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!!!!