LICEcap - screen recorder

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LICEcap - screen recorder

#1 Post by I am Baas » Mon Jan 02, 2012 12:39 am

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LICEcap can capture an area of your desktop and save it directly to .GIF (for viewing in web browsers, etc) or .LCF. Features and options:

•Record directly to .GIF or .LCF.
•Move the screen capture frame while recording.
•Pause and restart recording, with optional inserted text messages.
•Global hotkey (shift+space) to toggle pausing while recording
•Adjustable maximum recording framerate, to allow throttling CPU usage.
•Basic title frame, with or without text.
•Record mouse button presses.
•Display elapsed time in the recording.
http://www.cockos.com/licecap/

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Version tested: 1.2
Settings: licecap.ini in AppData\Roaming
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Re: LICEcap

#2 Post by webfork » Mon Jan 02, 2012 3:50 pm

I'm interested in finding a way to use this to make simple animations and post them to demonstrate processes, but of course long GIF animations can get pretty large (the demonstration above is 1.2 megs), so I looked into a compression tool similar to Riot (remove extra colors and convert to PNG).

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Re: LICEcap

#3 Post by joby_toss » Mon Jan 02, 2012 4:05 pm

A nice alternative (not free) is StepShot.

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#4 Post by webfork » Mon Jan 02, 2012 4:21 pm

joby_toss wrote:A nice alternative (not free) is StepShot.
Yes, that is a great idea and a cool program.
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Re: LICEcap

#5 Post by I am Baas » Mon Jan 02, 2012 4:26 pm

webfork wrote:
joby_toss wrote:A nice alternative (not free) is StepShot.
Yes, that is a great idea and a cool program.
Requires Microsoft .NET Framework V4.0.
BTW, there's a free "Express" version too.
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Re: LICEcap

#6 Post by webfork » Mon Jan 09, 2012 2:05 pm

I tested this out anyway because I really need something to do what it does. Very useful program for creating super-quick howto vids, a look at the various capabilities of a program, and demonstrations. Supports text overlay, speed change, and the interface is intuitive and simple.
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Re: LICEcap

#7 Post by webfork » Mon Jan 09, 2012 2:49 pm

A quick video breakdown on StepShot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xOKDTzTS4E
I am Baas wrote:BTW, there's a free "Express" version too.
Limitations:
  • Only one export template (with watermarks on each page);
    Documents can only be exported as PDF files;
    Each exported image is watermarked.
I'm going to test it out anyhow.
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Re: LICEcap

#8 Post by webfork » Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:22 am

Update: Posted something to LICEcap forum both about portability and some difficulties converting to the APNG format, so at least now they're aware.
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Re: LICEcap

#9 Post by guinness » Thu Mar 29, 2012 3:44 am

LICEcap was an application I was looking for, so as a small contribution to TPFC I created this VBScript to do the following. Run licecap.exe, wait for it to close and then move the INI file from the %APPDATA% folder back to the location of where licecap.exe is located. Just save this file as LiceCap.vbs (or something similar) and place next to the executable licecap.exe. Use UniExtract to extract the NSIS installer.

I will be uploading this VBScript code to my website too. [DONE]

Any problems just let me know.

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'~ Created by: SoftwareSpot (c) 2012
'~ Created: 29th March 2012.
'~ Website: http://softwarespot.wordpress.com/code/vbscript/
'~ Important Notice: Please do not link to this file directly, instead link to the website http://softwarespot.wordpress.com/code/vbscript/

Option Explicit
Dim oFileSystem, oShell, sAppData, sScriptDir

Set oFileSystem = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set oShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")

'~ Application data folder.
sAppData = oShell.Environment("PROCESS").Item("APPDATA") & "\"

'~ Directory of the running script.
sScriptDir = oFileSystem.GetParentFolderName(WScript.ScriptFullName) & "\"

'~ Copy the INI file from the running script directory to the Application data folder.
If oFileSystem.FileExists(sScriptDir & "licecap.ini") Then
	oFileSystem.CopyFile sScriptDir & "licecap.ini", sAppData & "licecap.ini" , True
End If

'~ Run the LICEcap executable and wait for it to close.
oShell.Run """" & sScriptDir & "licecap.exe""", 1, True

'~ Delete the INI file from the running script directory.
oFileSystem.DeleteFile sScriptDir & "licecap.ini", True

'~ Move the INI file from the Application data folder to the running script directory.
oFileSystem.MoveFile sAppData & "licecap.ini", sScriptDir & "licecap.ini"
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Re: LICEcap

#10 Post by guinness » Thu Mar 29, 2012 10:25 pm

Here's an example I recorded for Keyndicate (select Screenshot.)

The final size for this example was a respectable 336KB, which is very small.
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Re: LICEcap

#11 Post by joby_toss » Fri Mar 30, 2012 4:51 am

It looks very nice!

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Re: LICEcap

#12 Post by guinness » Fri Mar 30, 2012 5:03 am

This is my new favourite toy. They say a picture tells a thousand words so how many words does an animated gif tell?

Answer: Recorded at 8fps multiplied by the number of seconds and then multiply that result by 1000, then you get your answer.
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Re: LICEcap

#13 Post by ZZZ » Fri Mar 30, 2012 10:26 pm

guinness wrote:Any problems just let me know.
Hi!
Is LICEcap stealth (with this script)?
I´ve tryed, but... :?:
What must be first - Uniextract the installer (licecap12-install.exe) or what? And then?
It leaves licecap.ini in Appdata.

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Re: LICEcap

#14 Post by guinness » Wed Apr 04, 2012 1:30 am

UniExtract the installer and then place the LICEcap.vbs next to LICEcap.exe and start LICEcap.vbs. It will then run LICEcap.exe and wait until the program finishes, in which it moves the INI file to the location of LICEcap.exe.

It's Portable as I've used it to create some gif animations. If you need an animation to show you how to install it etc... then please let me know @ZZZ.
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Re: LICEcap

#15 Post by guinness » Wed Apr 04, 2012 1:53 am

For those just starting out with AutoIt and want a 'real world' example, then this is how you would achieve it. Please use the well documented Help file for descriptions about the the native functions.

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#cs
	Created by: SoftwareSpot (c) 2012
	Created: 4th April 2012.
	Website: http://softwarespot.wordpress.com/code/vbscript/
	Important Notice: Please do not link to this file directly, instead link to the website http://softwarespot.wordpress.com/code/vbscript/
#ce

Exit _Main()

Func _Main()
	If FileExists(@ScriptDir & '\licecap.ini') Then
		FileCopy(@ScriptDir & '\licecap.ini', @AppDataDir & '\', 1)
	EndIf
	Local $iExitCode = RunWait(@ScriptDir & '\LICEcap.exe', @ScriptDir, @SW_SHOW)
	If FileExists(@AppDataDir & '\licecap.ini') Then
		FileMove(@AppDataDir & '\licecap.ini', @ScriptDir & '\', 1)
	EndIf
	Return $iExitCode
EndFunc   ;==>_Main
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