How to Record Gameplay on PC

This emindsca teaches you how to record your computer’s screen while you’re playing a video game on your Windows-based computer. You can either use the built-in recording features of Windows 10 or a free app called Fraps for any modern version of Windows, which can be downloaded here.

Method 1 Using Fraps (Windows 10, 8, and 7)

1. Go to http://www.fraps.com/download.php in a web browser. This is the download page for Fraps, a free screen recorder for Windows.

2. Click the Download Fraps link. This link also displays the current version number, which varies. The Fraps installer will download to your PC.

3. Double-click the installer. This is the file you just downloaded.

4. Follow the on-screen instructions to install Fraps.

5. Open Fraps. You’ll find it in the All Apps area of the Start menu.

6. Click Movies. It’s at the top-center part of the window.

7. Create a shortcut for video capture. Starting and stopping recording will be accomplished by pressing this key on the keyboard. If you don’t want to use the F9 hotkey, you can change it to something else.

8. Make the necessary changes to your video preferences.

To save the video in a different location, select Change from the Save As menu.

If you want to record Win7 sound, you can do so under “Sound Capture Settings” by checking the box next to “Record Win7 sound.” If you plan to speak into a microphone, check the box labelled “Record external input,” then select your microphone from the drop-down menu.

For best results, choose 60 frames per second under “Video Capture Settings.”

9. Open the game you want to record.

10. To begin recording, press the hotkey (for example, F9). Everything you do on the screen up until the point at which you press the hotkey a second time will be saved.

11. To stop recording, press the hotkey a second time. The video has been saved successfully.

To locate the video quickly in Fraps, select View from the Movies tab and then double-click the video file to open it in a new window.

Method 2 Using the Game Bar (Windows 10)

1. Open the game you want to record.

2. Press ⊞ Win+G. This opens the game bar at the bottom of the screen.

You may have to select Yes, this is a game before you can continue.

3. To begin recording, press the record button. It’s represented by the red circle in the game bar. The screen is now being recorded, and a timer appears at the top of the screen to indicate when the recording will be completed.

4. When you’re finished, press the stop button on your keyboard. It’s represented by the white square in the game bar. Upon completion, your recording will be saved to a folder named Captures, which can be found within your Videos folder.

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