Use our cool in-game overlays to achieve the best gaming experience! Harnessing the power of your GPU, hardware accelerated H.264 codecs and the various overlays, you will have an advantage over your opponents and you can share your victories.
All Reviews:
Mostly Positive (20) - 75% of the 20 user reviews for this software are positive.
Release Date:
Nov 20, 2017

Sign in to add this item to your wishlist, follow it, or mark it as not interested

Buy PlayClaw 6

Buy Game Video Recording & Streaming - PlayClaw Full Control BUNDLE (?)

Includes 2 items: PlayClaw 5, PlayClaw 6


Recent updates View all (16)

September 14

We don't like lags! Do you?

We think you don't like too. That is why we worked hard this summer with a new PlayClaw version.
Now it is ready and we hope you will be satisfied ;)

Changes list in build 4800:
  • Capturing and compression code was tuned to avoid frames drops when a game uses full power of GPU
  • Better peak system load processing to avoid unwanted frames drops
  • Fixed bug capturing black screenshots
  • Added process/date options for screenshots path
  • Added automatic backup feature after starting new version
  • Added new Teamspeak 3 options: show speakers and show messages
  • Added simple interface mode (it is enabled by default on very first software start)
  • Sysinfo overlays are now loading in delayed mode - they will show "wait" message and will not block software loading during hardware sensors initializing
  • Overlays will not be removed from a game if PlayClaw is in GAME capture mode and game is minimized
  • Added video tutorials (check Help menu)
  • Old Sysinfo overlay was replaced with two new ones: simple and sufficient for most gamers and complex experimental overlay which has everything and a bit more
  • Added multiselection feature in overlays editor for group moving of overlays
  • Program user interface is changed to give handy and efficient way to set up scenes
  • Plugins API is almost ready for release

We have lots of plans for future updates and we will try to inform you about these plans and, may be, you'll be even able to vote what feature to add next ;)
21 comments Read more

May 19

Cropping feature and FTL Mixer streaming support

Here are the changes in this build #4600:
  • Added FTL streaming protocol support (for Mixer streaming service)
  • Added Crop/Expand output overlay effect
  • Added frame cropping in Output settings. This will crop the final frame right before sending it to an encoder.
  • Fixed bug saving custom RTMP settings
  • Fixed big FPS drop in some DirectX 9 games like GTA:SA (when used 30-bits color)
    0 comments Read more

    About This Software

    PlayClaw is game overlay application that can record and stream your gameplay!

    PlayClaw offers the ability to render helpful overlays in game and also in your recording if needed. PlayClaw has a set of various overlays such as System Information (CPU, GPU, RAM, HDD and other sensors), Teamspeak 3 and Discord overlays, Browser Overlay, Webcam Overlay, Timers and more.

    PlayClaw has been designed to make full use of your GPU and hardware accelerated H.264 codecs that will ensure outstanding recording quality and have the least amount of impact on game performance. You'll be satisfied with the capture and encoding speed that PlayClaw offers during local recording sessions or streaming to YouTube, Twitch or other services!


    • Very flexible System information overlay (GPU, CPU, RAM, HDD, FPS, Network sensors)
    • Web Browser overlay (streamers love it!)
    • Webcam overlay
    • Teamspeak 3 overlay
    • Image overlay
    • Dynamic text overlay
    • Powerful Time overlay with modes: Clock, Stopwatch, Timer
    • Window capture overlay
    • Color overlay
    • And that's not all! We're developing new cool overlays for our customers

    Capture features:

    • Fast game capture up to 200fps
    • Native capture available for DirectX 9, 10, 11, 12, OpenGL and Vulkan
    • H.264 encoding with hardware acceleration (Intel QuickSync, NVidia Encoder, AMD AMF encoder)
    • Streaming to YouTube, Twitch and other RTMP services
    • Mixer FTL support
    • Special capture desktop mode in Windows 7, 8 and 10
    • Multiple display support
    • Unique pre-recording feature
    • Multi-threaded MJPEG software encoding
    • Up to 16 audio sources
    • Realtime audio preprocessing engine
    • Output in multiple formats (AVI, MP4)
    • Capture screenshots
    • Adjustable video recording frame rate and size

    Overlays output effects

    • Chroma key
    • Scrolling
    • Color key
    • Image mask
    • Cropping / expanding
    • More effects are coming in future updates

    Additional features:

    • Scene-based overlays settings
    • Scenes can be switched at any time using hotkeys
    • Simple and powerful visual overlays editor
    • Profile-based capture and streaming settings
    • Compatible with PunkBuster, Valve Anti Cheat, EasyAntiCheat and BattlEye

    System Requirements

      • OS: Windows 7
      • Processor: 2-cores CPU with SSE support
      • Memory: 1 GB RAM
      • Graphics: Intel/AMD/NVidia graphics card
      • DirectX: Version 11
      • Storage: 250 MB available space
      • Additional Notes: Administrator rights to run software are mandatory.
      • OS: Windows 10
      • Processor: Intel SandyBridge CPU or AMD APU A10-58xx or better
      • Memory: 4 GB RAM
      • Graphics: NVidia Geforce 6хх or AMD Radeon HD 77xx or better
      • DirectX: Version 11
      • Storage: 250 MB available space
      • Additional Notes: Administrator rights to run software are mandatory.
    Customer reviews
    High Volume of Reviews Detected:
    Exclude  or  View Only
    Review Type

    Purchase Type


    Date Range
    To view reviews within a date range, please click and drag a selection on a graph above or click on a specific bar.

    Show graph

    Display As:
    Review Beta NEW!
    When enabled, will sort reviews by new Helpfulness score. Read more about it in the blog post.
    Show graph
    Hide graph
    Review Helpfulness Beta Enabled
    There are no more reviews that match the filters set above
    Adjust the filters above to see other reviews
    Loading reviews...