How to access PlayClaw 5 Steam beta channel

If you would like to get the latest changes and do not want to wait for stable release, do following:
In Steam client open software page, select PlayClaw. Right mouse button click, select Properties. Select Betas tab, in password field (1) enter playclawbeta, click Check code button. Then select beta channel in combo box (2).


Then switch to Local Files tab (3). Click to Delete Local Application Content (4).


Close properties, install PlayClaw again – PlayClaw beta will be installed.

Game Video Capture. The ideal codec.

Let us begin with the conclusion – there is no such thing as an ideal codec!
Different video capture utilities have a different ways (codecs) of compressing video in real time and, of course, each utility is supplied by developers as the so called perfect / correct solution.
I’ll try to provide briefly explain what happens in the modern world of real-time capture and compress. Continue reading

PlayClaw 4 Documentation

Welcome to PlayClaw 4, the essential tool for gamers. This documentation will provide you with enough information to get started.

You can also watch an introduction to the settings available in PlayClaw:

The User Interface:

When you start PlayClaw you will see the following screen:

Let’s take a look at each section individually: Continue reading

PlayClaw 4 Quick Start Guide

This short guide will help you to get started using PlayClaw in a few simple steps. It is assumed that PlayClaw has been installed correctly. Follow the steps below to start recording your gaming footage.


  1. Start PlayClaw and switch to the Capture Settings section by pressing the Capture Settings button on the main toolbar.
  2. In the Screenshots subsection, change the folder used to save the screenshots if necessary and check the hotkey needed to take screenshots.
  3. Switch to the Videos subsection
  4. Adjust the folder used to store video recordings if necessary and take note of the hotkeys (Start/stop, Toggle pre-record)
  5. Select the appropriate encoder. If you have a multi-core processor, select MJPEG and assign 1 or more threads for compression. (Note: do not assign all of your threads as the game you will be recording also needs processing power)
  6. If so desired, adjust frame size to suit your needs. Note that adjusting the frame size of recorded video can also be done during post rendering.
  7. Switch to the Audio subsection and enable the required inputs. The Speakers input is the game sound. If you have a microphone installed and would like to provide commentary while you play, make sure it is also enabled.
  8. Select how you would like to save your recorded audio in the lower section. It can be either as a single audio track or even as separate WAV files for each audio input.
  9. Now run the game you want to record.
  10. Once the game is up and running, press the key you noted in step 4 and start recording!


This is a very basic setup to get you up and running. For more information on these settings, check the full documentation here.



New fun stuff in Teamspeak 3 (version 3.0.6)

Teamspeak 3 client was updated to new 3.0.6 version yesterday with changing plugins API version to 16. Well, we’ve updated PlayClaw plugins (PlayClaw 3 build 2039) to make them compatible with new client. BUT!..

I’ve discovered one very interesting thing while recording Battlefield 3 gameplay. If I set “stereo conversion” option in PlayClaw audio settings then the final audio will not contain teamspeak 3 sounds! :) Continue reading

How to set up Teamspeak 3 overlays

To make PlayClaw show overlays with the names of players, you need to make a few simple things in Teamspeak 3.

The new version of the voice communication software Teamspeak 3 has undergone serious changes and the old method to enable overlays does not work any longer. You need to copy the plugin for Teamspeak to the plugin directory and then activate it. Continue reading

Audio Capture Settings

Almost all audio capture settings can be configured in the main window. However, you can see the most complete list of settings only in a game by pressing a definite hotkey combination to open Playclaw (you can create hotkeys for this action in the main window). Note that the current version of Playclaw can differ slightly from the one described here, but the main information is true for all versions. Continue reading