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 (148 reviews)
Release Date: May 8, 2014

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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 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
4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
476.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
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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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
32.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
I emailed Mirillis on 10/16/2014 concerning a problem with a Twitch streaming subscription.

It is now 10/29/2014 and I have not received a reply.

I cannot recommend this software.

Open Broadcaster Software (OBS), is free, and more versatile then Action is. Why pay for solutions that are 100% free? Especially when Mirillis can't even respond to direct emails within a reasonable time frame.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
I remain indifferent about this software at the moment. I've been having problems with video format recording and webcam capture on the Action! software. For me as of now, I can record decently without the webcam functioning....which I would like to have, especially if I plan on doing gameplay commentary, so far which has failed due to these technical issues. I guess we'll see where these can be solved to be a more fluid video recording/streaming software...until I get this figured out, I will say not recommended until further notice
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
157.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
The best ^^
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4 of 10 people (40%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
♥♥♥♥, ♥♥♥♥,♥♥♥♥ Please dont waist money on this thing. 54 canadian dollars and its complete ♥♥♥♥. ♥♥♥♥ you
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69.7 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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100 of 114 people (88%) found this review helpful
118.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
A very good software to record games or your desktop. But i'm little angry about the advertising on steam. When you buy it , you're supposed to have access to stream. Here on this software you'll have to buy a monthly license to stream something on twitch or justin tv
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76 of 92 people (83%) found this review helpful
458.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
[NOTE] Action! Live subscription is an optional feature only if you want to stream live videos to Twitch, UStream, etc. You are not obligated to have it and it does not affect using the Action! recording software.

I have been using Action! since it's release a while back on its official Web site.
What you get here is the Commercial version of Action! recording software.

I have used Fraps, Playclaw and Litecam and have found that Action! does offer better performance, even with Playclaw running through Fast settings with Uncompressed AVI, Action! still performed better.
Action! includes a lot of features and especially performs really well when recording a custom active desktop region for windowed games and emulators using OpenGL. None of the other recording software could either record those or keep a steady framerate on them.

Action! encodes in both AVI and MP4 but also, if you encode with AVI, after the recording it offers you the ability to convert the AVI file to an MP4 file if you wish.

On top of that it can upload your finished recordings directly to Facebook and YouTube removing the hassle of having to access them through a browser to upload.

Another cool feature is that if you are running an Android device, Action! has an App that you can download to use as a remote control to control your Action! recordings. And I use that feature a lot.

Everything else about Action! you need to know they have already explained in the description.

I have to admit, Action! works really good and it is often updated.

Also, the Live Streaming subscription to allow Streaming to Twitch, Ustream, etc. is cheaper than the subscription service found in XSplit. So you are also getting a good deal with Action!

If you want a great performing software recorder with a lot of features, live streaming and remote App control, Action! really gives you the bang for your buck.
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22 of 27 people (81%) found this review helpful
19.8 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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20 of 25 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.3 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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53 of 90 people (59%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
I can not recommend this software for the following reasons:


1) It can not broadcast my game. I have to use full screen, or set up a selection window around the Windowed instance of the game. The latter doesn't work, as the controls get permanently attached beneath the selection area, rather than staying in the seperated interface the controls began in. Since my game is the hieght of my screen, it kicks the controls off screen, rendering them inaccessable. There is no work-around short of short-cut keys.

2) There is no preview. It appears that there will be one, but when streaming, there in fact is none.

3) It can not handle overlays with transparencies. It can only use straight-up square images as they are. No Chroma.

4) It can not handle audio intelligently. I have Game Sounds, TeamSpeak, Media-Monkey, and a microphone. Ideally, you could have each on a fader in a mixer with a side-chain compressor dynamically lowering all sounds but TeamSpeak and Mic when they are creating sound above a set threshold. This can't do anything but select an audio source and/or a mic - period.

5) This software actually performed worse than Open Broadcast in my testing. I run a modest game (DC Universe) on a Core i7 3770, 16GB RAM, Creative Labs X-Fi HD Titanium, AMD HD6890 and I have 18Mb d/l and 11Mb u/p speeds from my ISP. Open Broadcast reliably, and repeatably, outperformed this software.

6) This software sells as though it were a "buy this and then use it all you want" title, when in fact it is actually a subscription model. I find the sales presentation of this title deceptive. Period. I had no idea it was subscription based until I had already purchased, downloaded, installed, and run the program for the first time. Once you run it, the Subscription Model is the very first thing it talks about. Keyword = DECEPTIVE.

Summary:

If there was any semblance of a Help->Contact Us within the program, and they could be reached with this feedback and all of the above issues were resolved, it would be worth the money to buy - not to subscribe - to buy.

As it is - totally wasted my time and money on this and will have to return to OBS just to broadcast properly - which it did for free in the first place.
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17 of 28 people (61%) found this review helpful
149.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
All in all, not to shabby. The overlay is very simple and easy to deal with. If you are willing to invest and hope for YouTube stardumb you could pick this up, the need for a monthy sub fee is a bit TOO greedy, but i can't complain.

FPS rate looks rather smooth and seemless even at lower rates.

I'll work with it for a while see how she goes. Worth the investment so far.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
18.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
Using this software for nearly a year, I'm glad it finally has been released on steam and that I received my key.

Pro

+ Smooth FPS when recording and livestreaming.
+ Low CPU usage when recording ( Saw some people complaining about it is a lie, for me it is much better then other).
+ Livestreaming is avaible. (Great Quality depending on how much you give it for upload, But i'm using OBS, cause it's much more interesting for livestreaming and ofcourse free).
+ Very good Image Quality.
+ You can upload directly to youtube or facebook ( I never tried this option cause I never needed it).
+ Android app ( easy to use ).
+ You can choose whatever you wanna record.
+ and more good features...

Contra

- Livestream you need to pay (something with license).
- Some games were not compatible ( could also be my computer who is being a ♥♥♥♥♥).
- Big filesizes ( Almost every game recorder has this).
- Had some glitches before it came out on steam. ( could be already fixed).

Why should I buy?

It's a Great software, user-friendly, interessting features and more...

I already recommend this software to a lot of friends of mine who also like to record some gameplay.

If I would choose between all the game capture software then Action is the one. And you can see a lot of difference between the softwares.

I hope this review helped you a little bit, more questions feel free to add me.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
35.3 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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18 of 31 people (58%) found this review helpful
32.7 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
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
The Best game recording software out there.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
The best screen recorder I have used so far.
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11 of 19 people (58%) found this review helpful
44.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
It's simple the best gaming recorder for Nvidia Graphic cards, very useful and easy to use
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
66.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
i tried lightcam that crashes for me.
PlayClaw causes serious lag for my pc
OpenBroadcast didnt work
Overwolf Causes serious lag for my pc

even thou playing doesnt feel 100% the same while recording, this is far the best program ive found (but i didnt search for that long, i needed one quick :P)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
56.4 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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