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:
Recent:
Mostly Positive (49 reviews) - 77% of the 49 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Mostly Positive (790 reviews) - 78% of the 790 user reviews for this software are positive.
Release Date: May 8, 2014

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May 16

Action! 1.31.3 is now available.

Action! update is now available with fixed Action! HUD visibility for DOOM game.

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May 14

Action! 1.31.2 is now available.

What's new: Stability fix for closing webcam preview window

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Reviews

“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 remotely in HD on your Android devices or with other PC.

Key features:


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

  • Recording gameplay of DirectX 8/9/10/11/12 and OpenGL games
  • LIVE Streaming games to Twitch.tv, YouTube, hitbox 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 webcam to gameplay recordings
  • Recording fullscreen Windows desktop with full support for Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
  • 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, NVIDIA NVENC, 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

    Minimum:
    • OS: Vista, 7, 8, 8.1,10
    • 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.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Vista, 7, 8, 8.1,10
    • 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, AMD Radeon™ with AMD APP or NVIDIA with NVENC support for hardware accelerated video recording directly to MP4 format.
Customer reviews
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Recent:
Mostly Positive (49 reviews)
Overall:
Mostly Positive (790 reviews)
Recently Posted
Ultimateblock #LikeABawss! XD
( 22.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
It good however whenever I am streaming on youtube the stream somthimes turns off... Also when I have Action on it records by it selfs when Im doing somthing. If it didnt do that I would be great!
Helpful? Yes No Funny
kipper
( 644.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Great Recording software.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
HeadShotIseeU
( 2,084.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
I've recorded a good portion of my gaming life, haven't had any issue with it!
Helpful? Yes No Funny
King Yolo Hashtag 420 Swag Rekt
( 1,382.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
i dont really use it that much
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Arjent3 MADE $114
( 64.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
I love it, i use it for YouTube as a joke and it records great in game, out of game, sound/music seperate from clips, and it gives great quality
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Demi
( 3,041.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
Honestly I use Action for everything. As you can see by my time using it, I record very often. It hardly causes any frame drop if any. Is 50 bucks a little too much for the casual recorder? Yes If you plan on using it very often, this is well worth the money.
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Di
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 10
Audio clipping, video clipping. On top of that, if I try to record sometimes, it will kill the capture early and will waste so much of my time and I'll have played other games for nothing.

Honestly, I don't recomend this currently. Once I have found a way for this to work, and if you know how PLEASE help me, I will change this review. Untill then, its a no go on recomending this.

EDIT: I am running on a windows 7 sp 0 machine.
However, I have removed and got a refund for this software.
I now use OBS and VideoPad Video Editor. All works fine.
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NekoNoKazeNya~
( 15.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 10
WORKS AWESOMEEEEEEEEE
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Rose ☠ PSHT Army ☠
( 1,114.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
This is verry nice and perfect game recording software for youtuber or just for archives
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DeltaForce
( 262.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
-get a 1TB Hard disk
-record your gameplay AVI - 1080p
-enjoy with great quality but also huge file size
-download Handbrake to compress your video
-upload to youtube to your channel

your welcome
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Ultrix Prime
( 1,736.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
They're still working on things and it's not perfect, but it's pretty good and works out of the box. You may need to update DirectX and possibly some drivers if they're out of date, but I had no big issues.

I'm happy with it.
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MIKEFLAMEZ
( 148.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 21
Okay...
I used it for youtube, but it's way too laggy. My videos were terrible, and it brought lots of hate to my channel.
I use OBS now though.
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Double0seven
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 18
Constant glitches make this whole program unable to be run for me, I have never even seen the menu it freezes my whole computer at the boot screen. Contacted support which did not help me at all. Waited for windows 10 thinking it could be patched, no luck. Asked for a refund but it was to late. Now it's just in my account to mock my mistake of spending money on it.

Just use OBS it's better and it's free. Don't waste your money here.
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Hyron [BLF13]
( 23.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 18
It dosn't record my syteam sound after a few minutes. And Recording your splitting your audio dons't work eighter.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Ultm8_FgtPenetrator
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 14
edit: since dev responded, It works but it crashes randomly. (which it doesnt crash when recording, but when I try to view it with action player it immedietly crashes)
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Flax42 [SWE]
( 195.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 9
If mirillis Action is crashin for you just delete all the files in the recording folder and everything should work. I found out when i panicked and removed lots of things. At least i can record again
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Abicus
( 12.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 5
Very easy to use! I havnt had any problems so far.
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TheAchievingGamer
( 64.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 3
Absolutely the best recording software out there!
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Jammy
( 339.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 3
I used to love this software.
Take a look at my hours logged using (excluding the other hundreds using it offline), and you'll see that I really did love it.
It's video quality was amazing, it's impact unbelievably low.

But that's all before June of 2015.
That's when all the problems started to arise.
First it started out with the MP4 files not being recognized by Sony Vegas, even after reinstalling all of the codecs I use.
Then it made games unplayable.
The performance would be hit so hard the game would be dropped down to 14 FPS.
Then, it moved on to crashing the games entirely.
And after that?
Well, now Action! doesn't even open.

It's a sad day, but I think it's time this recording software be put to rest while everyone who used it had fond memories.
RIP Mirillis Action! - You Will Be Missed.
May 8, 2014 - June 1, 2015
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xfwdiv5d.0fr
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 29
I don't really like it because i bought this software about 4 times and it keeps cancelling.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3,041.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
Honestly I use Action for everything. As you can see by my time using it, I record very often. It hardly causes any frame drop if any. Is 50 bucks a little too much for the casual recorder? Yes If you plan on using it very often, this is well worth the money.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
WORKS AWESOMEEEEEEEEE
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2,084.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
I've recorded a good portion of my gaming life, haven't had any issue with it!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
17 of 29 people (59%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
I have several steam based softwares & this is the only one which can't run OFFLINE !!!
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
339.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 3
I used to love this software.
Take a look at my hours logged using (excluding the other hundreds using it offline), and you'll see that I really did love it.
It's video quality was amazing, it's impact unbelievably low.

But that's all before June of 2015.
That's when all the problems started to arise.
First it started out with the MP4 files not being recognized by Sony Vegas, even after reinstalling all of the codecs I use.
Then it made games unplayable.
The performance would be hit so hard the game would be dropped down to 14 FPS.
Then, it moved on to crashing the games entirely.
And after that?
Well, now Action! doesn't even open.

It's a sad day, but I think it's time this recording software be put to rest while everyone who used it had fond memories.
RIP Mirillis Action! - You Will Be Missed.
May 8, 2014 - June 1, 2015
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
36.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
The software is easy to use, lets you keep the good framerate in your games (Unlike Fraps), and has a lot of customization. You can record high quality videos, and there are just a lot of great things about this software. At first, I was having a little bit of troubles with it, but then the developers helped me fixed that and made the program great again for me. Get this software because it is better than any other software out there, and if you need it, the developers are always there to help you.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
23.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
It dosn't record my syteam sound after a few minutes. And Recording your splitting your audio dons't work eighter.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
45.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
Best recording software i have ever used it records buttery smooth gameplay and has almost no drops in frames compared to not recording and i will lose lose 3 frames max and im on a gtx 970 4gb
I recommend majorly

Hope this helped
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
Very easy to use! I havnt had any problems so far.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
195.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
If mirillis Action is crashin for you just delete all the files in the recording folder and everything should work. I found out when i panicked and removed lots of things. At least i can record again
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
Constant glitches make this whole program unable to be run for me, I have never even seen the menu it freezes my whole computer at the boot screen. Contacted support which did not help me at all. Waited for windows 10 thinking it could be patched, no luck. Asked for a refund but it was to late. Now it's just in my account to mock my mistake of spending money on it.

Just use OBS it's better and it's free. Don't waste your money here.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
148.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
Okay...
I used it for youtube, but it's way too laggy. My videos were terrible, and it brought lots of hate to my channel.
I use OBS now though.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
212.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 29
Rarely crashes or freezes. Has every basic screen capture options that you need. If you are exporting your video, you cannot use the program until it is finished. Sometimes this takes a while. However, the quality of the exported video is excellent. Highly reccommend.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
1,2GB for 0.22s of recording - GG!

But still a good game/screen recorder.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
47.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
ENGLISH :
I was looking for an software to record gameplay & audio, to take screenshots as well, and I found this one. It does not take too many resources, unlike Fraps, and you can also upload your video(s) directly to YouTube. I believe the direct upload limit to YT is 2-hour video. I had also read most of the negative reviews that mention crashes, unsync audio, bad recording quality etc, BUT I never got any issues. All the videos I had done with this software work perfect. Recommended.

My PC Specs : Windows 10, 16 GIG RAM, Intel Core i7-4770 CPU 3.40 Ghz, graphic card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770.


FRENCH/FRANÇAIS :
Je me cherchais un logiciel pour faire des vidéos de jeux, enregistrement audio, et des captures d'écran et j'ai trouvé celui-ci. Non seulement il ne bouffe pas trop de ressources, contrairement à Fraps, mais en plus, il est possible de directement importer sa vidéo sur YouTube, tant que celle-ci n'est pas trop longue. Je crois que la limite est de 2 heures. J'ai lu la plupart des critiques négatives disant que le programme plantait souvent ou ralentit l'ordinateur, que parfois les enregistrements échouaient, surtout pour les jeux en ligne, que le son pouvait être désynchronisé, que le rendu final de la vidéo était mauvais, même en HD, MAIS je n'ai jamais eu ces problèmes. Toutes mes vidéos que j'ai faites avec ce programme fonctionnent parfaitement et mon système fonctionne toujours aussi bien. Je le recommande donc sans hésitation.

Si vous voulez les stats de mon PC : Windows 10, 16 Go de mémoire vive, Intel Core i7-4770 CPU 3.40 Ghz, carte vidéo NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
Don't waste your money on this. I have had way more problems with this than I would expect from a program I payed for. At least 5 of 20 the videos I have tried to record with this have ended up being corrupted and unusable. Additionally, if you want to stream from a capture card 3ds it is very problematic to set up to look alright, and if you want to put a border for your stream, it looks bad. At least for streaming Xsplit is free and better
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
104.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
I really like this so much but....

This software runs greatly. but It can't run without internet connection and your friend can't join you some game that you are playing because the Action is running in the same time. If you are not serious this software is great, if you want to enjoy games without these problems you should buy this software from other, but not from Steam....

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
641.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
l advice lt. one of the best.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
92.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
Fast, High Quality, Low File Sizes but you can't use offline or share it with other people :(. 7/8 m8 IGN
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
298 of 351 people (85%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1,729.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 15, 2015
Initially I have written a negative review on this software. Then Mirillis support team contacted me so I took that review down wanting to see how things unfold. It is the same in the end so I am reinstating my review with some edits. As you can see, I have spent a lot of time using Action! and all these observations have been there since the beginning. Over time, my hardware has changed (including changing of graphic card), software has changed, but the headache from using Action! remains.

[1] Action! crashes often

I use Action! to record in-game videos and post them in YouTube. I have more than 150 videos recorded and most are beyond 30 minutes long. In short, I am a pretty heavy user when it comes to in-game video recording. 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.

To get around this, in as much as possible, I try to keep my video short - like 5 to 10 minutes. At least when Action! crashes - which is like very often - I just need to re-record that segment and not the entire video. But I don't always have this luxury.

[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. Or video recording just doesn't start.

[3] Action! may crash even when your CPU etc. load is low

One potential reason of Action! crashing I gather from interacting with the support team is that my CPU etc. load is too high. That interfere with the recording software. Fair enough. But how do you explain Action! crashing even when I am recording a video over Google Slide (just a browser) with very low load to CPU, GPU etc.?

[4] 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! Finally, I spent money to buy a Blue Yeti in order to work with Action!

[5] 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. I interacted with their support team via email. In the end, no resolution.

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 (read: it is not a force shutdown). 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.

[6] Working with their support team doesn't help to resolve my issues

When Mirillis team contacted me via Steam and informed me that the proper support channel is through email. So I complied. Here is the event timeline.

End Jun, 2015 - I wrote to Mirillis team via email officially informed them of my issues.
Jul 4, 2015 - I supplied them with screenshots and all the info they have asked for.
Jul 18, 2015 - I sent them the dxdiag report as per their request.
Jul 25, 2015 - I sent them a 2nd dxdiag report as per their request.
Till Aug 16, 2015 - I receieve no response on how these reports would have help them in diagnosing my issues.

[7] In closing

While I would love Mirillis to continue making money so as to continue supporting this software, I just can't recommend this software based on all the issues I have faced for so long as well as all the time I have wasted just to re-record video.
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