Fraps is a benchmarking, screen capture, and real-time video capture utility for DirectX and OpenGL applications. It is commonly used to determine a computer’s performance with a game, as well as record gaming footage. The program is very popular in the making of amateur machinima films. Perform custom benchmarks and measure the frame rate between any two points. Save the statistics out to disk and use them for your own reviews and applications. Fraps can take screenshots in various formats: BMP, TGA, JPEG, and PNG.
The trialware (unregistered) version of Fraps is identical to the registered version, except for a watermark at the top of every video, and a 30 second video length limit. Screenshots are not watermarked in the free version but can only be taken in the BMP format. Fraps can be used to record video at resolutions up to 2560×1600 in size. Fraps is designed to be able to record video at HD resolutions on modern computers, including 720p (1280×720) and 1080p (1920×1080).
Creating a screencast helps software developers show off their work. Educators may also use screencasts as another means of integrating technology into the curriculum. Students can record video and audio as they demonstrate the proper procedure to solve a problem on an interactive whiteboard. Screencasts are useful tools for ordinary software users as well: They help filing report bugs in which the screencasts take the place of potentially unclear written explanations; they help showing others how a given task is accomplished in a specific software environment.