I noticed a person in the Myst-Uru community mentioning that FRAPS is not working on their Windows 10 machine. I am on the verge of updating my main machine to 10. So, what is going on?
First: a visit to the FRAPS web site. FRAPS is advertised for Windows up to version 7. The newest version is 3.5.99 released in February 2013… two years ago. Are they going to update it for Windows 10? I can’t find any information to reliably answer that question. I did see some people commenting that the past update rate of several times a year stopped in Feb 2013. Queries using the contact form at FRAPS have mostly gone unanswered.
The June 2015 video shows FRAPS working in Win10 on older hardware. Some searching shows people are having problems with FRAPS on Win10. There is some discussion of the issue in the FRAPS Windows 10 Issues thread at the Microsoft.
In this thread one person says they did get an email back from the FRAPS people saying an update for Windows 10 is in progress. (I take this as hearsay.) There is no ETA. This is from a post in August 2015. The date of the email was not included. That it was from at least four months ago and considering their former development rate, I am not very confident an update is coming.
In other places people were pointing to the problems with FRAPS; inefficient memory use, slowed frame rates, and inability to play FRAPS video captures in Win10. For the last problem just open FRAPS recorded videos in Windows Media Player then they play.
One of the consistent problems across various video capture apps and Window 10 is not being able to record the desktop. So, showing opening a program and finding files can be a problem.
Windows 10 Solutions
Windows 10 does have screen capture built in. Since Windows Vista there has been a feature named Snipping Tool that does single image screen capture. I love it because it grabs the entire screen then lets me crop to just the part if the screen I want. It also has a handy ‘pencil’ for marking in the image. But, it has no video capture ability.
When running a game or app Windows 10 does have video capture as the video above shows.
Press Windows-Key + G to bring up the XBox Game Bar… or DVR Game Bar, I see people using different names.
Once the Xbox app is running you can press Windows-key + Alt + R to start and stop recording. Pressing Windows-key + Alt + PrtScr-key to grab a single frame screen capture.
The captures are placed into the standard Microsoft folders. Videos and single frame captures go into:
Or in Explorer…
You can also find the videos and snapshots in the Xbox app.
Playing with this on my Win10 laptop (HD4000) I see very little drop in frame rate, 0 to 2 FPS. My laptop does 14 to 21 FPS most of the time. So, this looks to be a usable free alternative to FRAPS.
One problem is: to change settings on the recorder, one must log into Xbox… which Windows 10 will let you do. I think it sucks to have to log into some online service to change some part of my operating system. But, if you can live with all the defaults…
You can find lots of articles about this new feature of Windows 10. There are a couple more neat features covered in the articles not mentioned in the above video.
If you are making tutorials where you need to show the desktop and Explorer, you’ll need a third party app. According to cNET there are about 180 completely free video capture programs. () are for Windows 8. cNET does not have a filter for Win10 as I write this.
Most free programs are free to download or free to try. To use for any more than a trial, you’ll have to fork out some money.
- OBS: Open Broadcaster Software – I covered this in an earlier article: How To Stream Second Life to YouTube Gaming. Currently my choice.
- EZVid – (Vista / 7 / 8) Capture and editing.
- Debut Video Recording
- Movavi Screen Capture Studio – There is retail (US$29) and free 7 days trail version. The free version is a useless version for anything you might want to do. But, just playing with it, I like it. If I decide I do need to replace FRAPS, this will probably be my replacement.
- Adobe: Captivate 9 – Not free, US$29/month and apparently not part of the standard Creative Cloud package.
- TechSmith: Camtasia – Also not free, US$299.
cNET: A list of software for Win 8, free. HyperCam is by far the most downloaded. Screencast-O-Matic is a close second. WARNING: I am not a fan of cNET/Download.com as it takes great care to avoid also installing adware.