Sometimes here people post amazing gifs that show their workflow. These are really compact sequences, often with keyboard shortcuts displayed. How does one do that? And what additional software is needed?

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    $\begingroup$ This should have been posted on Meta. $\endgroup$
    – J Sargent
    Aug 8, 2015 at 19:34
  • $\begingroup$ Related: placing .gifs in text, How can I insert videos into my Q&A?, and How to post gifs on this site? $\endgroup$
    – David
    Aug 8, 2015 at 20:00
  • $\begingroup$ Regarding to capturing keys pressed - what program was used e.g. in this answer. I have found related page, but it seems there isn't that program included. Others still work but are a little bit less intuitive (and some of them less new) $\endgroup$
    – Mr Zak
    Aug 8, 2015 at 21:03
  • $\begingroup$ @MrZak it looks to me like that was made with licecap (I use that too) $\endgroup$
    – David
    Aug 9, 2015 at 19:54
  • $\begingroup$ @David, that's strange. I use it too and the only options I've found are those appearing once Record button is pressed. I didn't see anything related in that window $\endgroup$
    – Mr Zak
    Aug 9, 2015 at 20:48
  • $\begingroup$ @David, found. Those are captured by Screencast Key Status Tool as in the answer mentioned. It's maybe deprecated but imo the best I've seen. $\endgroup$
    – Mr Zak
    Aug 10, 2015 at 9:10

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You can only post animated gifs, smaller than 2MB. Read: How to post gifs on this site?

To create those you need some kind of screen capture software like LiceCap or GifCam (those work for windows, or linux using wine).

To make the keystrokes visible you can use the now deprecated Screencast Key Status Tool or other external software.

  • $\begingroup$ But how come that these videos are so compact? I don't see any mouse movements and no gaps. $\endgroup$
    – tmighty
    Aug 8, 2015 at 19:15
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    $\begingroup$ It all depends on the app used to capture, some have the option to show the cursor, others don't. Size depends on the length, size, number of colors and optimization. To deal with gifs hat are larger than 2MB (or other kinds of video) you need to post them on an external site and add the link to the question. $\endgroup$
    – user1853
    Aug 8, 2015 at 19:50
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    $\begingroup$ Technically both gifcam and licecap support capturing the cursor, however neither do this very well when used through wine on linux. So my gifs don't have cursors :/ $\endgroup$
    – gandalf3 Mod
    Aug 8, 2015 at 20:25

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