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4 Oct 2016CPOL
Create a screen recorder using C#


In this tip, we create a customized screen recorder using C#.NET.


At work, we wanted a screen recorder to record the procedure. Unfortunately, we don't have any screen recorder. So I developed a screen recorder in C# to record our screen.

Using the Code

At first, create a source and install Accord.Video.FFMPEG from nuget library.

Image 1

Screen recorder is created by a timer and VideoFileWriter.

First of all, initialize a timer control and assign properties to the control. Then, create a tick event to that timer .

timer1 = new Timer();
timer1.Interval = 20;
timer1.Tick += timer1_Tick;
vf = new VideoFileWriter();
vf.Open("Exported_Video.avi", 800, 600, 25, VideoCodec.MPEG4, 1000000);

Create a start button to start the timer.

private void button1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)

In the timer tick event, create a bitmap image from the size of VideoFileWriter and capture screen and write it to bitmap image. Then, write the image to VideoFileWriter.

private void timer1_Tick(object sender, EventArgs e)
    bp = new Bitmap(800, 600);
    gr = Graphics.FromImage(bp);
    gr.CopyFromScreen(0, 0, 0, 0, new Size(bp.Width, bp.Height));
    pictureBox1.Image = bp;
    pictureBox1.SizeMode = PictureBoxSizeMode.StretchImage;

Create a stop button to stop the timer and save the file.

private void button2_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)


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AnswerThe real solution is just a one-liner Pin
Sergey Alexandrovich Kryukov4-Jan-21 12:59
mvaSergey Alexandrovich Kryukov4-Jan-21 12:59 
QuestionAudio not coming in Recorded video Pin
LekshmiM25-Sep-20 7:32
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Questionhalf-baked idea Pin
bechemot9930-Mar-20 18:14
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QuestionCreates one frame and stops Pin
Gerry Lindsay19-Nov-19 5:14
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QuestionThrows "Bad Parameter Passed" sometimes Pin
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AnswerRe: Throws "Bad Parameter Passed" sometimes Pin
Laurent Chougrani3-Dec-19 0:24
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AnswerRe: Throws "Bad Parameter Passed" sometimes Pin
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GeneralThank you Pin
kjun091816-Apr-18 22:36
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QuestionNo have VB.NET source? Pin
Member 137584624-Apr-18 1:54
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Questionneed help in implementing this code Pin
Ahmad_Mustafa26-Apr-17 21:43
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QuestionCode? Pin
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GeneralMy vote of 1 Pin
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GeneralRe: My vote of 1 PinPopular
E. Scott McFadden6-Oct-16 17:14
professionalE. Scott McFadden6-Oct-16 17:14 
I really hate it when people give low score for silly reasons. If you have written something that avoids the library, you should post your own article. If you have ever posted an article, you would understand how much work it is to do and, with your example, how much you leave yourself exposed to unremarkable comments.

Unless the code or theory is significantly flawed, don't vote one. The only thing he failed in was his ability to impress you.

Arun, good article and try to keep up the good work.
QuestionAnd where is your contribution? Pin
Sergey Alexandrovich Kryukov4-Jan-21 6:30
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QuestionBadImageFormat Pin
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QuestionSubject line misspelled. Pin
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