I see a couple questions like this but they don't really answer my question, and many nights of Google searches haven't turned up any good solutions.

Is there some software I can use to record my screen, either all windows on the desktop or a full screen application hopefully, and then save a JPG file periodically to a folder? Maybe a screen capture program that will automatically save images several times a minute? Or a web cam type software that would fulfill a similar purpose with images or video, but not require plugins such as Java or Flash?

I can take the files that it generates and make my own Javascript enhanced HTML page that refreshes with the newest image, but if that feature is part of the package even better.

I'm using Windows 7 currently, and the goal is to be able to view what my computer is up to remotely, from a simple web browser on another computer or on my smartphone.

  • To me screen capturing == camtasia. There may be free/cheaper solutions out there though. – billc.cn Dec 19 '11 at 1:34
  • Try ActivePresenter. It allows you to record full motion video or capture series of images. – ExpExc Dec 19 '11 at 10:19

I found several different programs that will do this after a few seconds of Google Search. My search criteria was

automatic screen capture

AutoScreenShot http://www.theuds.com/download/install_autoscreenshot.exe AutoScreenShot

Fergo Fergo's Website Fergo

  • Sigh... thanks for proving my ineptness in Google :) I guess I kept typing in webcam or screenshot or something, then today I decided I was willing to write an HTML / Javascript solution if I could just get a series of JPGs. – miahelf Dec 19 '11 at 5:16

Not free, but you can use SnagIt to perform a screen capture every [x] number of seconds/minutes/hours and have it automatically save to a certain file/folder.

  • Did you not see my answer from two hours ago? Posted two free ways. – kobaltz Dec 19 '11 at 3:27
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    I saw it, but wanted to post another solution – quickcel Dec 19 '11 at 3:56
  • Yea. I use SnagIT every day. It is pretty amazing. – kobaltz Dec 19 '11 at 4:02
  • After checking these out SnagIt is a very good suggestion too. – miahelf Dec 19 '11 at 5:18

It seems like what you want to accomplish is the equivalent of VNC: virtual network computing, or network remote control. It's pretty simple to set up a VNC server on a desktop machine, and you can use a VNC client to monitor that computer in a "view only" mode. VNC is a pretty standard network protocol, so you'll need to have the right network infrastructure in place depending on where you want to view it from.

This also necessitates that you have a VNC client on the computer you wish to view from. If this is not necessarily the case, it is possible to use a Flash or Java VNC client that is viewable in a browser; you could provide this either on another server or as an HTTP service on the computer on which you are running the VNC server.

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