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.