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ScreenToGif v2.41 Updated

Andrew Lee on 29 Mar 2024
  • 20MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 26 Mar 2024
  • Suggested by Wolfghost

ScreenToGif is a feature-rich recording program for screen, webcam and whiteboard. The program is customizable, includes hotkeys and recordings can be edited and saved to animated GIF, APNG or video formats. You can control frame-rate, snap the recorder to a window, add text/objects, and denote mouse-clicks and key-presses. The editor can also modify existing GIFs and includes resize, crop, flip/rotate, captions, progress bars, borders, watermarks, transitions and more.

Runs on:Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Win11
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Microsoft .NET 6.0 Runtime (if installing the Light version)
Stealth: ? No
Unicode support: Yes
License: MS-PL
How to extract:
  1. Download the "Portable" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Create an empty file in the same folder and rename it to Settings.xaml
  3. Open Settings.xaml in a text editor and enter the following:

    <ResourceDictionary xmlns="" xmlns:stgde="clr-namespace:ScreenToGif.Domain.Enums;assembly=ScreenToGif.Domain" xmlns:x="" xmlns:s="clr-namespace:System;assembly=System.Private.CoreLib">
    <s:String x:Key="TemporaryFolder">.</s:String>

  4. Save Settings.xaml and launch ScreenToGif.exe
Similar/alternative apps: GifCam, Instagiffer
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__philippe on 2017-08-15 19:05

ScreenToGif would be even better, if it was not for its unwieldy Net Framework 4.6.1 addiction
(2.5 GB of available hard disk space required).

For me, I'll stick with leaner, self-contained GifCam instead, thank you.

webfork on 2017-09-08 03:15

The editor for this program just gets better and better. I've really enjoyed seeing it's progress over time.

portablefree on 2022-07-06 16:54

Some interesting news:
- Updated to 2.37 2022, May, 1st
- Repackaged since 2.36 (see
"New installer and portable versions with the full package (no .NET 6 download required) are available alongside with the lighter versions, which still require the installation of .NET 6 desktop runtime."

So, now we can have either:
- a self contained "" at 67.7 MB
- or a minimal "" at 6.96 MB... but we need .NET 6 installed on the PC :)

I will try it now, for sure :)

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PotPlayer v231102

Andrew Lee on 8 Nov 2023
  • 122MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 2 Nov 2023
  • Suggested by Ruby

PotPlayer is a feature-rich media player that plays hundreds of different video and audio formats without any dependency on installed codecs, as well as streaming media and DVD video. The program includes configurable subtitles, audio and subtitles delay adjustment, video equalizer, 3D capabilities, playlist support, bookmarks, audio visualizations etc.

The program can also capture video sequences and record audio, split video and add processing filters. It can sleep or shut down the computer after a timer finishes or at a set time.

Alternatively, PotPlayer Portable is also available.

Runs on:Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? No
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Create an empty text file named PotPlayerMini.ini (PotPlayerMini64.ini for the 64-bit version) and paste the following contents:


  3. Launch PotPlayerMini.exe or PotPlayerMini64.exe

Optionally, remove the following folders: $COMMONFILES, $PLUGINSDIR, and $SYSDIR
Similar/alternative apps: Media Player Classic - Home Cinema, VLC Media Player
What's new? See:
Latest comments
Andrew Lee on 2023-07-08 08:07

@loin2kolpotoru: Any reference for this? The official website and a couple of places I search seems to indicate that it still supports WinXP.

loin2kolpotoru on 2023-07-09 14:58

I have personally tried to install latest version of PotPlayer on xp but it displayed error message PotPlayer only supports vista or later os.

Plus here we can see what is the last xp supported version -

Andrew Lee on 2023-07-10 01:49

@loin2kolpotoru: Thanks for the info! I have updated the entry and removed XP support.

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VLC v3.0.20

lwc on 11 Nov 2023
  • 121MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 31 Oct 2023
  • Suggested by Andrew Lee

VLC is a skinnable, feature-rich media player that supports a wide variety of multimedia file and streaming formats. It can play files while they download, from inside RAR files, online radio stations, convert video formats and much more.

The software can also behave as a streaming server for delivering video in unicast or multicast mode.

Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Win11
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes. If following "How to extract".
Unicode support: Yes
License: GPL
How to extract:
  1. Download the latest (64 or 32 bit) ZIP or 7Z package
  2. Extract to a folder of your choice.
  3. Create subfolder called portable
  4. Launch vlc.exe.

Optionally, delete unnecessary locales, and avoid optional traces by running (see this) VLC with a custom config like vlc --config=zero-cache containing:

Similar/alternative apps: MPC-HC, SMPlayer, PotPlayer
What's new? See:
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lwc on 2021-11-05 04:05

Per the last comment (or rather comments), it's true VLC is infamous for never including the 64 bit in the regular download page.
I've therefore edited the entry to link to an official archive (more techy page) that always contains both the latest 64 and 32 bit versions (in both 7Z and regular ZIP).

PAFuser on 2022-03-07 20:48

Also available from (32 bit). (64 bit can replace PortableApps 32 bit files.)

MoisheP on 2023-10-13 14:18

It might be easier for some to download the Windows installer, e.g., vlc-3.0.19-win64.exe directly from and unpack using 7-Zip to the VLC folder.

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GifCam v7.0

Andrew Lee on 6 Jul 2022
  • 2MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 2 Jun 2022
  • Suggested by guinness

GifCam is a handy and reliable application designed to record the screen and to convert the recordings into GIF format. It supports to define the recording frame rate, to select the color quality, to add a text in frames, capture the cursor and much more.

Great for demonstrations, how-tos and bug testing.

Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder (if "Save Settings On GifCam Path" checked in "Customization")
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch GifCam.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: ScreenToGif, LICEcap
What's new? See:
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__philippe on 2018-01-13 11:23

GifCam v5.5 ßeta 5-JAN-2018 is out (new version since v5.1 OCT2015)

As first mentioned by hamasaki

GifCam v.55 changelog:
- Automatically detects and set transparent/greenscreen color
- Option for saving “setting.ini” in the same gifcam directory
- GifCam 5.5 can access/use 4GB address space on 64 bit computers
- Accurate pixel perfect recording area calculations
- Fixed “recording outside area” & “black border” for some high-res displays
- Supports dropping gif file on the main GifCam window to open it.

portablefree on 2022-07-06 17:03

Updated to version 7.0 (2022-06-02, 2022, June, 2nd)
- Quantize Windows Color Reduction: Reduce to an optimal 256 color Windows palette. It’s slow encoding, but in some cases it gives better color-matching than quantize.
- Option for global CTRL+R shortcut key for rec/stop.
- Option for saving last position: If this option is not checked, the gifcam app will open in the center of the desktop.
- Auto-space between frames and delay labels regardless of system font size.
- Fixed Windows XP right click menu.
- Some other bug fixes.

__philippe on 2022-07-07 10:04

Belatedly discovered a Gifcam quirk in the Win XP version...:-(
(XP buttons regrettably lack the side arrow ▼ included in Win7 version):

• Right-clicking "Rec" button opens a keyboard shortcuts list
• Right-clicking "Save" button opens an options + "about" list

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CloudShot v6.3.0

billon on 6 May 2019
  • 6MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 5 May 2019
  • Suggested by joby_toss

CloudShot is a screen-capture program with edition and upload options. The program can capture individual screen selections or a short (60 second max) animated GIF. For images, you can crop, add arrows, boxes, notes etc. and then saved to a local or remote destination.

Upload services supported include FTP, Imgur, Dropbox, OneDrive or GoogleDrive.

Runs on:Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Microsoft .NET Framework v4.0
Stealth: ? No. Log file saved to AppData\Local\Microsoft\CLR_v4.0\UsageLogs
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the "Portable version" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch CloudShot.exe.

To save files captured to the local folder, open Settings and choose Local/Network folder, Save location and paste ./Captures (thanks tproli).
Similar/alternative apps: PicPick, ShareX, Snipaste
What's new?
  • Visual style and color improvements in screenshots editor.
  • Changed arrow figure appearance in screenshots editor.
  • Added corner radius for rectangular figures in screenshots editor.
  • Fixed:
    • Bug with deletion of all files in local-copied folder;
    • Render of drop-down control on high-DPI screens;
    • Bug in GIF recording reset, when reset button didn't remove old record.
  • Some other improvements.
Latest comments
tproli on 2017-01-19 12:23

Enter "./Captures" to the "Settings->Local/Network folder -> Save location" to save captures/recordings to the application folder.

hamasaki on 2017-03-04 05:08

Under network folders if you click to open gallery, it throws an exception.

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Instagiffer Portable v1.75

billon on 1 Jan 2021
  • 66MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 29 Jun 2016
  • Suggested by instagiffer

Instagiffer is a toolset for creating animated GIFs from a variety of sources. The program can capture your screen or import directly from Youtube, most popular video formats, and even add (import) images. Just add a video or URL, tweak a variety of settings for size, brightness, style, and quality, and then upload.

The program can also delete and export frames, make common edits, captions, filters, and as well as do active screen captures for quick demonstrations or for grabbing unsupported video formats.

Cross platform with a version available for Mac.

Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Temporary data is written to %USERPROFILE%\.instagiffer\ by default but can be configured in instagiffer.conf.
Dependencies: Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 SP1 Redistributable Package (x86)
Unicode support: Partial
License: BSD
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch instagiffer.exe.

Optionally, delete unins000.exe and unins000.dat
Similar/alternative apps: GifCam
What's new? See:
Latest comments
webfork on 2014-10-11 03:12

The Youtube converter was surprisingly easy and the quality options are impressive and easy.

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Video to Video v2.9.6.10

webfork on 2 Aug 2020
  • 72MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 10 Jun 2013
  • Suggested by Wolfghost

Video to Video is a feature-rich tool to convert over 200 input formats to any of over 700 output presets. Includes a built-in, high-quality DVD Ripper that supports foreign language subtitles, a video joiner to combine multiple movies in one, as well as a splitter to cut out parts of the video that you find interesting without converting the entire video.

Functional in 64-bit.

Runs on:Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the "portable" package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch vv.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: Handbrake, Tencoder, XMedia Recode
What's new?
  • Updated FFmpeg libraries to 1.2
  • Rotate bug fixed - v.
  • Profiles bug fixed - portable version
  • Minor improvements
Latest comments
katip on 2020-11-08 08:00

it works if you run vv.exe "as administrator".
win10 b.19041.572

PAFuser on 2021-03-31 20:09

Only notice webfork's comment today. Used Universal Extractor 2 to extract to a new folder and ran vv.exe. Still unable to get portable version to run, even as administrator.

Andrew Lee on 2021-04-01 01:35

The portable ZIP did not work, but the extracted installer files worked fine for me without running as admin.

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