screen-movie is a thin wrapper around ffmpeg, suitable for video screen capture, even on an old computer.

It is written in bash.

Usage looks like:

You can download it here.

Video capture is a challenge on old hardware. With ffmpeg, if the encoding gets behind because data is coming in too rapidly, then the audio will go silent from that point to the end of the movie. screen-movie attempts to handle this gracefully, as described in the usage message.

The author uses this script for video capture on a laptop purchased in 2015 with an old magnetic hard disk that spins at 5400rpm; it's pretty slow compared to a modern system with an SSD. This laptop has the following nbench numbers:

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