Rare Fraps Update Adds Support for Large AVI Movie Files, Changes System Requirements

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News Posted: Sun, Apr 29 2012 10:28 AM
Beepa's handy-dandy real-time video capture and benchmarking program known as Fraps has just been updated to version 3.5.0. Updates to Fraps are few and far between; the last time the folks at Beepa tweaked their popular utility was six months ago in October 2011.

First and foremost, there are new system requirements to run the latest version of Fraps, but don't fret, they're nothing strenuous. As long as you own a CPU with SSE2 (Pentium 4 and above) and a Windows OS that isn't older than XP, you're good to go (note that Windows 2000 is no longer supported). For those of you rocking an old-school system with Windows 2000 and/or a non-SSE2 processor, you can still download the previous version of Fraps, version 3.4.7.


As for the new version, "Fraps 3.5 adds the much requested feature to allow AVI movie files larger than 4 gigabytes," Beepa announced. "Fraps will now write hybrid OpenDML/AVI files and allow large movies on NTFS drives. There's still an option to split at 4 gigabytes for legacy AVI 1.0 support."

Beepa also addressed a handful of bugs, including:
  • Fixed loop recording using large amounts of disk space for short clips
  • Fixed benchmark logs not being saved if game was quit before benchmark ended
  • Fixed View folder not opening window on some machines

The free version of Fraps allows you to capture up to 30 seconds of in-game video with a watermark and to save non-watermarked screenshots as BMP files. For $37, the paid version removes the 30-second time limit and watermark, and allows you to save screenshots as JPG, PNG, and TGA files. Updates, such as this one. are free.

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ZTimpson replied on Sun, Apr 29 2012 11:12 AM

I can kind of gather what Frap is but what is it used for exactly? what would i use it for?

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CRay replied on Sun, Apr 29 2012 11:35 AM

@ZTimpson, You can use Fraps for bench marking a game and or recording your game play

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Sorry, but I switched to Dxtory and havent looked back. Fraps is garbage for recording. Dxtory essentially uses your disks as a RAID. It kill the performance slowdowns.

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ZTimpson replied on Sun, Apr 29 2012 1:12 PM

@CRay, Oh Thanks man

@MayhemMatthew, Your post is confusing, Yous said Fraps is garbarge, then started talking about Dxtory and said it kills performance also?

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Joel H replied on Sun, Apr 29 2012 3:06 PM

Mayhem,

Color me dubious. That sounds like the sort of benefit that can only possibly work if you have multiple hard drives to begin with. If you do, then that'd be reasonably awesome -- but there's no magic way to create dual file containers and then simultaneously write to a mechanical drive with higher performance.

I *do* have multiple hard drives, so I'm downloading Dxtory to see how it works. ;)

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Joel H replied on Sun, Apr 29 2012 3:18 PM

Hrm. Interesting program. I'll have to fire up something fairly taxing to check the difference in video record capability.

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"As long as you own a CPU with SSE2 (Pentium 4 and above) and a Windows OS that isn't older than XP, you're good to go"

Don't you mean "Isn't YOUNGER than windows xp"? ;)

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Well oops, I'ma disphit. Never mind that.

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rapid1 replied on Sun, Apr 29 2012 4:07 PM

Lol FRAPS is a good general bench marking tool for frame rate testing and recording now it would show your video frame rates in something like a HD video so you could see what your stats are etc.

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Atticus14 replied on Mon, Apr 30 2012 1:27 AM

went to afterburner and never looked back

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DGlasgow1 replied on Mon, Apr 30 2012 6:55 AM

Brilliant Freebie app... everyone who games should have on their desktop.

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poke133 replied on Mon, Apr 30 2012 7:55 AM

how about they'd implement GPU real time encoding to their video capturing based on CUDA or OpenCL?

that would be a great leap forward..

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sabarjp replied on Mon, Apr 30 2012 10:06 AM

Took way too long to support larger file sizes. Moved to dxtory a while ago and never looked back. Screen resolutions and framerates went up while Fraps stood still. No one wanted to piece together 40 files after they finished recording then encode it all after.

Too little, too late I'm afraid.

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rapid1 replied on Mon, Apr 30 2012 11:07 AM

Yeah Atticus14 I always run afterburner as well but I have never used it for what FRAPS does I use it to control the fans on my GPU more than anything.

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Atticus14 replied on Mon, Apr 30 2012 8:28 PM

you should try it if you havent, fraps may have improved by now, but afterburner performed so much better at the time i switched, my FPS barely took a hit and the quality was nice and settings were really flexible.

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Atticus14 replied on Mon, Apr 30 2012 8:33 PM

well if your recording while gaming, you may have a conflict of interest with your gpu processing power.

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Joel H replied on Tue, May 1 2012 11:20 PM

Sabarip,

You're a first-time poster and you copied Matthew's phrasing right down to "and never looked back." Obvious troll is obvious.

From playing with Dxstory I'd say its aspirations are marred by poor translation and unclear settings. The additional functionality isn't well-integrated; it's not very clear what certain settings do or why programs are included. That doesn't make it bad, but it's obviously young software.

Fraps does less, but does it very well.

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poke133 replied on Wed, May 2 2012 8:14 AM

i don't record GPU intensive games

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