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
xvidcap, and want to help improve it, contact me at the sourceforge
Click on the image above to enlarge the screenshot.
Two instructional videos, about 9 MB each are available here:
Video 1 | Video 2
For more information have a look here: