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:
Very Positive (22 reviews) - 81% of the 22 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Mostly Positive (811 reviews) - 78% of the 811 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:
Very Positive (22 reviews)
Overall:
Mostly Positive (811 reviews)
Recently Posted
jrpbw7
( 147.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Dont buy this its a waste of time.
It worked for me perfectly then BOOM BOOM BOOM!
IT said it was an illegal version WHEN I BOUGHT IT FROM STEAM WHAT?!
Helpful? Yes No Funny
AnAverageAmerican
( 22.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
horrible i would not wish this peice of ♥♥♥♥ on my worst enemy stoped working after a week and wont let me have sound unless i post from the app this software is cancer and aids combined in gaibens ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ while sahra palin pis's on gaiben dont spend 50 ♥♥♥♥in dollers on this go buy some cocaine or somthing more woth your buck than this peice of ♥♥♥♥
Helpful? Yes No Funny
daxescomando
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
i dont own the product in STEAM i wish i can do it but right now im saving money for ma car ,anyway i have the product from the web and is greaT! perfect! flexible! and they helpu any problem u got , i have using action for more thn 3-4 years i believe! love it!
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~ℙadre Snowmizzle™
( 17.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
I was really excited to purchase this recording software; at first, the reviews didn't seem all too bad. Then after a few hours of trying it, the audio within the game lagged, which messed up every single recording I attempted. I tried numerous times, but to no avail. Also, my microphone wouldn't record either, even though my friends could hear me loud and clear while I tried to make my gaming videos. As it stands right now, don't purchase this unless you want to spend fifty bucks for practically no gain.
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Fuszion
( 473.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
I wanted to recommend this program and would have even after finding out the hard way that how strict the DRM is!
But what really ♥♥♥♥♥♥ me off was how the developers treated me after I expressed my upset with the DRM!
I paid full price for this program just to be limited to this always online crap just to have a developer say to me, "you should have read the fine print and stop ♥♥♥♥♥ing!"
Here is what I have to say to that, ♥♥♥♥ YOU! That is NOT how you treat a customer! I hope you all go out of business and end up on street corners washing people’s windows!
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Nour Emam
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
Product received for free
very good app
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The Librarian Of Knowledge
( 127.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 16
I dislike this item on steam. For one it is too expensive on steam. Another is it cannot be used offline. Also it can crash and can severely slow down your frames. I have heard that other free software is better. If you do want to buy it buy it on the official website. If you do its cheaper and won't be as restricted it will be stand alone and won't need steam).

In summary it can be buggy, there might cheaper better alternatives, It does not work with steam offline, and it is a better idea to buy it standalone. I would pay a fee to switch to the standalone version (I hope this does happen, but I know it won't).

I would make recommended this if I had the standalone version as the bugs and such have been mostly fixed.
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Krunky [SLO]
( 20.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 6
Great and smooth recording. Very stable software. I agree. This is #1 gameplay recording and broadcasting software in the world. Its also great for recording desktop (for tutorials or something).

Recommend it! 10/10
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Rubix Cubicle
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Its ok, i\'ve had a couple recordings lost in the past. But the biggest issue is no chroma key, i mean come on! they said they were working on it years ago. Not ideal for streaming or anything with a green screen.
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Ultimateblock #Derp ツ
( 45.9 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!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
127.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
I dislike this item on steam. For one it is too expensive on steam. Another is it cannot be used offline. Also it can crash and can severely slow down your frames. I have heard that other free software is better. If you do want to buy it buy it on the official website. If you do its cheaper and won't be as restricted it will be stand alone and won't need steam).

In summary it can be buggy, there might cheaper better alternatives, It does not work with steam offline, and it is a better idea to buy it standalone. I would pay a fee to switch to the standalone version (I hope this does happen, but I know it won't).

I would make recommended this if I had the standalone version as the bugs and such have been mostly fixed.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
147.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Dont buy this its a waste of time.
It worked for me perfectly then BOOM BOOM BOOM!
IT said it was an illegal version WHEN I BOUGHT IT FROM STEAM WHAT?!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
17.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
I was really excited to purchase this recording software; at first, the reviews didn't seem all too bad. Then after a few hours of trying it, the audio within the game lagged, which messed up every single recording I attempted. I tried numerous times, but to no avail. Also, my microphone wouldn't record either, even though my friends could hear me loud and clear while I tried to make my gaming videos. As it stands right now, don't purchase this unless you want to spend fifty bucks for practically no gain.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
473.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
I wanted to recommend this program and would have even after finding out the hard way that how strict the DRM is!
But what really ♥♥♥♥♥♥ me off was how the developers treated me after I expressed my upset with the DRM!
I paid full price for this program just to be limited to this always online crap just to have a developer say to me, "you should have read the fine print and stop ♥♥♥♥♥ing!"
Here is what I have to say to that, ♥♥♥♥ YOU! That is NOT how you treat a customer! I hope you all go out of business and end up on street corners washing people’s windows!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
i dont own the product in STEAM i wish i can do it but right now im saving money for ma car ,anyway i have the product from the web and is greaT! perfect! flexible! and they helpu any problem u got , i have using action for more thn 3-4 years i believe! love it!
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
22.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
horrible i would not wish this peice of ♥♥♥♥ on my worst enemy stoped working after a week and wont let me have sound unless i post from the app this software is cancer and aids combined in gaibens ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ while sahra palin pis's on gaiben dont spend 50 ♥♥♥♥in dollers on this go buy some cocaine or somthing more woth your buck than this peice of ♥♥♥♥
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
304 of 358 people (85%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1,786.4 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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161 of 190 people (85%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 31, 2015
personally i tried this product... i hate multple things about it... here are my list of things

1.) HIDDEN SUBSCRIPTION FEE, yes i said it, hidden subscription fee.
The subscription is basically something that removes "this was recorded with (inset recording program here)!" then expect you to pay $50 on top of it to expect you to be satisfied to have a recording device... Also, it requires Subscription for other things, like streaming and other small detailed items.
2.) requiring a seperate log in while having to be connected to steam to even use it...
To even has accessible to streaming or any other good features you have to be logged into the account connected to your key and signed into steam...
3.) The login for the 2nd time around is longer then usual...
4.) unusual lagging while non-recording.
It basically uses more resources to NOT record then it is recording... how stupid is that?
5.) I can get a Free recorder to do just as much if no better then the recorder here without a subscription fee and less time consumed on having to relog in on everything everytime...

I got a refund for this product once i found out all this stuff that i believed to be wrong with it, honestly... I would say don't spend $50 to have a video recorder and then have to pay $8 a month to get good features for a video recorder that should already be there or shouldn't be there after paying $50 to get the thing.
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113 of 130 people (87%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
Recommended
72.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
Great Video Recording Software

Pros

- Nice UI
- Doesn't eat all cpu power
- User friendly and stylish interface
- Easy to use
- Supports video, audio, facecam, benchmark recording
- Screenshot support
- Very few bugs here and there
- Compresses videos to small size
- Streaming support
- Controls are simple to use
- 4K recording is supported
- Supports remote control, example, you can start recording you gameplay from your phone

Cons

- Expensive
- You can only use it when your steam is on
- Rarely crashes

Overall great software for recording etc. I recommend.
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87 of 102 people (85%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
95.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 8, 2015
I Recommend "OBS" its free. It works flawlessly. and is capable of so much more, to even green screening.
I bought this thinking it would be better quality. for some reason it will not stream on anything from twitch to
youtube or hitbox. I went through everything with "Contact Support" went through evey step possible,
and still not anything to get the streaming working. its pretty buggy too, like it changes its setttings sometimes
without you even knowing. I still use it for recording and uploading, thats the only thing it seems to work for me.
I can't say eveyone will have this problem, But I can't recommend it to anyone either, when OBS is free, they are
always updating it too making it better everytime. with OBS, you can manually set up your recording screen to how
you want it. I think maybe this program is for people who need the setting automated for them, but still I recommend
OBS and taking the patience to learn.
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