I want to perform screen captures to a windows PC from a vga / svideo card.

Posted on 2006-05-07
Last Modified: 2011-09-20

I want to perform screen captures to a windows PC from a vga / svideo card in order to publish a few "howto" guides.  Finaly I hope to give something back to the Linux community.

I have this card:

I can read from the svideo port on my dvd player and however if I move it to my PC, I do not get a signal.    Some weeks ago I had an expensive video capture card and it worked fine on this svideo card so I know the card is putting out signal.
Question by:bitmechanic
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    You dont need a video capture card for capturing screen input -- that card is for movies and streaming video input.

    To capture apps direct from the screen, simply download a free program called MWSnap from this site -
    Install it.  And when the application is on the screen, open MWsnap, click any rectangle area, and outline the box of the applications window that you want to capture.  Double click and it will "snap" that screen image, and ask you to save it to a JPG file, choose high quality, and save each screen you want this way, as you run the app.

    Now develop your web page or document, and insert those JPGs right in the text where you need them.  VOILA!  It is an instant program description on how to use any software.  This is the way the PROS do it, get with it too!!

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    I want to snap things installing like redhat while it is booting.  Also I would like to do screen shots while I am in the bios.

    It also needs to be compatable with vmware, windows and other linuxes.


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    Also it would  be nice to make a movie of it so I can go back after the fact, snap my screens and make a video of it.

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    Are you able to get TV out working? If you can, then you could hook the TV out to a VCR or PVR or something like that and record what's showing on the computer screen... and then you can play back the video afterwards and take screen shots?

    Or... break out your digital camera and take pictures of the computer monitor. :)

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