I've heard that if you record to a harddrive that doesnt have your operating system on it (a second one) while playing your game, you shouldnt get fps dips. I'm doing that, and still getting random game freezes only when I'm recording. Im wondering, do I need to put my games on the same harddrive as my fraps? They're currently on the same one as my OS. I also have the latest version of fraps, V. 3.4.6
CPU: BX80623I52500K INTEL CORE I5 3.30G 1155 6M BX
RAM: Corsair DDR3 2X4GB 1600 (8GB Kit)
GPU: ASUS ENGTX570 DCII/2DIS/1280MD
HDD: 2X WD CAVIAR BLACK 1TB 64MB 3.5
PSU: SPI 1000W 80 PLUS ATX 12CM FAN
MB: ASUS P8P67-PROR ASUS S.1155 INTEL P67, ATX
Fraps is fairly low-resource intensive as it doesn't compress or encode video as it's recorded (now THAT would kill your PC). It shouldn't lag, except if your hard drive isn't up to spec. Also, how much RAM do you have and what game are you trying to record?
What I currently have, is two hard drives. Everything but fraps on one (OS, games, programs, etc.) and just fraps on the second. I was wondering if my fps should increase if I move my games to the same drive as my fraps, as its currently on the same as my OS. I have 8GB DDR3 RAM, and I have 2 1TB hard drives, 7200RPM. And yea, the video does stutter/freeze a lot when I'm playing it back, but it doesnt do that once I render it. I figured thats normal? I'm not sure...
Yeah then I don't know what the issue could be. Fraps doesn't encode at all during recording (not at default, at least), so it shouldn't take a lot of resources at all. Even from and to the same hard drive I've used Fraps to record high-resource games and I've not had a single issue. I also don't know Fraps well enough to give excellent commentary on it's fixing. What I'd do: Download and install the newest k-lite codec pack. It's free, just Google it, and download the Mega pack. See if it's not maybe a codec issue.
So yea, I downloaded it (the mega pack). Installer was kind of confusing, so I just kind of associated everything and took the reccomended options. So do I need to do anything from here? Or does it run itself?
Codec are kinda like drivers - they are stored where they are and automatically used when needed. You need codecs for everything, it's the little piece of code needed for a PC to understand the format something is written in, be it audio or video. For example, to be able to play mp3 music, you'll need an .mp3 codec to play it. Same for all other audio and video. Some codecs come with your OS installation, some you download and install separately. Some are better than others, and it may be a codec issue causing your video to lag/stutter. Highly unlikely, but possible.