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I press F9(set video capture hotkey) in the game when I want to start recording and press F9 again when I want to stop recording, but nothing happens, no "starting/ending recording" notice, nothing. It says in Fraps that the movies are saved in C:\\Fraps\\Movies but the folder stays empty.

I don't have a full version of Fraps, if such thing exists, I just downloaded the program for free.

So, how to record games with Fraps?

Thanks a lot.
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Put on the FPS overlay, then try, I think the FPS overlay flashes red when you start/stop recording, which gives a good idea if its working or not. Non payed version can only capture 30s of video I think.
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Thanks.

I have the full version now.

I recorded about 30 minutes and it is all saved in the specified "Movies" folder but not as 1 video but as several videos in 1:44 min length each, the last part is 1:16 min.

Is this supposed to be like that and how can I merge them to one complete video?
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Originally Posted by 12Honk34 View Post
Thanks.

I have the full version now.

I recorded about 30 minutes and it is all saved in the specified "Movies" folder but not as 1 video but as several videos in 1:44 min length each, the last part is 1:16 min.

Is this supposed to be like that and how can I merge them to one complete video?
It's supposed to be like that. Each video will be 3.9GB in size to be compatible with the FAT file system.
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It's supposed to be like that. Each video will be 3.9GB in size to be compatible with the FAT file system.
So what can I do to make them into one video, they are pretty useless to me that way.

Edit:

Most important, I forgot to ask how to reduce the size resp. quality of the videos? I can reduse the frames per second in fraps, does that lower the video size?

The whole video should not be bigger than 4 GB so I can split it into two parts and upload it to youtube.

Youtube videos can't be bigger than 2 GB and 15 min in length, as far as I know.
Edited by 12Honk34 - 12/26/10 at 4:26am
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Originally Posted by 12Honk34 View Post
So what can I do to make them into one video, they are pretty useless to me that way.

Edit:

Most important, I forgot to ask how to reduce the size resp. quality of the videos? I can reduse the frames per second in fraps, does that lower the video size?

The whole video should not be bigger than 4 GB so I can split it into two parts and upload it to youtube.

Youtube videos can't be bigger than 2 GB and 15 min in length, as far as I know.
Stitch them together in VirtualDub, Vegas or whatever and compress/encode them.
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You can recompress/transcode them then join them or edit in them in a ton of different software packages. To be honest, you wouldn't upload them in to say youtube or similar in their raw state. Totally unecessary to upload 5mins of material 6GB in size. H.264 compression would look great and be a fraction of the size.
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You can join them using a program called virtualdub http://www.afterdawn.com/guides/arch...b_join_avi.cfm then once you have joined them you will need to convert the uncompressed avi that fraps records in to a format that youtube accepts like .mp4 or .mkv. I personally use a program called staxrip http://staxmedia.sourceforge.net/ to convert them to the .mkv container using H.264 as the video codec and AAC for the audio.
Edited by fashric - 12/26/10 at 4:44am
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