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I hate FRAPS

Discussion in 'RACE 07 - Official WTCC Game' started by Hiroshi Awazu, Nov 8, 2011.

  1. Hiroshi Awazu

    Hiroshi Awazu
    Off Topic Moderator

    Can someone PLEASE suggest me a different program and possibly post a link for something better than Fraps? I need to post a ten lap race later and i noticed that when using Fraps, one lap take @ 1.5GB of data. That is ridiculous! that is 15GB total, i can't upload that to Youtube so any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
  2. Dennis Phelan

    Dennis Phelan
    more about staying on track. Premium Member

    After you run a fraps vid thru Movie Maker or something else it gets smaller.
  3. Roy Magnes

    Roy Magnes
    Gentleman Driver Staff Member

    I think any recording program of this kind will use a lot of space like this, but what I do for my videos is compressing them with an editor like Windows Movie Maker, and that shrink the size a lot :)
  4. Hiroshi Awazu

    Hiroshi Awazu
    Off Topic Moderator

    Thank you guys. i just DL'd software and will give it a go later.
  5. Growler Guncam records videos in its own compressed format, then you can export videos from it in either DivX or Xvid avi format.
  6. I'd like to just add quickly that the video files Fraps produces are that big because there's a massive amount of data required for videos. It's not a shortcoming of the software.

    Video compression is a long and slow process. You'll find that if you encode a video using DivX, or Xvid, or something along those lines, it will take far longer than it took to record. So instead, Fraps uses a very simple form of compression. It's fast, it's lossless, and although it doesn't produce results which are practical for a final product, it's still smaller than raw uncompressed video, without having too dramatic an impact on game performance.

    There's nothing stopping you from compressing the videos Fraps produces further. In fact, that's what I'd reccomend doing anyway.
  7. Hiroshi Awazu

    Hiroshi Awazu
    Off Topic Moderator

    Well guys i misunderstood how Fraps works. I realized that as it is recording more, the file size automatically starts to compress itself (only @ 3.5GB total, not 15GB. Then i transfered video to Windows Movie Maker and it reduced file size to 430MB( Perfect! ) all worked out well. thank you guys for your help and advise.
  8. I'd also recommend VirtualDub for compressing FRAPS files if they're too big. There are a few tutorials up for doing that if you have a quick chat to Google about it...
  9. I recommend playclaw....I use it as it doesn't hit the FPS too hard and it has some pretty sweet overlays to monitor your system if you are into that. www.playclaw.com Search the forums and download the latest beta. The trial version gets you unlimited record time with a watermark. But it's a free way to try it out. I purchased playclaw and uninstalled FRAPS.