The amazing PlayClaw video capture tool gives customers incredible power! PlayClaw has been designed to make full use of multi-core processors, which ensures the outstanding quality of the output with a minimal impact on system performance.
User reviews: Very Positive (144 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 10, 2013

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June 12

Free demo is available!

Now free full functional demo is available in Steam. You can install it by clicking "Download demo" button (you can find it on right side of store page).

This demo has trial restriction - watermark on recorded videos. After purchasing you'll be able to record videos without watermark.

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May 25

Now with MP4 format for H264 codec

Now PlayClaw has support for Youtube-friendly format MP4.

Main changes:
  • Added MP4 container format
  • Fixed audio volume changing bug when audio mixer is on
  • Fixed AMD APP pre-recording bug
  • Added Low Latency option for NV encoder
  • Added 3rd party codecs support (Video for Windows)

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About This Software

The amazing PlayClaw video capture tool gives customers incredible power!

PlayClaw has been designed to make full use of multi-core processors, which ensures the outstanding quality of the output with a minimal impact on system performance. PlayClaw will record full HD videos of your gameplay with high frame rates with your audio commentary with minimal possible performance hit!

The other nifty feature is PlayClaw’s ability to render helpful overlays over game screen. PlayClaw will show you who's speaking in games using Ventrilo or Teamspeak, leading to better teamwork. Check your GPU/CPU load and temperatures right in game with PlayClaw's overlays. Overlays are fully compatible with the latest versions of Windows and graphics engines.

At A Glance:
  • Capture game video with optional recording game audio
  • H.264 encoding with hardware acceleration (Intel QuickSync, NVidia Encoder, AMD VCE encoder)
  • Special capture desktop mode in Windows 7, 8 and 8.1
  • Adjustable video recording frame rate and size
  • Up to 16 audio sources
  • Unique pre-recording feature
  • Output in multiple formats (AVI, MP4, MKV)
  • Capture screenshots
  • Various overlays: voice overlays for teamspeak 3, FPS, CPU/GPU statistics, timers, etc.
  • Webcam overlay support
  • Support for 3rd party overlays via plugins system.
  • Multithreaded compression code
  • Realtime audio preprocessing engine
  • Profile-based settings
  • Auto-screenshots
  • Compatible with PunkBuster & Valve Anti Cheat

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows Vista SP1
    • Processor: 2-cores CPU with SSE support
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel/AMD/NVidia graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 8.0
    • Additional Notes: Administrator rights to run software are mandatory.
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel 4-cores CPU (starting from SandyBridge)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD/NVidia graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 8.0
    • Additional Notes: Administrator rights to run software are mandatory.
Helpful customer reviews
21 of 28 people (75%) found this review helpful
15.7 hrs on record
I love this software
Tons of bells and whistles , make a regular recorder look like crap, use this for YouTube , its very light and way more options and settings (but not scary and user frendly ) than those out there on the market. GET IT

Posted: May 28
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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
This software will allow you to record in-game and include overlays such as footage from your webcam, teamspeak data and other customizable information. It also includes the ability to record the desktop. Other screen recording software can have trouble syncing video and audio but this application does not have that problem. Also the ability to have this program create separate files for each audio source is very helpful for editing.

I highly recommend this software for in-game or desktop recording.
Posted: May 26
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Recording software that allows you to customize overlays, which audio input(s)/outputs you record, has many encoding options and records HD with no slowdown/FPS drop even on an older dual core processor.

However, to me the best feature is the 10 second recording buffer; you can set it to constantly record and only when you hit the hotkey you setup does it dump the last 10 seconds (edit: this is configurable so it can be up to 5 minutes) of video into a file. So, you don't have to maintain massive files and cut them down to the funny parts, just hit the record key after something neat happens and blam there you go you got the last 10 seconds of video saved.

It is easy to use, intuitive, and once you setup the options how you like them you don't have to fuss with it just load it up before you play a game that you'd want to record and you're all set.

Note: this can work just as well for non-games and recording your desktop/all windows for instructional/tutorial purposes

edit: updated wording about audio inputs and recording them
Posted: June 29
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Legit work in progress! Now that streaming has been implemented and released into the retail PlayClaw there will be much more improvements etc..

This Dev or Dev team is very active in the steam community forums and is really nice person.

Hi5 to the makers and publishers of PlayClaw and Dev team!

What to let folks know that there computer setup may effect PlayClaw Positively or Negitively so keep that in mind. If you having bad frame drops etc.. might be a bottle neck a number of things generally HD can be CPU or GPU or not enough ram etc.. do your research!

Download install and launch PlawClaw and easy to configure, to configure for twitch streaming goto your account and then on the left when logged in click dashboard, then clisk streaming key then click the link that says reveal streaming key and attach that to the PlayClaw and your all set back out with it enabled and your closes servers and Walla your ready to stream!

Overlays are fun and going to be re-worked and your gonna have cool changes here shortly but as of this release they are useful and fully function without issues so far.

Justin Cram
DyingJedi :d2involker:
Posted: September 8
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Ok so this is my first review and off the bat i am going to say that this recording software is by far the easiest and most effective i have ever used.

It allows easy overlaying such as your webcam or teamspeak. You can output in different formats, qualities, and even split the audio and video into two different files.

Also, they just updated it allowing you to stream to Twitch and other websites.

If you are a video maker like me, or just want to show off some cool footage, this program will do so with ease.
Posted: September 13
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81 of 96 people (84%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
The marketplace for screen capture tools is starting to get quite crowded, but PlayClaw stands out as it strikes a great balance between ease of use and quality. The main competitors are Bandicam, Fraps, and Dxtory. PlayClaw beats Bandicam and Fraps as it is much less resources intensive, and produces higher quality ouput in most cases. Using PlayClaw usually results in nothing more than a 1 to 5 frame rate decrease and very few dropped frames. Dxtory, coupled with the Lagarith codec produces slightly better results, and is even less resource intensive, but takes a bit more effort to set it up; in contrast the PlayClaw UI is very easy to navigate.

The main features are: Record in-game footage. Record the desktop. Buffer a period of footage. Take screenshots. Configure input from multiple audio sources.

Recording desktop / in-game and activating recording to capture the buffered footage never show any interuption or performance hit. I have tried streaming to a 10,000prm HDD, and also 5400. As with all capture tools the faster the hard drive the better, but footage was still OK on the slower drive. Being able to define the number of CPU threads the software utilises really helps performance. Other essential options are the ability to define frame rate for capture and resolution.

Taking screenshots produces a nice overlay effect - it really lets you know a shot has been taken without being intrusive. Other overlays can be configured to show frame rate, recording duration, buffer, a clock and many other features.

The main area where PlayClaw could improve is around the MJPEG codec. It appears they use their own custom codec and many have found it can be a pain finding editing software to support it. (Protip - If you have problems opening the files in your editor, try installing the free version of Bandicam - this will install / update the codecs - it certainly worked for Sony Movie Studio 12). It spoils what is otherwise a very easy to use application. It would be nice if they supported advanced options that allowed the user to install their own codecs.

Overall PlayClaw is a great piece of software. I am using it exclusively to capture footage. it does a great job.
Posted: November 27, 2013
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