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Bandicam is game recording and screen capture software that's designed as an alternative to Fraps and tends to be the appropriate choice for computer users who have a slow rig. The developers of Bandicam say that users won't experience lag in-game when using the recording program, which is important when a user needs to record gameplay instead of a static PowerPoint presentation.
There is a free version and a paid version of the game, but the free option isn't too limiting to make it unusable. With the free option, a user can record only 10 minutes of gaming. This is several minutes more than what rival program Fraps allows with their trial version, which is only 30 seconds of recording time.
Like Fraps, Bandicam also inserts a watermark onto the screen on the free version, but by paying for the program users can get that watermark and time limit removed. However, the generous 10 minutes of recording time means that users who have a limited budget can probably use this program as long as they wish with the trial version and not experience any major complaints.
One of the only deficiencies so far with this program is the sketchy audio recording capability. The visual recording is more than acceptable on the free and paid versions, but the sound on a recording isn't of the highest quality. Gamers who are interested in creating a technically proficient movie might want to consider other options.
Bandicam is the best choice for gamers who don't want to pay for their software to record movies and take screen captures. The program is efficient and isn't a resource hog, which means that any gamer who has an old machine won't need to worry about his ping when recording a movie with Bandicam. Also, Bandicam is a suitable choice for editing together movies made on a smart phone or other device.