How To Use Fraps or Ezvid to Record Gameplay Videos

How To Use Fraps to Record Gameplay Videos

UPDATE: EZVID IS NOW A FREE ALTERNATIVE TO FRAPS! CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE!

Have you ever wanted to record video while playing your favorite game and upload it to Youtube? OR have you ever wanted to record real-time gameplay videos to also teach other gamers out there your techniques as well as tips and tricks with a particular game? Well, today, it wouldn’t have to be so difficult at all as it is made possible now using Fraps or Ezvid. We use Fraps or Ezvid to do real-time video recording and we use Ezvid to edit your captured video and upload it to Youtube fast and easy.

Just so you know, Fraps is a universal Windows application that is currently known to be the best software to capture real-time gameplay videos. It is also known to be best in screen capture, as well as  benchmarking software which shows you many frames per second (fps) you are getting in a corner of your screen. Fraps can be used with games using DirectX or OpenGL graphic technology.

As screen capture software, Fraps can take a screenshot too just like any other screen capture software such as snipping tool. But with Fraps, your screen captures are automatically named and timestamped. With Ezvid, it’s even easier…. there is no need to adjust any settings or do anything complicated… and Ezvid is completely free forever!

But what’s mostly known and used for from Fraps is its real-time Video Capture capability. Ignore all the  VCR and DV cam, as game recording has made easy now with Fraps!  Fraps can capture audio and video up to 2560×1600 with custom frame rates from 1 to 120 frames per second! All movies are recorded in outstanding quality.

 

So today, will show you how to use fraps to record gameplay videos. First, you need to download Fraps. Latest version – Fraps 3.4.7 – has been released as of October 2011, that works perfectly great for Windows Vista and Windows 7 users as some features that are present in the latest version can only be experienced with Vista or 7.

Once you have downloaded Fraps, install it on your computer. Installing Fraps is very easy. Follow the simple steps below:

1. After you have downloaded Fraps, click run and click “I Agree”. Please see image below

fraps installation process | How To Use Fraps to Record Gameplay Videos

2. You need to click “Next” to continue

fraps installation process | How To Use Fraps to Record Gameplay Videos

3. Install in a specified drive in your computer.

fraps installation process | How To Use Fraps to Record Gameplay Videos

4. Then click “Close” once installation is successful.

fraps installation process | How To Use Fraps to Record Gameplay Videos

5. Open “Fraps icon” found in your desktop to run the program. You will know that Fraps is successfully running when you see the Fraps interface on your desktop (see picture below)

fraps installation process | How To Use Fraps to Record Gameplay Videos

OF NOTE: To change the settings of your Fraps, go to “Movies” tab. Default Hotkey for video capture is F9. Check the box Record Win7 Sound as well as check the box Hide Mouse Cursor In Video.

fraps installation process | How To Use Fraps to Record Gameplay Videos
UPDATE: EZVID IS NOW A FREE ALTERNATIVE TO FRAPS! CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE!
To record gameplay video with commentary, you just go to the Movies tab then just check the box “Record external input” and that’s it. You can make a narration while video is playing.

fraps installation process | How To Use Fraps to Record Gameplay Videos

6. Once you are all set with Fraps, click on the video game you want to record — as a point of reference, I used Silkroad.

You will know that Fraps is currently running and is ready to capture when you see numbers (in color red) on the left corner of your video game showing your fps (frames per second). See screenshot below

fraps installation process | How To Use Fraps to Record Gameplay Videos

7. When ready, hit “F9” to start recording and the numbers will change from red to yellow color. To stop the video recording, just press “F9” again and that’s it. You are done. The video will be automatically saved in the folder where your fraps was installed.

fraps installation process | How To Use Fraps to Record Gameplay Videos

8. To locate your file, just go to the drive where you have installed your Fraps app. Then go to Movies and you will then see the captured video you just did.

How To Use Fraps to Record Gameplay Videos

OF NOTE: Video recording using Fraps with unregistered users is limited in length. To record videos longer, you need to register in their website (but the registration is not free, it’s a paid one though). 

How to Upload Recorded Gameplay Videos to Youtube

Now that you have your videos captured in real-time, you need to import it to a video editing software before finally uploading it to Youtube. While there are other free software out there, I personally recommend Ezvid because Ezvid made it easier for me to upload it immediately to Youtube.

If you don’t have Ezvid installed yet on your computer, you need to download Ezvid. Ezvid is a freeware video maker designed for Youtube and works in a variety of Windows platforms with no registration required for download. Once you have Ezvid installed on your computer, you are now also ready to import the video you just made with Fraps and upload it to Youtube.

1. Just click the “import media file” icon and locate the video you want.  Then click “Open.”

How To Use Fraps to Record Gameplay Videos upload to youtube with ezvid

2. In just a few minutes you will be taken back to the Ezvid interface with your videos successfully imported.

How To Use Fraps to Record Gameplay Videos and upload to youtube with ezvid

3. Preview your video to check if it’s good to go for upload by clicking the “play” button.

How To Use Fraps to Record Gameplay Videos |  ezvid play button

4. You can always override the music of your gameplay video if you wish to. Ezvid has a music library to choose songs whichever fits your game video. Just click on the lists of songs as indicated in the red arrow.

ezvid music library | How To Use Fraps to Record Gameplay Videos

5. You can also do a voice over using Ezvid and will override the narration of the video you recorded with Fraps. Click on the “mic” icon to start.

ezvid mic icon How To Use Fraps to Record Gameplay Videos

6. You can add some texts if you may wish to, just click on the “T” icon just below the “import media file” icon as seen in the red box below.

ezvid T icon How To Use Fraps to Record Gameplay Videos

7. So once you are done editing your video, you are now good to upload it Youtube. Just click the “Upload to Youtube” icon. Agree to terms and conditions, login to your account, and then wait for your videos to be saved, rendered and successfully uploaded.

ezvid upload to youtube icon How To Use Fraps to Record Gameplay Videos

8. You will know that your video is ready when you see the “click here to watch your new video on youtube” message as indicated in the red box below.

click here to watch video | How To Use Fraps to Record Gameplay Videos

Once you see this message, you will then see your video up and running live and publicly on your Youtube channel.

So that’s how easy it is to record a gameplay video using Fraps and Ezvid.

Stay tuned for more cool and fun tutorials :-)

 

 


Elizabeth Maartens
Posted by: Elizabeth Maartens