Yesterday I wanted to show to a developer the behaviour of a tool of his, so, to make a small "video" of how the program behaved I got Camstudio, which is seemingly a nice program, BUT that comes as a "online installer", with (optional) programs (adware), and that nice as it might be is a huge piece of bloat, the stupid 650 Kb installer downloaded and installed some 40 Mb or so.
Then I proceeded to record the behaviour of the program, just a few seconds of "screenshot video", which turned out as a .avi file some 262 Mb in size .
Being the smart guy I am , I quickly fired up good ol' virtualdub : and quickly converted the .avi to an animated .gif, which resulted in some 1 Mb file, perfectly clear and visible.
Today I checked a bit around if there was a simpler solution, and found in no time the nice Licecap :
which plainly and simply and directly records screenshots to animated ,gif.
Don't be (too) fooled by the:
LICEcap v1.24 for Windows (12/29/13) (300kb installer)
the file \licecap124-install.exe opens allright with 7-zip and contains licecap.exe 145.484 bytes in size which works fine even if double clicked from within 7-zip. (the installer file also contains the source)
I tried replicating the same actions I had recorded yesterday and, including a "title screenshot" I obtained a similarly sized (actually a tidbit smaller) 1 Mb file, also perfectly clear and with the added bonus of highlighting with a circle mouse clicks.
The morals of the story are:
- small is beautiful, and small and fully portable is even better.
- you don't need a cannon to shoot a fly