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Need a Fraps alternative?

Try Movavi Screen Capture Studio:

  • First-rate software
  • Much simpler GUI
  • More screen capture options
  • Full-featured video editor
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Movavi Screen Capture Studio vs. Fraps

Fraps is one of the oldest and most widely used screen recorders for the PC. However, there are many programs like Fraps on the market, a number of which have their own unique and useful features. We’re going to compare the latest version of Fraps to Movavi Screen Capture Studio (which is available for both Windows and Mac OS X) and prove to you why Screen Capture Studio is better than Fraps. In this brief review, we have used the following comparison parameters:

1.User Interface

Fraps alternative
Fraps 3.5.99
Program like Fraps
Movavi Screen Capture Studio 7

The Fraps interface can create a lot of problems for inexperienced users. It’s not easy even to try the program out and record the desktop because, no matter how hard you try, you won’t find the Rec button anywhere in sight. You have to open the Movies tab, locate the Video Capture Hotkey field, and only then can you start and stop recording.

With Movavi Screen Capture Studio, it’s so much easier. When you open the program, you immediately see a big red Rec button. The main window has only the most important settings, so you can start recording right away, and go on to explore other controls as you get more comfortable with the program.

2.Recording Tools

Fraps is first and foremost a game capture program. In this, it has an obvious advantage over Screen Capture Studio – it can record any game full-screen. But if you want to work with other types of screen recording, you’ll find Screen Capture Studio has a lot more to offer.

Comparison parameters Fraps 3.5.99 Movavi Screen Capture Studio 7
Video capture    
Webcam recording - +
Change capture frame size - +
Capture online video + +
Capture Skype calls + +
Capture video games + Only in window mode
Audio capture    
Line-in + +
Microphone + +
System sound + +

Movavi’s recording software uses an adjustable frame that enables you to capture any part of your screen, while Fraps can only record full screen. Also, Fraps doesn’t let you record your webcam. You’ll have to get some replacement software similar to Fraps to accomplish these tasks, whereas Screen Capture Studio can do this out-of-the-box – making it a good choice for all-round screen recording needs.

3.Editing Tools

Being able to edit your video once you’ve captured it can be a big benefit; you can use it to make informative video guides, presentations and many other things. And it’s so convenient when your screen recorder has built-in video editing tools – you don’t have to download any additional software.

Comparison parameters Fraps 3.5.99 Movavi Screen Capture Studio 7
Timeline - +
Splitting & cutting - +
Special effects - +
Animated transitions - +
Titles - +

This is really the weakest aspect of Fraps – the total absence of a video editor. Fraps is not freeware, but it doesn’t offer you any editing options for the video you’ve captured, either during the free trial, or in the full version. Movavi Screen Capture Studio is only slightly more expensive ($49.95, compared with Fraps at $37) but includes a powerful built-in editor that you can use to make your video look totally professional.

4.Help and Support

Because different users have different levels of computer skills, it’s important to include a sufficient amount of support with the product. In this case, any Movavi user can quickly and easily find a solution to their problem.

Comparison parameters Fraps 3.5.99 Movavi Screen Capture Studio 7
E-mail + +
Live chat - 18 hours a day
Manuals - +
Forum/Community - +

Fraps only offers support via e-mail and basic information about how the software works on their website. There is no official forum for users to ask questions if the software is not behaving as expected, not recording or not working properly.

Movavi always tries to provide users with the most effective support; we provide online user manuals and detailed guides to different aspects of the software. Additionally, we offer a live chat facility – that is probably the fastest way to solve all your problems.

Fraps is a useful and reliable tool for anyone who wants to capture gaming screens. Nevertheless, Movavi Screen Capture Studio not only offers many equivalent options but also provides some important advantages over Fraps:

  • User-friendly interface
  • Adjustable frame that lets you capture any part of your desktop
  • The best set of video editing functions
  • Professional help any time you need it

Record anything you want from your screen (YouTube videos, streaming movies, etc.) with a frame rate of up to 60 FPS! Download the Windows or Mac version of the program right now and see for yourself how easy it is!

To learn more about the software, please visit our product pages:
Screen Capture Studio for Windows, Screen Capture Studio for Mac.

Disclaimer: Please be aware that Movavi Screen Capture Studio does not allow the capture of copy-protected video and audio.

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