How could I record the last 10 seconds of the windows desktop?

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  1. Posts : 50
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    How could I record the last 10 seconds of the windows desktop?


    I have an annoying issue with firefox that happens once every month or so, so it's difficult to capture it on video. I know the technology exists to record the last X minutes of a video game through Geforce Experience, but I need this to work on the desktop only. Any ideas?
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  3. Posts : 1,298
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    You won't be able to record the last 10 seconds of the desktop because there is nothing that does that at leas that i know of. Shadow play is storing cached frame buffer information on the GPU and then displaying it back again when the user asks for it.

    I don't think there would be anything like this for windows itself as its out of scope, it makes sense in games but not really on the desktop we have error logging instead for that.

    Maybe describe your issue.
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    My first thought was MS steps recorder might do what you want but you need to be on the dsktp to run it and I doubt that after setting it up and minimizing it, it would survive a reboot.

    3rd party screen recorder's are in the same boat.

    If it was me and FF DevTools didn't help I would setup my cell phone or a regular camera on a tripod or prop on a solid surface aimed and ready to record your dsktp.
    • Make sure your recording device is aimed properly.
    • Restart your machine.
    • Immediately, start your recorder and wait until your machine reaches the dsktp or a point as far into the dsktp where you need to go.
    • Shut off recorder. and replay your recording.
    • What you want should be in there somewhere.

    • You might have to do some 'fiddlin' to get what you want but if you get it on the first try, congratulations!
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    I think because OP is saying it happens monthly this means its not really viable to have something record non stop trying to catch an issue that may or may not happen and at random.

    I think describing the issue or trying to troubleshoot it would be a more realistic approach.

    - is the program crashing?
    - is it slow?
    - is there data loss/not saving properly?
    - Addons?

    like i mean there is not much to go wrong with a browser well there is but they are usually pretty easy to fix or at least troubleshoot. There is logs to read maybe start there as this is what they are for.
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    Then something like Process Monitor might work.

    IIRC you can set it to run in the bkgrnd an' forget it. When the OP has an event it'll get logged and then do a time/date search for the event.

    ProcDump v11.0 might fit the bill.

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  7. Posts : 1,298
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    That will just show the OS logging side of it i think, the OP would want to look at Firefox itself and any logs or crash reports it is producing.
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    Malneb said:
    I think because OP is saying it happens monthly this means its not really viable to have something record non stop trying to catch an issue that may or may not happen and at random.

    I think describing the issue or trying to troubleshoot it would be a more realistic approach.
    The vibe I had was this was where the OP was troubleshooting, s/he wanted to see what was happening from restart to dsktp and I was just trying to be accommodating.
    If s/he could could catch it, that's a start in describing the problem.

    My gut's tellin' me it's a shaky handoff from booting transfer to dsktp OS.

    He**, It could be a voltage drop during boot.
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    Malneb said:
    That will just show the OS logging side of it i think, the OP would want to look at Firefox itself and any logs or crash reports it is producing.
    Agreed.
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  10. Posts : 50
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    Anak said:
    Agreed.
    What I am looking to do is just record video of a bug that randomly occurs. It just did it last night so this actually happens quite often. Its difficult to describe so I was going to submit a video of it followed by a log file to bugzilla. I tried Xbox Game bar but it doesn't record the desktop. So it looks like I will need to set up OBS or something and have it overwrite after 15 minutes to achieve the same effect.
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