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How to record screen video from command line console in VB.NET with ByteScout Screen Capturing SDK

Write code in VB.NET to record screen video from command line console with this step-by-step tutorial

Learn how to record screen video from command line console in VB.NET with this source code sample. Want to record screen video from command line console in your VB.NET app? ByteScout Screen Capturing SDK is designed for it. ByteScout Screen Capturing SDK is the tool for developers who want to add screen capturing in their application. Can record screen into video and into single screenshots. Output formats are WMV, AVI, WebM for video and PNG for screenshots. You can adjust output video size, quality, resolution, framerate, video and audio codecs. Includes special privacy features for blacking out sensitive information on screen. Can also capture video from web camera, can add overlays with text or images.

This code snippet below for ByteScout Screen Capturing SDK works best when you need to quickly record screen video from command line console in your VB.NET application. This VB.NET sample code is all you need for your app. Just copy and paste the code, add references (if needs to) and you are all set! Test VB.NET sample code examples whether they respond your needs and requirements for the project.

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CaptureScreenVB.VS2005.vbproj
      
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <Project DefaultTargets="Build" xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/developer/msbuild/2003"> <PropertyGroup> <Configuration Condition=" '$(Configuration)' == '' ">Debug</Configuration> <Platform Condition=" '$(Platform)' == '' ">AnyCPU</Platform> <ProductVersion>8.0.50727</ProductVersion> <SchemaVersion>2.0</SchemaVersion> <ProjectGuid>{B7EEF502-CF24-488F-AF06-25DACFC1EA79}</ProjectGuid> <OutputType>Exe</OutputType> <StartupObject>CaptureScreenVB.Module1</StartupObject> <RootNamespace>CaptureScreenVB</RootNamespace> <AssemblyName>CaptureScreenVB</AssemblyName> <MyType>Console</MyType> </PropertyGroup> <PropertyGroup Condition=" '$(Configuration)|$(Platform)' == 'Debug|AnyCPU' "> <DebugSymbols>true</DebugSymbols> <DebugType>full</DebugType> <DefineDebug>true</DefineDebug> <DefineTrace>true</DefineTrace> <OutputPath>bin\Debug\</OutputPath> <DocumentationFile>CaptureScreenVB.xml</DocumentationFile> <NoWarn>42016,41999,42017,42018,42019,42032,42036,42020,42021,42022</NoWarn> </PropertyGroup> <PropertyGroup Condition=" '$(Configuration)|$(Platform)' == 'Release|AnyCPU' "> <DebugType>pdbonly</DebugType> <DefineDebug>false</DefineDebug> <DefineTrace>true</DefineTrace> <Optimize>true</Optimize> <OutputPath>bin\Release\</OutputPath> <DocumentationFile>CaptureScreenVB.xml</DocumentationFile> <NoWarn>42016,41999,42017,42018,42019,42032,42036,42020,42021,42022</NoWarn> </PropertyGroup> <ItemGroup> <Reference Include="System" /> <Reference Include="System.Data" /> <Reference Include="System.Deployment" /> <Reference Include="System.Xml" /> </ItemGroup> <ItemGroup> <Import Include="Microsoft.VisualBasic" /> <Import Include="System" /> <Import Include="System.Collections" /> <Import Include="System.Collections.Generic" /> <Import Include="System.Data" /> <Import Include="System.Diagnostics" /> </ItemGroup> <ItemGroup> <Compile Include="Module1.vb" /> <Compile Include="My Project\AssemblyInfo.vb" /> <Compile Include="My Project\Application.Designer.vb"> <AutoGen>True</AutoGen> <DependentUpon>Application.myapp</DependentUpon> </Compile> <Compile Include="My Project\Resources.Designer.vb"> <AutoGen>True</AutoGen> <DesignTime>True</DesignTime> <DependentUpon>Resources.resx</DependentUpon> </Compile> <Compile Include="My Project\Settings.Designer.vb"> <AutoGen>True</AutoGen> <DependentUpon>Settings.settings</DependentUpon> <DesignTimeSharedInput>True</DesignTimeSharedInput> </Compile> </ItemGroup> <ItemGroup> <EmbeddedResource Include="My Project\Resources.resx"> <Generator>VbMyResourcesResXFileCodeGenerator</Generator> <LastGenOutput>Resources.Designer.vb</LastGenOutput> <CustomToolNamespace>My.Resources</CustomToolNamespace> <SubType>Designer</SubType> </EmbeddedResource> </ItemGroup> <ItemGroup> <None Include="My Project\Application.myapp"> <Generator>MyApplicationCodeGenerator</Generator> <LastGenOutput>Application.Designer.vb</LastGenOutput> </None> <None Include="My Project\Settings.settings"> <Generator>SettingsSingleFileGenerator</Generator> <CustomToolNamespace>My</CustomToolNamespace> <LastGenOutput>Settings.Designer.vb</LastGenOutput> </None> </ItemGroup> <ItemGroup> <COMReference Include="BytescoutScreenCapturingLib"> <Guid>{8EDAD3BB-AE5F-43B4-A2F1-B04F4130F2E0}</Guid> <VersionMajor>1</VersionMajor> <VersionMinor>0</VersionMinor> <Lcid>0</Lcid> <WrapperTool>tlbimp</WrapperTool> <Isolated>False</Isolated> <EmbedInteropTypes>True</EmbedInteropTypes> </COMReference> <COMReference Include="stdole"> <Guid>{00020430-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}</Guid> <VersionMajor>2</VersionMajor> <VersionMinor>0</VersionMinor> <Lcid>0</Lcid> <WrapperTool>primary</WrapperTool> <Isolated>False</Isolated> </COMReference> </ItemGroup> <Import Project="$(MSBuildBinPath)\Microsoft.VisualBasic.targets" /> <!-- To modify your build process, add your task inside one of the targets below and uncomment it. Other similar extension points exist, see Microsoft.Common.targets. <Target Name="BeforeBuild"> </Target> <Target Name="AfterBuild"> </Target> --> </Project>

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CaptureScreenVB.VS2008.vbproj
      
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <Project DefaultTargets="Build" xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/developer/msbuild/2003" ToolsVersion="3.5"> <PropertyGroup> <Configuration Condition=" '$(Configuration)' == '' ">Debug</Configuration> <Platform Condition=" '$(Platform)' == '' ">AnyCPU</Platform> <ProductVersion>9.0.21022</ProductVersion> <SchemaVersion>2.0</SchemaVersion> <ProjectGuid>{B7EEF502-CF24-488F-AF06-25DACFC1EA79}</ProjectGuid> <OutputType>Exe</OutputType> <StartupObject>CaptureScreenVB.Module1</StartupObject> <RootNamespace>CaptureScreenVB</RootNamespace> <AssemblyName>CaptureScreenVB</AssemblyName> <MyType>Console</MyType> <OldToolsVersion>2.0</OldToolsVersion> <TargetFrameworkVersion>v3.5</TargetFrameworkVersion> </PropertyGroup> <PropertyGroup Condition=" '$(Configuration)|$(Platform)' == 'Debug|AnyCPU' "> <DebugSymbols>true</DebugSymbols> <DebugType>full</DebugType> <DefineDebug>true</DefineDebug> <DefineTrace>true</DefineTrace> <OutputPath>bin\Debug\</OutputPath> <DocumentationFile>CaptureScreenVB.xml</DocumentationFile> <NoWarn>42016,41999,42017,42018,42019,42032,42036,42020,42021,42022</NoWarn> </PropertyGroup> <PropertyGroup Condition=" '$(Configuration)|$(Platform)' == 'Release|AnyCPU' "> <DebugType>pdbonly</DebugType> <DefineDebug>false</DefineDebug> <DefineTrace>true</DefineTrace> <Optimize>true</Optimize> <OutputPath>bin\Release\</OutputPath> <DocumentationFile>CaptureScreenVB.xml</DocumentationFile> <NoWarn>42016,41999,42017,42018,42019,42032,42036,42020,42021,42022</NoWarn> </PropertyGroup> <ItemGroup> <Reference Include="System" /> <Reference Include="System.Data" /> <Reference Include="System.Deployment" /> <Reference Include="System.Xml" /> </ItemGroup> <ItemGroup> <Import Include="Microsoft.VisualBasic" /> <Import Include="System" /> <Import Include="System.Collections" /> <Import Include="System.Collections.Generic" /> <Import Include="System.Data" /> <Import Include="System.Diagnostics" /> </ItemGroup> <ItemGroup> <Compile Include="Module1.vb" /> <Compile Include="My Project\AssemblyInfo.vb" /> <Compile Include="My Project\Application.Designer.vb"> <AutoGen>True</AutoGen> <DependentUpon>Application.myapp</DependentUpon> </Compile> <Compile Include="My Project\Resources.Designer.vb"> <AutoGen>True</AutoGen> <DesignTime>True</DesignTime> <DependentUpon>Resources.resx</DependentUpon> </Compile> <Compile Include="My Project\Settings.Designer.vb"> <AutoGen>True</AutoGen> <DependentUpon>Settings.settings</DependentUpon> <DesignTimeSharedInput>True</DesignTimeSharedInput> </Compile> </ItemGroup> <ItemGroup> <EmbeddedResource Include="My Project\Resources.resx"> <Generator>VbMyResourcesResXFileCodeGenerator</Generator> <LastGenOutput>Resources.Designer.vb</LastGenOutput> <CustomToolNamespace>My.Resources</CustomToolNamespace> <SubType>Designer</SubType> </EmbeddedResource> </ItemGroup> <ItemGroup> <None Include="My Project\Application.myapp"> <Generator>MyApplicationCodeGenerator</Generator> <LastGenOutput>Application.Designer.vb</LastGenOutput> </None> <None Include="My Project\Settings.settings"> <Generator>SettingsSingleFileGenerator</Generator> <CustomToolNamespace>My</CustomToolNamespace> <LastGenOutput>Settings.Designer.vb</LastGenOutput> </None> </ItemGroup> <ItemGroup> <COMReference Include="BytescoutScreenCapturingLib"> <Guid>{8EDAD3BB-AE5F-43B4-A2F1-B04F4130F2E0}</Guid> <VersionMajor>1</VersionMajor> <VersionMinor>0</VersionMinor> <Lcid>0</Lcid> <WrapperTool>tlbimp</WrapperTool> <Isolated>False</Isolated> <EmbedInteropTypes>True</EmbedInteropTypes> </COMReference> <COMReference Include="stdole"> <Guid>{00020430-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}</Guid> <VersionMajor>2</VersionMajor> <VersionMinor>0</VersionMinor> <Lcid>0</Lcid> <WrapperTool>primary</WrapperTool> <Isolated>False</Isolated> </COMReference> </ItemGroup> <Import Project="$(MSBuildToolsPath)\Microsoft.VisualBasic.targets" /> <!-- To modify your build process, add your task inside one of the targets below and uncomment it. Other similar extension points exist, see Microsoft.Common.targets. <Target Name="BeforeBuild"> </Target> <Target Name="AfterBuild"> </Target> --> </Project>

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CaptureScreenVB.VS2010.vbproj
      
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <Project DefaultTargets="Build" xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/developer/msbuild/2003" ToolsVersion="4.0"> <PropertyGroup> <Configuration Condition=" '$(Configuration)' == '' ">Debug</Configuration> <Platform Condition=" '$(Platform)' == '' ">AnyCPU</Platform> <ProductVersion> </ProductVersion> <SchemaVersion>2.0</SchemaVersion> <ProjectGuid>{B7EEF502-CF24-488F-AF06-25DACFC1EA79}</ProjectGuid> <OutputType>Exe</OutputType> <StartupObject>CaptureScreenVB.Module1</StartupObject> <RootNamespace>CaptureScreenVB</RootNamespace> <AssemblyName>CaptureScreenVB</AssemblyName> <MyType>Console</MyType> <OldToolsVersion>3.5</OldToolsVersion> <TargetFrameworkVersion>v4.0</TargetFrameworkVersion> </PropertyGroup> <PropertyGroup Condition=" '$(Configuration)|$(Platform)' == 'Debug|AnyCPU' "> <DebugSymbols>true</DebugSymbols> <DebugType>full</DebugType> <DefineDebug>true</DefineDebug> <DefineTrace>true</DefineTrace> <OutputPath>bin\Debug\</OutputPath> <DocumentationFile>CaptureScreenVB.xml</DocumentationFile> <NoWarn>42016,41999,42017,42018,42019,42032,42036,42020,42021,42022</NoWarn> </PropertyGroup> <PropertyGroup Condition=" '$(Configuration)|$(Platform)' == 'Release|AnyCPU' "> <DebugType>pdbonly</DebugType> <DefineDebug>false</DefineDebug> <DefineTrace>true</DefineTrace> <Optimize>true</Optimize> <OutputPath>bin\Release\</OutputPath> <DocumentationFile>CaptureScreenVB.xml</DocumentationFile> <NoWarn>42016,41999,42017,42018,42019,42032,42036,42020,42021,42022</NoWarn> </PropertyGroup> <ItemGroup> <Reference Include="System" /> <Reference Include="System.Data" /> <Reference Include="System.Deployment" /> <Reference Include="System.Xml" /> </ItemGroup> <ItemGroup> <Import Include="Microsoft.VisualBasic" /> <Import Include="System" /> <Import Include="System.Collections" /> <Import Include="System.Collections.Generic" /> <Import Include="System.Data" /> <Import Include="System.Diagnostics" /> </ItemGroup> <ItemGroup> <Compile Include="Module1.vb" /> <Compile Include="My Project\AssemblyInfo.vb" /> <Compile Include="My Project\Application.Designer.vb"> <AutoGen>True</AutoGen> <DependentUpon>Application.myapp</DependentUpon> </Compile> <Compile Include="My Project\Resources.Designer.vb"> <AutoGen>True</AutoGen> <DesignTime>True</DesignTime> <DependentUpon>Resources.resx</DependentUpon> </Compile> <Compile Include="My Project\Settings.Designer.vb"> <AutoGen>True</AutoGen> <DependentUpon>Settings.settings</DependentUpon> <DesignTimeSharedInput>True</DesignTimeSharedInput> </Compile> </ItemGroup> <ItemGroup> <EmbeddedResource Include="My Project\Resources.resx"> <Generator>VbMyResourcesResXFileCodeGenerator</Generator> <LastGenOutput>Resources.Designer.vb</LastGenOutput> <CustomToolNamespace>My.Resources</CustomToolNamespace> <SubType>Designer</SubType> </EmbeddedResource> </ItemGroup> <ItemGroup> <None Include="My Project\Application.myapp"> <Generator>MyApplicationCodeGenerator</Generator> <LastGenOutput>Application.Designer.vb</LastGenOutput> </None> <None Include="My Project\Settings.settings"> <Generator>SettingsSingleFileGenerator</Generator> <CustomToolNamespace>My</CustomToolNamespace> <LastGenOutput>Settings.Designer.vb</LastGenOutput> </None> </ItemGroup> <ItemGroup> <COMReference Include="BytescoutScreenCapturingLib"> <Guid>{8EDAD3BB-AE5F-43B4-A2F1-B04F4130F2E0}</Guid> <VersionMajor>1</VersionMajor> <VersionMinor>0</VersionMinor> <Lcid>0</Lcid> <WrapperTool>tlbimp</WrapperTool> <Isolated>False</Isolated> <EmbedInteropTypes>True</EmbedInteropTypes> </COMReference> <COMReference Include="stdole"> <Guid>{00020430-0000-0000-C000-000000000046}</Guid> <VersionMajor>2</VersionMajor> <VersionMinor>0</VersionMinor> <Lcid>0</Lcid> <WrapperTool>primary</WrapperTool> <Isolated>False</Isolated> </COMReference> </ItemGroup> <Import Project="$(MSBuildToolsPath)\Microsoft.VisualBasic.targets" /> <!-- To modify your build process, add your task inside one of the targets below and uncomment it. Other similar extension points exist, see Microsoft.Common.targets. <Target Name="BeforeBuild"> </Target> <Target Name="AfterBuild"> </Target> --> </Project>

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Module1.vb
      
Imports System Imports System.Collections.Generic Imports System.Text Imports System.Globalization Imports System.Threading Imports System.Runtime.InteropServices Imports BytescoutScreenCapturingLib ' NOTE: if you are getting error like "invalid image" related to loading the SDK's dll then ' try to do the following: ' 1) remove the reference to the SDK by View - Solution Explorer ' then click on References, select Bytescout... reference name and right-click it and select Remove ' 2) To re-add click on the menu: Project - Add Reference ' 3) In "Add Reference" dialog switch to "COM" tab and find Bytescout... ' 4) Select it and click "Add" ' 5) Recompile the application ' Note: if you need to run on both x64 and x86 then please make sure you have set "Embed Interop Types" to True for this reference Module Module1 Public Class Win32Interop <DllImport("crtdll.dll")> _ Public Shared Function _kbhit() As Integer End Function End Class Sub Main(ByVal args As String()) Dim capturer As New Capturer() If args.Length < 1 Then usage(capturer) Exit Sub End If capturer.OutputFileName = args(0) capturer.CapturingType = CaptureAreaType.catRegion ' set border style capturer.CaptureAreaBorderType = CaptureAreaBorderType.cabtDashed ' uncomment to enable recording of semitransparent or layered windows (Warning: may cause mouse cursor flickering) ' capturer.CaptureTransparentControls = true ' // WMV and WEBM output use WMVVideoBitrate property to control output video bitrate ' // so try to increase it by x2 or x3 times if you think the output video are you are getting is laggy ' capturer.WMVVideoBitrate = capturer.WMVVideoBitrate * 2 setParams(args, capturer) Try capturer.Run() ' IMPORTANT: if you want to check for some code if need to stop the recording then make sure you are ' using Thread.Sleep(1) inside the checking loop, so you have the loop like ' Do ' Thread.Sleep(1) ' While StopButtonNotClicked Console.WriteLine("Starting capture - Hit a key to stop ...") Dim s As String = capturer.CurrentVideoCodecName Console.WriteLine(String.Format("Using video compressor - {0}", s)) s = capturer.CurrentAudioCodecName Console.WriteLine(String.Format("Using audio compressor - {0}", s)) s = capturer.CurrentAudioDeviceLineName Console.WriteLine(String.Format("Using audio input line - {0}", s)) Dim i As Integer = 0 Dim spin As String = "|/-\" While Win32Interop._kbhit() = 0 Console.Write(String.Format(vbCr & "Encoding {0}", spin(i))) i = i + 1 i = i Mod 4 Thread.Sleep(50) End While capturer.Stop() ' Release(Resources) System.Runtime.InteropServices.Marshal.ReleaseComObject(capturer) capturer = Nothing Console.Write(vbLf & "Done") Console.Read() Catch generatedExceptionName As Exception Console.WriteLine(capturer.LastError) End Try End Sub Private Sub usage(ByVal capturer As Capturer) Console.WriteLine("Usage : CaptureScreenCSharp.exe <outfilename> [left] [top] [width] [height] [fps] [v-codec] [a-codec] [audioline]" & vbLf) Console.WriteLine("[left, top, width, height] is the rectangle to be captured") Console.WriteLine("[v-codec] is the index of the video codec in the list to use.") Console.WriteLine("[a-codec] is the index of the audio codec in the list to use.") Console.WriteLine("[audioline] is the index of the audio line in the list to capture from") Console.WriteLine("If either codec is unspecified, it defaults to 'Microsoft Video 1' and 'GSM 6.10'") Console.WriteLine("If audioline is unspecified, it uses the microphone") Console.WriteLine("To capture the currently playing output, select the stereo, mono or wave mix") Console.WriteLine("Installed Video Codecs (Note : Not all of them may work)") For i As Integer = 0 To capturer.VideoCodecsCount - 1 Dim name As String = capturer.GetVideoCodecName(i) Console.WriteLine(String.Format(" {0}. {1}", i, name)) Next Console.WriteLine(vbLf & "Installed Audio Codecs (Note : Not all of them may work)") For i As Integer = 0 To capturer.AudioCodecsCount - 1 Dim name As String = capturer.GetAudioCodecName(i) Console.WriteLine(String.Format(" {0}. {1}", i, name)) Next Console.WriteLine(vbLf & "Audio input lines") For i As Integer = 0 To capturer.CurrentAudioDeviceLineCount - 1 Dim name As String = capturer.GetCurrentAudioDeviceLineName(i) Console.WriteLine(String.Format(" {0}. {1}", i, name)) Next End Sub Private Sub setParams(ByVal args As String(), ByVal capturer As Capturer) If args.Length > 1 Then Dim left As Integer = Integer.Parse(args(1)) capturer.CaptureRectLeft = left End If If args.Length > 2 Then Dim top As Integer = Integer.Parse(args(2)) capturer.CaptureRectTop = top End If If args.Length > 3 Then Dim width As Integer = Integer.Parse(args(3)) capturer.CaptureRectWidth = width End If If args.Length > 5 Then Dim height As Integer = Integer.Parse(args(5)) capturer.CaptureRectHeight = height End If If args.Length > 6 Then Dim fps As Single = Single.Parse(args(6), CultureInfo.InvariantCulture) capturer.FPS = fps End If If args.Length > 7 Then Dim vCodec As Integer = Integer.Parse(args(7)) capturer.CurrentVideoCodec = vCodec End If If args.Length > 8 Then Dim aCodec As Integer = Integer.Parse(args(8)) capturer.CurrentAudioCodec = aCodec End If If args.Length > 9 Then Dim aLine As Integer = Integer.Parse(args(9)) capturer.CurrentAudioDeviceLine = aLine End If End Sub End Module

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