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: Mostly Positive (154 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 10, 2013

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"f you are looking for game recording software and don't already own FRAPS I can highly recommend this recording software."
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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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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

    Minimum:
    • 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.
    Recommended:
    • 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
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
I liked the software at first but started having issues with audio sync being off, and it would be okay if it was just out of sync but it is sections of audio that are behind; I'd have to cut and sync audio after finding each section (and I have). Choose the Intel driver for recording, choose seperate audio streams. That should help some. If they fix these issues the software will be great again. Until then I've moved on to OBS.
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
This is the great recording software for game recording.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
I paid $50 dollars for this app, a long time ago.

Since doing that, I've used it very little, for a couple of reasons.

First, it impacts performance significantly, making all games frop their framerate a huge amount.

Secondly, right after I bought it, it seemed the world of sharing gameplay videos changed to streaming. There's no streaming ability with this app, it simply records.

Granted, there are lots of options for video format, size, resolution, quality, etc, however, I just don't feel like it was ever worth the $50 I spent on it.

If it had some sort of streaming, perhaps I could overlook its other faults, but as it currently sits, it just doesn't feel like I made the right choice, when buying an app for sharing my gameplay.

Unfortunately, I don't recommend it.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
This screen capturer NEVER WORKS! I'll record hour long videos only to find that they've VANISHED!! I would like to be able to say that this works and is a nice bit of software, but it really isn't.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
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
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
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 twitch.tv/dyingjedi 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:
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
Really good and easy to use recording software.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
If you need a PC screen recorder, I recommend this one. Much better than FRAPS. (I can't comment on Dxtory, however.)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
Used this software a lot to record my gameplay, then upload it to youtube. This is better than Frap because it uses multiple cores on the processor.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
It's good software i've used it for quite awhile on several different PC's but sometimes it glitches up like webcam freezes, so record webcam separately in a different program because Playclaw freezes webcam.
but it runs great way better than hypercam, lots of features, t's great.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
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.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 24
This is one of the best game capture programs out there, and is definitely worth $40.00. I constantly use it for my YouTube channel, and it hasn't failed me yet. I would purchase it over again.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
Pretty good recording software. I had to mess with the format the files were written in due to conflicts with my editing program. Other than that it has always worked great for me.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Love it.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
Excellent software. Its so simple to use and does a great job of recording very good quality game footage without sacrificing too many FPS, it blows the likes of FRAPS and Bandicam as well as other free alternatives away in that respect.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
Let me start off by saying that Playclaw 5 is a brilliant recording utillity......... When it works... after weeks of researching all of the other options and watching countless YouTube videos I finally made a decision to buy Playclaw. It had everything you could want in a program.

- A variety of compression methods including H.264 hardware compression.
- Cusomisable overlays from FPS to CPU and GPU monitoring
- PiP webcam support
- Ability to record multiple audio streams
- Multiple profiles

and much more.

Where if falls down is its VERY inconsistant. I could record a gameplay with no problems at 60FPS then later the same day I could record another gameplay and Playclaw decides that it's not going to, well, play. Playclaw would then not record, and the game would freeze resulting in me having to force close the software and the game.

I have endlessly trawled the forums for a solution and unfortunately there doesnt seem to be a definative answer for this issue, I have also disabled all other overlays such as 'Steam in game' and Origin in game' just to ensure there are no conflicts

I must say that I really wanted to like this software and I love it when it works but its becoming more and more unreliable especially for a 'full relaease'

I recently upgraded my GPU and decided to try nVidia Shadowplay (which is free) and so far it hasn't skipped a beat. It records full 1080p @60FPS with a manageable file size it also has an in built stream to Twich feature which is sadly lacking in Playclaw. Shadowplay doesnt have the ability to separate audio tracks at the time of writing this and the PiP webcam support is for Twich broadcast only but there are two main differences between Playclaw and Shadowplay.

1)Playclaw is a paid program which still need work with its basic functions, Shadow play is in Beta and is FREE with nVidia GPu's 600 series and above.
2)Playclaw is a 'full release' but has inconsistant performance. Shadowplay works first time EVERY TIME!!!!!!!!!!

Summing up Playclaw should have been the beacon of shining light, the user friendly way of recording gameplay but unfortunately the performance is way too inconsistant for me to recommend it in its current form. which is a shame really. If you can get it to work consistantly well done and please let us all know how you did it.

If you want something that works first time, every time without stressing your system too much and you think that not having PiP webcam in locally recorded video is an okay trade off for something that works all the time, get Shadowplay or MSI Afterburner if you can.

Note: Steam says that I have used this software for 0 hours I can assure you this is NOT the case!!!!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
Very Very good screen capture program! Many of useful feature and smooth recording!
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
I don't know why PlayClaw says I have only used it for 48 min. I know for a fact I have recorded more than 10 hours+ with this software, and I would not recommend it to anyone the quality is amazing but whenever there is a slight bit of lag the screen blinks, in the recording that is. It gives my brain aneurysms its simply unwatchable. I have tried everything to fix this problem but there are no guides on the internet, their site included. It may just be my copy and if it is then get this recording software.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
Great for recording. After I bought it I am using it every day.
Worth the weightmdmlsdfmslfdmlfd worth the money*
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
I would avoid this.

I managed to get the software to work for one game.

I recorded the horrible Kingdoms of Amalur and it recorded fine, I was able to import the file into Sony Vegas with zero problems.

I recorded DayZ and it recorded okay to the same format as before. Trying to import it into Sony Vegas worked but the video was warped and broken. Trying to convert the recording to multiple different formats failed meaning the recorded file was corrupt.

I tried to record Just Cause 2 and it crashed the game.
I tried to record Just Cause and it crashed the game.
I tried to record Skyrim and it crashed the game.
I tried to record Fallout 3 and it crashed the game.

I did some research and apparently the developers ♥♥♥♥ed up the update and you have to fix it yourself.

http://playclaw.com/forum/index.php?/topic/3818-all-games-crashing-win-81-steam-and-origin/

I can't recommend this shoddy software.

It's not just me.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=playclaw+crashes+games&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&channel=sb&gfe_rd=cr&ei=GgHhU-naCevH8gfao4KwDw
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