As one of the best screen capture software, Fraps contributes a lot in capturing videos, audios, and photos. However, given that Fraps hasn’t had any updates since 2013, it’s incapable of covering all our demanding on the desktop recording.

If you plan to use Fraps, this article will show you how to use Fraps to record your desktop and how normal Fraps users think about this screen recorder.

By the way, if Fraps won’t record your screen or you covet for a high-quality recording, you can find a more advanced Fraps alternative to record your desktop.

In this post, you will see:

  1. How to record desktop with Fraps Screen Recorder
  2. Fraps reviews (Positive, negative)
  3. Fraps alternative

Frpas Interface

1.Recording desktop with Fraps Screen Recorder

It’s not difficult to use Fraps to do a desktop recording at all, here’s how:

Step 1 Download Fraps on your PC, launch it

You can visit the official site of Fraps and download a free trial on your PC.

Step 2 Set up the screen recording

Before you start to make a recording, you can set up for your video.

On the Fraps interface, you can see 3 modules, 99 FPS, Movies, and Screenshot.

Fraps 99FPS Settings

On each module, you can modify the hotkeys, folders to save captured files, and the quality of the files, etc.

Step 3 Start a screen capture

After setting up the screen recording, minimize Fraps, then launch your game or open a video, you can hit the default hotkey F9 or F11 to start a benchmarking or video recording.

When you finish recording, hit again to stop the recording. Fraps will store the file on the folder. You can edit or share your file later.

Basically, this is how Fraps works. It’s quite easy to use, right?

2. Fraps review

In this section, I will show you the overall evaluation of Fraps bases on long-term personal experience and customers’ feedbacks. After reading the following content, you may decide whether or not you will stick to Fraps.


  • Fraps offers benchmarking screen capturing, it shows the real-time FPS (frame rate per second) when you record the screen.
  • It provides a high-quality game recording function with up-to-8K resolution and up-to-120 FPS.
  • Fraps is very easy-to-use, even a beginner can use it without any problems.
  • Hotkeys can be customized.


  • No editing ability is offered. If you want to edit or trim the captured file, you need to apply to other software.
  • Watermarks exist on everything frames of the output videos.
  • Only the Windows version is supported.
  • The interface is quite outdated.
  • No technique group is there to help when you have problems using Fraps.
  • The size of the output file is too large (at least 498MB per 30 seconds).
  • Fraps won’t record Windows 10 screen since it’s not compatible with the graphics technology of Windows 10.

To warp up:

Fraps is still able to perform simple desktop recording for you. However, due to the outdated recording capacity, Fraps cannot give you a high-quality video. What’s worse, Fraps cannot record your Windows 10 screen.

So, if you’re in pursuit of a decent video or you’re using a Windows 10 computer, apply to a more advanced Fraps alternative.

3. Fraps Alternative

You can use Aiseesoft Screen Recorder which is a powerful Fraps alternative to record your screen and create a perfect video.

Once, installed, Aiseesoft Screen Recorder can help you record all your on-screen activities in high-quality, including desktop, games, Chrome, videos, etc.

What Aiseesoft Screen Recorder can help you with:

  • You can choose from 6 video qualities (up to lossless) and 7 video formats (MP4, AVI, Gif, etc).
  • It’s more than a screen recorder, it’s also an audio recorder and snipping tool.
  • Editing ability is available while recording the screen, users can add some annotations on the video.
  • You’ll never find watermarks on your captured file.
  • It supports the latest technologies such as DirectX 11/12, Vulkan, Windows App (UWP, Windows 10), hardware-accelerated H.264/HEVC encoder, and so on.

Screen Recorder

To record some streaming videos, games, online lectures, music, video tutorials, or live conferences with Aiseesoft Screen Recorder, let’s try to use it.

Step 1 Download Screen Recorder on your PC

Step 2 Prepare for recording

Launch the software and click Video Recorder to record your screen.

On the Video Recorder window, you can choose to record a full or custom screen, like 1280*720 or any other sizes that you prefer.

Next, select the source for audio.

  • To record your microphone sound, turn on Microphone.
  • To record the computer sound, turn on System Sound.

Set Recording Audio Source

Step 3 Start a recording

Click REC or press Ctrl + Alt + S on the keyboard to initiate a screen recording.

During the recording, you’re available to make some markups on the video. You can add some texts, lines, arrows, and some other symbols.

Record Youtube

Click Stop, or press Ctrl + Alt + S to end the recording.

There, you can preview the recorded video on a pop-up window. Click Save to export the file to a custom folder.

These are the skills of recording a video with Aiseesoft Screen Recorder. It’s very easy to use, you can pick it up and create a decent video.

Closing Thoughts:

Fraps is great and able to record your desktop in some cases. You may stick to Fraps or you can switch to a Fraps alternative like Aiseesoft Screen Recorder due to the unsatisfying capability in the recording screen of Fraps.