Softpedia Editor's Review for PlayClaw
Capture game videos with ease
Written by Gabriela Vatu on November 9th, 2012
Bragging about that game boss you killed last night is much better when you have video evidence of your conquest. Hardcore gamers can take advantage of apps like PlayClaw, which can provide both still and video snapshots.
While the interface of the software is nothing impressive in the visual department, it’s very practical, managing to provide all the options you might want to modify from a single window. For example, you can change the output directories for the resulting pictures and videos. Also, you can have the app run at Windows startup, open it minimized or show the icon only in System Tray.
The app allows you to change some basic capture settings, like the hotkeys for firing up the screen grabs, as well as for starting and stopping the video recordings. The encoder can also be chosen through a drop-down menu, as well as the number of FPS (frames per second).
In order to display the app’s in-game settings, you must assign a keyboard, which can also be done from the main frame. So, when you want to bring up the “Options” menu while you’re in the middle of an important in-game battle, you can do so easily, without having to leave the window.
The program supports two output formats, namely AVI for videos and PNG for pictures.
Regarding the video captures, you can change the audio source. The tool also supports chat apps overlay, like Teamspeak or Ventrilo; it displays the nicknames of the people who are talking.
The fact of the matter is that PlayClaw is a useful tool, especially for gamers. Furthermore, it’s easy to set up and use and shouldn’t be tough to figure out even by less experienced users.
Here are some key features of "PlayClaw":
· Capture screenshots, capture game video with optional recording game audio
· Adjustable video recording frame rate and file sizes
· Performance overlays, video recording statistics, GPU and CPU thermal sensors
· Pre-record feature
· Multisource audio recording
· No slowdown with multicore CPUs
· Requires DirectX 8, 9, 10 or DirectX 11
· Requires administrator rights
· It is recommended to use modern multicore processor with NVidia or ATI graphics card
· Video time recording limit
· Watermarks on captured video
· Restrictions with Voice Avatars and Overlays
· Does not support 3rd party overlays (plugins)
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· Added simple system tray menu
· Added affinity mask logging on recording start
· "Text" screenshot indication is back + color selection for text & frame indications
· Added hotkey for mass toggle overlay render
· AVI audio multitrack is back. Now up to 16 audio tracks can be written in avi file (as audio sources - up to 16).
· WinXP audio capture is back
· New advanced options: process name and/or timestamp as subfolder for destination path
· New advanced option: alternative DirectX code path. In most cases original code is working fine. But if you get game crash on changing resolution/alt-tabbing, try this option. Also this alternative code is MORE faster than original (not capture but alt-tabbing).
· Fixed bad recorded files if game crash/exit while recording
· Teamspeak 3 whisper overlay fix
· Fixed activation problems that have some users
· Fixed Guild War 2 loading & map render bug (also some other DX9 games can be affected)
· Added option to keep activation code in config (security)
· Added button to re...