With Action! you can record and LIVE stream your gameplay, Windows desktop, web videos, music, benchmark and display games fps, add webcams, live audio commentary and even play all PC games remotely with Android devices!
User reviews: Mostly Positive (392 reviews)
Release Date: May 8, 2014

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June 3

Action! 1.25.3 is now available.

What's new:

  • Hardware accelerated 4k video recording and exporting added for Intel Broadwell CPUs
  • Fixed turning "Run Action! on Windows start" on/off
  • Remote Action!: Remote PC status display improvements
  • Remote Action!:Fixed maximum video resolution for mobile devices

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May 30

Action! 1.25.2 is now available with Time-Shift improvements

What's new:

  • Fixed Action! HUD rendering in some OpenGL games like Wolfenstein The New Order, Wolfenstein The Old Blood and Rage
  • Time-Shift recording improvements
  • Remote Action!: Support added for Windows 8/8.1/10 Multitouch (requires Remote Action! app ver. 1.3)
  • Remote Action!: Support added for virtual joystick (requires Remote Action! app ver. 1.3 and vJoy installed od PC)
  • Remote Action!: Support aďded for bluetooth mouse and keyboard

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“Action gives you everything you need to record and stream gameplay. With high-quality video and plenty of tools, it's hard to find a more comprehensive software package.”
9.75/10 – TopTenREVIEWS

About This Software

Action! - The world's No. 1 gameplay recorder!

With Action! you can record and stream your gameplay, fullscreen Windows desktop, selected Windows desktop region, web player videos, music, benchmark and display game framerates, add live audio commentary, add webcams and much more! With outstanding performance and sleek design Action! defines a new standard of user experience for real-time gameplay recording and streaming software.

Top reasons why gamers select Action!

  • Smooth HD gameplay recording up to 120fps!
  • The best recording performance and low CPU usage!
  • Easy to use and stylish user interface!
  • Up to 20 times smaller video recordings!
  • Video recording directly to MP4! (H.264/AVC) with hardware acceleration
  • Microphone audio commentary and webcams support!
  • Fast export directly to YouTube and Facebook!
  • LIVE Streaming to Twitch.tv, YouTube, Ustream and more!
  • Remote Action! function to play all your PC games in HD on your Android devices! (Remote Action! requires to purchase additional subscription)

Key features:

Full features list is available at: http://actionrecorder.com/en/features

  • Recording gameplay of DirectX 8/9/10/11 and OpenGL games
  • LIVE Streaming games to Twitch.tv, YouTube, Ustream and more services!
  • Display and benchmark FPS and average FPS for games
  • Direct gameplay recording to MP4 (H.264/AVC) format with Intel Quick Sync Video, NVIDIA NVENC and AMD APP acceleration!
  • Adding up to 2 webcams at a time to gameplay recordings
  • Recording fullscreen Windows desktop with full support for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1
  • Remote Action! function to play all your PC games in HD on your Android devices! (Remote Action! requires to purchase additional subscription)
  • Remote Action! function to remotely control Windows PC in HD on your Android devices! (Remote Action! requires to purchase additional subscription)
  • Recording selected region of Windows desktop
  • Recording web player videos
  • Perfectly smooth web player video recordings with Perfect Video Match Mode
  • Save game benchmark results to CSV file
  • Recordings pause/resume option
  • Adding custom logo/overlay graphics
  • Logitech G13/G15/G19 keyboards LCD display support
  • Live audio commentary with microphone
  • Microphone mixing level adjustment
  • Recording audio only
  • Fullscreen games and desktop screenshots to JPG, PNG or BMP
  • Capturing selected region desktop screenshots
  • Option to detect framerate of source web player video
  • Exporting video recordings to popular formats, devices, YouTube and Facebook
  • CUDA, AMD APP and Quick Sync Video acceleration for video exporting
  • Upload to YouTube and Facebook
  • User friendly and stylish interface
  • Smooth and easy recording playback with built in Action! player
  • Ultimate performance, low CPU usage and high FPS video recording
  • Mouse clicks visualizations
  • Recorded webcams preview in Action! HUD
  • Custom hotkeys
  • Displaying detected 3D engine for games and applications
  • Multicore CPU Support

System Requirements

    • OS: Vista, 7, 8, 8.1
    • Processor: Intel® Celeron® 1.4GHz or equivalent processor (SSE2 required)
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Direct3D 9.0 compatible with Pixel Shader 2.0 support
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Sound Card: DirectX® compatible
    • Additional Notes: Running Action! requires administrator rights and Steam Client in Online mode. Remote Action! requires to purchase additional subscription.
    • OS: Vista, 7, 8, 8.1
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo 2.0GHz or equivalent processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Full Direct3D 10.0 compatible with Pixel Shader 4.0 support
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Sound Card: DirectX® compatible
    • Additional Notes: Intel® processor with Intel® Quick Sync Video support or AMD Radeon™ with AMD APP support for hardware accelerated video recording directly to MP4 format.
Helpful customer reviews
32 of 32 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
Easily the best software I've found for recording

  • FREE livestreaming. Yup. As of update 1.22.0 you can stream to YouTube, Twitch, HitBox, etc. for free so that's nice
  • Hardly any lag on your system
  • Allows for microphone audio to be recorded louder than the game. Even Fraps doesn't do that.
  • Even gives you a weird way to record those little media players on the internet you see occasionally
  • Almost every popular YouTuber I've seen uses it

  • Expensive. $50!!!!! Buy it on sale.
  • Kinda confusing to learn. YouTube is your friend...ironically
  • Its's on Steam; forcing you to have the Steam client on all the time
  • Don't try recording Minecraft. Trust me. It freaks out.

    Really handy and a lot of fun. BUY NOW

    *EDIT 6/17/15*
    After fervently trying to record, I have learned that, at least on my machine or for this update,Action does not record Garry's Mod very well at all. Action is still the best recording software out there.
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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
135.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
It is the best video recording software ever. better than Fraps or the Camtasia bull-♥♥♥♥ !!!

-you can costummize your video format (i got mp4, because avi is to big like 60gb per 30 min !!!)
-the design is realy rare <3
-high quality like 1920x1080 or 720x480
-works good with a nice GPU (mine is GTX 750 Ti Strix :) and I'm very proud of having this software :)

-the only bad point is that the software costs 45€

P.S: I'm sorry for my bad English
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
92.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
I love this program.

Finally I can record in 1080p at 60fps with no lag. I turn this baby on and forget that it's even there. Really, it's that smooth! As a veteran from the days when Gamecam and Fraps were about the only recording software you could find I'm glad I can finally put those devices in the garbage where they belong. Gamecam was really below average and Fraps was nothing but a CPU hog. Even with a good rig Fraps would cause either slight lag or an annoying stutter that would often interrupt gameplay. Action! does everything I want; offers plenty of options without being complex; and puts out beautiful high quality video without lagging my game. Now I recommend this program to all of my friends and tell them to ditch Fraps.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
112.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Amazing recording software. I thought Fraps was good, but this....this is just superb in every way.
If you're interested, make sure to catch it during holiday sales. You can get up to 50% off :p
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,083.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
I have used Action! for many hours and a long while. And I would like to put down my review for this software. When Action! works, it does a good job in capturing in-game video (as well as desktop), recording voice and webcam. Action! has good options for customization compares to say, AMD Gaming Evolved Raptr - which is free by the way. From the quality-wise and when it works, Action! does a much better job than Raptr (free). But Action! does have it cons that you may wish to be aware.

[1] Action! crashes often

I use Action! to record in-game videos and post them in YouTube. Action! crashes almost every day. At times, several times a day. I have experienced this for as long as I have Action! Even changing hardware would not help.

What this means is that you may spend 30 mins recording an in-game scene. Just as you stop the recording, nothing happens. Toggle to desktop you would see it stops working and force closed by Windows. You would lose all 30 mins of footage. That happens to me often. Some footage may need another week's wait to have it recorded (like MMO raiding with weekly lock). So yes, I have put up with this for almost every day.

[2] Action! may not start recording the moment you want it to

This does not happen often. But there are instances whereby I lose a chunk of video footage at the beginning.

[3] Action! may not work for your recording device

I have a home studio. I have a digital USB mixer Zoom R24. AMD Gaming Evolved Raptr (free) is able to recognize it and record my voice as well as in-game video with no issue. But not with Action! I tried writing into their forum (see point 5) but there was zero help. Finally, I spent money to buy a Blue Yeti in order to work with Action!

[4] Action! may not save your setting if you shutdown your machine without exiting the application

For the longest time, I was puzzled why I need to adjust all the settings every time I open up Action! I have to re-adjust mic level, positioning of webcam, size of webcam window as well as key binding. Every single time I start my machine. I wrote into their forum, reported this issue but received no help (see point 5).

Then I accidentally discovered that Action! only save my settings (at least for me) when I properly exit the application and not let Windows shutdown closes it. Also, I have also discovered that Action! crashes less when I exit the application after changing the setting and re-open it again before recording. If I change the setting on the fly, there is a high chance Action! will crash.

[5] Their support is non-existance

Whenever I discovered a bug, I was used to write into their official forum. I thought that by actively engaging them, they would make a better product. Well, they do add a lot of new functionalities (that I don't use). But they never respond to any query or issue I have reported.

Hence, in view of the above, although it is of my personal interest that they should continue to sell and support this product, I am unable to endorse Action! for you to purchase.

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