What are the best resources for recording gameplay?

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    #1QuickTime Player

    QuickTime Player

    QuickTime Player is a program that you can use to watch different video files, DVDs, and more. If you need to make a quick recording on your Mac, QuickTime is your cost-free solution, ready to record whatever you need.

    Software

    Mac

    Free

    Justin Carter
    Written on January 28, 2017
    "The Quick Time Player is useful for playing some online audio video content. It works well, and the player itself is easy to operate and control."
  2. 37

    #2Movavi Screen Capture

    Movavi Screen Capture
    Movavi Screen Captures is very simple to use that will get you professional-looking results
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Nicholas Ortiz
    Written on February 1, 2017
    "I installed the Movavi Screen Capture and followed the easy directions on the website and it was real quick set-up to start to record my gameplay footage. I had not problems saving the footage and uploading it to my Youtube."
  3. 36

    #3Dxtory

    Dxtory
    Official description: Dxtory is a movie capture tool for DirectX and OpenGL Applications. Since data is directly acquired from a surface memory buffer, it is very high-speed and works with small load.
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Dennis Pearson
    Written on February 13, 2017
    "So many moments when I'm playing games end up with "Dang! I wish I could have shared that!" Or "you have to see this!" but it's not always easy to share it without understanding complex software. This software looks easy that anybody can use it without too much tech knowledge. "
  1. 35

    #4Plays.tv

    Plays.tv
    Plays.tv is a gameplay recorder with an intelligent system that detects your best moments to record them automatically.
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Ethan Nichols
    Written on January 13, 2017
    "This is one of the best interfaces to use when recording gameplay. I am easily able to tag other users for credits. Plus, it is super easy to share right after finishing a game. I don't even have to do editing if i don't want to."
  2. 31

    #5MSI Afterburner

    MSI Afterburner
    MSI Afterburner is a graphics card overclocking utility that gives you full control of your graphics cards. It has additional features such as fan profiles benchmarking and video recording.
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Andrés Ochoa
    Written on February 21, 2017
    "Lately I've been recording my game play and twitch sections to upload to youtube, so that my fans can watch some of my videos later. For some reason all my videos were coming out glitchy and the frames per second were terrible. I decided I would try to overclock my graphics card and it has alleviated the problem. I'm able to record everything at a pretty high FPS and at a high resolution. My youtube videos have been looking great."
  3. 29

    #6Bandicam

    Bandicam

    Bandicam is a free screen recorder for computers with Windows operating system. It is can record only a specific part of a user's PC screen. Although the software has a free version, a license can also be bought to open more features.

    Software

    Windows

    Free- Varies by plan

    Brian Bell
    Written on February 4, 2017
    "This is a great way to record your game play to save for later. It's great for someone who is doing you tube clips about a particular game. You can start and stop when you want and make small clips to save."
  4. 29

    #7Raptr

    Raptr
    Raptr is a gameplay recorder for PC super simple, super fast and, most importantly, 100% free.
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Edward Cole
    Written on January 13, 2017
    "Raptr was a good alternative for recording my gameplay during gaming sessions. I liked the interface and the ease of use. I was a little disappointed that it can only record computer based games because I play a lot on consoles but I did like it for what it was."
  5. 23

    #8Google Play Games

    Google Play Games

    Google Play Games allows you to play games with your friends, compete with them and track your achievements. You can also record the game and share it to YouTube.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Vincent Cox
    Written on January 16, 2017
    "Recording gameplay is a feasure of this app, and I like that it does a lot of other stuff too. Basically, it is an all-in-one, with the games, and a social aspect. It doesn't really apply to any other platform though, and I want more information about the computer and console games I play. It feels sort of juvenile, or very niche."
  6. 22

    #9AirShou Screen Recorder

    AirShou Screen Recorder
    AirShou lets you record your screen to HD and FullHD videos without affecting your device's performance.
    Apps

    Web, Android

    Free

    Samuel Carroll
    Written on March 23, 2017
    "I am a bug tester for multiple android software firms. AirShou Screen Recorder allows me to record bugs as they appear which allows me to stream line my work load and produce accurate information for development teams to push out better products. AirShou Screen Recorder's simple and easy interface is easy to use and very intuitive for my needs."
  7. 20

    #10Fraps

    Fraps

    Although not the most modern screen recorder it still has its uses for gamers interested in recording short clips. It also allows you to take screenshots.

    Software

    Windows

    Free- $33

    Johnny Gordon
    Written on February 18, 2017
    "Dudes, Fraps is the best. Fraps is super customizable and really easy to use. I've been using it to record my WoW sessions for months. I've been recording raids for my guildmates and getting them better at fighting bosses. I've also been using Fraps to record some shorter videos of myself playing and uploading them to YouTube. I've been getting some hits, too! You'll love it if you try it. "
  8. 17

    #11Mobizen

    Mobizen
    Mobizen is the most easy-to-use, convenient screen recorder that allows you to record, capture and edit straight from your Android mobile device.
    Apps

    Web, Android

    Harold Carroll
    Written on March 30, 2017
    "First you must look for the best update for your phone and have the security that your cell phone can support the download that way you can get the best performance of the program for me is the best solution besides seeing the comments of other users and that way Get the maximum potential of the equipment and the tool"
  9. 17

    #12Video Editing Training Tutorials

    Video Editing Training Tutorials
    In these courses, you will find all the most professional tools and tips for creating and editing your own videos.
    Course

    $14.95- Varies by plan - Free trial available

    Bobby Scott
    Written on March 26, 2017
    "I like to play video games but sometimes I just simply don't know how to proceed and would be in need of Tips to improve my winning ability. Thats when i decided to record the gameplay. By using Video Editing Training Tutorials , I gained a lot of knowledge and insight on recording gameplay. This resource helped me to become a pro step by step."
  10. 13

    #13Open Broadcaster Software

    Open Broadcaster Software
    Open Broadcaster Software, also known as OBS, is a free and open-source program for video recording and live streaming. It supports YouTube, Mixer, and Twitch platforms. It is available on Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems.
    Software

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    Free

    Tom Tan
    Written on September 28, 2018
    "OBS is one of the best programs i have ever used, if you are looking to start streaming or if you are looking to record i cannot recommend this program more. It allows a ton of customization and features that let you create a number of scenes to work with."
  11. 11

    #14ffspilt

    ffspilt
    FFSPLIT is a free program that allows you to capture or record your desktop. You can capture and record what is happening on your desktop, stream it live or save it to upload and share on your favorite websites.
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Rajesh Chavan
    Written on February 3, 2017
    "As a Twitch gamer, I can vouch for FFSPLIT. I've never had any issues with it, and it comes loaded with features. There are other options available, but FFSPLIT is one of my favorites because of the variety of options available. If you're looking to record footage like the pros, check it out."
  12. 10

    #15Action!

    Action!
    Action! screen recorder allows streaming and real-time recording of Windows desktop in HD video quality. You can record and stream your gameplay, web player videos, record music, capture screenshots, add webcams, microphone commentary and more.
    Software

    Windows

    $29.95

    Lorenzo Gálvez
    Written on April 16, 2017
    "I have always wanted a good way to stream and record my gameplay on my computer. I have tried a few different products, but it wasn't until I used "Action!" that my problem was solved. I love how it captures video, records music, takes screenshots, and even allows my to add commentary. It was one of the best purchases I have ever made and I'd recommend it to just about anybody with a computer. "
  13. 8

    #16Razer Cortex: Gamecaster

    Razer Cortex: Gamecaster
    Razer Cortex: Gamecaster is a lightweight software  that helps you to start recording or streaming yout gameplays with the push of a key.
    Software

    Windows

    Free- Basic version

    Dennis Sanders
    Written on May 20, 2017
    "I've been gaming for a while and like putting my footage online. Sometimes I stream, sometimes it goes on YouTube. I haven't found a more simple solution than using Razer Cortex: Gamecaster. It's lightweight, and best of all: free. It's easy to set up and start recording instantly."
  14. 4

    #17ShadowPlay

    ShadowPlay
    ShadowPlay is a PC app to record and share high-quality gameplay videos, screenshots, and live streams with your friends. In order to use this software, you need a Nvidia Graphics Card
    Software

    Windows

    Free- Free

    Frank Cunningham
    Written on January 15, 2017
    "ShadowPlay has allowed me to simply record any moment of gameplay on my PC with ease. I no longer have to burden myself with using software like FRAPs. Shadowplay uses less system resources and causes less of a performance hit so I can secure footage of my favorite gaming moments."
  15. 4

    #18Elgato Game Capture HD

    Elgato Game Capture HD
    A great starting point gadget for anyone that wants to start a gaming channel. You can record and upload gaming footage for consoles, PC and mobile devices.
    Software

    Windows

    Price varies depending of the model

    Janice Kim
    Written on March 17, 2017
    "Wow, I had no idea such a product existed for recording my gameplay. This has totally changed the way I can create my gaming videos. The best thing about the Elgato, is that as my channel gets bigger, they offer more products to further enhance my gaming recording. I also love how clear and organized their website is, and their customer support is great as well."
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    #19D3DGear

    D3DGear
    D3DGear is a recording software for PC that allows users to record game play to movies or to a video encoded for streaming without slowing down the game. D3DGear game recording function has very minimal performance impact on the game, it may not cause a game to lag or drop much frame rate.

    Software

    Windows

    $29.85- Free trial

    Philip Weber
    Written on June 3, 2017
    "This is a great easy on your system and you can even try the 15-day free trial before committing towards dropping some cash on it. If you're looking for a lightweight recorder for your gameplay give this a try it has helped me personally not drop frames and still being able to record."
  17. 1

    #20Everyplay

    Everyplay
    Everyplay is a free mobile game replay platform for developers that helps you create gameplay videos in order to promote your own game.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Samuel Mason
    Written on February 12, 2017
    "Being a game designer I know how important it is to give potential buyers an idea about what your game is really about. While taking screenshots is crucial I find that it is even more important to give potential buyers good gameplay videos so they know what they are really getting. Everyplay allows you to do just that and the best part about it is that your can record your gameplay with little or no impact on your actual game performance. "

Summary

Best What are the best resources for recording gameplay
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1QuickTime PlayerSoftware 45 Free
2Movavi Screen CaptureSoftware 37 Free
3DxtorySoftware 36 Free
4Plays.tvSoftware 35 Free
5MSI AfterburnerSoftware 31 Free
6BandicamSoftware 29 Free
7RaptrSoftware 29 Free
8Google Play GamesApps 23 Free
9AirShou Screen RecorderApps 22 Free
10FrapsSoftware 20 Free
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