With outstanding performance and sleek design Action! defines a new standard of user experience for real-time gameplay recording and streaming software. With Action! you can record and stream your gameplay, Windows desktop, web player videos, music, benchmark and display game framerates, add webcams, live audio commentary and more!
User reviews: Very Positive (175 reviews)
Release Date: May 8, 2014

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November 26

Action! 1.20.2 is ready!

What's new:

  • Windows logon screen recording improvements
  • Improvements for Remote Action! functionality
  • Stability improvements


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November 18

Action! 1.20.1 is now available

What's new?

  • Improved NVIDIA NVENC video encoding quality
  • Improved Remote Action! video quality on LTE/Wifi 2.4Ghz
  • Improved Remote Action! connection process

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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 outstanding performance and sleek design Action! defines a new standard of user experience for real-time gameplay recording and streaming software. 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!

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)
  • Microphone audio commentary and webcams support!
  • Fast export directly to YouTube and Facebook!
  • LIVE Streaming to Twitch.tv, YouTube, Ustream and more! (LIVE Streaming requires to purchase additional subscription)
  • Control video recording with Android Smartphone!

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! (LIVE Streaming requires to purchase additional subscription)
  • Display and benchmark FPS and average FPS for games
  • Direct gameplay recording to MP4 (H.264/AVC) format with Intel Quick Sync Video 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
  • 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
  • Custom hotkeys
  • Displaying detected 3D engine for games and applications
  • Multicore CPU Support

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • 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. LIVE Streaming requires to purchase additional subscription.
    Recommended:
    • 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
11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
27.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Ofcourse it goes on sale 2 days after I bought it at full retail... that would be my luck. But it is a good program to have. Does not record, at least for me at 1080 on mp4 but does for avi. Avi is definitly a HD space killer. Web cam feature is really easy to use. There is a subsription fee for live stream so keep that in mind. But you can just record it and edit it to upload to your channel.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
240.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
Nice piece of software. Can record in 1080p at 60fps. I have noticed that occasionally the record hotkey won't work and Action will need to be restarted. This has only happened twice though so it's not that big of a deal. No other problems that i have noticed. I would recommend this software.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
61.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
Great Video Recording Software

Pros
- Nice UI
- doesn't eat all cpu power
- easy to use
- video recording, audio rec, facecam rec, benchmark rec, screenshot
- no bugs
- compresses videos to small size
- streaming support
- etc

Cons
- kinda expensive
- u have to buy license every month or so if u want to stream

overall great software. I recommend.
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3 of 8 people (38%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Its an amazing piece of software.....Works for exactly what I need/want!
Now I just need to find out how to video-edit inside Blender....
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
It wont work... Need a refund!
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
refund plz. cant use the software.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
I would love a refund for this crap, you have to pay monthly for a program that barely works.
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4 of 11 people (36%) found this review helpful
26.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
its graet
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2 of 7 people (29%) found this review helpful
33.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Best program to use for starting a youtube gaming channel. Also it is so easy to use. Altough I did record (well I thought I did) a game but then I noticed that it only recorded 5 seconds of it and I did press the record button. But as I said If you want to start a youtube gaming channel then It is probably the best program to use. But in the other reviews people said that it did not work for them so it might not always work. I would recommend this software.

I have one question though - can you edit gaming videos in action?
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2 of 7 people (29%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
for $30.00 i would like a year you only get 14 days that sucks
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
57.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
ซื้อแล้วใช้ได้ลอดเลยมั้ยครับ
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0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
Forget about FRAPS. 'nuff said.
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24 of 30 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
Before I start reviewing this, I must say that it probably is best software you ever end up using. I used this software when it even wasn't on Steam and I really like it. If you want good recording software, I strongly recommend this.

~~~ Good things about this software ~~~

¤ Really easy to use. Usen interface is really nicely designed and everything that you need is mainly on one page. There are helpful boxes and forum of this software is really helpful.

¤ It doesn't affect your FPS and if it does, then only a bit.

¤ Small size of video files. If you have good PC, you can record directly to mp4 format and then videos are really small.

¤ Exporting videos doesn't take a lot of time, which is really nice.

¤ Ability to record only system sounds. I use this feature really often.

¤ You can buy streaming "pass" so you can stream directly to Twitch or YouTube. This is one of the best features in my opinion.

¤ Directly upload your videos to YouTube.

~~~ Not so good things about this software ~~~

¤ If I want to record Audiosurf videos, my audio is "choppy". This is probably because my PC isn't very good.

¤ You have to pay for streaming "pass". I hope it becomes free to use.

As you noticed, there are more good things about this software, than bad things. If you want to record your videos without learning what some feature does, buy this. With this program you don't have to worry about that.
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24 of 31 people (77%) found this review helpful
26.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
If you looking for a program that allows you to make let's play videos with facecam overlay, quick and easy, go and try the Action! demo from the Mirillis's website first to see if it does the job. If you like the results it's produces, feel free to grab this software.

The Pros

- Works perfectly with my webcam - Xbox Live Vision Cam for the webcam overlay feature. No more spending time, trying the get the facecam overlay synced with my recording in Sony Vegas. Very convenient feature for me.

- For $30 at sale price, it's pretty cheap recording software compered to other competitors in the market.

- Built in re-rendering feature for converting your recording to mp4 - Very useful feature for people like me who use Sony Vegas for much faster rendering speed.

- You can also record gameplay directly to compressed mp4 format however it's comes at cost of CPU power.

- A adjustable audio settings for game sounds and microphone.

- Watermark support for recording videos - Although I prefer adding it when I'm editing my recordings in Sony Vegas.

- Nice benchmark feature - It's can tell you the average FPS you get while playing a game.

- It can record the just audio part or the desktop - Useful for recording Skype conversation.

The Cons

- Not enough flexibility settings for webcam overlay - I can't put the webcam overlay right onto the corner of the video. PlayClaw 5 allows you to do move the webcam overlay where ever you want but however, the webcam feature it's self is completely broken. So Action! wins in this category and this disadvantage will not heavily effect the rating of this review.

- This program needs a lot of setting adjustments to get Action! to record the video correctly for the first time.

- VLC can't not play the raw recording due to VLC's decoder not supporting the FICV format. Windows Media Player, Zoom Player and Action!'s built in video player plays them fine. You have to use Action!'s built in re-rendering feature to make VLC play your recordings.

- (New Discovery) For some reason I can't put my recordings in proper queue for re-rendering feature. It's seems to re-rendering the first file over & over again. This is simple bug that can be easily fixed.


If you want to see how does webcam overlay work, here's my example of how would the results turn out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPxjNEeb-kw

My rating - 8.5/10
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
87.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
I've had it for a while now, and I can say that while it has it's flaws, it is definitely a solid recorder. It can record games at 1080p if you want (and can). I will mention that there is an original option in the quality options, which is for recording at a resolution that isn't 1080p, 720p, 480p, 360p or 240p. It will not record higher than 1080p though. If you are playing a game at 1080p, and you set it to record at 720p, it will only record at that resolution. This is a fantastic feature because, while it may look a bit blurry (and i mean a TINY bit), it will come out as a much smaller file. Which is good if you don't own a very big hard drive or want to upload something to Youtube in your lifetime. This recording option can be done in any of the listed resolutions. This feature is lacking in several big recording softwares, which force people to manually compress the files. The UI is fantastic, and way more straight forward than most recorders that I have used before. The recording options are easy to reach, and yet they seem to do a lot without being confusing. There are SO many features that I love about this software that I can't find in most recorders. There's a window option, where you can record a certain part of your screen, which is very handy for windowed games. There's a facecam option if you have a camera. And of course, it has the usual voice recording options.You can choose for it to limit your frame rate while you are recording, which is good if you don't want lag or just simply want to record at a certain FPS. Action also performs WAAAAYYY better than FRAPS. The recording quality is slightly lower (but trust me, you cannot IMAGINE how small the difference is), and while some people may want to go for the recorder that records a tiny bit better, Action won't dive on the frame rate. When I used FRAPS to play a retro game, I got about 5 FPS, and the game even FROZE at times. Even when I wasn't recording, having it open slowed the game down. With Action, the game ran like it did when I wasn't recording. It was incredible how fast it ran. One complaint I have, is the FPS options I mentioned earlier. You can chose to limit your frame rate at 60, 50, 30, 25, 24 (yes 24), 20, 15, and 120. Why are the options so random? Why is there a 25 and 24 option? There's no difference! And yet there's no 40 FPS option. I actually really like limiting my frame rate at 40. So why am I stuck with using 25, 24 and 15? Get rid of 24, as a single frame difference is NOTHING, and add 40.


IMPORTANT: To do live streams, you need a subscription. It comes with a free subscription when you buy it, but I can't remember how long it is. I have never streamed, so don't ask me how it performs.

If you want to see it in action (joke intended), check out my Youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/MrNiceguy3210

My videos are mediocre, but I have a lot of fun making them :).
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
43.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
Within 5 minutes of installing Action I was in a game recording a Let's Play with a webcam picture-in-picture and microphone commentary, without any previous experiance. Every possible feature I could think of is already incorporated, I could find everything quickly and intuitively. I don't know how it compares to other similar products, and I don't care.

5 out of 5.

Note: If you wish to use Action for Twitch streaming, it will require a commercial subscription. Something like $8 for a month, $80 for a year. You do not otherwise need a subscription.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
The best screen recorder I have used so far.
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19 of 33 people (58%) found this review helpful
78.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
احسن برنامج سجلت فيه الى الحين , كل البرامج اللي استخدمتها فيها عيب سواء كان تقطيع في الفريمات او ما تقدر تفصل صوتك عن صوت اللعبة او غيرها
هذا البرنامج جمع كل الميزات وغير كذا تقدر تسجل بالفيس كام بنفس البرنامج
برنامج خفيف وسهل الاستخدام رغم خياراته الكثيرة وانصح فيه بس المشكلة ان سعره غالي
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
76.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
Action - i always saw this program on Steam and websites and i wondered if it was any good well i grabbed it while on discount for Steam summer sale and im glad i did.

Instead of writing a long story i will just list the pros and cons:

Pros:
1. Very easy to use
2. Great options and settings
3. Low PC load (compared to other recorders)
4. Very nice design and layout
5. Great HD play back

Cons:
1. Heavy price tag (compared against other recorders)
2. Very large files if you want a quality video
3. Streaming option is trial only

Final thoughts is it worth the $50 no because the streaming option is trial only but is it worth $30 i payed on sale it definitly is i have tried nearly all screen recorders this one is one of the best by far
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
232.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
I'm a youtuber, have been for a while. Granted, not a very popular one. But Throughout my time of making video's I have tested all sorts of different game recorders, from fraps, dxtory, bandicam and so on. But none of those really hit the spot, yes they gave you a simple recording, but none of them provided any excellence or standed out in some form. Mirillis Action! is by far the greatest game recording software available, you can record in both avi or mp4, depending on how you want your video, quality and how good your computer is. It's tiny file-size makes it easy to store on usb's etc, allowing you to take it anywhere. But by far, the most valuable and greatest thing I have found in Mirillis Action! is the webcam features. Everybody love's to see horror reactions, using facecam's to allow this. But no other software actually has a built in webcam interface that will automatically combine your webcam onto your video, with perfect matched timing and functionality. This is very useful, especially if you're doing horror let's plays, such as myself.

Overall this software is amazing, and pretty cheap too with the functionality you are getting.

However, with great software comes a few problem's, that I'm sure will be fixed, or features that are lacking to be added.
My main problem with this is audio, you are able to do as other softwares alike this would, use two different tracks if you want, you can adjust the ratio of system to mic audio. However, this can be an issue, as you may find some game's have very different audio levels. Because of this, it's very hard to find a ratio balance that provides good audible mic quality over gameplay, whilst ensuring you can hear the gameplay too. If you find the balance, it is perfect. But maybe, and I hope Mirillis do this, but having an auto-balancer, or a testing of somesort would deeply improve with this.

This being said, that is the ONLY problem I have had with this software, and you can get by that very easily, as long as you spend a while configuring it and testing it repeatedly.

This is a purchase worth making if you are into the YouTube community. I would Highly recommend if you are a gaming youtuber, to purchase this as it will open your recording ability to a new level. Plus I haven't even gone into the exporting and auto-uploading choices available in the software. Say's it all really.

So yes, It's good, in fact it's great! Definately worth the investment!
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