How to Capture Vulkan Games

Vulkan Game Recorder, Vulkan game capture

What is Vulkan in gaming?

Vulkan is an open-source graphics API that game developers use to render graphics in video games. It provides high-efficiency, cross-platform access to modern GPUs used in various devices, from PCs and consoles to mobile phones.

Bandicam is the best Vulkan game recorder that captures Vulkan games using Vulkan/DirectX/OpenGL graphics technology based on the original resolution. As a game recorder, Bandicam uses hardware acceleration to enable simultaneous recording of video, voice, and camera feed without compromising performance. Bandicam is widely used by gamers for recording their gameplay and sharing it on platforms like YouTube.

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How to Record Vulkan Games

Bandicam’s Game Recording Mode is optimized for capturing games, resulting in better performance. It directly hooks into the game and shows the FPS, leading to a smoother recording experience. Follow the steps below to record gameplay that uses Vulkan API:

  1. Download and install Bandicam Game Recorder.

  2. Select "Game Recording Mode" in Bandicam, and click "Yes" in the "User Account Control" window.

    "Game Recording Mode" requires administrator privileges to hook recording target processes without any issues.

    bandicam, game recording mode

  3. Optional: If you want to record your voice (microphone) as well, select a microphone device for the Microphone.

    record voice

  4. Start the Vulkan game to record.

    Note: For a stable operation, Bandicam needs to be running before starting the game.

    • While running a game in Game Recording Mode, you can see the green FPS number on the screen.
    • You can control the FPS (frames per second) under the 'FPS' tab of Bandicam. If you can't see the green FPS number, visit No FPS on the recording target.

    No Man's Sky recording, ready to record - No Man's Sky

  5. Press the 'F12' function key (or the 'Record' button in Bandicam) to start recording.

    No Man's Sky recording, f12 key to start/stop the recording gameplay

  6. During the recording, the green FPS number will change to red.

    No Man's Sky recording, ready to record - No Man's Sky

  7. To stop recording, press the 'F12' function key (or the 'Record' button in Bandicam) again.

  8. Click on the video icon to play, edit, or upload the captured videos.

    Bandicam, captured videos

Brief List of Vulkan Games

We tried several popular games and checked whether they could be captured using Bandicam's Game Recording Mode. Check out the brief list in the table below:

Game Graphics API Bandicam Game recording mode
No Man's Sky Vulkan O
Red Dead Redemption 2 Vulkan/DX12 O
RAGE 2 Vulkan O
Quake II RTX Vulkan/OpenGL O
F1 2017 DX11/Metal O
Left 4 Dead 2 DX9/Vulkan O
Hitman DX11/DX12/Metal O
Path of Exile DX11/DX12/Vulkan O
Shadow of the Tomb Raider DX11/DX12/Metal O
The Talos Principle Vulkan/DX11/DX12 O
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege DX11/Vulkan O
War Thunder DX11/DX12/Vulkan O
Doom Eternal Vulkan X
  • Doom Eternal cannot be recorded using Bandicam’s Game Recording Mode. To record Doom Eternal, use the 'Specific window' or 'Rectangle on a screen' recording mode instead.
  • For Left 4 Dead 2 Vulkan game: You can change the launch options by adding -vulkan in Steam Properties -> LAUNCH OPTIONS.
  • change vulkan in launch options

Related FAQs for Vulkan games

1. Which games use Vulkan API?

Check out the list of Vulkan games that render using any version of the Vulkan graphics API. For example, “No Man’s Sky,” “Rage 2,” and “Red Dead Redemption 2” support Vulkan, allowing them to run more efficiently on supported hardware.

2. How can I troubleshoot if I can't record Vulkan games?

If you cannot record Vulkan games using Bandicam’s Game Recording Mode, try again using the latest version of Bandicam. If you’re still having problems with the latest version of Bandicam, please email us at with the name of the game.

3. Can I screen record Vulkan games?

You can record your Vulkan gameplay with Bandicam's Game Recording Mode. If the FPS does not appear on the game target in Bandicam’s Game Recording Mode, try using the 'Specific window' recording mode instead.

4. How can I record gameplay and face at the same time?

Bandicam is an excellent facecam software that can capture video from a webcam. You can use the "Add webcam overlay" option to capture your gameplay with your face.

record gameplay and face, facecam

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