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I would like to take a screenshot, every minute, of my screen, to create a time lapse video of my programming a game.

I found CamStudio, but it doesn't seem to have the option to simply save screenshots, not video.

Any ideas ?

I need a tool that would take a screenshot of the whole screen every minute, and automaticly save it somewhere.

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wow, reading this gave me a Big Brother shiver. – akf Feb 11 '10 at 12:02
Got a link to the finished video? :D – HaydnWVN Jul 12 '12 at 11:55
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Use a cron job or shell script to take screenshots and then compile them into a movie file as Nifle suggested. Could possibly use this as a shell script:

while true; do scrot -d 60; done

I'm not good at shell so someone could improve this

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Thanks, I used CmdCapture and a python script. – Manu Feb 12 '10 at 10:02

There are several applications out there that does automatic screen captures, AutoScreenShot is one example.

Then when you have the images making a movie out of them is not that hard.

Making movies from image files using ffmpeg/mencoder

Short version:

We can also use ffmpeg directly to encode the images files into a movie. If we start with files name 001.jpg, 002.jpg, ..., we can use:
ffmpeg -r 10 -b 1800 -i %03d.jpg test1800.mp4

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No, it's the images I don't know how to take automaticly. :) – Manu Feb 11 '10 at 10:55
@Manu - Added link to screen capture software – Nifle Feb 11 '10 at 11:15

I came across a program Chronolapse, which might be useful for this :

I didn't use it much myself, but it seems like it would do what you need, and it's free.

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For mac users there is Motif. it was built to take as few resources as possible while recording for weeks.

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The question is specifically about Windows. – fixer1234 May 14 at 20:20
Please read the question again carefully. Your answer does not answer the original question. – DavidPostill May 15 at 9:09

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