Release Date: May 18, 2003.
Fraps helps you record your gaming time and it also allows you to take screenshots of your computer. Furthermore, it can act as a benchmarking software, by analyzing and showing you how many FPS (frames per second) you get. The program is designed as a generic tool to monitor framerates in DirectXOpenGL.
The name itself is derived from the term Frames Per Second (FPS) which is what the program displays in the corner of the game's screen. It measures the framerate by monitoring calls to the Flip procedure in DirectDraw.
The game calls the Flip function when it is using double buffering and needs to switch between the two surfaces. As an entire screenful of data is transferred from the buffer, the Flip function waits for the vertical retrace of your monitor before writing the new data to the screen.
Fraps comes with a nice interface, with an intuitive layout that should help you customize your app to fit your needs. Thus, you can modify the hotkeys for starting any of the supported actions, as well as the output folders for each of the resulting files.
You can change the video capturing settings by choosing one of the preset options regarding the number of FPS your output recordings should have, or input a new value yourself.
All in all, Fraps is a particularly useful app for those who want to record their gaming experience. The interface makes this software easy to use by people of all levels of experience, while the wide range of supported actions is sure to capture the attention of more advanced users.
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