Title: PlayClaw 5 - Game Recording and Streaming
Genre: Audio Production, Software Training, Utilities, Video Production
Release Date: 10 Sep, 2013
English,Russian,French,Hungarian,Polish,Korean,Simplified Chinese,Traditional Chinese
I've used and compared many other recording packages, and despite all the negative reviews I see for this software, I have found it to be an excellent recording tool. It recognizes most modern titles I play--including some other recording softwares do not--and it has a very low performance impact on my system.
The plugins which allow you to see your record time, recording status, fps, and real world time are incredibly useful features that I would struggle to live without, and oddly seem to be lacking in other recording tools.
The only two things I would like to see is the webcam plugin expanded to include preset sizes and chroma-keying, and audio format/encoding control. With those additions, it would effortlessly surpass the competition in every way.. I have been using PlayClaw 4 and 5 for a while now. PlayClaw 5 contains many options for recording video and audio, such as video and audio codecs, resolution options, audio channels, webcam support, streaming support, and useful overlays.
I used to really like using this software for recording games for my YouTube channel, but the software started to screw up my recordings. For some reason now, PlayClaw 5 will cause the audio to become out of sync throughout the recordings, which becomes a major pain to fix. I am not the only person who has this problem, and the developers tell users to use their "Fast Codec" to work around this issue, but this codec is not very good.
I would recommend using this software if they would fix the syncing issue, but I would strongly recommend Dxtory, which is a much better recording software with more options.. It WAS a great software, I used it for everything from gaming with my camera and teamspeak overlay, to desktop recording. However with the recent July "update" that they force on people it is garbage. Honestly it doesn't work at all. Whatever you are recording will crash. Plus the overlays are ♥♥♥♥ed up. Sorry to say don't get it, back to fraps I go.. After a few updates the software no longer works. I've yet to see a "report crash" button anywhere. It wants me to manually do it. As you can see I've used this software a lot. I have been overly forgiving and will not make the mistake again.. This software is very easy to use, and I would suggest it to people that are new to recording. However, Playclaw doesn't always run smoothly. It has crashed on me countless times, and it even occasionally freezes my computer to the point of having to turn my computer off manually. (I can't even access the task manager.) I still cannot figure out how to stream using playclaw; I've had to use OBS to stream. Sometimes the audio is slightly lagged in my recordings, but it does not happen frequently. When I use my webcam for a lets play video the software takes my 1080p quality webcam, and turns it into a 720p quality webcam in the recording. I'm not quite sure if it's a problem on my end, but I've messed around with the settings trying to fix it and I still have not found any solution. I honestly wished that I hadn't paid $40 for this software. It's a little steep for something that only functions half of the time. If you can catch this on sale then I would suggest this. Hopefully they will work out the issues soon!. It crashes my Computer. Like. what. >_<. 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!!!!. After spending $25 and having to deal with an annoying Win 8 interface I'd expect this software to work. I went through the support forums, did what they said (including using beta versions, 4 updates so far I think), still no dice.
I know it's an NVIDIA problem but no one seems to know how to fix it.
NOT HAPPY. And I have no idea why it says that I've used this software for 0 hours, I've been trying to get this rubbish working for at least 2!
EDIT: This review was recently commented on by someone who gave their name, whom I assume was representing PlayClaw. This person thought that because I said nVidia was the problem that I couldn't use this program that I shouldn't have given a negative review of the product. They then went on to say that I should uninstall then reinstall PlayClaw for it to work, which I did. It still does not work.
Now, whenever I try to launch this program it wants to connect to the internet to authenicate or some such thing. Which of course fails, even though I am connected to the internet, as this edit shows, and throws error windows everywhere.
DO NOT BUY THIS SOFTWARE, ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE NVIDIA GRAPHICS!. See I spent about 20$ to buy play claw 5 and then spent 10$ to buy an upgrade to get play claw 6.
In total i spent 30$ to get a better version of play claw.
Meanwhile, play claw 6 only costs less than 15$.
So I literally spent a double price to get the same♥♥♥♥♥♥as a supporter of this software for about 2 years??
Saying that it is rather more beneficial to buy 6 alone since you don't have to record something with 2 software.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
ARE U SERIOUS?
IS THIS WHAT U DO TO UR GOOD'OL CUSTOMERS?
BRILLIANT COMMERCIAL SENCE
I'm not British,I do simple math well.
Go ♥♥♥♥ yourselves.
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