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Why buy Fraps?

Try Movavi Screen Capture Studio instead:

  • More screen recording options
  • Built-in video editor
  • Simpler interface
  • Comprehensive support
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Movavi Screen Capture Studio vs. Fraps Review

Beepa Fraps is a popular game recording software program that has been on the market for a long time. As well as gaming, Fraps can also capture other screen activity, including online video and the desktop. However, the program has a number of disadvantages – a non-unintuitive interface, missing capture options, no video editing capabilities, and more. Fortunately, there’s a good alternative to this program: Movavi Screen Capture Studio. It has an easy-to-use interface, more recording features and a built-in video editor.

Below, we compare the latest versions of Fraps and Screen Capture Studio according to the following aspects:

1.User Interface
Screen Capture Studio interface is clearer and better-designed

If you’re an inexperienced user, it won’t be easy for you to learn how to use Fraps, as its design leaves much to be desired. Screen Capture Studio’s interface is simpler and easier on the eye, as you can see from the short examples below:

How to record desktop with Fraps

When you launch the program, the Rec button is nowhere to be seen. You can only start capturing by pressing the hotkey, which is buried on the Movies tab in the Video Capture Hotkey field. You’ll also have to place a checkmark against the Monitor Aero desktop option in the General tab, or the program won’t capture any screen activity other than full-screen gameplay. It’s not exactly intuitive if you want to start recording right away.

How to record desktop with
Screen Capture Studio

As soon as you open the program, you’ll see a large Rec button. You can simply click it and start capturing desktop video right away, with no need to go hunting around the program settings. You can set up all the recording parameters you need in seconds, as they’re right in the main window.

2.Screen recording options and tools
Fraps is good for game capture; Screen Capture Studio is better for everything else

Fraps is good at what it was designed for – game recording – and its main advantage over Screen Capture Studio is its ability to capture any PC game full-screen. However, Screen Capture Studio is the best choice for other types of screen video capture:

Functionality Fraps 3.5.99 Screen Capture Studio 7
Recording video    
Changing capture frame size - +
Scheduling recording time - +
Choosing capture frame rate Unlimited Up to 60
Web camera recording - +
Capturing Skype calls + +
Capturing online video + +
Capturing video games + Only window-mode games
Highlighting keyboard and mouse actions - +
Recording audio    
Microphone + +
Line-in + +
System sound + +
Taking screenshots + +

Fraps only lets you capture full screen; with Screen Capture Studio, you can record any part of your computer screen simply by adjusting the capture frame. Both programs let you grab any video from the Internet, as well as Skype calls; however, Fraps doesn’t record from webcam. If you’re looking for a multi-purpose screen recorder, Screen Capture Studio is just what you need; Fraps is the better choice only if your primary goal is game capture.

3.Editing and export
Screen Capture Studio includes a handy video editor; Fraps has no editing capabilities

Once you’ve recorded your video, you’ll most probably need to edit it – either by trimming or making more extensive changes. Screen Capture Studio includes a handy built-in video editor, while Fraps has no video editing capabilities.

Functionality Fraps 3.5.99 Movavi Screen Capture Studio 7
Timeline - +
Cutting & splitting - +
Special effects and titles - +
Adding music and voiceover - +
Support for saving with multiple formats and codecs - +
Setting the file size when saving - +

Screen Capture Studio lets you add effects, titles, and music to your captured video, piece together a film from multiple video fragments, create a tutorial with a voiceover, and much more. None of these tasks are possible with Fraps, and it’s probably the major disadvantage of the program – you’ll need to install additional apps to edit your recorded videos.

Another advantage of Screen Capture Studio is its flexible export settings: you can choose any popular format and codec, then set a target file size, when saving your recorded and edited video. In Fraps, you can only save videos in AVI, and you cannot choose the codec – the program uses its own FPS1 codec, which limits your options quite significantly.

Movavi provides more comprehensive user support

Timely professional help is very important if you encounter problems with a program. Movavi and Fraps offer their users different levels of support:

Functionality Fraps 3.5.99 Movavi Screen Capture Studio 7
Email + +
Live chat - +
Manuals and how-to’s Only short FAQ’s +
Community (Facebook and others) Abandoned +

If you want to know how to record with Fraps, you probably won’t find the answer in the company’s FAQ page, as it only explains the game capture process. You’ll have to email Fraps support and wait for feedback, or search for instructions on other websites.

It’s much easier to get help from the Movavi support team, as the company offers live chat where you can ask any question about the program directly from the people who know. You’ll also find a number of detailed user guides to help you work with Screen Capture Studio on the Movavi website.

Movavi offers two apps for a similar price to Fraps’ single app

Both programs offer a free trial to users, so you can try demo versions before deciding which program suits your needs better. How much do they cost? The price for the full version of Fraps is $37. Screen Capture Studio is just a little more expensive – you can buy it at $49.95 – but you get a lot more for that extra money. In effect, you’ll get two programs for the price of one – a multi-function screen recorder and a fully-featured video editor in one package. You’ll also get regular updates free after purchasing.

We hope this review was helpful to you. Now you can try Fraps or download Screen Capture Studio and make your own choice.

In summary, here’s why we recommend the Movavi software:

  • It’s much simpler to use and has an intuitive interface
  • It offers more recording options and settings
  • It includes a full-featured video editing app
  • You’ll always get first-class support from the Movavi team

Just download Screen Capture Studio on your computer, follow the installer instructions and start using all its handy features: record HD video from your computer screen, capture movies and songs from websites, edit your recordings, and much more.

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You can learn more about Screen Capture Studio on our product pages for Windows and Mac users.
System requirements: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 (32 bit or 64 bit); Mac OS Х 10.6 or higher (64 bit).

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