Capture Screen with ffmpeg / screencast

On Windows you can record your screen to an .mp4 file using ffmpeg:

  • Download ffmpeg for Windows from http://ffmpeg.zeranoe.com/builds/
  • Run e.g. with following command: ffmpeg -f gdigrab -framerate 30 -show_region 1 -i desktop out.mp4

(the capture devices

video="UScreenCapture"

and

video="screen-capture-recorder"

did not work for me on my Windows 10 machine, they were not even listed in the available video devices.)

For details see ffmpeg's https://trac.ffmpeg.org/wiki/Capture/Desktop

On Windows 10, you can also try to use Windows' Screen Recording to record a window. Just press Win+G and check Yes, this is a game. Afterwards you get a Record button. Your recordings will be saved to %HOMEPATH%\Videos\Captures

One thought on “Capture Screen with ffmpeg / screencast”

  1. Many thanks for your tip.

    It is the only way of screen capture with ffmpeg on the Win10 computer I have to use (I’m a Fedora user).

    Do you know how I could capture sound from the audio card?

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