How to record video games

Today’s technology has advanced and nothing is better than sharing nostalgia and gaming experience with people who share the same taste. Sites like YouTube and Facebook are social networks with millions of users, and a good number of them love the 10th art. To share your video game experience with geeks, you need software that allows you to do so.

And in today’s article, we decided to show you the best programs for recording gameplay and how to record gameplay. And our rating goes to programs that have the option of customizing hotkeys, the number of integrated tools, such as starting and pausing recording, the number of available codes, recording duration and adjusting the recording resolution or adjustable video frames.


We’ll start with the well-known Bandicam, a program that allows you to record computer screens, including games. With it, you can make a video that exceeds 24 hours, depending on your memory, and the video quality starts from 720p to 1080p.


  • It can record video for 24 hours or more.
  • You can record two audio inputs simultaneously.
  • Adding a mouse effect is supported


  • It does not offer video streaming.

It is compatible with Windows XP, 7/8/10 and at the prices you can get the free version; $199.99 for two licenses and $26 for one license.

So, to record in the program, you have to open it

Step 1:

By selecting the option to automatically stop recording, go to the option ( Video > settings > sound > and select the main sound devices and the secondary sound device).

step 2

Then we select (image tab > touch lens option > select DIRECTX / OPENGL WINDOW option > click FPS > and leave all options as they are). And after setting these settings, click on REC to start recording.


Fraps is the most popular game recorder for gamers because it has an easy-to-use software.


  • It allows you to record 4K video
  • It comes with a built-in FPS counter.
  • Frames can be adjusted up to 120fps.


  • Does not allow video streaming
  • A watermark is included in recorded videos.

Its compatibility is for Windows XP/2000 and above, and in pricing you can get the free version or the full version for $37.

Step 1:

Select video settings

In the main Fraps window, click on the “Movies” tab. The first thing you’ll want to do is customize the save location for your videos; the default directory in Program Files Movies is not ideal. Click the “Change” button and choose something more useful, like your computer’s desktop or a new folder in Documents.

Step 2:

Then there are some settings you should or probably should adjust.

A video recording shortcut is a button that starts and ends a recording session. We recommend using one key in the function line (F1-F12) or a combination of several keys such as Ctrl+Alt+R.

Phase 3:

If you want to record your microphone as well, click on “record external input” and make sure the gaming microphone is selected (and not your computer’s webcam microphone input).

Note that Fraps only captures the game window, not the rest of your Windows desktop. If your monitor’s resolution is higher than 1920 × 1080 (or if you’re using a 4:3, 3:2, 21:9, or 16:10 aspect ratio that might not look good on a web video), it’s possible to adjust the video resolution. game in the settings menu for best video results. 1920×1080 or 1280×720 is preferred for clean, borderless video playback on most devices.


We decided to put Movavi’s Screen Recorder in third place. It is a very good screen recorder that comes with options to add special effects, filters and animations in HD or even 4K.


  • You can schedule the recording start date and time.
  • Easy to use and works fast


  • Unfortunately, the free version of Screen Recorder is not suitable for recording games.

It’s compatible with Macs, Windows XP, 7,8,10, and you can get the free version or the full version for $44.95.

To record on your Windows or Mac computer with Movavi Screen Recorder, first click on the video camera icon to start recording. You can also press F10 to start recording.

step 2

Tap and drag on the screen to select the recording area. If you want to capture a window, you can click anywhere on the screen. If you want to capture the entire screen, you can press the spacebar.

step 3

You can enable the webcam, microphone or system sound option according to your needs. Then click REC to start recording.

There are keyboard shortcuts you can use. You can press F9 to pause recording, press F10 to stop recording and save recording. If you want to take a screenshot, press F8 or click on the camera icon.


Nvidia GeForce’s Shadowplay certainly couldn’t be left off our list. With it, you can record in 4K at a speed of 130 Mbps.


  • Free internet streaming.
  • Free
  • Can make game recording with unlimited time
  • Does not include watermarks.
  • It has an instant repeat feature.


  • It is only intended for gamers with Nvidia graphics cards.

It is compatible with Windows XP, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10, and you can get and use its features for free.

To use it, follow the steps below:

Step 1:

Download, install and launch the NVIDIA GeForce Experience app. Then click the “Shadowplay” button in the upper right corner of the window.

Step 2:

Click the button on the left side of the Shadow Game window (or press Alt+Z) to open it. A green light will appear, indicating that Nvidia Shadowplay is enabled.

Step 3:

Choose a mode. The operating modes are Shadow and Manual, Shadow, Manual and Twitch. Manual mode is recommended as it is convenient to control the recording process.

Step 4:

Press Alt + F9 to manually start recording the clip, then press Alt + F9 to stop editing when recording is complete. By default, videos appear in a game-specific subfolder in your video folder.

Shadowplay is a really good choice. But what if you don’t have a dedicated graphics card, how do you record PS4 or PC gameplay without a professional GPU? No tension, we have this just for you! Using a third-party game recording software iTop Screen Recorder is your best choice, it does not require any graphics card and has high quality recording effects. Continue reading.


These are the best screen recorders and how to use them, also know that some of them can affect the FPS of the game you are running. Check compatibility and quality first before purchasing.

These programs are very advanced, so use desktop (desktop) computers instead of laptops.

** This text does not necessarily reflect the opinion of Portal UAI.

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