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  • 30. Oct. 2006 - 1.1.4 released
  • 9. Jan. 2004 - Revamped Homepage to align with FAQ look and feel
  • 8. Jan. 2004 - Instructional videos are finally available ... see below
  • 2. Jan. 2004 - An FAQ is available here


This site is about xvidcap, a small tool to capture things going on on an X-Windows display to either individual frames or an MPEG video. On Windows machines there are commercial tools like Lotus ScreenCam or Camtasia which do a very good job esp. for the purpose I was needing such a tool for: Software documentation, esp. installation procedures and such.

On UNIX machines I have searched for a comparable tool for a long time with little luck. Some day, I came across a program written by Rasca Gmelch which went a good way, just not quite there. It was able to capture to individual frames and save them in indivdual screenshots (which can be converted into a video with tools like transcode.)

This approach for me required more storage than I had available, so I added an on-line encoding facility using FFMPEG's libavcodec/libavformat. And since Rasca no longer has the time to maintain his code, I took over and the code to sourceforge.

Today, I suppose xvidcap does its basic job, though I find bugs and possible improvements every day. If you are a developer, appreciate a tool like xvidcap, and want to help improve it, contact me at the sourceforge site.



xvidcap live:

xvidcap screenshot
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Two instructional videos, about 9 MB each are available here:
Video 1 | Video 2


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