PlayClaw 6.0

Captures video from Windows games and desktop activity

PlayClaw can help you record your gaming experience. This application is intended to record the screen and the sounds while you play a given game. The application can remain running from the System Tray and you can activate the recording by simply pressing a hotkey combination.

An easy-to-use tabbed interface lets you configure the program according to your preferences. For instance, you can customize the size and resolution of the resulting videos. However, you cannot choose the codec to use because the only option available is to activate YUV411 compression. Likewise, there are various sound recording options, such as transforming sound to stereo or mixing all sources in one track. Since taking screenshots is supported as well, you can choose between two output image formats: JPG and PNG. Moreover, you can activate automatic screenshot taking at given intervals. There are also various options that allow you to configure the visual appearance of the text overlays that display information about the program’s status. Moreover, the application can also be set to create virtual webcams overlays.

In general, PlayClaw has as a main advantage over other similar applications that it does not affect your system’s performance significantly, so it will allow you to play your favorite games without any disturbance.

Pedro Castro
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Review summary


  • It is easy to use
  • It does not affect your system's performance significantly
  • It has multiple options


  • It does not allow choosing what video codec to use
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