How can I record demos of my gameplay?

I remember seeing a lot of cool Counter Strike videos back in the day. How do you go about recording your gameplay (any game) into an easy to edit format? Do you need special software? How much does it cost?

Answer

Fraps is the most popular tool for recording in game videos.

Update: dxTory seems to be stealing a lot of Frap’s userbase now, and according to Totalbiscuit suffers less frame drops.

Fraps is a universal Windows
application that can be used with
games using DirectX or OpenGL graphic
technology. In its current form Fraps
performs many tasks and can best be
described as:

Benchmarking Software – Show how many
Frames Per Second (FPS) you are
getting in a corner of your screen.
Perform custom benchmarks and measure
the frame rate between any two points.
Save the statistics out to disk and
use them for your own reviews and
applications.

Screen Capture Software – Take a
screenshot with the press of a key!
There’s no need to paste into a paint
program every time you want a new
shot. Your screen captures are
automatically named and timestamped.

Realtime Video Capture Software – Have
you ever wanted to record video while
playing your favourite game? Come
join the Machinima revolution! Throw
away the VCR, forget about using a DV
cam, game recording has never been
this easy! Fraps can capture audio
and video up to 2560×1600 with custom
frame rates from 10 to 120 frames per
second!

All movies are recorded in outstanding
quality. If you have Windows Media
Player please sample some of the
movies captured with Fraps below:

Attribution
Source : Link , Question Author : Joe Phillips , Answer Author : Chris S

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