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New Cam..... sorta

February 19, 2004 10:26

By popular request, I've added a live updating screenshot of the computer to my left. Since it's running linux, I accomplished this (thanks with a few tips from mizery_) by using xwd to capture the screen and convert to change the image to a jpg and knock it down to 320x240. After that, it was just a matter of configuring another cam entry. It updates every 5 seconds. The only downside of this method is that it's enough of a resource hog that I notice it when I'm watching movies, even when I have both programs niced. While this is not really the crisis it might seem to be, it might create problems when I start encoding cam streams off this server again. We'll have to see. And if anyone knows any utilities that might work better, please let me know. Also feel free to suggest themes. It's running Gnome.

I would also like to be able to do this with my windows desktop, but all the applications I've found that will do automated timed screen captures seem to be shareware products. If anyone knows of any free, or better yet open source, windows screen capture utilities that can automatically save a screen capture every few seconds AND not take a huge resource hit at the same time, let me know.