GifCam 5.5

Jan 05 2018 Published by under GifCam

Dear people who use GifCam,
It’s been nearly two years since the last update of GifCam! ):  sigh.. I know,
but I’ve decided “strongly” to come up with a new and improved version :) and to fulfill my promises of polishing the software, also I’ve found a lot of nice people in the comments and the social media still prefer GifCam over other gif recorders, so it’s nice to make it better :)

Here is GifCam 5.5 I will keep it on this blog post as a Beta for testing and feedback before approving it on the official GifCam page:

  • Automatically detect and set transparent/greenscreen color, so if your recording contains green color the transparent/greenscreen will be set to red, if it contains green & red it will be blue and so on..

this feature will be helpful for many users who haven’t figured out how to change the greenscreen color manually, thinking there is a bug in gifcam , also you can still change it manually if you like to get the effect of having one of the recording color matching the transparing color which create an interesting effects sometimes :)

  • An option for saving “setting.ini” in the same gifcam directory, with that option you can move your settings with GifCam.exe and you can have multiple GifCam.exe with different settings.

  • GifCam 5.5 can access/use 4GB address space on 64 bit computers which is the maximum memory usage for 32bit applications.

  • Accurate pixel perfect recording area calculations (in older versions recording area does not match the output gif accurately)

  • fixing “recording outside area” & “black border” for some high screen resolution displays.

  • Supporting dropping gif file on the main GifCam window to open it.

I used to reply to all your comments and take suggestions considerably to improve and polish GifCam (nowadays I don’t know if I have the energy & time to reply to all your comments but for sure I would read them all seriously), so if you have any suggestions/features you are more than welcome.

Finally I would like to apologize for the “too late update”, and I hope you like the new features :)

Update:
one comment @Adam mentioned a “recording outside area” bug when scaling the display more than 100% I fixed that! and updated the binary! other than that I see no other issues, so I will update GifCam home page with version 5.5 soon , GifCam 5.5 Final Release is Here, thank you for the feedback :)

 

57 responses so far

  • L M says:

    Thanks for the update.

  • Alamarus says:

    Nice! I really love this program it is way more helpful and useful than I thought it was going to be.
    Thank you!

  • Westmark says:

    As you have webm support in VClip, would it be possible to add that to GifCam aswell? Or maybe have some simple edit tools in VClip as there are in GifCam?

    Love these apps!

    • Isa says:

      I think it will be more convenient to add edit tool to VClip than bringing Webm to GifCam , I will work on that and thanks for using GifCam and VClip.

  • smaragdus says:

    Many thanks for “Save Settings On GifCam Path” option- for me true portable mode is essential!

  • decembre says:

    If we use “Disk” as memory we can’t edit the GIF ?

    • Isa says:

      Because the frames have to be in the memory to be edited, but for now you can edit and delete the recorded frames form the temp folder (%UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Temp\GifCamTemporaryFrames), also version 5.5 can allocate 4 GB which is the maximum memory alcoation for 32 bit applications, so if you have enough memory go and set the memory usage to 4000000000.

  • decembre says:

    Can you add the possibility to import / merge 2 gifs in one (and place it to the place of our choice)?

  • decembre says:

    saving settings can include the greenscrean of our choice (no greenscrean for me) ?

    • Isa says:

      I think no reason for saving greenscreen color choice, as it will be detected automatically.

      • drgutman says:

        I think he’s asking if there is a way to set in gifcam.ini Show Green screen to off by default, not to a default specific color. At least that’s what I was searching when I found this thread.
        I tried to add

        [Edit]
        ShowGreenScreen=0

        but to no avail :)

        Thank you for a great tool either way :D

  • nick1232 says:

    Nice, I was thinking this project was already complete and abandoned. =)
    #BELIEVE there will be some improvements to filename. I mentioned this, year before, but 5.0 versions comments now are just pile of spam.
    What I think will be nice – some additional checkbox in settings, something like “Filename-to-datetime”. As result we would get automated filenames, so we don’t need to rename GIF.gif each time, if you are creating multiple files in a short period of time.

    • Isa says:

      I think there is no complete and no perfect software, but there was no clearly important features to add to GifCam, so the new version 5.5 is more like a polishing release, I will take your file name suggestion into consideration in the next update, Thanks for the comment :)

  • Dennis says:

    Better late than never! Your GifCam update will make all GIF users rejoice. Developing/sharing GIFs without sacrificing social media security is clutch. Apology of course accepted. Glad to have you back!

  • Fristajler says:

    The best application for creating gifs! Is it only possible that an application contains an option to optimize gif?

    Once again, the best application!

    Cheers.

    • Isa says:

      You mean optimizing gif colors and size? currently there are 6 colors reduction options plus custom color reduction and you can edit the gif hue and saturation which can optimize the color and size of the gif and you can analyze the output gif using “profile” functionality.

  • Adam N. A. says:

    Hmm, still captures the wrong area of the screen with Display scaling in Windows set to 125% (using a 15 inch 1080p laptop monitor at normal scale puts too much strain on my eyes). I hope you figure out that bug for GifCam and VClip eventually. Thank you for the new greenscreen detection, it is a lot more intuitive.

    • Isa says:

      Thank you Adam for reporting that bug, I updated GifCam with a screen scaling fix, I think I fixed it permanently this time :) redownload it please.

      • Adam N. A. says:

        Thank you. The fix worked great. P.S. Just before noticing this I also tried the “Override high DPI scaling behavior” option in Properties > Compatibility and it resolved the issue for both GifCam and Vclip. Nevertheless this is a big improvement and I really appreciate it.

  • Ajay Karat says:

    Gifcam is one of my most used applications. Love the previous version, and super glad to know there is a big update!
    Thank you so much for keeping this project alive and running

    Cheers

    Ajay Karat
    http://www.devilsgarage.com

  • Mark says:

    First of all, thank you very much for this wonderful little tool! And glad to hear about the new update, I’ve been using it for a while now.

    One question I have though is how can I capture a “context menu”. Basically the file menu or a right click menu, in my gif? I find myself needing this all the time!

    • Isa says:

      Thanks Mark, you can capture context menus like you capture anything else, just right click inside the recording area and the context menu will get captured.

  • Trafalgar says:

    Thanks for still supporting this. It is much appreciated.

    Btw. is there an option to export individual or all frames? That would be awesome, because often enoough I need to edit the .gifs that I create and nothing would be better than exporting the frames from its original source.

    • Isa says:

      Tick “use hard disk” option in the customization window to save the recorded frames in a Temporary folder, there is a text link “Temporary folder” in the customization window that leads to the saved frames.

  • daved says:

    The only thing this is missing is the ability to select and delete frames within a gif as a whole rather than one by one.
    (Gif has 125 frames and you want to delete frames 65-78. You can’t do a group delete. It has to be separate frame deletions)

    • Isa says:

      You can delete in-between frames, go to Edit and right click on any frame then keyboard input, there is a delete from to option.

  • Cloud Han says:

    Any chance we will have it on Windows Store?

    • Isa says:

      Maybe, having GifCam in Windows store gives many advantages like safe install and automatic update, but it seems like Microsoft trying to build a closed platform and controlling software distribution.

  • webfork says:

    Thanks for keeping up with the program. The work you’re doing here helps a lot of people.

  • nanoant says:

    First of all many thanks for such a great little tool!
    (I have once sent a comment to v5.1, but I cannot find it anymore — stuck in review?, so I gonna repeat it below.)

    Long story short, it seems GifCam uses BitBlt without CAPTUREBLT (0x40000000) flag, which unfortunately makes all semi-transparent (aka layered) windows to be NOT included in the capture on recent Windows. Can you please either add CAPTUREBLT as an option or simply default (is there any benefit of not including it?), so GifCam captures screen “as seen” by user?

    Btw. It there a change to open-source this app on GitHub? It would be great gift to the community :)

    • Isa says:

      Thanks for the informative comment and sorry for my late reply, I hadn’t noticed BitBlt CAPTUREBLT flag, BitBlt captures layered and semi-transparent windows without CAPTUREBLT Flag at least for any Windows OS with Aero enabled or Windows 8 and above. it’s not well documented I guess it doesn’t have any effect anymore, but I will add CAPTUREBLT flag in any case in the next update. I think at some point I will open source gifcam as a gift, but for now there are other popular open-source gif screen recorders on GitHub LICEcap written in C++ and ScreenToGif written in C#.

  • George says:

    hi , can i change manu and add something like timer ?

  • Splatacake says:

    Can you make it so you can change the directory where the temporary files go

    i have multiple hard drives, and it seems to default to the C:

    I would really prefer it go to my X: instead

  • Splatacake says:

    when you press the drop down arrow next to Rec, then hit customization and then click Temporary Folder, it saves it to C: and there is no way to move it to another drive, even if copy paste it a new location and delete the one in C: it remakes it

    • Isa says:

      GifCam saves recorded frames in a temporarily folder only if you check use hard disk radio button, it is recommended to use memory option as it’s faster for storing and manipulating data, for long records and if you have enough RAM you can set the memory usage up to 4000000000 (4GB). but if you want to use the hard disk option GifCam saves the recoded frames in the default windows temporary folder %temp%, so change windows default temporarily folder and all your applications temporary files directory will be changed.

      • confused says:

        Should it be 4096000000? The text field is missing binary size units (KB, MB, GB, etc.), so I can’t tell if it’s using KiB (Kibibyte) or KB (Kilobyte).

  • AskingUser says:

    If at some point in the future, you feel you would like to discontinue Gifcam, will you eventually release the source code licensed under GPL?

    Thanks.

  • Fannste94 says:

    Can you please update the software

  • Chris Hecker says:

    Hi Isa, can you make it so the avi export uses the frame timings? It’s a great feature for getting truecolor animations out of the capture in addition to gifs, but the export doesn’t keep the timings so the AVI isn’t very useful if the frames have been diffed and have different timings. Thanks, and I love gifcam and I happily paid for it!

    • Chris Hecker says:

      Also, you have a tiny bug in that if you often get .avi.avi in the filename…I think the windows file dialog appends it and then you append the extension again in your code maybe?

      Thanks!

      • Isa says:

        Exactly, I will remove the extra avi extension from the code in the next update, thank you for the comment and the donation, I really appreciate your innovative work in games and software field.

    • Isa says:

      Chris Hecker! I can’t believe you comment on my website :), yes gifcam captures at different frame timings, and it adds delays when no pixel change happens in the recording area, unfortunately avi format does not have delay between frames and playback at fixed frame rate. I wrote another version specific for capturing video+loopback it can export gif too http://blog.bahraniapps.com/vclip/

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