I recently migrated my desktop back to Windows, and while I’m at work I need to have regular screenshots of my monitor, for investigation and other purposes. I easily found a solution to record desktop activity by making regular screenshots on Ubuntu, and I thought that Windows solutions will be even more. It turned out to be the opposite — they were all either paid or not working/lacking features.
Here is how “Auto Screen Capture FV” was born. Two screenshots of the interface follow:
It has the following features:
- Runs on Windows
- Free as speech; open-source, developed with Microsoft Visual C# 2010 Express
- Captures a screenshot automatically without disrupting user activity
- Saves the snapshot images as compressed JPEG files, in order to save disk space
- The destination directory where the images are saved is selected by the user
- Rotates too old image files by deleting them, in order to save disk space
- All settings are permanently saved in the registry, so next program starts remember what you configured
- Auto screen capture can be easily temporarily suspended
- Program can run in background; it minimizes to system tray
Old image files are actually moved to “Recycle bin” by default, in order to be on the safe side — if we have a bug, no files are lost. Auto Screen Capture FV has been tested on Windows 7.
- Installer (there is an uninstaller in the Control Panel)
- A list with all released versions
December 28, 2012 at 11:56 pm
Hey man good job there, while I have some suggestions:
why interval must be >10, I went straight to set it 1 and didn’t work. I think it can be cached to RAM first so small interval will work great.
December 29, 2012 at 8:10 am
Thanks. It doesn’t let you set the interval smaller than 10 seconds intentionally. I couldn’t think of a use-case where someone wants to take a screenshot every second, and furthermore this will fill up the disk quickly.
Please explain your usage scenario. I can rebuild the application then and remove this limitation, while substituting it with a warning.
December 29, 2012 at 8:24 am
I’m trying to record my work (the process I do vfx, animation etc) so I can use them as fast-forward clip when making behind the scene video. Pretty fun thing to do as well.
December 30, 2012 at 12:51 pm
Done. You can now set 1 second for an interval. Please download the new installer and re-install the application.
December 30, 2012 at 1:05 pm
Yeaee, I’ve achieved that by writing an AutoHotKey script along with Greenshot, but your thing is no doubt more lightweighted and easier to use, thank you very much Ivan.
December 30, 2012 at 1:15 pm
🙂 You’re welcome. Best of luck in 2013!
March 20, 2013 at 5:40 pm
Thanks you saved my day! I was searching for a simple tool like this.