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 (201 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
29 of 37 people (78%) found this review helpful
27.3 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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18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
63.2 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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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
29.4 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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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
463.4 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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16 of 23 people (70%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
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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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
94.4 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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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
131.4 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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
47.1 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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
27.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
This is just absolutely abhorrent software. I used it for about a week or two before I just felt like dealing with FRAPS' large file sizes.

Don't get me wrong, when Mirillis works, it works well. Unfortunately it doesn't really work all that often. Oh and if your game crashes or you click whichever button you have assigned to record/stop-recording and it doesn't stop, say goodbye to your file because it doesn't save anything unlike FRAPS.

Also it's main file type is an .avi file. But this isn't any ordinary file, it's one that most video editing softwares don't recognize. I believe from what I have read is that Mirillis designed their own file type. So basically they created a video codec that no video editor supports.

Also I forgot to mention, you need to be connected online in order to use it or otherwise you are SOL.

Stay away and save your $50. Hell even if it's $30, spend it on FRAPS instead. You will save time and a headache from dealing with this faulty product.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
316.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 12
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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25 of 45 people (56%) found this review helpful
89.8 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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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
30.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
Do not buy if your primary use will be using it to live stream. It has the most absurd pricing I have ever seen. You can't even buy time through steam.

No ios app alternative to the android counter part.
I regret my purchase.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
Forget about FRAPS. 'nuff said.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
The Best game recording software out there.
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10 of 18 people (56%) found this review helpful
476.3 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 20
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 22
I feel cheated!!! Bad attitude from Mirillis!

This software REQUIRES INTERNET!!! They never say that in the requirements!
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2 of 3 people (67%) 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 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
I bought this program to stream and record gameplay of games to me and my friends. After an hour of setting this won't work with twitch, but it records video well. So i dont recommend to spent money on this app and use opensource streaming tools, which works much better than Action! and has more guides and settings to make your gameplay video or stream.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
48.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
Just press F9 and you're ready to go.. Amazing video quality! easy to use, multiple format output, it does have a Benchmark option for those Overclockers and hardcore gamers.

Definitely worth it!

11/10
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