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 (281 reviews)
Release Date: May 8, 2014

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February 25

Action! 1.23.0 is now available!

What's new in Action! 1.23.0?

  • IMPORTANT: Windows 10 Technical Preview (b. 9926) desktop recording support added
  • Improved web and media players video recording quality
  • Fixed video recording with "Record system sounds" option disabled
  • Improved webcam recording

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February 13

Action! 1.22.1 is now available!

What's new in Action! 1.22.1?

  • Fixed problem with too short video recordings in AVI format
  • Fixed problem with audio drops in video recordings in AVI format
  • Fixed video scalling for software desktop region recording in MP4 format
  • Fixed microphone recording on button down (on/off) for audio only recordings
  • Video recording stability improvements

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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 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

    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. Remote Action! 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
62 of 67 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
65.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
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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37 of 43 people (86%) found this review helpful
52.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
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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26 of 30 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
880.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
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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28 of 35 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
96.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
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 using Action, so don't ask me how it performs. I really want to emphasise that there are programs like OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) that can not only record games, but also stream them FOR FREE. Not to mention you can also add on screen pictures and messages in real time on OBS. So if you want to do live streams, seriously consider something else.

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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23 of 28 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
Forget about FRAPS. 'nuff said.
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30 of 50 people (60%) found this review helpful
476.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
This is one of the best softwares to record youtube videos... when it works.

I use Action! for more than an year now. Its great for recording, with little to no FPS loss. The quality is not as good as the other recording softwares, but its perfect if you are rendering and uploading it to youtube.

But then, some bugs started happening. 2 in every 5 videos that I record with Action! (I usually record 1 hour+ of gameplay) happen to have some strange problems. Stuff like not recording everything, audio/video sync and some other ocurrencies I cant even describe properly.

For months I have been working on fixing those, but with no success. For that unreliability (think of the anger of losing 1 hour of recording regulary) I am now abandoning Action!. I really hope that the software gets better in the future, because I wish using it again sometime.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
377.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2014
Action! is a very easy to use piece of recording software that can be used for capturing gameplay/audio/desktop images/etc... The program allows for easy file management, and quick key assignments. I use this almost exclusively for recording virtually anything I am piping through my pc. I can record 1080P video by simply hitting F9 ... or record a separate audio track with F10 .... maybe a quick screenshot just hit F12 .... or do all three (depending on your hardware capabilities). It isn't able to record/export in H.264 (MPEG-4 AVC) ... but 1080P is good enough for me. I have recommended this to several friends, and all have reported back happy with the software's performance and ease of use. There is a streaming feature built in, but I haven't tried it... if I do I will update this review. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking to be able to record high quality videos and audio via a very user friendly interface.


http://store.steampowered.com/app/228180/
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49 of 87 people (56%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
DO NOT BUY IF YOU INTEND TO USE IT FOR LIVE STREAMING.

Why the hell would I need a separate subscription to stream TO MY OWN SERVER? They are proving NO SERVICES to charge for and I already paid for the software! If they were running a stream server I would understand, but they are not. Obvious money grab.

REFUND.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
53.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
It is the best video recording software ever. better than Fraps or the Camtasia bull-♥♥♥♥ !!!

Good:
-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 :)

(Bad):
-the only bad point is that the software costs 45€


P.S: I'm sorry for my bad English
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2014
If you're looking for the best screen recording software, then look no further ! Action gives you all of the tools that you need to create high-quality videos of your gameplay.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
64.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
From Fraps, to Bandicam to LiteCam. By far I have to say this is one of the best screen and gameplay recorder I've ever used, First it doesn't take as much CPU as the other screen recorders, it does it in HD along with the cool functions of Uploading and Exporting directly. Tho that first I had trouble loading up it thing as it keep saying I had to reinstall it and etc. I fixed it by running my account complete Admin control, which fixed it for me. So the rough summary is -

Pros -
- Easy interface
- Easy keymapping
- Records in HD
- Takes less CPU
- Exporting and Uploading Directly

Cons -
- Opening Software is somewhat slow
- First time start up

Overall I would give this software a total of 9.5/10 (Only because first time start up was frustrating)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
98.2 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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
This is the best game recording software! Period. I tried many ones before, but after i installed the demo version of Action! and recorded some test videos with it, i knew that this is the one i want. So, i bought it at holiday sale & it is totally worth it (also when you miss the sale & have to pay the full price, you won't regret it!).
Action! is fast, stable, has a nice & simple UI (no need to study a manual), activly developed, the output files are small (if you wish) but of great quality. It just works and i fuc###g love it!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
-"Had Sex with a Boulder on this Software"
-10/10 IGN.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
Easily the best software I've found for recording

PROs
  • 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

CONS
  • 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
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
86.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
Okay so I got this little puppy for a gift and I must say it is the best gift given to me since my own personal computer. I have streamed and recorded close to 5 years already and I am convinced this is the next generation of recording and streaming software all built into one.

Now there is a small set of things one needs to first understand about the software before purchase and firstly : IT DOES WHAT IT SAYS

As many other reviews have already stated that the UI is fantastic, the compression is out of the world and the recording is seamless, I would vouch on everyones word and tell you to obtain a copy.

The small problem is that you need to purchase a monthly licence to cast a stream but even that is worth the few extra dollars for a product that I can tell you is well worth the original investment. I got myself a commercial licence and I am not looking back. Good job to the Developers at releasing a perfect piece of code that does what it was created for.

I would recommend this to all web-casters and game recording veterans. Spice up your software collection and throw out that old rubbish you record with and turn to quality.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
27.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
I think this is a awsome piece of software. i'm not saying it's perfect, but the low cpu usage is a nice feature and the 120 fps recording also.

pros:
-high quality recording
-low cpu usage
- up to a 120 fps recording
-good support

cons:
- sometimes it wil like speed up the recording, the audio wil be good but the video is speed up. this really needs a update. this is very frustrating if you record live gameplay.
-live streaming is not free, you have to buy this at thier website.

overall this is a good recording software, i recommend it, if they make more updates and keep up the good work.

thanks for reading :)
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
42.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
Pretty good for overall recording. It is a bit of a downer to not be able to stream gameplay for free, but I don't stream anyways, so overall, it's pretty good!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
280.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
As you can see I've only used this program for a little bit, but from what I've used it has been a wonderful experience. It runs very well and doesn't eat up CPU power as much as other programs. It has an easy to use interface and easy to located options. I would definitely purchase again.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
24.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
In a nutshell: it's awesome!
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