Fraps is a tool that lets you monitor current framerates in a corner of the screen for programs utilising DirectX or OpenGL technology. It also allows you to easily take screenshots of games, and manually determine the average framerate between two points.
Reviewing 3.5.9 (Sep 2, 2012)
Overall, Fraps is a pretty good programs for capture video from games and the sort. Depending on the resolution you're playing in, it really does take some playing around with the settings for acceptable frame rates and video quality.
For things like creating tutorials and the like, CamStudio is a better choice (and it's free).
Reviewing 3.5.6 (Jul 27, 2012)
Works great overall, except with DirectDraw applications (some can be captured, some can't). I'd like to see an option to capture fixed regions of the desktop, like in CamStudio. Right now, it's all or nothing.
3.4.7 is the last version compatible with Windows 2000. Could be related to your issues?
Reviewing 3.5.5 (Jun 13, 2012)
Not bad, it's working reliably and there are no mayor pains to be reported.
Reviewing 3.5.3 (May 29, 2012)
Having trouble with every version past 3.4.7
3.4.7 works great, but anything later than that is causing bad file pointer errors, corrupt recordings, noticeable lag - especially if recording from a Mic while recording the game. I've tested it on 3 of my systems.
I don't know WHAT they did on this, but I'm sticking with 3.4.7 - which still works just fine.
Just because something is newer does not mean it is better.
Reviewing 3.4.2 (Apr 17, 2011)
Workin' smooth, nothing broken. Street Fighter 4 at 1280x720 with 4xAA, 8xAF and all the goodies on locked at 60fps and records without a hiccup, for example. Very cool.
Fraps 3.3.1 is listed incorrectly as Freeware.