- The video capture software is basic, but very reliable
- The free version is kind of useless, to be honest
- The video capture software may not have enough bells and whistles for some people