i've used fraps mainly to measure FPS . other than that , when i used to play CoD4, i would use CoD4Player then record it through there and not really have much of a problem when recording with the basic 0.25 playback speed then just multiplying the speed by x4 on Sony Vegas and it would be real time / normal time . i've been curious as to how it would record on other games . i am mainly interested in recording live games rather then having to prepare them . i am thinking of recording any form of RPG / Shooter on PC such as CoD4, MW2 and some MMOs as well . what i am wondering is what are ideal settings to record with ? i am hoping to record the videos so that when they are published , they come out as 720p thus meaning i have to record at a resolution of 1280x720 . my only issue however is the fact that when i record , i have this massive slow down for some reason and the FPS just drops down . i am not sure if it's because my computer specs aren't that good , or it's just something i need to tweak on fraps. i am running an AMD Phenom II x2 550 and a ATi Radeon HD 5770 . any ideas on how to record ?