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I need a simple, no nonsense nor bloatware screen capture program with the ability to
- capture the current application
- capture full screen
- save the files with increasing index in the filename into a predefined directory for quick capturing
- and a trim function

I'm making some tutorials for some students, and most of the ones I've seen fail on at least one of those requirements.

Has anyone got any recommendations perhaps?

This is not a -mention every screen capture program in existence- question.

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If you are really looking for a screencast in windows, then you can always go for software such as screen-capture-recorder-to-video-windows-free and virtual-audio-capture-grabber-device which are free and open source. If you want to see how it works before trying it out, you can visit this tutorial.

The basic logic behind these is that they use ffmpeg which in turn uses 'screen-capture-recorder-to-video-windows-free' for its video input and 'virtual-audio-capture-grabber-device which are free' for its audio input. Both of these are configurable. The tutorial shows how smooth the recording goes. These software also provide a UI (developed in Java) for changing settings as suited to the user.

e.g use (from command line):

ffmpeg -f dshow -i audio="virtual-audio-capturer":video="screen-capture-recorder" ScreenCast.mp4

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They might be opensource and free, but seriously, the author could have taken a moment to pick a name which doesn't make them sound like your regular malware :P –  Gnoupi Oct 25 '12 at 8:59
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I'm using PicPick, it fit all your needs with the following exception

  • When you use auto-saving, you can't edit (trim for example) the screenshot before it's saved.
  • The current version (3.1.5) is a little bit heavy (> 10 MB), the old versions are lightweight (ver 2.1.5 < 1.5 MB)
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