ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Best Screen Capture Software for Recording Games

Updated on February 14, 2014

Most video game reviewers (and gamers who just love to show off their insane in-game stunts or a sniper montage) often find it difficult to find a good screen capture software program for recording games. They need a simple tool that records gameplay footage without time-limits; one that does not leave a watermark on the video.

The good news is that there are a few great screen capture software programs that offer features mentioned above. You just need to download and install them on your computer, capture the best gameplay moments in windowed or full-screen mode without worrying about the ticking timer and ugly product names on the video and upload them to a video sharing-website like Youtube. Here’s a rundown of some of the best free video capture software products:

1. MSI AfterBurner

This overclocking software doubles up as a brilliant video capture tool. You can record games in full-screen mode by pressing the hotkey anytime while playing. It also records in-game music and sounds. For optimal recording, the software offers a few extra features. This includes limiting and adjusting frame-rate to improve video smoothness. Both these options can be quite useful for systems that are slow in encoding video at desired formats. You can also change the video quality to minimize file size. Adjusting the slider to higher video quality may lead to a larger file size.

To record your favorite game, open the software, go to settings and click on the video capture tab. Adjust the video capture settings if you want and minimize the window. Now open the game and press the hotkey to record videos. You can change the location where you want to save the file and choose the frame-rate and frame size in case you want to record games in windowed mode.

You may also choose to record higher quality videos of games, but make sure you convert it into a video format that results into smaller file size. Use free video converter tools like Any Video Converter to convert the large file into .mov or .MP4 format.

MSI Afterburner’s video capture tool is easy to use. The software does not leave a watermark on your videos and is free.

2. Screenr

In the mood to capture an instant screencast? You should try Screenr, which is a free online screen capture software program. Unlike Screencast-O-Matic, this software does not leave its product name watermark on your recorded video.

Screenr requires the latest Java version installed on your PC. Just hit the “Launch Screen Recorder” button and click on the Java prompt. Once the software detects Java, it will display a dotted window, which you can resize according to the Facebook game size. Next, hit the record button to record gameplay and press Alt + D to stop recording.

The one drawback is that Screenr lets you record only 5 minutes of gameplay. The Pro version removes this limit and offers additional features. However, the screen capture program can be a great way to record Facebook games. This software’s one-click recording will help you create short video walkthroughs of popular games such as Candy Crush Saga, Bubble Witch Saga etc. The software can also record offline games in windowed mode.

3. Apowersoft Screen Recorder

Apowersoft’s free screen capture software provides one-click recording solution for all games and lets you record both system and microphone sound. I would recommend downloading the desktop version as the online version requires users to keep the website open if they want to record an offline PC game.

The software lets you capture gameplay in full-screen or windowed mode. You can select the game in windowed mode and then hit the record button in case you want to capture the best gameplay moments. The software records system sounds, does not leave any watermark and lets you record video without time-limits. Another great feature is its free video converter tool that lets you convert your recorded video to any format you want (example .mp4, .mov).

Apowersoft’s recording capabilities may not be at par with Afterburner’s screen capture tool, but it may prove to be quite handy if you are looking to capture MMOs, online games or Facebook games.

Which is the Best Video Capture Tool?

See results

4. Razer Game Booster

Besides optimizing PC games, this software also provides extra features, such as a screenshot tool and a video capture tool. The latter can be of immense use to gamers for recording games. All they have to do is navigate to the Gallery section and turn on the video capture tool. They can also adjust additional settings, such as switching to a higher video resolution, changing the video quality and audio record device.

Users can also change the hotkey for video capture. I chose F6 to record gameplay. Pressing F6 again will stop recording. The recorded video gets saved into the location specified by the user in the “save location” section.

Using Razer Game Booster’s video capture tool, you can record gameplay in full-screen. It does not have an area-selection feature for recording games in windowed mode.

5. Tiny Take

Tiny Take is screenshot and video capture software with a nice drag-and-capture feature that ensures instant screenshot or video capture. You just need to click and drag your mouse to select the area you want to record. The software can be used to record Facebook games. You can pause recording anytime and even restart recording if you feel there’s something wrong with the previously recorded video.

Once you have clicked on the stop button, the software will show a preview. You can save the video in MP4 format on your desktop or upload it to the developer’s website. One drawback of Tiny Take is that it does not record system sounds. I haven’t seen any setting that allows users to select system sounds for audio-recording purposes.

Another drawback is that it forces users to sign-up using their company’s email address (personal email addresses are a strict no-no, for reasons unknown). You can use it without signing-up or signing in.

Comments

Submit a Comment

  • Tech Trix profile imageAUTHOR

    Anurag Ghosh 

    4 years ago

    @ilikegames You can try MSI AfterBurner's video capture tool. Pretty good, in my opinion. Provides additional settings for a smoother gameplay recording experience.

  • ilikegames profile image

    Sarah Forester 

    4 years ago from Australia

    I've only used Fraps before I didn't know there were so many other options. I've heard good things about Dx story or Dtory or Dx something, I can't remember!

working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)