PlayClaw enables gamers to take screenshots and capture HD-quality video along with audio as they play a computer game to replay their most exciting gaming moment later, share them on YouTube, or post to a blog. Taking full advantage of modern multi-core processors and lean coding, PlayClaw ensures the highest quality video recording, without slowdowns and reduction of frames in the output. Another important specialty of the program is support for Teamspeak and Ventrilo overlays, allowing gamers to see who’s speaking at the moment, which is rather useful in multiplayer games. Overlays are compatible with the newest versions of Windows and graphic engines, letting gamers, for example, see overlays on computers driven by Windows 7 with modern DirectX 11 graphics. PlayClaw can also display the frames per second and overlay the FPS value onto screen shots which can be used for performing benchmarks. The placement of the FPS counter can be customized or disabled altogether.
Before recording the game with PlayClaw, the user needs to check if default settings are fine and change them if necessary. There are many options to set up. For example, the gamer can choose how many cores to dedicate to PlayClaw if the system is multi-core, select frame rate to be 15, 30, 60 frames per second, enable compression and set it to low or high level , and choose to capture full or half of the frame size. Captured video is saved to AVI using the dedicated codec that has been optimized for capturing game video. To save screenshots, PlayClaw allows choosing from several popular formats, such as BMP, TGA, PNG, and JPG.
To record game video, the user needs to run the game and press the predefined key to start recording. Video recording can be paused and resumed at any moment, letting the gamer capture only what he wants. Hot keys are fully configurable, so the user can set whatever key he wants for capturing video and screen shots.
Following feedback from our current users, we decided to focus on performance improvement in the current release,” said Edward Kozadaev, CEO of Sytexis Software. “With up to twice the performance gain in version 1.9, this is the best tool to capture game video and screen shots that we have ever created.”
Sample video captured with PlayClaw can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/user/Sytexis
Pricing and Availability
PlayClaw is available through the PlayClaw Store (www.playclaw.com) for the price of $29.95. Current users of the program can upgrade to the new version at no cost. The program has a 15-day demo that will watermark screen shots. PlayClaw requires Microsoft Windows XP, 2003, Vista, Seven (including x64 editions). Full system requirements and more information on PlayClaw can be found at www.playclaw.com
About Sytexis Software
Sytexis Software develops software for capturing video and images in Windows PC games. Currently, this is the leading developer in its segment of the software market in Eastern Europe. The company was founded by software engineer Edward Kozadaev in 2003. For more information, please visit www.sytexis.com